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Cafe Español - Carmine St.

Cafe Español - Carmine St. Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafeespanolny.com
  • Phone: (212) 675-3312
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday -Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 12:00pm - 11:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Offering a variety of trays from our tapas menu to paella, meats, and chicken dishes. We provide delivery, set up, and workers if needed. We have over 20 years experience. Please contact us to help organize your special event or fun Spanish theme party.
  • Entertainment: Live Spanish music every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 7pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th Avenue South
  • Public Transit: You may take the 1 train to Houston St. and walk on Varick St. against traffic and make a right on Carmine St. Also any train to west 4TH right on Carmine St. toward 7TH Ave south.
  • Parking: No
A word from Cafe Español - Carmine St.
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.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Enormous portions. Great service. I eat here all the time. A great village find."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "The entire staff INCLUDING THE OWNER work promptness and courteously to provide diners and guests with a superb eating experience! We found this place long ago as a neighborhood "gem" but recently took some guests..........and it was SUPERB. The owner was gracious and kind and studiously waited on our table. The waiters and busboys are always "old world" neatly dressed and polite. The food? DELICIOUS!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Surprisingly excellent food and service. Neigborhood gem. Great choice for tapas."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food didn't seem special for the price. Not coming back again."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The dinner was delicious and plentiful! Great restaurant for Spanish food. The paella is very tasty, and enough to enjoy for dinner the next day. Dining outside is enjoyable."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "we had a groupon an they made us feel like beggars the service was very slow the waiter after I told him that the plate where very small potions told us that they where smaller for groupon so the food was very average at best so don't spend your money there. I waited over 20 min for my mojito's drink an it was not that busy the only good thin was the Spanish café at the end.."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food here is always delicious and the service is personal, even though the atmosphere is energetic and it's usually a full restaurant and bar. One of my favorite places in NYC."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We took my husband for Father's Day dinner and he loved the Mariscada Verde and my broiled seafood with lobster was splendid. The tapas were the only thing that was sparse for the price, but the coffee and desserts were amazing also. We'll go back for their outstanding Mango Sangria!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The first thing I noticed was the smell...it smelled slightly musty when they sat us in the dining room. The food was okay but not as good as on Bleeker...it looked and tasted like they cooked the seafood separately and then put it into the paella. The service was excellent. Overall okay experience, but I'll make the trip over to the East Side unless I'm trying to use a restaurant.com coupon."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We came here with a groupon deal, but that did not deter the waiters from providing us with great service. Quick note, there is no one assigned waiter to a table. We had different servers visit our table throughout the night to take our orders, refill our water, take away dishes, etc. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We had five tapas. The grilled octopus was poor as it was too soft and tasteless. The grilled shrimp wasn't bad and the shrimp in garlic sauce was good. The spicy spanish sausage was underwhelming and the five pieces of asparagus were tasty but nothing special. The fried ice cream was great as was the service. Unfortunately, the food would be a deterrent from returning."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The food and dessert were absolutely yummy. The sangria was not & very disappointing. Be sure to have the fried ice cream! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Need I say more than the following: NO PAELLA IS EXECUTED WITH PARBOILED RISE!!!! It also tasted like the ingredients were added onto the rise as opposed to being cooked with it..."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The restaurant was very flexible and accommodating with our group of 13 last Sat night. We were a loud and rambunctious crew and they were so easygoing to work with. Our dinners were delicious but the service was really impressive. It's in our neighborhood and we'd never been but would definitely go back! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "nice atmosphere and good service, not impressed with food. we tried 10 tapas and a seafood paella, olives and cheese plate were decent, the rest of it - bla. white sangria was ok."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "I came here after hearing rave reviews from a friend whose uncle frequented the place. However I didn't realize there is another restaurant of the same name nearby. Are they related? Are they not? I have no idea, but the one I went to was quite disappointing. The people were very nice, but the food was not appetizing. The pulpo was WAY too salty, my friends omelette was brown- overcooked- which they remedied, and my paella was lackluster. And the sangria? Tasted like cleaning fluid. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food, drinks and services are outstanding. The owner Pablo is extremely friendly and accommodating to all your need "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We had a long table that was perfect for a large group with 4 kids. Food was really nice (although expensive), service was nice and we weren't rushed into leaving even though it was Saturday night."