Sala One Nine
35 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011
Primary Phone: (212) 243-2541
Sala One Nine NYC
Parking: Paid, Street
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Spanish, Mediterranean, Caterers, Take Out, European, Continental
Price Range : Average
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12/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Sala is really one of the best hide-away bars in the city. Located on a sleepy street in flatiron (sister location is down on bowery), this small and intimate bar features a terrific happy hour (2-for-1) and great spanish wines. I have yet to try a tapa I didn't love.
12/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Food was great! Fried Goat Cheese was A+ along with the garlic shrimp.Red Sangria was very delicious. Loved the ambiance of the restaurant. A lot of group dinners were happening mixed with a few couples. Downstairs bar area very nice, but not a lot of people for a Friday night. Service was okay, a little disappointed by the unfriendly wait staff, host was very nice (he might have been the manager though).
10/12/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This was one of those evening that I have wanted to write about everyday, but felt the need to make it so detailed and so descriptive that I have not gotten to it yet.
It was honestly one of the top 10 dining experiences I have had in NY. The food, the service, the wine. It was all perfect. I hope you enjoy as much as I did!
06/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Felt the need to send another positive review since someone panned it so bad. Ate here last Thursday and thought it was fabulous! Had the white sangria- YUM! First sangria I have ever had in a restaurant that didn't taste like a pitcher of fruit juice. It actually tasted like SANGRIA! And maybe the previous reviewer had a bad batch, because the goat cheese apps were terrific when we had them! Same goes for the bacon wrapped dates, and the soup of the day- an amazing white gazpacho with almonds. They were super busy and needed to ask for our table after we finished dining, but the hostess felt so bad to move us that she bought us another pitcher! I highly recommend this place and will certainly return myself...
06/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
A few girlfriends and I went to Sala One Nine last thursday night, unfortunately we didnt have a reservation and weren't able to get a table, but the host was really nice and made space for us at the bar so we could order food and hang out. It turned out GREAT! The bartender was from Spain so she guided us through the menu and wine list. She was very friendly, (a little slow, but i guess that's what happens when you are attentive to your customers?...) The sangria was really good too and for our group we got 2 pitchers for the price of one because we showed up before happy hour was over! Definately reccommend this place, but try to make a reservation if you are a larger group and want to sit. OR just show up and hang out at the bar!
03/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Expensive prices. Cheap cheesy, lazy food. Our $9 wine tasted like Carlo Rossi, the goat cheese app like the fryer it was made in, our mussels were raw and the molten chocolate cake was the worst I've had! Stay away!! Never felt the need to pan a restaurant before!
07/02/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Service was horrible! The menu selection and happy hour is no where near as good as Sala's on Bowery. i will not be going back to Sala on One Nine again. For a more low key experince with great Sangrias, tapas, and good service, check out Sala on Bowery. I only would recommend Sala One Nine if you prefer a crowded scene with rude service and sucky happy hour.
05/17/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My girlfriends and I came here on a Thursday night in May. We had early reservation for 5 people (at 5:30). They seated us right away and gave us yummy drinks. Both the margarita and sangria were great! To start, we all had the special arugula salad with aged goat cheese. It was delicious! Then, we each picked a racion and we shared them all. We had the garlic shrimp, the tortilla, fried goat cheese with honey and carmalized onions, and the tosta with baked brie. All of them were excellent! We especially LOVED the fried goat cheese and we ended up ordering another round of that along with the potatoes with spicy sauce. yum! for dessert, we had one apple tart and one chocolate souffle. both were awesome but the chocolate was to die for.
We got there so early that it was almost empty when we sat down. We were having such a good time that we didn't notice it got really crowded. No one rushed us through the whole meal and we took our time. After all the plate cleared, we got a few glares from the waitress because people were waiting, but it didn't change our minds. We all loved it there. Great music, low enough to have a conversation. Great vibe. Friendly waitress (she was so passionate about the food!). It was such a good time and I will definitely go back!
03/30/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My girlfriend and I decided to go to Sala One Nine on a Friday night around 7pm for the first time. Sala had a very warm feeling to it, but was really crowded., with the after work crowd, and a mixture of others. We forgot to make reservations, and ended up waiting at the front bar, which was way to crowded and small to keep people waiting for about an hour. But its expected.. no biggy because I was dying to taste their food. Well,,,Just before we came up with the idea to call the Bowery location to make a reservation so we can finally eat, we were seated. The selections were great, there was plenty tapas/entrees to choose from, we had the Paella, which was really tasty, we also had the coquetas hamon it was just delightful. The grilled calamari wasnt the best. I must say I felt the man at the bar, who could possible be the owner/host was a little preoccupied, we asked for a recommendation of what was good on the menu, and he had no suggestions. You would think he would have some feedback. He seemed like he was juggling 4 jobs at one time. As soon as we finished our delicious desert our check was placed on the table. I will go back there again, but I will make sure to have reservations first, and possible come at an earlier time in the day, so I dont feel rushed, I can only image how this place is on the weekend. This is not to discourage anyone, its just not a good feeling when you want to sit and relax after a long work week, to feel rushed to leave. It left a bad taste in my mouth.
