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Cafe Español
Cafe Español

Cafe Español Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeespanol.com
  • Email: cafeespanolnyc@yahoo.com
  • Phone: (212) 505-0657
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Mr. Cazares / Mr. Nava
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Let us cater your next event in your own setting. Food, Drinks, Staff, entertainment, just ask.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties available for 40-90 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Rosendo (646) 584-2781

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sullivan
  • Public Transit: A,B,C,D,E,F to West 4th street station. Walk south 2 blocks to Bleecker St. and make a left.


    6 train to Bleecker Street. Walk west on Bleecker St.


    1,9 trains to Christopher St. Walk East on Bleecker St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street and local garages
A word from Cafe Español
Cafe Español has been a staple in Spanish food in Greenwich Village since 1976, Starting off as a tiny eatery. Gradually it has expanded to offer private dining areas as well as an outdoor garden. Our menu features freshly prepared traditional Spanish cuisine. We also offer an extensive Tapas menu as well as a full bar.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
Diner Reviews
  • "It was a girls night out, 6 of us. Had some tapas & the Seafood Paella, the dishes were very good - everyone of them. We had 2 pitchers of sangria & not once did our waiter refill of glasses with sangria. will I return? Certainly but not for a GNO."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Been here many times and the food never disappoints. Come here if you love paella! This time tried the lunch specials and were a great value. Meal comes with a drink and portions are big. The five of us left full and will definitely be back."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Have been to this restaurant several times. Pre-fixe gives tremendous value and is available seven days a week, with no time limitation. Seafood is fresh, bread and olive oil are delicious,, lobster on Mondays is great value. Sangria is very good. Tapas and drinks during happy hour are half price and so worth it. Two tapas are equal to a dinner! Rooms are pretty and intimate. I will be going back there very soon!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "One feels as if entering another country walking through the closed doors into the restaurant, far removed from the car horns and fire trucks. The food was delicious and the pitchers of margarita plentiful. The 3-course dinner is a great deal - highly recommended! The "dessert waiter" was entertaining and brought along a "vocal troupe" when he realized we had a birthday in our party."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "great food, great atmosphere, good value and phenomenal sangria...always has had it all and continues to impress. I have been coming here for over a decade now and have never had a disappointing experience at Cafe Espanol. Its a NYC institution for those in the know."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great food great atmosphere great service ! No complaints !"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Cafe Espanol on Bleecker Street never disappoints. The ample servings are fresh, delicious and beautifully served by friendly, funny and adept staff."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We enjoyed our Saturday lunch before a show this weekend. Service was great, so we didn't have to rush through lunch in order to get up to Broadway in time for our matinee. The price of just $14.95 can't be beat for soup or salad, entree w/veggie, rice or potato, and sangria, wine or beer. For just a buck more, we also got coffee and flan for dessert. Lots of entrees to choose from too. Not as good food or ambience as our lunch at Don Quijote the last time we were in the city for a show, but the price was a LOT less expensive here at El Café Español!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Came to Cafe Español for a few tapas and a glass of wine. I was really impressed. The "pulpo a la plancha," and the "albóndigas" were delicious. The wine (I had a glass of Ribera del Duero tinto) was tasty, too. But more than all of this, the service was impeccable. Attentive, but not intrusive. Cordial, without seeming put-on. In other words, really professional. From the hostess who greeted me, to paying the bill...it was a great experience. I can see why they're still in business after all these years. ¡Felicitaciones!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "You can get some great paella here without breaking the bank. Don't forget to order sangria too."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Cafe Espanol has been a round for a long time and there is a good reason. The food is consistently good, the servings are generous, and the staff is friendly. And to top things off, it is reasonably priced!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Decor felt authentically Spanish. Menu a little large which is rarely a good sign. We chose tapas which was ok though not enough vegetable option. Langoustines were delicious other options were ok, lamb was overcooked."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "My wife and I ate here on Christmas Eve. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The portions were huge and our cava sangria was done right. This place has a nice European ambiance but it's very tight inside. It was a little too hectic for a romantic experience. Nevertheless, we had a great dinner and we will definitely go back next time we're in Manhattan."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Delicious appetizers, lobster was a bit harsh as a usual. My Russians friend from New York invite me to Espanol 10 years ago- and I remember delicious lobsters and come with my wife and son. Actually I am living in Moscow . Unfortunately in Moscow have not such kind of restaurant. Yes, I will recommend to my friend, thank you."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "In the mood for a lobster, Spanish style with green or white sauce, or nicely broiled, with nice sides and a salad, a bargain under 25. And get the sangria, refreshing! Service always good even when crowded. Nice people! A village staple."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This is an authentic Spanish restaurant. I have been a customer for over 25 years... Most recently, we went on Christmas Eve. I love this restaurant because the food is consistent. Service is by mature, experienced waiters and always professional. The paella and any of the mixed rice dishes are delish. There is full menu of seafood and other dishes to choose from. Tapas are fairly new to their menu and I am not familiar with them. I don't usually order an appetizer because they serve bread and salad with every meal. If you're with a group of three or more, be sure get different side dishes (potatoes, vegetables or rice) and share them. And, leave room for desserts. I recommend...of course, the flan."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "You should try to let the lovely old man to introduce the desert for you."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "This restaurant is special to our family.My husband and I used to dine there before our kids were born.We later introduced them to the the restaurant and now they go there with their friends on special occasions.We like to go for dinner/tapas every year after seeing the Christmas Tree in NY .Nice place."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Had a company dinner there for 19, while service was good mainly because they were empty, the food was bland at best. The sangria is very good! the apps were small and lacked any punch! the mains are large but also lacked flavor. The piaya had a decent amount of items! but the sausage was dry and tasteless! the chicken was bland and the lobster was not as large as advertised. Some folks had fish, which no one was very impressed. The prosciutto and bread the employees were eating at the bar that they obviously bought elsewhere looked like the best food in the restaurant. While it was fine for our large group, I'd likely stay away until the food improves"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "Delicious food but felt assaulted by the noise level on a Saturday night."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Great food. Service was as slow as could be. Had to repeatedly get the wait staff's attention."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Mariscos and paellas were very good. Veal also a winner."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "It was a good place to eat. I like that they give you extra food that other restaurants don't. You definitely get your money's worth. The staff are very nice. Overall no complaints."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "The Great food, great drink and great atmosphere have kept me coming back for over 10 years now!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "The Food is delicious, very fresh and good taste. Good price."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Went there with out of town relatives (group of 8). Had to wait for about 20 minutes despite making reservation, which was annoying. But besides that, we enjoyed it a lot. Sangria was good. Food was yummy. Paella portion was smallish. Garden sitting was great for a clear fall evening."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "We went there last week for a birthday dinner, with a group of 11 people. We picked a prix-fixe option with unlimited drinks and this was definitely steal. The space was perfect for our group, the servers were always making sure our glasses were full through the entirety of the meal and while a few people did find the paella a little disappointing, everything else made up for it. we have already made plans to meet there again for the next birthday party."
    Dined on 10/10/2013