| Top 5 Spanish Restaurants in New York
|| Tables outside, great food, great service, dancing at night, fun.
|| Live Flamenco on Wednesdays, good for couples, a night to talk, relax, eat, conversation. Only has two tables.
|| Tables outside, excellent food, great service, best decor.
| New York Spanish
60 Clinton Street, New York
| Decor: Romantic and candle lit
with thick wood furniture, very comfortable ambience. Smoking is allowed. There is also an outdoor patio. Food:
Generous portions of delicious tapas. Try the tuna empanadas, grilled vegetables, dates with bacon and almonds and the ham or mushroom croquettes and the profiteroles for dessert. Excellent service. Prices: $7-10 for tapas.
77 Warrren Street, New York
| Decor: Modern
atmosphere with pictures of flamenco dancers, cold feeling. Food: Not flavorful enough. I tried the alcachofas, berenjenas, rollitos de carne, gambas al ajillo, tortilla espanola, pinchos monunos de pollo, and albondigas en salsa de tomate, but none were delicious or satisfying. An overall
disappointment, especially after the article in Time Out New York magazine. Prices:
$7-17 for very small, overpriced tapas.
23 East 22 Street, New York
Modern with primary colors, casual dressy. Food: No tapas. A Spanish
"inspired" menu with ingredients like cheese, codfish, and saffron with olive oil. Spicier than traditional Spanish cuisine. (This is Bobby Flay's restaurant). Not authentically espanol ,but go for the dessert definitely. Try the chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and blueberry sauce. Prices:
| Cafe el Espanol
57-71 College Pt. Blvd. Flushing N
| Under construction
| Cafe Andalucia
533 9th Avenue, New York
| Under construction
| Cafe Espanol
172 Bleecker Street, New York
| Decor: Located in the heart of the village; this Spanish restaurant has excellent food, fair prices, is open late, has tables outside, and sometimes has mariachis. Food: Try the sampling platter of the tapas. Eat a lot and roll out. Prices: $16-$25
| Cafe Riazor
245 West 16th Street, New York
| Decor: Music and TV aren't so great, and the décor is old, but the people are happy, warm, and talk to you like family. Food:
The food is fresh, the tortilla espanola is out of sight, and the tapas are in unique sauces. American Express only. Prices:
$18-$30 and $6-9 for tapa
| Casa Mono
52 Irving Pl. Street, New York
| Decor: A tiny
Spanish restaurant where you can watch as the chef prepares the delicious fresh tapas right at the wooden bar/counter. You may have to wait for a table. Food:
Owner Mario Bataglia from the Food Network on TV can make Spanish food as well as he makes Italian food. Everything is small, but delicious. Try the bacalao croquetas, sweetbreads with fennel, wild boar, pulpo, it's all superb! Prices: $8-14/tapa
| Centro Espanol
239 West 14th Street, New York
| Decor: Like a
secret club for Spaniards, but all are welcome. The restaurant is very
authentic right down to the old men playing dominoes and wearing hats. Food: Huge portions of
delicious food. Very family-like. Cheap! Prices:
| Costa del Sol
369 West 50th Street, New York
| Decor: Diner-like, clean, plain. Large enough for a party.
Food: The owner (Antonio) is a real character from Galicia. The empanada gallega is authentic (order in advance). The tapas are large portions. The seafood and sauces are fresh and delicious. Try the tortilla, mussels, shrimp, chorizo, and flan. Prices: $6-10 for tapa but there is a parking voucher also.
| Don Luca
221 Smith Street Brooklyn, New York
| Decor: Comfortable, new, and friendly with a patio for dining out back. Food: Try the scrumptious tortilla espanola, vieiras al ajillo, langostinos a la plancha, papas bravas con chorizo, setas a la vinagreta. The empanadas are ok. The sangria is always fun. Prices: $5-8 for tapa.
