Malaga Restaurant
Malaga Restaurant

Malaga Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.malaganyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127377659
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering options are available. Please contact the restaurant directly.
  • Private Party Contact: Ana 2012806925

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1st. Avenue & York Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Malaga Restaurant
Family-run restaurant located on Manhattan's Upper East Side, offering the finest in Spanish cuisine since 1972. Tapas and Wine Bar.
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Malaga Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.3
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.1
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (6)fit for foodies (4)good for groups (2)romantic (2)special occasion (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Malaga remains a true Spanish culinary gem. We have been coming the restaurant for years and the quality has remain consistent. Whenever we are in New York, we frequent Malaga.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Eponymous66
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This was our second and last visit to this restaurant. The first time we ate there, our meals were delicious. This time, the food was soaked in oil and fat. Squid consisted of greasy but otherwise tasteless rings; no tentacles. Fortunately, garlic overpowered the pool of oil in which the gambas al ajillo were presented. The tortilla a la española was inedible due to the overwhelming taste of fat. The albóndigas and the croquetas were satisfactory. The salad was tasty. My wife's mariscada al ajillo was swimming in oil. Her spinach was difficult to eat due to the oil dripping from the fork. When I told a waitress that the tortilla was greasy, she agreed! The Spanish wine and sherry-based brandy were excellent. Service was courteous.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.4
    • Ambiance3
    • Service3.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 31 reviews are from the Malaga Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Terrible Service
    arleneVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The food good. Something very wrong Sat. nite. Had to wait one hour for food! Waiter hassled
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    FoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Yum! Everything we ate was delicious. We'll be back! Always out go-to spot for large family celebrations.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reunion
    nolactosenomeat
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    This place has been a favorite of my dad for over 40 years. Came here on a Tuesday night so it was pretty empty, but despite that we were still able to have a leisurely dinner. Felt nice to not rush from one dish to the next. The gazpacho was probably the best I've ever had. Enjoyed the sangria and had some delicious paella. Friendly and attentive staff... Could have used a little more water refills but that is nothing to complain about.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spanish food
    Lindy
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Excellent food, very efficient and helpful service with no feeling of being rushed. The noise level can be a little high when the room is full.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Jwireless
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Very generic and rather bland Spanish food that was constantly under seasoned. Food tasted as if it were mostly pre prepared. Sangria was pretty good as was the chorizo but that was pretty much the extent of the positives. Paella was very bland.
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  • Just as good as ever!
    Lisac4
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I used to go here 20 years ago & was happy to go back. Everything was delicious from the dressing on the salad, sangria, to the chicken bechamel. My son had the skirt steak which was also delicious. The portions were plentiful and service was good. Looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    Foodwarrior
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I highly recommend this restaurant. Impeccable service, and the Sangria is one of the best in NYC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We went as a group with a 10 month old and very picky grandfather. They catered for everyone. The food was excellent. Chicken in red wine and the artichokes were my favorite. Unbelievably reasonable wine list. There is a reason this restaurant has been around for decades. Liked the place so much ordered take out a few days later.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Malaga is amazing. Beautiful
    mojo
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Malaga is amazing. Beautiful decor and tapas to die for. Service was impeccable. Reasonable prices too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent lobsters!
    namlluVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The four of us had the two 1.25 lb lobsters, which came with a good salad and your choice of a side dish, i.e. rice with green sauce, broccoli, potato chips, etc. Everything was delicious, but the small square table couldn't really accommodate the large platters, shell dishes, side dishes, sangria, etc. The dining experience would have been better at a larger table, of which there were very few. However, the lobsters, some steamed and some broiled, were delicious and reasonably priced. We will return soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The food was ok and so was the service. I had not been there for a long time and just was not impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go to malaga
    Happyeater
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Great food lots of fun big portions room for two or twenty. Great place for a casual party.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authenic
    Denverfootdoc
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Authentic Spanish fare. Not like it was when I dined here last...still fine food.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Enjoyable meal
    Uppereastgal1
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    There were two in my party on a Saturday night and our waiter was terrific. We shared 2 appetizers, each of us had a salad and shared entree. It was plenty of food and it was delicious. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I showed up with my date for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    I showed up with my date for the time on the reservation only to find the restaurant closed for the evening.
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  • its been years
    rhonalynnVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    went back to malaga after many years. a delightful dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It may be due to the fact
    ZB3SBVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    It may be due to the fact that they had two to three large parties that evening but it was a very disappointing experience this last time we went to Malaga. The salads that accompany the meal were half the size they normally are, as was the bread basket.. They came back well after we ordered to say they didn't have the appetizer we ordered apparently as a result of the parties which appeared to be given preferential treatment. One entree was served with the wrong side dish, only to be corrected when they were packing up the leftovers. We also were not asked if we wanted coffee or dessert.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mmmmmm, GARLIC!!