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The veal dish I ordered from the lunch menu came under-cooked, almost raw...I was thinking of sending it back, but felt uncomfortable doing so. The waiter was very easily distracted. At some point, he forgot about me for almost 20 min, when I wanted to take a look at the dessert menu. The other party (the only party at the restaurant at the time), got his entire attention for some social exchange and such..."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "the tapas were delicious but portions were (perhaps foreseeably) very small. incidentally, the desserts were huge. the restaurant was quite loud which made conversation challenging. ambience was nice, perhaps slightly cramped."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "One of the best place in NYC for Spanish food with extraordinary service. Pablo the owner always makes you feel welcome"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Always great food, great service. I've been coming here for over 20 years, never disappointed. The sangria is a bit weak!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food, service and ambiance were all great. Very friendly staff. The sangria was amazing - ask for the bartender's special recipe. And the food was delicious - I had a very good paella with seafood, chicken and sausage. Definitely will recommend this spot to others."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Place was recommended to me years ago when I first moved to NYC. I finally got a chance to go for a nicely put together valentines pre-fix. I really liked it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I would definitely recommend the stuffed mushrooms and stuffed lobster. However the saffron rice was burnt quite a bit of the grains were hard. We also got a pitcher of margarita which was very weak, total waste of money. I would go back again and give it another try."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend to Cafe Español for Valentine's Day dinner and I could not have been more pleased! The service was incredible and each tapas we ordered was delicious. I traveled to Barcelona this past summer and I can honestly say that the food at Cafe Español was as authentic as could be! Definitely try the calamares and the patatas bravas! Also, the pitcher of sangria was HUGE and tasty! Definitely going back for more tapas as soon as I get the chance!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were 3 having dinner. we tried at least 7 tapas. They were all great, Pulpo a la Gallega, Gambas Pli pli, Empanadas and more. The owner was really ice and recomended us according to our taste. Wine was really good too! I would definetly go back!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We went for farewell dinner with a friend who will be leaving us after spending more than a decade in NY. At first my wife went to a wrong restaurant few blocks away with the same name, so be careful!! Cafe Espanol at 78 Carmine Street!! Best small restaurant in the neighborhood!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I had a GREAT time at this restaurant. The service was FABULOUS and the food was GREAT! This was my first time going and I will definitely go back. They have a great happy hour and the sangria is awesome!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The paella dish at this restaurant was outstanding! My wife ordered the skirt steak which was Delicious and was pretty large, i was impressed. This has been my favorite restaurant for many years and will continue to be."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "After many, many lunches at Café Español, I went there for dinner, right at the tail end of Happy Hour. Two of us shared five tapas (spinach, asparagus, tortilla, calamares, and chorizo) and a bottle of Albariño -- a very good meal. If you go at Happy Hours, expect loud neighbors. If, however, you want to talk to, rather than holler at, your dinner companions, wait until about 7:30."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Cafe Espanole is an excellent restaurant. I have been there several times and the food and service is always very good. If you enjoy Spanish cuisine and tapas, give it a try. Great location to the 1/9 subway line and Soho/Village."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "We were looking for a reataurant that is preferred by locals and my family and I loved the food. The service was great."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "Very bad experience. Safe your time and money and go someplace else ."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Food was good - I. Recommend the tablero appetizer, but due to it's polularity it is a little loud."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "We hadn't been to this restaurant for many years and we are glad that we stopped by and had their great steamed Lobsters and wonderful Martinis. We will be going back again. My husband and I enjoyed the quiet atmosphere and actually had a conversation and could hear each other."
    Dined on 9/22/2013
  • "Charged full price for drinks even though we asked if we could have "happy hour pricing" at table because we used the coupon. Had I ordered at the Bar I would have paid half price and brought to the table. UNFAIR!!"
    Dined on 9/4/2013
  • "It is always a pleasure returning to Cafe Espanol! It is like returning home. The Fajitas are wondeful!"
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "The food was bland and the service was awful. The restaurant was hot when we first sat down and we ask the waiter if they could turn on the a/c. They did not turn it on till we were half-way finish with our meal. When asked buy the waiter if we wanted a cocktail , we replied no and he gave a smirk to show his displease."
    Dined on 8/15/2013
  • "Cafe Espanol is just a consistent "go to" place. The food is always good and the service is outstanding. Prices and portions are fair. It's nice to know you can always get a good meal with a short walk in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 6/29/2013