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Posted by Jim from Toms River on 12/04/2010
We found Cafe Espanol quite by accident about 15 years ago. Spain is one of our favorite countries. We were strolling through the Village and happened upon this very Spanish looking restaurant. When we walked in and sat down we felt we were in Spain. We even recognized a place we had been, represented by a mural of Seville on the wall of the main dining room. We drive about 80 miles each way to go there and sometimes several times in one week. The food is excellent, the Sangria wonderful and the prices reasonable, even for New York. We have found the waiters, with few exceptions, to be more than happy to make your experience there a pleasurable one. We have brought most of our close friends there at one time or another. All have loved the place. Many of them have brought their friends and relatives and have had the same good experience. We have even spent a few New Years Eves in the Cafe. I can be in a foul mood before entering the restaurant and immediately, once inside, my frame of mind is turned around and I am happy again. Try it, you'll like it!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/06/2010
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.
Posted by JAN on 06/25/2010
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.
Posted by Brian on 04/04/2010
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.
Posted by Villager on 03/30/2010
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!
Posted by Al on 08/13/2009
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).
Posted by Marissa on 07/03/2009
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.