Alcala
Alcala

Alcala

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alcalarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2123701866
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: Lunch: 12pm - 2:30pm, Dinner: 5:30pm - 10pm; Friday: Lunch: 12pm - 2:30pm, Dinner: 5:30pm - 11pm; Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm; Sunday 5:30pm - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Narciso Camarillo and Alfredo Mejía
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd Avenue
  • Public Transit: Subways: 4, 5, 6 or 7 train to Grand Central
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking and a nearby Parking Lot are available.
A word from Alcala
Alcala is a smaller, more intimate restaurant near the U.N. which serves food from the Basque region of Spain. Alcala creates an elegant and romantic setting while still maintaining an overall casual atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
Alcala reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)fit for foodies (15)great for lunch (11)good for groups (9)notable wine list (9)special occasion (9)late-night find (6)romantic (5)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Amazing ingredients
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The staff was accommodating to special requests I had for the table of 5 I was entertaining. The paellas, filets and fish dishes were delicious as was the gambas al ajillo. The olive oil used in the dishes was excellent and the seafood was fresh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spanish Gem
    LongtimeRestaurantGoerVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I hadn't been to Alcala since it moved a couple of years ago. The food is still excellent - wonderful selection of tapas as well as entrees, side dishes, etc. Portions were generous and the flavors authentic. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First Time
    HurstdocVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I chose this restaurant from Open Table listing of highly rated restaurants near to a business meeting. We had four tapas and four entrees and three desserts along with a pitcher of sangria. Everything was excellent and authentic (jamon iberico, boquerones, gambas al ajillo and asparagus) as well as the three fish dishes and paella. We were never rushed and the staff repeatedly asked if everything was to our liking. We would all go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SPAIN IN NEW YORK-OLE
    REINTJE
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    An outstanding restaurant with fine food,perfect service, and a charming ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the same
    1basqueVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    A basque restaurant needs a basque chef. I have dined at this restaurant several times over the years with very good results. This time at Alcala with new owners and new location was not very enjoyable. Poor service and food not close to previous visits.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A real gem
    risagVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Excellent Spanish food and great service. Will definitely come back
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    SOLID SPANISH FOOD AND TAPAS. FRIENDLY "FAMILY" STAFF. TIRED DECOR AND TIRED CLIENTELE
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Hotsla
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Every time I visit the place I find the cuisine simply delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas
    ReddevilsVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Alcala has a wonderful selection of delicious tapas. Add a pitcher of their Sangria and you will be very happy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Service
    Julio
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Alcalá is my favorite neighborhood restaurant. The food is excellent and reasonably priced. The service is superb. Noise level is moderate, so I can hear my friends and they can hear me without any extra effort.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice reunion place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We had a get-together with 5 friends who had varying food likes (1 almost vegan, 1 vegetarian, one no red meat, one food allergies) and all was accommodated well by the chef and server! It was quiet enough for lively conversation and the location is good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My party was seated right away. The waiter was friendly and the food was delicious and it was prepared quickly. I would definitely recommend this restaurants to friends and I will visit again in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lackluster
    FoodieNYC
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    A tapas/Spanish restaurant within walking distance of the UN lured me to choose this place. Sadly it did not meet expectations. We ordered from the tapas menu - portions were small with long waits between each dish. The place was very quiet for a Thursday night. Overall the service and ambience were lackluster.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    A good place for a work dinner. The service is fast. They also have a26$ express lunch menu.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointing
    myfav
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I have dined at Alcala several times for lunch and dinner and always found the food and service to be excellent. We are always given a warm welcome by one of the owners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 236 reviews are from the Alcala reviews archive.
