Bar Rique
Bar Rique

Bar Rique

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barriquenyc.com/
  • Phone: 646-596-9700x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Friday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
    Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on the local street.
A word from Bar Rique
Bar Rique offers a wide variety of wines from around the world in addition to professionally tailored cocktails and spirits. Our food is expertly prepared tapas and entrees in the traditional Spanish preparation.
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Bar Rique reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)fit for foodies (20)romantic (10)great for outdoor dining (8)late-night find (6)special occasion (4)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (4)good for groups (4)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Good Food, not such good service
    Anonymous34
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was very good and our waiter provided good service. However, the maitre d was rude, and sat us in the corner with no light, even though we had a reservation and there was another open table, that he gave to a couple who came in after us. We had to use the flashlight on our phone to read the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have potential
    Actionjackson11VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Food was just not that good, despite a great menu. Service was excellent. Too many other restuarants to try before I could go back.
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  • Terrible experience
    Agsnyc2
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It is the worst restaurant I've been to in NYC. The food is terrible, the ambiance is bad, the drinks are horrible (you can't drink them, we sent them back), the service is bad, and it's way overpriced.
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  • Hours inaccurate on Open Table
    bengland
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Table was reserved for noon on a Saturday through Open Table. Unfortunately Bar Rique didn't open until 4 pm.
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  • Disgusting Food, Overpriced
    TapasWounded
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    You'd think to judge by the menu options and the prices that this would be a quality restaurant. FALSE. Every item we ordered off the menu was awful. We got the octopus; dry, oversalted and overdressed. Truffle fries had barely any truffle dressing. Chipotle mayo tasted like it came out of a tube. Beef empanadas were dry, bland, and tasted like frozen shells; one arrived burnt on the bottom. The pitcher of sangria we ordered was so watered-down we had to send it back to get a replacement. The fish in the fish tacos was rubbery, overcooked, and dried out as if it had been sitting around a while. Everything was pretty much inedible and we left early without finishing anything. Ruined an otherwise nice evening.
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  • Love it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great ambiance, food and dining pleasure The seared honey crusted tuna...to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Price of caipirinha
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    $26/- for an average caipirinha is rediculus. Was this a mistake . If so, we should get a refund to our Amex card.We paid $52/- for 2 caipirinhas. Impossible to verify if this is a mistake because the listed number goes to a fax line at all times!! Please see if you can find out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sseatsVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My first experience here was better than this one. The bread was dried out, the gazpacho was way too spicy. The short ribs were excellent. The staff is uniformly very friendly, and I had great food last time, so I will try it again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad Restaurant
    alvrein
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The restaurant was empty. Glasses were dirty. The service was slow and just wanted to leave. Food was OK. No good restaurant.
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  • Consistently good food
    MikeKVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I return here over and over for the good food and friendly staff. Regretfully, this time, they had to lose a star. While the food continued excellent, we ordered a bottle of wine for out table. Usually, we would drink by the glass, but we were out with my uncle who is an onophile. The wine came and he took a taste. The wine was hot. The waiter was taken aback that someone would complain about the wine, he seemed to not know what to do. I know that space is limited, but it is criminal to store good wines inappropriately. The wine was not ruined, we were able to cool it down and continue our dinner without incident.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food. Poor Service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Server was rude; forgot to put in a dish and then lied about it, condescendingly told me "gazpacho was a soup" when I ordered it among other tapas and told my friend repeatedly she "didn't look old enough to drink" despite being 28. Food was great, but avoid due to awful service.
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  • Friendly and fun
    UWSider
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Bar Rique is a good change of pace for the neighborhood. The service was very attentive and the menu offers a lot of options within the concept of tapas.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre neighborhood spot
    LindaG
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I went with a group of 5 on a Monday night. We ordered a range of foods, mostly from the "Warm and Lush" part of the menu, and there was something a little off with most of what we ordered. Lamb meatballs seemed overcooked and lacked enough sauce, short ribs had good flavor but were dry, shrimp was greasy and a little too spicy, etc. (The fried artichokes and truffle fries were solid though.) While the food was far from terrible, but none of it was great, either. And nothing about our experience was memorable. I would go here to meet a friend for a drink or two if we were in the neighborhood already, but I wouldn't go out of my way to come here for dinner or bring out of town guests.
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  • Welcoming
    LuLuVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    From the first smile greeting you to the goodby from everyone this is a warm welcoming place with exceptional food. We look forward to going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always have a great experience here
    marydancer
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This is my 5th time here and it's been a consistently good experience. The food is always good as is the service!! I've introduced several people to this restaurant and they all love it. Planning to keep coming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas
    Nicky
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We were there for a pre theater dinner. We sat at the patio which was very cute. The food was great. We each ordered 2 tapas dishes and shared (4 of us). Everything was flavorful, each dish different from the other. Don't miss the bacon warped dates and the cevice.
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  • Good spot
    NYC40smom
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Calamari was amazing; the ribs and lamb a little too salty. Cute restaurant, though. Liked the blurring of lines between bar and restaurant, quiet, nice wine and drink options. Not loud. I'd go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very enjoyable
    kogs
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Stopped in after reading terrific reviews and certainly agree with them. Had a fantastic dinner before a concert and the Best drinks to boot. Service was excellent and the staff was great. Already have recommend ed to others and will definitely be returning
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Have gone multiple times, it never disappoints. Great food, interesting menu, good service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • This spot NEVER fails ..
    jcjcVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    this is a total favorite, and i have introduced so many to this place, and now they repeat their great experiences there. The owner is doing something great there, as is the chef. GO !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good experience.