03/24/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My friend and I really enjoyed the grilled shrimp with sliced almonds and scallions as well as the croquettes with serrano ham. The sangria was great. We went on a Friday night at around 7pm. It quickly grew too crowded for my comfort and the busboy put a ""reserved"" card on our table to give as the hint to finish up quickly. Overall I would recommend it though.
12/29/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We had our office party here and it was a great pick. THe food was really good and they kept the drinks always full. The service was wonderful and they were so pleasant. Not the best tapas in town, but if you want a good yummy place for groups, definitely try Sala 19.
11/15/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Place: good atmosphere: shadow cast tables, two bars, awkward winterized entrance, mid-block Flatiron location; no coat check. Food: Average. Nothing particularly notable in any selection even the fish special. Suffice it to say, it?s not bad... but just not good. All of us said: ""ok"".
Service: very mixed bag. At the bar is fantastic and very welcoming.; never felt rushed or ignored. However, table service was, frankly, terrible on both occasions. It seems Sala likes to hire presumably cheap bus labor providing very awkwardly busing service while the wait staff is therefore theoretically less burdened yet thet latter still remains inattentive and aloof. Our latest outing involved a perfect example: the overworked buser dumped dirty placeware, whilst cleaning, on the back of my friend in the tight dining area and didn't apologize (stunning); when the server was told, we received only a curt ""sorry"" followed, unfortunately, by a very long absent period. During both visits, we had to wait for the server to ask about more drinks and even an initial ""how's it going"" inquiry after the food arrived -- which was not asked in the last visit.
Summary: If you go, expect reliable slightly above average food for the price; and definitely eat at the bar or go when the staff is less taxed -- they seem not to be the cream of the crop here and need to be unlittered by needy customers to really provide good service.
10/30/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Sala One Nine isn't the most authentic Spanish cuisine you can find in the city but it's still good and the atmosphere is as alluring as the food. It's very lively and young. The value is OK. It's not inexpensive but average. Drinks are strong and a good size and they have a good group rate for b-day's and special occasions. $55.00 for 3 courses and 2 hours of all-you-can-drink Sangria, Beer and Wine.
10/15/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to this place several times and have always had a great experience here. As far as Tapas restaurants go, I haven't found one yet that bests this place. From the small sandwiches to the chorizo to the shrimp in garlic sauce, everything is what you'd expect from a true Spanish Tapas restaurant. Try to get here early to get a good table, or eat just as comfortably at the bar.
In response to a recently posted-negative review, Sala is not a bar, if you're looking for happy hour, go next door to the Flatiron Lounge and spend a couple of bucks on a well-crafted cocktail, or if that's too high-brow, go to No Idea on 20th b/t Park and Broadway where you can swill $5 pints of Gin and Tonic.
10/01/2006Provided by Citysearch -
My two friends and I were waiting at the bar for our table for a bit, and as a sort of apology, the bartender gave us a free round! We tried to give her a good tip as a thank you and she refused to take it! We snuck it in, but were definitely impressed w/ her thoughtful gesture. I would stick w/ the tapas here - entrees have never been memorable. Some favorites of mine include the Tortilla Espandla, Gambas Al Ajillo, Chorizo Frito, Croquetas De Jamon.
09/09/2006Provided by Citysearch -
the food at sala one nine is the closes to ""authentic"" spanish i have had in iew york. the sangria is delicious and the portions are not skimpy at all. do not miss the grilled calimari or the chorizo. a reservation is recommended, and the bar can get very packed, making the whole restaurant a little loud. the staff is knowledgeable and very friendly.
08/22/2006Provided by Citysearch -
So far, this is my favorite tapas place in the city! The dates are the best, as the friendly staff will always let you know. The Sangria is good, though nothing too special. I definitely recommend the fried apple dessert. I went one Saturday night with a group of 4 and without reservations, so there was a long wait, and the crowd at the bar was a little much, but no worries, you're right beside the Flatiron Lounge, one of the best cocktail places in the city. I went again last night (a Monday) and at around 9, the place was practically empty. The waitress was really sweet and the food was incredible. I'd definitely recommend this place to anyone, and I'll be back for sure!