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La Paella
La Paella

La Paella Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lapaellanyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 598-4321
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Friday - Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Tuesday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Wednesday - Thursday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Private room can accommodate, 25 people on a one table setting and 50 people on a separate table setting, This room is great for any type of events: Birthdays, Bridal/Baby Showers, Anniversaries, Corporate meetings, you name it! We do offer Prix fix menus fitting your budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Juan or Rachid (212) 598-4321

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue
  • Public Transit: Take 6 train to Astor place or N & R train to NYU 8th street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a Private parking lot 100 feet from La Paella.
A word from La Paella
Welcome to La Paella!



Since 1995, we have been serving our customers the best of Spanish cuisine offering flavor as well as a charming atmosphere. We invite you to enjoy our delicious tapas and critically acclaimed paella. An eclectic and vast array of excellent Spanish wines and superb Sangria will make your experience a rewarding one. Consistently great service in a friendly and cozy environment that will make you dream of Spain.



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Diner Reviews
  • "$36 for a small pitcher of grape juice, deceptively labeled "sangria", amounts to a blatant rip off. The Paella is not fresh and authentic, but rather package frozen seafood added to a pile of rice. Terrible. No wonder the place was empty"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "the food was excellent, but there was a lack of attention when it came to refilling our beverages. other than that a great outing in an amazing place"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "It was a great evening . Loved the overall experience."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We ordered Seafood Paella which had no lobster or shrimp just a few clams and mussels. The sangria carafes were so full of fruit that there was hardly any liquid. Had to order 2 carafes for only 3 people. At $26 each a total ripoff."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I have been to La Paella twice and plan to go many times in the future. Every tapas item has been delicious and the salads, too. The chiorizo was tender and spicy, but not too hot. Stuffed peppers with goat cheese were outstanding. We also ordered the bacon wrapped shrimp, sliced ribeye steak, fried calamari, and stuffed artichoke in a yummy sauce. On the previous occasion we ordered the mussels which were perfect. The server was charming and very helpful with suggestions. We ordered the red sangria that had plenty of apples and was superb. The restaurant is small with stucco walls and wooden beams with hanging bunches of dried roses attached. This is a lovely, unpretentious restaurant."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I went to La Paella to celebrate our friend's birthday. The food,service and drinks were all wonderful. Everyone had a great time."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The grilled calamari, grilled shrimp wrapped in bacon & the grilled rib eye are always good. Also try the tres leches cake. It's not too sweet. The sangria is also very good. It's a perfect for when you just want to have small plates. The service is very friendly and they don't rush you, even on a Saturday night."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We ordered four different tapas. Each dish was delicious. The lamb skewers were succulent. The grilled calamari was grilled perfectly. The shrimp with bacon was very flavorful. The chorizo empanada was savory, not at all greasy. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for anyone who loves a tapas menu."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food is good, affordable, but the place can get very noisy. The tables are very close together and the ceiling is quite low. If you don't mind the noise and are not going there to have a nice conversation with whoever you are with the place is great."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Ordered the Ham & Cheese Croquettas and the Basque Paella. Both were delicious, servers were very attentive without being invasive, and the price was quite reasonable. I think the check came to $50 for the paella and the app, and we had enough leftovers for lunch the next day."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "La Paella is not a destination restaurant, but it is a good neighborhood option. If you have a big appetite, you'll need to get an appetizer as well as the paella."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "La Paella is a cute spot. The sangria was good, and I had a pleasant evening, but the food was a miss. Every one of the the tapas dishes I had was mediocre and bland, though it was all edible. But for the price I expect better; I'll be in no rush to return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The most notable aspect of the restaurant was the friendly staff. Unfortunately the food was merely so-so. Other couple seemed to enjoy their paella, so maybe that was the way to go? I do recommend the stuffed peppers. The wine list was ok, and relatively well priced for bottle service."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Took my Valentine for a surprise treat. Seafood Paella well-prepared and generous serving. Tres leche cake moist and tasty. Great evening!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was very good. We ordered grilled octopus, mussels and a paella. Everything was delicious...Including the sangria...Best I've ever had."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "great spot for a group of people or just two, order most if not all the tapas and a pitcher of sangria and ull be all set"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "It was my first visit to La Pella and I was surpassed just by how amazing the food is! We did order bottles of sangria and the white one is really more like juice while the red one was yummy, but perhaps a little too strong for sangria. I think once they balance out their sangrias the place would be perfect."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I've been to La Paella a number of times in the past, and always enjoyed the experience -- hence why I was eager to suggest it as the venue for this month's book club meeting. The food was excellent, as always, and so was the sangria. However, I was disappointed to discover, upon receiving the bill, that the restaurant is no longer offering their 2-for-1 sangria special on Mondays and Tuesdays, despite it still being advertised on their website. We ordered a pitcher and specifically asked our server about the BOGO special, and he confirmed that they were still offering it. I don't know if the question and answer got lost in translation, but we ended up paying for two pitchers, when we thought we'd only be paying for one."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "In short, muscles that stuck to the shell and when pulled off, took part of the shell with it because it was old and reheated. All the seafood ingredients were not hot and far from freshly prepared. Rice was mushy. Worst food experience we have ever had. Nice ambience and it tricked us!"
