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Posted by carol k on 01/07/2010
I recently visited this restaurant after years and was surprised that its still good. Still have same faces working here and still same warm hospitality. Thanks for still serving the neighborhood after so many years.
Posted by james o on 07/30/2009
Unbelievable that I first visited Spain Restaurant in 1975, That's 34 years ago, and it still around serving the same quality Spanish food. The paella & the sweet spare ribs, shrimp in green sauce are still my favorites.
Posted by anonymous on 06/11/2009
What a great place! Before we even looked at our menus we had bowls of salad, huge loaves of bread and butter and 4,(yes, 4!) delicious complimentary appetizers: mussels ceviche, garlic shrimp, chorizo and ribs. All were excellent (although the sauce on the ribs was a bit salty.) We ordered 3 entrees for 5 people and still took food home with us. Everything was delicious, very reasonably priced, but the cash only policy is a bit inconvenient. The white sangria was the best I've ever had. Would definitely eat here again and recommend it highly.
Posted by Anoynymous on 05/04/2009
The food was great! I would recommend to a friend. I enjoyed the appetizers and the paella was to die for! I guess the white walls and simple setting might deter some, but the food and staff was excellent.
Posted by F.V.Y. on 01/18/2009
By far the worst restaurant I've been to in New York. They bring out three complimentary appetizers including a salad that consists of wilted lettuce, dried out, fatty ribs, that had obviously been sitting around almost as long as the salad, oysters i was too afraid to try, and half-rate chorizo. Main course was poor too. Interior is old, unkempt, depressing. Not a good restaurant at all. The place was packed though, maybe I'm missing something, but the food was shockingly bad.
Posted by notzagat on 11/16/2008
You either like this restaurant or you don't there's no middle ground. We used to go here when we lived in GV in the 80s. This old place hasn't changedand that can be good (still low prices, still decent food, still big portions, still good service) or you not good (still dark and dank, still a bit tight,, still no credit cards). We were three. The free appetizers included: excellent chorizo (as good as we've had anywhere), lamb ribs slathered in the same (from 20 yrs ago) salty sauce, mussels ceviche (not so good in ceviche), and a full salad with tomatoes in the same salty dressing, plus a large loaf of bread with a bowl full of open (not wrapped pieces) butter. A glass of wine (Merlot) was very reasonable at $4.50, but they only offer sangria by the pitcher. As appetizer we had gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp) for $7 lots of shrimp and tasty. Entrees were shrimps in green sauce ($16), paella marinera (seafood including lobster) ($19.50) and shrimp a la plancha (garlic shrimps)($17). Both shrimp dishes had tones of shrimps amazingly the garlic was not overpowering altho I wish it had been and the green sauce could've packed more flavor. Both were quite decent. The paella was huge and had lots of clanms, mussels, shrimp, lobster parts. Peas and red pepper added to the mix.. A huge plate of rice was included for both shrimp dishes, as were fried potato slices which were salty but the tops. With 2 coffees and 2 soda, tax, tip the entire bill came to $91. We have leftovers for 2 nights. The service was excellent we got our favorite table in the little 4 table room between the bar and main dining room. Not the best Spanish we've ever had, but by far the best bargain in Manhattan for decent food, excellent service, gigantic portions and quaint atmosphere. Worth a trip if you're not a snob.
Posted by Sasha on 10/22/2008
Spain is a very small restaurant, but that has never really been a problem. The portions are huge, so I would suggest sharing with a friend. I would definitely suggest the sangria!