| El Charro Espanol
4 Charles Street, New York
| Decor: Small Spanish spot, with low ceilings and ancient red banquettes, its walls appointed with spread costume fans, painted plates and wine bottles. Food: broiled Spanish-style sausages, octopus with olive oil and hot paprika, gazpacho, saffron paella, and veal with almond sauce. A pitcher of sangria is just the thing to wash it all down. Prices:
| El Faro
823 Greenwich St. New York
| Decor: Small, romantic, cozy, old fashioned. There is a bar in the front and a restaurant in the back. One of the oldest and best known Spanish restaurants in New York. Food:
Known for the paella, but it didn't thrill me. Service has much to be desired. Prices:
| El Pote Espanol
718 Second Avenue, New York
| Decor: Small, old fashioned, adequate wood decoration with a tiny bar.
Average sized tapas, nothing special. Try the chorizo, camarones, snail, and artichoke, and the desserts on the cart. For dinner, the lamb for two is juicy, but a small portion. The mariscada con salsa verde is delicious, with fresh lobster.
$8-11 for tapa (A bit expensive for the quality).
361 Greenwich St. New York
| Decor: Beautiful and romantic from the music and candles to the sunflower theme on burnt orange walls. One of the largest Spanish restaurants in the city. Food: small portions, mediocre food, (avoid the empanadas- they look like tiny frozen eggrolls). Prices: Over-priced for the quality. $8-$12 for tapas. $17 for entrees.
249 Columbus Avenue, New York
| Decor: Warm and comfortable with a small bar that allows smoking
Everything on the menu is delicious. Try the empanadas, chorizo, cheese plates, and asparagus. The desserts, food preparation, and service are excellent.
$5-$9 for tapas.
432 Lafayette Street, New York
| Decor: funky, artsy, huge restaurant with an outdoor patio. Service needs improvement, but the place attracts lots of young Manhattanites.
Downstairs is a lively bar and seating area, and upstairs is more sedate. The service is not efficient and unprofessional. Food: The food is not spectacular, but the place is fun . There are many tapas to choose from. Prices are cheap, and there is a DJ. Prices:
| Kaña Tapas Bar
324 Spring Street, New York
| Decor: Decor: Dark brick walls and candlelit. A fun, cool bar and restaurant that is packed. There are tables outside. A good place for couples or singles.
On weekend nights, after 11 PM they move the tables and everyone dances until 4 AM. Great place for a date or to meet someone. Food: is excellent. The tapas are rich, tasty, and keep you coming back. Try the empanadas. Service is friendly, fast, and professional. Prices are average. Prices: $3.50-$9,
214 East 9th Street, New York
| Decor: Valencian classic, with bouquets of dried roses. Two comfortable floors, one with a nice bar. Food: Try the selection of different tapas, pinchos de cordero (small lamb skewers) Spanish omelet, and sample of Basque cheeses, served with slices of apple. Prices:
406 East 73rd Street, New York
| Decor: Smoky paintings of flamenco dancers and bullfighters, lanterns and Spanish artifacts. Food: Mixed
seafood with green sauce, grilled shrimp in the shell, grilled veal with a touch of garlic and wine, and chicken with a hot garlic sauce.
The specialty of the house is broiled butterflied lobster with seafood stuffing, and pitchers of sangria make everybody happy. Prices: $16-$30
342 East 46th Street, New York
| Ñ 33
33 Crosby Street, New York
| Decor: Tiny,
intimate, romantic and cave-like. Great live flamenco on Wednesday nights and jazz CDs on other nights. Beautiful bathroom, too. Food: The food is fabulous.
The chef is a real chef. I've eaten everything on the menu and each plate is better than the one before. Good selection, fast service. Try a cheap wine. Prices:
161 E. Houston Street, New York
| Decor: Small, lower east side, informal, dark. Food:
horrible wine, draft bass is watery, small selection of mediocre tapas, bad quality and small plates: don't go. Prices:
AMEX only, $7-$9 per tapa
113 7th Avenue South, New York
Just opened, it is small, simple, and nondescript. What they need to work on here is the service. Food: Very good, crispy, juicy, fresh ingredients. Try the desgustacion de montaditos, the gambas al vino blanco, and the ensalada de cabrales. The datiles are ok. Prices: $6-$20.
