(p.m.), a New Tapas & Wine Bar in Hudson Unveils
This Saturday evening when (p.m.), a new tapas and wine bar in Hudson, finally tears the paper off the windows and opens its doors, Lower Warren Street’s glamour quotient will soar. Co-owned by Mario Pollan and Kevin Moran, (p.m.) offers serious wines by the glass. In addition to covering the usual bases (sancerre, cabernet sauvignon, the pinots grigio and noir), they break news. Their red list includes Herminia Tempranillo and Hacienda Monasterio; whites, Burganes Albarino, Martnsancho Verdejo; and sparkling, Raventos Cava, Damas Gassac Rose. The fare is light and enlightened, and the atmosphere so convivial and relaxed it’s hard to figure out how it can simultaneously be so chic (definitely worth studying).
The answer probably lies in the personalities of the owners. Pollan, who is Vice-President of Design and Merchandising for a clothing company in Manhattan and comes by his love-of-tapas curcuitously—he is Cuban—is funny and easy-going. Moran, who left behind a career as logistics manager for Bodum, Inc., the Danish company that manufactures French-press coffee makers, to concentrate on (p.m.), is warm and sweet. At a very wet dry run for friends a couple of weeks ago (where our friend Sam Pratt took these photographs), Mario worked the room, while Kevin kept everyone’s glass topped off. Then they switched.
True-to-tapas form, the mostly finger food at (p.m.) is piquant and served in morsels; some arrive on sheets of paper, others on plates. The size of the plate dictates both the contents and the price, with Marcona almonds, cherry capers, aceitunas mixtas (mixed olives and herbs) @$3; sardines de Rianxo (sardines mixed with olive oil,onions and capers); albondigas al ajillo (meatballs in a garlic sauce) @$6; pesto shrimp @$9, and a plate of either mixed cheeses or meats (including, of course, the pride of Iberia, Serrano ham) @$12, or a combination of both meats and cheeses, @ $14.
Sharing is so fundamental to the tapas tradition that, in the back room, the (p.m.) partners have opted for one large communal table instead of several smaller ones. So if you get to chatting with a stranger, don’t be alarmed if he snags one of your capers and pops it in his mouth. That’s just the kind of place (p.m.) is.
119 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.828.2833
Monday - Thursday 5 - 10; Friday & Saturday 5 - 12