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Cafe Espanol

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(37 Reviews)

172 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

(212) 505-0657

Today: 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tomorrow: 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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General Info
Cozy, romantic, authentic Spanish tapas restaurant in the heart of the west village. Customers will be treated to a wonderful candlelight meal by our experienced and knowledgeable staff. Come join us for a taste of Spain.

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (212) 505-0708

Fax: (212) 505-0708

Payment method
cash, all major credit cards, amex, discover, master card, visa, paypal
Price Range
Greenwich Vlg
Downtown Manhattan, Greenwich Village

Cafe Español

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Coffee Shops, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Validated

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Cuisines: Caterers, Cafeterias

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Anne V.



Love this place. I come here on a daily basis. the staff is super friendly and the food is great!!!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
GREAT place for AUTHENTIC food from SPAIN!

Awesome restaurant. Food was great, very generous portions and reasonably priced. Fun and friendly staff. Service was very attentive. Look forward to returning again!

We had been back MANY times ever since and it had replaced our former number one restaurant (Trattoria Spaghetto - which is now back to being our NUMBER TWO restaurant). What has made the place special was NOT only the food but the entire wait staff! Rafael/waiter and with the two owners (Roscendo F.) along with the rest of the staff made it a friendly, festive, party atmosphere and made you feel at home and part of a true ""family"". We have celebrated my and my wife's birthdays there for the last 2 years now going on three.

Pros: Food, Service - especially with Rafael as your waiter, Price.

Phillip & Lisa



Provided by Citysearch - 
Go somewhere else

I've been to many Spanish restaurants and tapas bars, and was really quite disappointed with the quality of the food at Cafe Espanol. The chorizo was really fatty, the mussels were not fresh, and the rice in the paella was undercooked. The service was good, but if it weren't for my gift certificate, I would not think paying the full bill on the meal would be worth it.



Provided by Citysearch - 

the perfect sangria.... not too sweet. the perfect amount of fruit and not too badly priced for a pitcher. GO! ENJOY!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good Spanish Cuisine

I've been here numerous times and each time was a different experience... meaning good if not better every time.

Food is def on point when it comes to Spanish meaning Spain cuisine. The Baby Lamb Chops is awesome and becareful as it leaves your teeth with a inky film that only a toothbrush and paste can cure.

Wine selection ain't so bad either.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Average Food

I visited Cafe Espanol about two years ago and was very satisfied with my experience. But after my visit this past Friday I think it may officially be my last visit. We ordered clams in garlic sauce for appetizer which was good but from my experience this is good at every restaurant I've been to. For dinner, I ordered the seafood paella thinking it would be really authentic and tasty; but surprisingly it was bland to say the least. My boyfriend had the skirt steak which I thought tasted good. The way I see it, if you?re an authentic Spanish restaurant and can't get paella right then you need to either close up shop or get a new chef. The highlight of my evening I'd have to say was playing with the little turtle in the fountain (in the garden) and definitely not the food.



Provided by Citysearch - 
garden dining!

I happened upon Cafe Espanol on one spring evening during my search for a happy union of a romantic dining experience and some badly-needed comfort food. When I found out they had a garden, I requested my date and I be seated there. Even though we had no reservation, we were seated promptly at a table in the middle of their small-but-lovely garden. The seafood paella proved to be exactly the kind of comfort food I was seeking. The candle-lit garden seating made me forget that we were in the middle of the Village. The fact that Cafe Espanol's price is shockingly reasonable and that wait staff are friendly and gracious is a definite plus. When I was sipping their mellow sangria, I knew I found the happy union after all!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not to be confused w/Cafe Espanol on Carmine

My husband and I ate here for dinner on a Friday night. We were attended to very quickly and courteously. The atmosphere is warm and inviting - loved the murals. We ordered the Pulpo a La Gallega as an appetizer and shared a Paella Marinera as an entree. For dessert, we tried the Tartufo. We loved it all. We had dined at Cafe Espanol on Carmine and the service could have been better, the restaurant was poorly lit making it hard to read the menu, and the Paella Valenciana was too salty. Cafe Espanol on Bleecker is the best.



Provided by Citysearch - 
GREAT birthday dinner for group of 13!

