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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.
Posted by Unhappy Spaniard on 05/23/2008
As someone who has eaten in Spain and has been to a lot of Spainsh restaurants I was looking forward to try it out. The place was a bit cramped but that was ok. The service was very bad, it took a while for anyone to ask us what we wanted and even longer for the food to get to us. The tortilla we ordered came extremely dry and burnt from being in an oven (that dish should never need br be in the oven) and it looked like it was made this morning and just sat around all day. The other appetizers we ordered were just as disappointing. The galician soup (My family is from that area) was too salty and our main dishes were nothing to be excited about. We didn't try the coffees or the deserts, we just paid our large bill and left. I will not be going back. And on top of everything they were playing Mexican music the entire time we were there... most people may not know the difference but we did.
Posted by City Visitor on 01/22/2008
Located in a nice quiet street, Cafe Riazor seems like a nice neighborhood restaurant with an extensive menu of Spanish-inspired foods. The tapas menu was just right, and my favorite was the cooked octopus with paprika and other infused spices. The jamon and manchego cheese plate was also very good. We split a whole sea bass which was cooked very nicely. Wine by the bottle selection was okay, not extensive, but reasonably priced. We visited during a week day and were amongst three other tables of people, but the bar was full of locals enjoying the game on television. Service was attentive and paced well. A nice place without any outstanding calling.
Posted by Aga on 04/02/2006
Great food! Great service! We keep coming back.. The chicken riazor is excellent. Also all of their stews are amazing.
Posted by Fan-Fan-Fan on 12/20/2004
I have been going to this restaurant every year on New Years Day for as long as I can remember....I love it. The food is soooo good, starting from the tapas to the sangria...and you can't beat the price.
Posted by sara on 10/10/2004
Nice looking place, and the staff was great, but the food was uninspired. Went to try the tapas... and this was tapas that should have been kept covered. One dish was not edible and the rest was eaten to satisfy my hunger. At the end of the 'meal' had a huge bill and was not satisfied.
Posted by hector on 02/03/2004
when you go inside you feel like in any tasca in spain . good food , good wine , good price ... i don't need anything else.