Alex Raij Will Open Txkito Near Her Former Tapas Bars

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As if Boqueria Soho wasnt good enough news for tapas lovers, Time Out reveals that Alex Raij is opening a new place, bravely named Txkito (pronounced chee-kee-to) and perched "just a croquetas throw" from her former spots, Ta Pol and El Quinto Pino: The 34-seat restaurant takes its name from the Euskera term for a short pour of wine here youll be mining an all-Basque list along with shareable plates like bacalao pil pil, a cod dish sauced with its own emulsified liquids. Raij also plans to offer zurracopte, a cinnamon-spiked wine cocktail in short supply at most of NYCs sangriacentric Spanish eateries. If you question Raijs sanity for opening up near two other tapas bars (at 240 Ninth Avenue between 24th and 25th Street), remember that shell inevitably catch the spillover from Ta Pol, and of course, tapas bars are always best when clustered into a barchipelago.

Breaking: Alex Raij to open Txkito [TONY]