  • Spanish corner in Manhattan
    MANUELCORTIZOPICHEL
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Nice place to be if you want to get Spanish food in Manhattan. The wine card is impressive as well. The service is excellent
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Spanish Food
    EduardoPVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    My wife and I visited Alcala during a recent visit to NYC. We made a late "post theatre" reservation for 10:30 but arrived late. However owner/chef Jesus and his team welcomed us and stayed a little late to serve us. I'm Spanish and found the food to be authentic and delicious. Jesus came out to visit with us and his staff were all very welcoming and delivered great service. I highly recommend it and being pretty near the theatre district its a great place to visit before or after a show. I've eaten at many of the Spanish restaurants in NYC and Alcala is among the best. The ambiance is not too fancy and very comfortable. Just like a good neighborhood restaurant in Spain where the staff treat you like family.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    There are not many places in New York to have authentic tapas, but this is one of them. We had items that were not on the menu, so ask your waiter what the kitchen might have hidden in the back of their cupboards. Decor is not fancy and the chairs unstable, but that adds to the atmoshere and ambience. Service was friendly and attentive.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas for Two
    LP018
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Acala's ambience was candle-lit and quiet, not busy at all for a Saturday night. We were excited to find a tapas place, as we loved that style of dining when we were in Barcelona. Great wine list with reasonable prices. The food was good but not great, service was friendly but not overly attentive. Overall, it was ok but we probably won't be back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Spanish
    BTONVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This was our second visit. We only ordered tapas and each was great. Tortilla de Patatas, Chorizo en Cazuelita, Jamón Serrano, Plato Campero, Plato de Quesos etc etc
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrific neighborhood find;
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    terrific neighborhood find; freshly prepared food; excellent service; very reasonably priced wine list with lots of excellent Spanish wines; has that tired but homey feel. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disinterested waiter. Average food
    JADKVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Overall, quite disappointing. We were visiting NY and were looking for a small, neighborhood type place expectingfriendly service and really good (but not too fussy) food. What we found was a small neighborhood place with a waiter who completely going through the motions and was far from friendly. The cheese course was good but everything else was non-memorable. Would not go back or recommend to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Spanish Food
    Jack
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Brought my Spanish fiancé here for a taste of home. He was positively giddy! Paella was a bit untraditional, very low on rice. PRices are a bit high for portion sizes. Overall, nice menu and place. They changed locations, to a slightly smaller one.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service fell very short
    Michael
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I have been here many times, at this location and both of the "old" Marichu's. Dozens of times in total. It has always been outstanding in every respect. This time, while the food still met that standard, the service fell far short. After already having ordered drinks and two bottles of wine, it took three tries - the last, accompanied by a threat to walk out-- before we could get water and bread. Much of the evening was like that. My wife called the next day to speak to the manager about it. Her comments were met with a brief and formal apology. Like the kind you get when someone really couldn't care less, but they know they have to say the words. Very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Spanish Food
    RafNY1
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I loved all the traditional Spanish food and Tapas. Cheese plates and jamon are always smaller here than they are in Spain, but that's just the norm. Our waiter, Chucho, was great and attentive. The paella, the shrimp in garlic sauce, the lamb chops, were all delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time at Alcalá
    Julio
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I patronize Alcala with my friends and colleagues. A great place to eat and talk. Service is superb, always with a smile. The food is excellent and very well prepared. I recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Authentic Spanish Restaurant
    Heidinyc
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Great night out with group of friends at this Authentic Spanish Restaurant .... great food, good value, attentive servers and even a Mariachi band to entertain! Great location near Grand Central for groups coming and going in different directions. Will definately go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish ambience
    LabMomVIP
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Went for lunch after some meetings at the UN. It is a big UN hangout. Food is good, though salmon a little over cooked. Good size portions and nice special menu. Worth a try,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Totally Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner at Alcala. We opted for all tapas in order to be able to sample more dishes. The food was delicious and portioned generously (for tapas). The service was warm and attentive. We were very impressed by the owner, who takes an active role in his restaurant. I would definitely visit again when in the area in order to try more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious traditional Spanish food
    CathyVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Many classic dishes from the Basque country and other areas of Spain. Tapas and salads are particularly good - endive, orange and blue cheese salad is divine as are the boquerones.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very cute, intimate Spanish
    bgourmandVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    A very cute, intimate Spanish restaurant - very quiet on the Sunday night we went there (only one other couple!). Nice service and atmosphere, but food was nothing special. I have had better paella and natillas (custard dessert) in many other places.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We celebrated an anniversary
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We celebrated an anniversary with lunch at our favorite neighborhood secret restaurant. Lovely and delicious as always, and with impeccable and warmly-delivered service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another very good meal
    Hank
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Alcala does not dissapoint. Although being from out of town, I only am able to eat here once or twice a year, the meals and service are always very good. Every thing I have ordered here has been very enjoyable. (You do have to like garlic if you order any of the dishes indicating it is one of the ingrediants.) While service on my recent visit seemed a little slower than usual, that was not a real detraction. I especially appreciated the assistance of the staff in helping my guest, an elderly lady, who has mobility difficulties, even assisting when we left and accompanying us to a taxi. I look forward to my next trip to New York and another visit to Alcala.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time at Alcalá
    Julio
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    It's a great restaurant, and I'm happy it has been able to find new premises in the neighborhood (Midtown) when it moved out of its 46th St (near First Avenue) location. The food and the service are excellent! I recommend it! The noise level is moderate, even at busy hours (lunch).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch
    lunchwpat
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Restaurant was in a good location, walking distance to Metro North. The table while close to the one next to us, was next to a wall. Food overall was very good with the trout entree outshining the appetizer. Price high however most tables ordered the price fixe. Service while attentive, was hard to understand the waiter's thick accent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always rewarding
    docky2VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    I have eaten here so many times it is like a second home. Had events here as well for a few organizations. The food is always delicious. It is a little noisy when very busy , which fortunately, it was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Spanish cuisine
    Srozenblatt
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    went there with a friend. Had some excellent tapas, especially the garlic shrimp. The wine was excellent too. My friend had the steak which he felt was very good. My fish was a bit fishy. Overall we liked the place. The ambience was nice. It is a quiet place fit for conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect authentic Spanish food...
    NoniVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    Do you like good wine, good food, good service? Then this is your place for delicious Spanish dining.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great selection for lunch
    JRM71
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Great selection for lunch but disappointed that they did not do tapas at lunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was very nice and
    Andrea
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    The food was very nice and the atmosphere was calm - good for a quiet meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.