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Posted by Anoonymous on 12/11/2012
I love this place and so does my dad who is a gallego. This place has some of the best food and reminds me of visiting my grandma in Spain. The cook and owner is from Spain and he makes some of the best camarones al ajillo. My mom loves the pulpo! I also love the ternera a la gallega. This has been one of the favorite resturants for my family for years and I just recommended it to a friend visiting NY. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. My dad being from Galicia and missing his homeland used to frequent here and one day my mom happen to be having lunch. They met and fell in love. This place will always be special to me. As far as the other folks critizing the gipsy kings for not being spanish, well they are, there parents were just like I am. Does that make me any less of a gallega? Overall try this place for yourself and I hope you love it as much as I do.
Posted by eldee on 07/15/2012
This first time at Cafe Riazor will not be my last! I chose it for many the tapas and dinner fish and seafood selections. With a 6-page dinner menu and extensive wine list, I started to wonder if I might be disappointed. Not at all! The food was fresh and delicious, and the service was paced perfectly to really enjoy it. Loved that you could get wine by the glass, 1/2 or full carafe or bottle, too. Now for the truly wow factor: I neglected to tell my servers that my party had a performance to make. So, when we realized we were 10 minutes to showtime and hadn't yet had our main courses, I explained our predicament to the server and asked for the check and to have our meals wrapped up to be picked up after the show. Not only did they accomodate this bizarre request - though they were sorry we wouldn't be able to eat the food freshly prepared - but, when I left the tickets on the table, the server ran to the theatre with them, getting there before us. We were seated 2 minutes before the curtain went up. And, after the show, our food was still hot and ready for us to pick up. Amazing! We will definitely be going back, again and again!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/03/2012
My family has been going to Cafe Riazor for over 30 years. They treat us like family and the food is awesome. My favorite is their Shrimp Riazor....yummo!
Posted by E Pabon on 12/24/2011
Been going to Riazor for 20+ years, We always love to meet with family and friends for great meals. Funny thing is when we get a menu(no need for it). Just go, loosen up, close your eyes and point to anything on the menu and order a pitcher or two of sangria. maybe even dance a little.
Posted by Happy Customer on 02/28/2009
The food was absolutely SUPERB and the service was Excellent!! The tapas was flavorful and not in the least bit spicy...I would recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking a pleasant dining experience...
Posted by Nita Madrid on 02/07/2009
I am from Spain and I love finding new tapas places and Spanish restaurants around the city. Last night, I was trying to get good octopus with paprika and decided to go to Cafe Riazor. From the beginning, I felt disappointed: only 3 tables to wait and the service took forever to take our order, to the point that we had to wave at them several times to get their attention! Music was bad and way too loud. My boyfriend and I were pretty hungry, and we expected some kind of oil and bread to entertain while we got our wine and tapas. We ordered octopus with paprika, chorizo asado, croquetas and scallops and not a single one was good. The octopus was so soft it was falling apart and the paprika in this dish is not supposed to be spicy!! Our croquetas were oily and bland, the chorizo was too dry and I would swear the sauce in the scallops was entirely made out of ketchup! Besides, spicy tomato and cheese on scallops is not precisely Spanish to begin with. Spanish food is generally not spicy because quality ingredients are key - no need to mask any flavors. To make things worse, after waving the waitress to get our check, she brought the wrong one. In her second attempt, she brought our check, that was obviously insanely overpriced. Don't be fooled by the menu in this place. Will never come back
Posted by La espanola on 12/30/2008
An expat Spaniard visiting the restaurant for the first time. We went the day before Xmas eve and it was not very busy, different from other Spanish restaurants that I frequent in NYC. VERY IMPORTANT: they only accept AMEX but they do not tell you until the end, which is awkward. Get ready for it. We did not try the tapas but we tried the Galician soup and I must agree with another reviewer that it was a bit too salty. We tried to fish stew dishes that we liked. Despite the Mexican music on the background (and the inevitable non-Spanish Gipsy Kings), the service was attentive until the bill came. We were surprise about how big it was. The crushed us with the drinks, and they included 20% service (we were two). I felt a bit mistreated and I suspect they charged us the big service tip because they thought we were tourists. That somewhat offends me, because I would had tipped that much anyway. I often go down to the city to try Spanish places, but I will not be going back to Cafe Riazor.