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Cafe Espanol

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  • Spanish, Seafood, Small Plates/Tapas
  • 172 Bleecker St, New York NY10012 40.728895 -74.000634
  • (At Sullivan St)
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  • (212) 505-0657
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User Ratings (Based on 64 reviews)

Food 3.9 Value 4.1
Service 3.9 Atmosphere 3.8

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 505-0657
(212) 353-2317
(212) 505-0708
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Order From Cafe Espanol for delivery & takeout
Major Credit Cards
Sun-Thu: 12pm-12am Fri-Sat: 12pm-1am
Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Catering, Delivery, Good for Groups, Late Night, Lunch Special, Online Ordering, Online Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Parties, Take Out, Wine Served
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User Reviews

  • Cafe Espanol

    Posted by French couple gourmet on 11/13/2006

    a disappointment

    This is my worst experience of a Spanish restaurant, honestly. First with the sangria the waiter served us, with so much ice. It tasted like diluted wine. I had to complain, the waiter came back with another jug but still I grant him there was fewer ice cubes but it was so bland and tasteless. Then when you are eating in a Spanish restaurant i would not expect them to serve us some basket of tortillas chips, otherwise i would go to a Mexican restaurant. The typical dishes we ordered were also tasteless, without caracter, 90% of them: - the chorizo tasted of peperoni, nothing like something you would expect from a Spanish chorizo - the calamari fritos were very thin, nothing plumpy as as a Spanish restaurant would serve you. - the paella was so bland too. the restaurant is supposed to be popular for that, who said that? The only thing that i liked was the olives!Really nice ones! to conclude, I ordered a take out of my paella thinking i could re-heat it so as make it better with added spices, and to my surprise half of my food was nowhere to be found, not to mention the missing lobster claw that i had cared to save for later. What am I supposed to think? Who had my lobster that i paid for?! that is so cheap! I am not Sherlock Holmes and will not place a complaint as I will never go back to such a place. -

  • Cafe Espanol

    Posted by Erin on 10/02/2006

    Good, not great

    A group of 8 of us went at 9:30 on a friday night and were seated in 5 minutes. The staff is attentive, and the peach sangria is just good. If you are looking for the biggest portion of seafood paella in the world, this is the place. The appetizers are good too (chorizo and mussels). I liked it , but I would not go out of my way to come here again. There are too many other places that are just as good, if not better. However, the prices were very reasonable. Only $28 per person.

  • Cafe Espanol

    Posted by la coqueta on 10/01/2006

    Spain in nyc!

    This spanish restaurant was fabulous! went here with my friends who i traveled to spain with, and it really felt like we were right there. ordered pollo espanolo, which was delicious and tasty, with generous portions. paella was delicious, and gave you tons. seafood fresh. Sangria was pretty good as well. Very reasonable. Tough to find good, authentic restaurants in the city, but this one is def worth going to if you want to feel like you are in spain!

  • Cafe Espanol

    Posted by latonyc05 on 07/29/2006

    Okay but not great..

    Went there with a couple of friends. Have to say that the service is great but the food is mediocre to say the least. We had sangria which was okay (have had better) and the tapas were fine again, but not great. Finally had the paella and it was again, okay. Will I go there again or recommend this place? No...there are better Spanish restaurants around this big city.

  • Cafe Espanol

    Posted by James in NY on 07/27/2006

    NY's best...

    The trick is not to sit on the Cafe Espanol side (the interior is just too crowded), but on the side street at the Tapas restaurant that is one in the same. There is seating in the courtyard as well, and that's where the smokers tend to flock. Just ask for the Espanol menu if you sit at the other place, and you'll have a lot of choices. Also feel free to ask for tortillas and salsa if they only serve you bread. This is a family favorite, and a very dependable place to bring guests. The food has been consistently delicious for years, and the prices are excellent in value for the experience. Stay for dinner and drinks, and then wander around the block to Cafe Dante for dessert afterwards.

  • Cafe Espanol

    Posted by Joric on 06/24/2006

    I'll stand by you

    Just like the Pretenders song, I'll stand by this place. Have been there a few times, and can always count on generous portions, tasty Spanish food, and delightful sangria. who cares if they have chips and salsa? this place delivers for both big parties and intimate gatherings. the paella can feed 2 hungry guys or 5 hungry girls. don't forget the spanish coffee, where the staff flames brandy, pours coffee on top and finishes it off with whipped cream.

  • Cafe Espanol

    Posted by Anonymous on 06/11/2006

    Not my favorite

    Based on the rave reviews my boyfriend and I are decided to celebrate his birthday with dinner on a Friday night...we were not impressed. We ordered tapas to start, and an order of paella and chilean sea bass. The tapas were by far the best part of the experience, but the main courses were not very good. The patio area out back was cute, and the service was good, but we will not go back.

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