303 East 56th Street, New York
| Decor: Traditional, older crowd. There are linen table cloths, candles, and a bar in front.
Good service. Food:
Very good. Try the empanadas de carne and bacalao, the pulpo a la
vinagreta, higado al jerez, and vieiras a la gallega. For
dessert there is flan and postre catalano. Prices:
21-50 44th Drive, Long Island City, NY
| Decor: The fireplace makes a cozy ambience in this casual restaurant with an authentic live flamenco show every Friday night at 9pm. Make a reservation to see the show, since there are only eight tables that can see. There is a second floor for parties and a bar in front. The service is incredibly slow. Food:
The tapas are ok, not gourmet, but if you are in Queens, give it a try.
Try the pork tenderloin with Spanish cheese and the vieiras (scallops) in a rich cream sauce. Prices:
38 East 19th Street, New York
| Decor: When the helpful folks at Pipa sit you down in their darkly sensuous surroundings, next to the slightly brighter, inviting bar space, you
know you are in for a treat. The decor is muted when quiet is called for and extravagant when subtlety would be condescension. Food: The food arrives as pleasingly presented and luxuriously textured as the multi-hued, broken-tile tables. Rich with regional tastes one expects, but rarely receives, in a high-end tapas restaurant. The aromatic piquancy of the cheese plate blends perfectly with the tang of masterfully prepared chicken liver. Sweet fruit accents enhance the sea-saltiness of skillfully prepared meat dishes. The flatbreads, bruschettas by any other name, are as good as their mixed ingredients indicate. Desserts are prepared with a delightfully restrained sweetness. Prices: The price, exactly as one would expect, is high. Design, good service, and excellent food rarely come cheap. At least you get what you pay for. Prices:
| Rincon de Espana
226 Thompson Street, New York
| Decor: Dark, cave-like interior and strolling flamenco guitarist could almost fool you. Its charmingly shabby interior, with black velvet paintings and
hanging candelabras, contributes to a cliched mystique that some devotees of Spanish food find soothing. Food:
The food here is spicier than the traditional Castillian fare it aims to replicate, the paella is reputed to be good by Spaniards and Americans alike. Prices:
7 Ninth Avenue, New York
| Decor: Galician authenticity. The bar is a great place to go for a pitcher of intoxicating, sangria, especially if the serenading guitarist happens
to drop by. Food: The garlic and kale soup is a winning appetizer, while regional standouts include the shellfish platters and the paella, both of which are served in industrial-sized metal pots. It's nearly impossible to walk away hungry or without a bag full of leftovers. Prices:
344 Bowery, New York
| Decor: Dark,
rustic, Madrid-style eatery in the heart of NoHo. Food: Fruity pitchers of sangria and the tidbits of food. Plates of pinchos (small bites served by the piece, such as chorizo frito), raciones (appetizers like ham croquettes and garlic shrimp), and platos (main dishes including paella, roasted baby lamb, and skewered monkfish. In addition, there are homemade desserts and a list of well-priced Spanish wines. Prices: $9-$20
| Sala One Nine
35 West 19th Street, New York
| Decor: Spacious yet cave-like setting with romantic lighting and a bar area in front. Food: The service is fast and effective, the food is fresh and portions are generous, yet nothing tastes spectacular. The tortilla espanola is very good, the croquetas are the largest I've seen, and the datiles are crispy and tasty. They deliver. Prices: $ 7-9
62 Charles Street, New York
| Decor: Dark and evocative, there are huge red booths, Tiffany-style lamps, chandeliers of black lanterns and Spanish paintings on the walls. Food: Garlic soup, chicken in hot garlic sauce, seafood paella and lots of shellfish dishes pull in a mixed crowd of Asians, Brazilians and tourists looking for a slice of old New York. The sangria is said to be the best in town. Prices: $16-$30
216 East 53rd Street, New York
| Under construction
| Spain Restaurant and Bar
113 West 13th Street, New York
| Decor: Not beautiful, but old fashioned and simple with a huge skylight on the ceiling. Food: Fresh, but not the best. They have a few tapas, mostly chorizo and shellfish. Portions are larger than average. They give you three or four tapas free. For dessert, ask for half spumoni, half tortoni. The service is excellent. Open until 1 am every day. Prices: average, $6-8/tapa.
