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Posted by Ryan on 06/18/2011
We had dinner with 4 june 15th 2011. A real good traditional Spanish restaurant. Anybody that says that the food is mediocre does know little from real Spanish dishes. We had delicious Paella and also excellent steak, the Solomillo. The service in this place is genuine and not like in most places where they are faking just to get a tip. This place deserves more visitors. We can highly recommend it, you will not be disappointed.
Posted by My 2nd Visit on 03/25/2011
If only the food was better. Location is good, service is top notch, decor is classic old school spanish, but the food? meh. Nothing is particularly good, nor is it bad. Basic serviceable food. If they changed the chef this place could be really good and would then be a perfect pre-Garden spot, but now it's not worth your time.
Posted by leo on 02/25/2011
this is the best spanish place i been too so far either in ny or nj, the chicken villa roy is something you could get hooked on - try it if you have not, also the chicken in garlic sauce is very delicious, the decor is beautiful because makes you feel like your in spain in a villa, sometimes the spanish chips are dry and stale they should be alittle crispy but not like a potatoe chip so if it is like that and stale so call them and complain this way if they get a few complaints they will correct it, otherwise this place is number one
Posted by Yorkville tower resident on 10/24/2010
I used to go to this place on a fairly regular basis in the 80s, mostly for tapas. Last night I decided to take my wife there since we were going to be in the neighborhood. She had a mixed seafood dish and I had a veal almondine for around $20 each, which included a salad. To get straight to the point, the food and service were *terrific*. The place is a bit funky looking and in need of remodeling but who cares when the food and service are a-1.
Posted by Larry B. on 08/23/2010
Went this past Saturday at an off time. Went around 4 for an early dinner. Place was pretty empty. It's a small simply decorated place. When we got there my wife and I were the only ones there. I didn't mind this at all since it provided a nice quiet intimate environment. A little later a few more people strolled in. The menu is pretty traditional and doesn't offer too much in the way of experimentation. I had already did some early research on this place thanks to menupages and I decided to order the stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer. They were so tasty!!! Excellent. Thanks to those that recommended them here on menupages. The restaurant accompanies them with fresh made potato chips. Not a bad choice but I think they would be even better with some lightly toasted bread considering bread is a superior choice for the tasty garlic sauce. My wife ordered the paella and I had opted for the "pulpo marinera" (octopus). The octopus was soft and not overly chewy and it was served in a nice sweet marinera style tomato sauce that would have been perfect over some pasta. They accompanied it with Spanish yellow rice. Again a slight issue with the accompaniment, the rice was fine but didn't do much to enhance the octopus, plus I don't know if marinera sauce and rice is a great combo. Now I wouldn't expect a Spanish restaurant to serve spaghetti as the side but perhaps a starch or a vegetable would have been better. Overall it was a good dish but I felt like it was missing a little something but I still enjoyed it. The paella was excellent!! The rice had the perfect moistness (not too wet but not dry) and all the seafood items and the chicken were beautifully cooked. I was very impressed with the paella and would return just for it. But a Spanish restaurant wouldn't be worth the trouble if it couldn't muster at least a decent paella. To wash it all down we went with another Spanish restaurant standard-bearer, Sangria! The red Sangria we had was good but a little boring in the fruit department as it only had oranges and apples. Overall the service was decent but I've had better. The waiter seemed a little unsure and new and I had to call him over at several junctures when he should have been the one to come over and ask if we were fine. But the food came out very promptly and it was tasty well made Spanish cuisine. I would recommend Spanish Taverna for a traditional choice.
Posted by Jackie on 05/18/2009
I had the arroz con pollo-very good! Even the salad that comes with dinner was very good! I never sit in booths because they sink in and are too far away from the table. When the host lead us to the booth I was skeptical but, even that was perfect. The booth was firm and made me sit up nice & high. It was great sitting there. No one rushed us. It was 6:30 on a Friday night; not crowded or loud it was great. Everything was perfect-Thank God since I was there on a blind date and picked it out while we were walking deciding whre to go & I knw right away small looking places from the outside, are always the best. I will always go back there. :)
Posted by RCW on 03/31/2009
I agree this restaurant needs new decor and could improve on atmosphere. However, the food is to die for. My favorites are the shrimp in green sauce, chicken villaroy, any of the paellas and the fried potato chips. Service has always been attentive and cordial. Have been coming here since the '70s. I always feel that it's my little secret because the first time I met someone there for lunch, I walked right past it.