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "We have dined at La Paella on a number of occasions. However, this was the first time that we ordered the Basque Paella - chicken, sausage with seafood. The paella overall was quite poor, especially the chicken and sausage. One could not discern what part of the chicken the pieces came from and the sausage was somehow made up to look like a ball or irregular shapes, definitely not sliced."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I found this place because I wanted to use a restaurant . com gift certificate on a random Friday night dinner with my aunt and sister. It had mixed reviews but we gave it a shot and we were glad we did. The service was great - many people taking care of the table and you never had to hunt anyone down for service. Drinks were always refilled - sangria was delicious. We ordered a ton of apps and the sausage paella to share. It was definitely a good choice. We had the steak, artichoke, shrimp with bacon, ham croquettes and everything was very good. We even mopped up the sauces with the bread. We ended up taking home most of the paella because we had ordered too much food. It's delicious for lunch again the next day though so it was great."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We had a very nice time here - the food was very good - we only had Paella but we really enjoyed it. A small place but it was not crowded when we were there so we were very comfortable."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "portions very small despite it being a tapas style restaurant; staff somewhat friendly; prices belong at a 4-5 star restaurant"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Food was good but nothing outstanding. Service was very good. Waitress and waiters very friendly and attentive. New York has so many places to eat that a restaurant has to be outstanding to get a return visit."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "I've been here many times and usually the experience is 5 stars. This time, they really messed up. They forgot a few of our orders, the food came out tasting like we were eating salt and service wasn't great. Hopefully better next time."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "Tapas are a love of mine and the tapas at la Paella are pretty good. The Manchego cheese tapa is very plain and the artichoke tapa is simply too hard t share. The paella was also o.k. if uninspired"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The waiter was the best thing for us. he was funny and had plenty of personality. The food however was average and small portions. The place is extremely small and tight and dark. I mean dark where u cannot even see the menu...good thing waiter had a flashlight app on his phone. I WOULD NOT GO BACK"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "What a nice dinner for 2! Loved the tappas and the Sangria. Very cute restaurant. Very friendly staff."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "Years ago, this used to be a dark, quiet, romantic little spot. The food is as good as ever, but when I arrived shortly before 7 PM, there were no customers, and only a waiter and a handful of busboys hanging out at the bar. Everyone was watching videos on their phones, which were audible. There was no music on, and it smelled like cleanser. I'm glad it was clean, but it should have smelled like food. I was waiting for my dinner companion, but it was about ten minutes before I was offered a drink, and that was only because the waiter saw me looking at him. Then one of the bus boys hooked his laptop up to a giant flat screen above the bar (I don't remember THAT being there) so he could watch a soccer game."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "I went to celebrate my birthday with a group of 8. The white sangria was excellent. The tapas were great. I did not try the paella but others in my party did and enjoyed it. The atmosphere is energetic on a Saturday night at the height of the dinner rush so if you don't like shouting then this is not the venue for you. But I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "The food was fine, nothing above but good food. I do love that they had individual paellas which was great (vs. having to share)."
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "The paella was delicious, though it could have been slightly bigger. We had the seafood paella with shrimp, calamari and muscles. We also had one of the Spanish wines. They have great prices on bottles, with several options between $26 - $30. The wine list is notable because of the prices, though, not because it is particularly expansive or luxury, though for me I good, reasonably priced wine is all I need."
    Dined on 10/2/2013
  • "The restaurant didn't have half of the menu items available. most of the appetizers weren't available, the ingredients hadn't been ordered and none of the ports /half of the wines that were listed on the menu weren't even an option! It seems like this restaurant is close to closing and compared to when we went a year ago (and if I recall, had such a good experience that we decieded to come back to celebrate a birthday) the place has sadly gone downhill. I wish they could get back to their former glory!"
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "I have been a patron of this restaurant since 2011 but I found during my visit last week, that while the service was very good and the ambiance was perfect, the food was overpriced, over salted, and unremarkable. The selection of food that they now offer is very limited, the pitcher of sangria is excessively overpriced and you can see the new prices for their food glued on top of the old prices. While I do not believe that I will be eating here again or suggesting this as a great Tapas place to any more of my friends or co-workers, I will definitely continue to enjoy great Tapas at other Tapas Restaurant locations here in NYC!"
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "I really enjoyed the sangria, glad it wasnt happy hour because i would have been tempted to have more than i should have had. We opted for tapas instead of paella, i am not sure if that was a good or bad decision because we were full fast after sharing only a few. The paella at the neighboring table was intoxicating and I really want to come back and try it!"
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "Me and my Girlfriend had an amazing experience at La Paella ! The SANGRIA was great and the food was delicious. I would highly recommend the restaurant and look forward to going back there."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "Tapas and sangria were both great! Service was adequate at best but the food makes up for it"
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "Tapas were delicious. Fun to share with a group. Sangria was great too."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "Food was excellent..the desert was to die for we shared a tres leches cake"
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "Good portions, quality sangria, and small floor plan."
    Dined on 7/20/2013