Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, the doyennes of Midtown (Barbuzzo, Lolita), are looking to mid-January for the rollout of Jamonera (105 S. 13th St., 215-922-6061), the cozy Spanish tapas bar replacing Bindi.

(They really can't open much earlier, as the dining room is bnow a veritable holiday shipping operation of chocolates from their candy business, Marcie Blaine.)

They're basing the Jamonera concept on tapas joints they encountered during a trip to southern Spain, whose cuisine - besides being accompanied by plenty of sherry - borrows from the broad Mediterranean and the Moors, more or less. It's named after the clamp that holds down an Iberian ham for slicing.

Menu samples (priced $4 to $36, small snacks to composed plates):

  • Banderillas of olives, boquerones and guindilla peppers
  • Crispy Calasparra Rice with heirloom pumpkin, chestnuts and La Quercia Acorn Edition jamon
  • Moorish Skewers of Lamb with spiced yogurt, mint and pickled chiles
  • House-Cured Cecina with artichokes, fennel and amontillado sherry.

In a statement, the decor by Tim Shaaban of Urban Space Development is described as sultry, with vintage illustrations advertising Bizet's opera Carmen (as well as a 7-by-8-foot Carmen mural), dark Rioja-stained wood and amber lighting, antique mirrors on the walls, a 20-foot copper bar top that will age slowly and develop a patina, European oak floors, hand-carved wood chandeliers, and repurposed table tops from beams of a local factory.