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Cafe Espanol

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  • Spanish, Seafood, Small Plates/Tapas
  • 172 Bleecker St, New York NY10012 40.7288507 -74.0005826
  • (At Sullivan St)
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  • (212) 505-0657
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User Ratings (Based on 63 reviews)

Food 3.8 Value 4.0
Service 3.9 Atmosphere 3.8

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 505-0657
(212) 353-2317
(212) 505-0708
Place Order:
Order From Cafe Espanol for delivery & takeout
Major Credit Cards
Sun-Thu: 12pm-12am Fri-Sat: 12pm-1am
Lunch, Dinner
Group Dining, Open Late, Outdoor Dining, Delivery, Online Reservations, Online Ordering, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out, Catering
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User Reviews

  • Cafe Espanol

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/06/2010

    poor service + so-so food=my not coming back

    Went to Café Espanol last night to have some tapas and wine. We arrived around 11 and were told the kitchen closed at midnight, but the bar was open till around 3am. No problem. After being rushed by the waiter, we finally ordered our food as well as a bottle of wine. The food came out and was nothing spectacular. Gambas ajillo (so-so) Tortilla Espanola (again, so-so) Stuffed Mushrooms (not bad). Then a little after midnight we were told the restaurant was closed. But wait, you said the KITCHEN closed at midnight, not the restaurant. We were basically kicked out shortly thereafter, even though we hadn't finished our wine and there were still people at the bar. The waiter said those people were the owner's friends and therefore could stay till 3am. NOT what he had told us prior to ordering. Not a place I'll be returning to especially given the fact that not only the waiter was rude, but the owner himself walked by our table and gave us a disgusted look. Real classy. I definitely won't be recommending this place to my friends.

  • Cafe Espanol

    Posted by JAN on 06/25/2010

    Have to Agree with "Shockingly bad"

    While my dining companions enjoyed their seafood dishes, I was deeply disappointed with the veal I ordered. My meal came with three large and unspectacular cutlets. I ate one, but could barely be bothered to even take the other two to go. My sangria was grainy, as if the sugar hadn't dissolved - weird. My string beans were overcooked, mush & flavorless. The highlight of my meal was the bread and someone else's broccoli. While charming in its decor, it was not adequately air conditioned on the hot summer night we went. With so many other choices in that neighborhood, I will not be back.

  • Cafe Espanol

    Posted by Brian on 04/04/2010

    Excellent food!

    Went there last night and did a walk in for a table for 2. Fortunately we were able to get a table. The food & ervice was excellent. The quality of the food is great. You can tell they use fesh ingridents and all of the dishes (2 starters & 1 main course shared) were very well prepared. I would not hesitate to go back or to recommend.

  • Cafe Espanol

    Posted by Villager on 03/30/2010

    Traditional, cozy and delicious

    I've been going to this amazing place since 2006 and I can say everytime I go every thing gets better; the food, the service and the atmosphere. It is a place that makes you forget you are in a crazy bars street such as bleecker. The best spanish food I've ever had, starting from the always warm bread with their unique olives and garlic vinagrette to their creme brûlée known as crema catalaña in Spain. If you try it once you will always want to come back!

  • Cafe Espanol

    Posted by Al on 08/13/2009

    Shockingly bad

    From the oily and strange tasting/looking Chilean sea bass, to the dried out seafood paella, to the fatty? sautéed octopus, and the overcooked and over-seasoned garlic shrimp appetizer, everything was abysmal. The serving sizes are so ridiculously large that it really makes me wonder about the quality of the food they are serving. Why else would they be willing to dole out so much of it for $20 a plate? The bread basket wasn’t bad though (always end on a good note).

  • Cafe Espanol

    Posted by Marissa on 07/03/2009

    Sangria P ower

    We recently dined in this establishment on a recommendation from a relative from overseas. Although we live in Conn. and travel to NYC often somehow we overlooked this place. We were seated in the outdoor garden on a Saturday night. We got the feel we were no longer in NYC. The tranquility of the garden set the mood for a great dinner. We satarted with a pitcher ow White Mango Sangria which was delicious. I can't remember the second pitcher. We ordered Paella, Steak, and a 2lb lobster. Everyone at the table was delighted with the food and service.

  • Cafe Espanol

    Posted by Iris Diaz on 06/06/2009

    "Cafe Espanol: a family tradition SHATTERED"

    I have been going to Cafe Espanol since July 1984, right after my graduation from NYU. I Wondered how I had missed the place the past few years. At First, the closed spaced sitting arrangement made me feel uncomfortable but as soon as the Waiters came all was forgotten. They were marvelous and treated everyone as if they were the most important person around. They were superbly efficient, friendly, courteous and paced the entrees just right. The food was fabulous and Margaritas were over sized and perfectly balanced for the ultimate taste. I felt in love with this quaint, cozy restaurant and decided to keep it as the traditional family place for especial occasions. Cafe Espanol has been the place to celebrate my family's anniversaries, birthdays and even one New years Day. My two son's could not imagine not going to Cafe Espanol for their pre-birthday celebrations. The oldest one, now 32 years, requests to be taken there for father's days and his birthday. The youngest, now 21 years, has now been turned off as I have by the dramatic change in the drinks and service. Most important is the new addition of the nastiest waiters/ maitre d' we have ever met. First they were insisting that I sat in the new section--which I hate. Then, they reluctantly agree to sit us in the back section and rushed us to order and eat, even though there were no people waiting for tables. Then when we asked to have some left overs to take home, they placed all the bags of food in our table, even as we were still drinking coffee. We had to place the bags underneath our table in order to complete our washed out dinner day. We left them a hefty 20% gratuity, and promised never to go back there. Too bad that the young son didn't follow his father's tradition, and has left the place to a bunch of uncouth WAITERS.

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