We celebrated a birthday dinner at Cafe Espanol on a Thursday night and it was a BLAST! By calling ahead of time, they gave us the option to choose from two pre-set menus (incl. appetizer, main course, coffee, desert and unlimited Sangria/Wine/beer for 3hrs!)! Prices were very reasonable and the food was very good! The birthday girl arrived an hour late, but the waiter insisted that it was not a problem! As soon as she arrived and said her Hellos, the appetizers were on the table! The waiter was very attentive and treated us very nice! Service was GREAT! We were pretty loud, but we were practically the only ones in the area we were seated (Sullivan St. entrance). Highly recommended!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 

This place is almost always busy, but because its so huge you'll almost always get a table. I only had to wait when I came with a large party. The Food is Great, I've been to a lot of High rated Spanish places in the city and can honestly say that Espanol's tapas are the best. Everything is very Authentic I spent time in Spain, loved their food and Espanol is the closest alternative to Castiles food. The service is sometimes slow, simply because they are often very busy. I've tried sangria in A LOT of different places and theirs is The BEST. If your looking for a place to get some very good food, sit back and relax, enjoy your time with friends and a decent price go to Espanol, get a pitcher of Sangria and a must Shrimp in Garlic sauce and Pulpo a la Gallego...Enjoy!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very good, great value

Excellent value, fresh seafood and grat lobster specials. I been in the neighborhood for years and have been a customer for years. The staff is very accomodating and the Sangria is great.
Great outdoor garden, great for groups or a romantic dinner for two.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Food Not Espanol

Went there for lunch yesterday and had the $10.95 3 course special. As soon as the basket of tortilla chips arrived with what seemed like an enchilada sauce (definitely not salsa), we started wondering if the restaurant served Spanish food or Mexican food. The food was not good at all, starting with the green salad, and the entrees (garlic chicken, chicken extreme) were chicken doused in oily sauce. To top it off, the sangria tasted like pepsi, since it had some carbonation. We ate outside, so we don't know how the interior is, but not a very good atmosphere since the road was very busy and it got loud. At least the flan was decent.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great value!!!

Been there several times; great food, ambience and value! The garden in back is so cute and romantic, complete with a pond with real turtles! The food is so good and inexpensive -- especially if you go for lunch. The service is great, they kept noticing whenever my water glass was getting low and filled it up several times without me having to ask. Great place, especially for the money!



Provided by Citysearch - 

We had dinner the other night there and it was very good. The Sangria and Margaritas are excellent. We had lobster, Paella, and a few Tapas, we all thought everything was very very good. The best was that it is very reasonably priced.
We had a great time,
P.S. Sit out in the back garden if you go, its beautiful.



Provided by Citysearch - 
User review by xlanochkax

I can't belive that this place still gets customers...but then again, they probably don't know what spanish food should taste like. The food in this restaurant was by far the worst spanish food(or any food) for that matter. The paella valenciana (one thing that you'd think they can't mess up in a SPANISH restaurant) tasted nothing like it should. The jamon tasted like it was cut up 3 weeks before we got there. Even sangria didn't taste like it was sangria. If you want authentic spanish food, this is the last place you should look. My friend and i left all our food exactly the way we got it and left very mad.



Provided by Citysearch - 

These guys are great. I ordered the food and the restaurant manager delivered the food because his delivery guy was out sick. The food is great.. Totally recommend them.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not as good as it used to be

Cafe Espanol was once a very good place: but has lost attn to detail



Provided by Citysearch - 
Fab always

We've been many times--it's fun with a group or as a couple. Now my sons are taking dates there for great food and amazingly attentive service. Forget the sangria--the white rioja is crisp, dry and delicious. Perfect with summer and lobster. We've NEVER been disappointed yet, and after all, consistancy is what makes a great restaurant successful over generations of dining guests!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Lunch specials

We came in during lunch time and saw their ad for a 3 course meal for $9.95. It was a good deal. Had a soup, drink and main course. My friends got the garlic chicken (garlicky! yum!) and I had the pork chops extremena (sauteed peppers and sauce). Overall, this place has a very cozy ambiance. Make sure you know what kind of soup you're ordering... we didn't know the Gazpacho was ice cold salsa. For any visitors... check this place out. Dinner tends to be packed as it is a small restaurant.



Provided by Citysearch - 

PERFECT! Best value in city. $9.95 for beer/wine/soda, entree (1/2 lb scallops), soup or salad (get soup), 2 sides (BIG), flan & coffee. AWESOME! I had tapas and it was like Spain again. Small place, but food quantity and value is worth the trip! I'm from SC and m yparty of 5 will go back next year!