by Ian Froeb
The Basque term pintxos is roughly synonymous with tapas, and if you think of Café Pintxos as a tapas bar, you might be able to make sense of the restaurant inside the new Hotel Ignacio in midtown. Not that it looks or feels anything like a Spanish tapas bar, but unlike so many restaurants that have appropriated the term "tapas," conflating it with "small," Café Pintxos does serve Spanish cuisine.Visit the RFT restaurant page late this afternoon or check back here tomorrow morning to see what I think.
It might also help to think of Café Pintxos as a tapas bar, not a tapas restaurant. For one thing, it doesn't have its own kitchen; it shares one with the adjacent restaurant, Triumph Grill.