| Tapas Lounge
1078 First Avenue, New York
| Decor: Persian-like atmosphere with candles and velvet. Beautiful. Horrible service. We waited an hour and a half with a reservation! Food: This is not Spanish food. Everything tastes the same, no rich sauces or fresh food. Everything is overpriced. Prices:
$ 12/ tapa
130 7th Avenue South, New York
| Decor: This new addition to the Village is crowded with a lively, informal scene of single women, (don't know where the single men were) people on dates, and loud club music. Come early for a window seat.
Pure, strong, fresh, delicious flavors. The service was excellent, although the waitress didn't know a word of Spanish. They even give free hummus with pita bread and olives while you wait. Everything we tried was great, which included solomillo, mejillones, chorizo e higos, pulpo a la gallega, and zanahorias tapena. The croquetas were ok.
240 Ninth Ave, New York
| Decor: Tiny space covered in wood, very basic and cramped. Food:
Very tasty, but the tiniest portions I have ever had in my life.
Everything is overpriced. Prices:
$ 12/ tapas
| Far away Spanish Restaurants
| Casa Luis
1033 Jericho Tpke. Smithtown, NY
| Decor: An old fashioned Spanish family house with a bar, fireplace, and lots of space for parties. Food:
Mexican and Spanish food. There are tapas and dinners. Try the shrimp, paella, potatoes, chorizo, and natilla for dessert. Prices: moderate
| Farther away Spanish Restaurants
415 Washington Street
Somerville, Mass. (Boston)
| Decor: Romantic and lively with gold leaf walls, flowers, pig legs, pitchers, figurines, and mosaics. Food: The
tapas are gourmet, among the best I've had. After eating almost all of the 40 tapas on the menu, I am sorry that it's so far away. Try the codorniz de costilla, tortilla espanola, cigalas a la plancha, queso de cabra montanes, and croquetas de pollo. Prices:
266 Newbury Street
| Decor: Owned by the
same people as Dali, but the decoration is not nearly as electric. Food: Same as Dali, but go to Dali instead since they are in the same area. Prices:
$3.50-7.50. Sangria is cheaper at Dali.
| San Francisco
| La Bodega
North Beach, CA- San Francisco
| Decor: Interior
designer needed. Food:
Experienced chef needed. The tapas are an embarrassment to the Spanish cuisine. They are low quality, greasy, cheap, and without flavor. Prices: Good sized portions, free flamenco show, free flan, but higher than average prices. No red diamond at all.
557 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA
| Decor: Cozy, for all ages, extra friendly service- cool tables, lighting, mural. Food: Outrageous! Delectable
tapas, wine, and desserts. Ask for the fresh sardines, croquetas, piquillo, citrus flan, (empanadas could be better). Prices: Smaller portions, $7/
| Thirsty Bear
661 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA
| Decor: Huge,
beautiful, loft, modern like SOHO. 20-40 year old crowd, social, good for happy hour or to meet people. Food:
Very good tapas and excellent beer. Brewery on premises. Try the tortilla espanola, goat cheese in tomato sauce, patatas al ajillo, fish cheeks, and a Kozlov black beer. Prices:
Fair $7/ Tapa.
| Washington, D.C.
480 7th Street, NW
| The only reason I would live in DC. This elegant, but fun and cool restaurant has the best tapas this side of the Atlantic. Each dish is a work of art. Buen Provecho! Prices: