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Posted by valpal on 01/15/2006
Sure, Cafe Espanol plays fast and loose with the defintion of Spanish food - Nachos and Chicken Parm are obviously not of the Spanish Tradition. It is often VERY crowded (even cramped) - but it is a solid restaurant with very tasty food and a courteous staff. The pri fixe (now only available on weekdays) is a phenomenal value -enormous portions and very good. Not all menu items are stars, but the salmon entree and the mussel appetizer are great! Well prices Lobster entrees should be noted as well. There is a good wine list with economical variteies too. For people looking for an authentic Spanish experience, I would not point to cafe Espanol. But for a fun experience with good food and good prices in Soho, I love Cafe Espanol.
Posted by Vanessa F on 01/13/2006
Very cute place. The atsmosphere was very nice. The service was good. They were very attentive. The prices were reasonable. The paella could have been better. The sangria needs a lot of work. If you go, stick to the lobster.
Posted by juan and pravi on 01/09/2006
I have never been lucky with Spanish restaurants abroad. And Cafe Espanol is not different. The food we ate was poorly cooked and i want u to know something. Spanish don't eat nachos as an appetizer, in fact that is something Mexican. Maybe we should have tried seafood, cos the meat was not really good. And the price quite expensive for what i would call this non-spanish food at Cafe Espanol.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/26/2005
I had dinne there this week with four friends and found it to be very good. The seafood was excellent, from the lobster to the shrimps. My friends had Paella Marinera and agreed it was very good, not dry and bland like most places. We were celebrating a birthday and they gave us a dessert with a candle and some champagne on the house. It was truly a very nice time.
Posted by J. on 08/25/2005
My coworkers and I have eaten lunch here several times and have always found the lunchtime special to be good food at a great price. However, the last couple of times we visited we found the food has either been overcooked or undercooked, especially the paella dishes. Today is the first time we returned after several weeks and unfortunately the food quality had not improved and the service has noticeably deteriorated. In fact, the waiter that served us today was rude, there were eight of us in our party and whenever a question was asked he gave us real attitude. The Manager was nowhere to be found and although I complained to another waiter on the way out I doubt if anything will be said. We will not be visiting this restaurant again.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/21/2005
We had the fixed prices lunches on the Bleecker side, and everything was very good--a great lunch value at $11. The experience at the Tapas bar on the Sullivan St. side was not good. We ordered 4 tapas. The took an hour to arrive, and when they did, not one of them was good. The cod croquettes were mushy and flavorless. The potatoes and spicy sauce were also flavorless, like plain fried potatoes and really cheap mexican spicy sauce-nothing else. The scallops were chewy and fishy, not soft and rich, which they tried to conceal with too much garlic. The potato and egg Tortilla Espanola was adequate, but again was bland and a bit dry. Definitely would not recommend the Salon de Tapas, stick to the Bleecker side.
Posted by Kristie on 08/02/2005
Cafe Espanol has THE BEST CHICKEN PARM I have EVER had. I have never had a problem with the service. I find that the waiters are always noticing when you need another drink or dishes cleared. I have recommended this place to all of my friends and they all loved it and even recommended it to thier friends! The sangria is great too!