    Betty
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We had tapas and wine in the garden area, that was enclosed, and air conditioned. It was pretty, and we were able to sit for a couple of hours. The waiter was helpful in his recommendations, and helpful in accommodating our requests reqarding potential allergy issues. The atmosphere is warm and festive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant was CLOSED!!!
    RedsVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My friend and I showed up for our reservation for Sunday brunch and the restaurant was CLOSED!!!
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  • Tapas and ceviche
    Lnorth
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Lots of good choices plus hard to find ceviche. Covered garden area is quiet and away from inside TV's playing the World Cup.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved the Ambiance
    elowl
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is a cool place tucked below the street, with enclosed outdoor/patio seating. I went there for dinner recently, and thought the experience was good, but not great. Bar Rique offers a number of tapas options. We had the paella, truffle fries, yucca and chorizo, lamb, and a charcuterie plate. We also ordered a beet salad that never came. The food was good, though nothing to write home about; the service was a little disappointing. It took a while for our server to get to our table (though our wine did arrive promptly), and then, as mentioned previously, one of our menu items never arrived. I may not return for dinner, but I would return for drinks--the ambiance there is very enjoyable.
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  • Once was more than enough!
    Pamela
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We had a 10:45 reservation and arrived almost 10 minutes late having been at a concert. The minute we sat down we were told we had to order that minute because the kitchen closes at 11(although we had to ask for menus!) . Why they would allow a reservation 15 minutes before closing I have no idea. It was an unpleasant experience - barely mediocre food, servers that couldn't wait for us to leave and people stacking chairs on tables.Their Open Table information says they are open until 12 which is clearly not the case. Would never go there again
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  • tapas and wine
    Suellen
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This is a small neighborhood place with an extensive wine list and small plates to go with your drinks. Tapas size was ample and the two of us ordered 5 dishes which was more than enough. Crispy artichokes, lamb meatballs and beet salad were standouts. Intimate place with lovely outdoor patio in the back.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great small place with small plates
    JayOeats
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We stopped at Bar Rique for dinner before the Ballet. Good tapas plates that were small, but not too small. Lamb meat balls were solid...we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thank you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Great staff! Great food! Wish there was more outdoor seating. The interior looked great, we just wanted open air
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • small place with small plates
    bcorbittVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Not sure how long this place has been opened as went looking for place to have dinner before heading to nearby movie theatre and this place came up. The place is small but one nice thing is they have two tables(4 and 2 top) outside so in nice weather you can enjoy some sun and since it is on side street it is quiet. The menu is nothing amazing as all the standby Spanish tapas dishes. I would have liked to see a couple more vegetable dishes as they had no patatas fritas or anything green for that matter other than fried artichoke. The food was okay, though nothing special but then the prices will not set you back as we ordered 4 tapas which was enough for 2 and 2 drinks and bill came to around 60.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Surprising Gem
    DinewithdogsVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Very cute neighborhood restaurant. Casual with quaint outdoor seating even if it's only 3 tables. What's really lovely is that they have an enclosed patio dining area in the back which is lovely year round. Manager, Adam, knows his stuff and staff is friendly.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Local Find!
    AriesVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Searched OpenTable for a restaurant near the Beacon Theatre and found this place. Read the reviews and decided to give it a try. Place is snall but very quaint. We sat in their enclosed outdoor area which was nice. The menu has a variety of tapas so we ordered several for our party of three. Food was average. My one complaint was they used the same mustard sauce on several dishes so after awhile, the food all tasted the same. In spite of this, would definitely go back!
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 117 reviews are from the Bar Rique reviews archive.
  • Do Not Recommend Closed Restaurant.
    WASCLOSED
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    ALTHOUGH, I HAVE MY PRINTED CONFIRMED RESERVATION MADE THROUGH 'OPEN TABLE', 'BAR RIQUE' WAS COMPLETELY CLOSED, SHUT DOWN, WHEN WE GOT THERE. RIDICULOUS.
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  • MorkVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Terrific tapas near Lincoln Center. Definitely a place to return to.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 3rd time, still a charm
    MikeKVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Introduced more friends to the tapas in this joint. How great, and the service is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our new neighborhood favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We thought we'd run out of tapas places on the UWS. Until we found bar rique. Loved the wine, tapas and staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a great replacement for Epices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I was looking for a new restaurant to go on a Saturday evening before an 8 PM curtain at Lincoln Center. I recognized the location on West 70th street off of Columbus as the site of the old Epices du Traiteur, which apparently closed more than a year ago. Sad, but this tapas joint is great! The food is diverse and yummy, and perfect if you don't want to overeat before a show.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sophia
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We went for lunch and sat outside, we loved it! Table was set up very nicely, manager did his best to fit us outside.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Falling in love w/ this restaurant
    MikeKVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was my second visit as I decided I wanted to share this find friends. Beginning with the warm, friendly greeting when we entered and ending with a moment of dish with our attentive waitress, we were thrilled with the experience. Each tapas artfully presented. Staff not afraid to recommend their favorites, you should too. On this occasion, one of the specials was a spiced grilled octopus. I ordered it with my fingers crossed as I know that ill-prepared this could have been like eating rubber. It melted in my mouth, and was oh so tasty, we were tempted to order seconds. We didn't because we needed room to eat our grilled shrimp, our olive selection, and most importantly our fried artichokes, 2nd only to the ones I've had in Rome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Bar Rique
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Friendly Staff....Great Food....Very Accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Average tapas
    KSaxVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Was hoping bar rique would be an amazing new addition to the neighborhood. It was ok. Not bad but nothing we ate wowed us. Service was good and it seems like a good ambiance for a date. Food was very reasonably priced.
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