Imagine a corner cafe in bustling downtown Barcelona with a touch of the classic New York diner. That’s BIKINIS. A place with a relaxed and feel good atmosphere to come with friends and perhaps make new ones. The story of BIKINIS springs from the love for simple comfort food and the flavors and memories of life in Spain.
It was something of a lifelong dream for Karina Correa and Petrit Pula to open their own restaurant and it finally happened when they decided to turn Petrit’s storefront record label office space on Avenue C into what BIKINIS is today. The inspiration came from experiencing life in costal Spain and enjoying the food and wine culture that is so specific and unique to that country. The name comes from the super pressed ham and cheese sandwich, an adaptation of the French croque monsieur served in the 50′s at the concert hall “Bikini” in the district of Les Corts in Barcelona. The menu is a mix of simple corner cafe tapas and reinterpretations of classic Spanish and American dishes such as Albondigas (meatballs), Mac con Queso, Steak and Bravas, and of course the bikini sandwiches, all made with delicious challah bread.
Karina has long been involved in launching and developing fashion brands, but before that she managed the Nolita classic Cafe Gitane. Petrit has been an integral part of Nublu, the legendary music venue and record label located on the same block as BIKINIS. It was natural that good food and good company came into harmony to create BIKINIS, quickly becoming a favorite East Village destination for anyone searching for an authentic Barcelona dining experience with a distinct New York twist.