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    My family loves this place, as amazingly garlicky dishes abound. Anything with ajillo sauce is a huge winner, as is shrimp a la chef, chicken villaroy, the churrasco, the sangria, and even the dressing on the salad they provide with each entree. Their garlic bread will ruin your breath for 48 hours and will be worth every second. A great place for a group of people who like flavorful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointment!
    meemoVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Had been there many years ago, and was not impressed. Thought we would try again. Sat for 20 minutes, with no acknowledgement. Had to ask for water several times. Paella was not good at all, had a strange taste. Service over all perfunctory at best. Too bad, because it is a neighborhood place. Oh well.
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  • We hadn't been to this restaurant
    santa32clausVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    We hadn't been to this restaurant in probably 30 years........we were in the mood for Spanish cuisine and Malaga is not far from our home. My husband started with the black bean soup.....it was a bit bland so he asked for some sour cream. When they finally rememberd they told us they didn't have sour cream. They asked if we would lilke some cream cheese!!!! It was downhill from there. The food was not good and the service was worse. We will not be going back and I suggest you do not go either. Terrible.
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  • I love the restaurant, BUT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    I love the restaurant, BUT the past two times that I have been there they have been out of lobsters. This is one of their specialties and one of the reasons that I go there, so I am rating them only 3 rather than 5 stars because I have been disappointed the past two times that I went there.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly neighborhood place
    thomasleeVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    We went here because I'd heard the lobster was good. It's a Spanish place. They offered lobster steamed, broiled, or in green sauce. I had the green sauce preparation--steamed. The sauce was good, but the dish came with the sauce all over the lobster, which was still in its shell. The crackers wouldn't hold the shells, because they were slippery. Had to create a grip on the lobster with napkins and try to crack it that way. Difficult! Next time I'll have the lobster steamed WITHOUT green sauce or the sauce on the side. We also had some tapas, which were only OK. The mussels didn't seem all that fresh, and they weren't very flavorful. But everyone was friendly and very pleasant, and the vibe was, too. And the prices were more than fair.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Service & prices
    2NYCExpats
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    My husband and I had not been to this restaurant in 27 years. When we got there we learned that the same chef was still there and had been for over 30 years. After learning that we expected to have the same great food and we were not disappointed! We had paella and we were so pleased with how perfectly the seafood was cooked. What was most surprising to us were the prices. We now live upstate and the prices were very similar to restaurants in our area. All in all a great experience. Also recommend the sangria!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Decor A Big Plus
    itbetterbgood
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    I hadn't been to Malaga in some time; I was very pleasantly surprised when I walked in to find it had made its way into the 21st century! I had always like its old-fashioned vibe, but it was getting a little grubby. Now, it looks fresh, it's comfortable, and it didn't lose any of its warmth and charm (thanks to the owners and staff who still greet neighborhood friends with a big smile). The food is now a focal point and well worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Old Favorite
    Alcopyman
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    Malaga has been a special place for many years. It was been a while since we've been there and it did not disappoint. It was a delightful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best to avoid
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    it has been a long time that we had such bad food. Already looking at the menu, we were unimpressed and should have left. unfortunately, we stayed and a miserable culinary experience followed. The only edible item on the menu was the Guacamole - strange for a Spanish restaurant. Do avoid!
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  • For garlic lovers
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    So much garlic in the food here -- and that's a good thing. Delicious shrimp dishes and other seafood; we also loved the chicken villaroy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    Overall excellent experience. Good was great and very authentic. Wine was excellent and great value. Will go back again this week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Terrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    The service at this neighborhood restaurant was poor at best. They are understaffed and it take FOREVER for your food to come out. Tapas are generally supposed to come out relatively fast and we waited at least 20-30 min for guacamole to come out. While the food happened to have been good I am not sure I would recommend this restaurant to friends.
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  • Food OK, but service problems
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Never going back. We were a large group which most restaurants would be glad to have and go the extra mile to please. Were seated in the back room, dinner service took longer than average. Waiter was helpful but clearly busy elsewhere for long stretches of time. Food was average. Major negative was argumentative owner/hostess, who refused to keep lights turned up enough for us to be able to read the menus in order to maintain "ambience" -- we think she didn't want anyone to see how badly the room need redecorating - it had a drooping, water-stained ceiling and old panelling. As for the other patrons for whom she wanted to maintain "ambience" -- both were families with small children whose need for ambience ran out a long time ago...
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was unexceptable,
    Familia1
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Unexceptable service, told after an hour of sitting waiting for my food that the dish I ordered was not available. I ordered a dish for my son and requested no dairy on the plate and they didn't respect my orders and it had to be sent back. My son waited an additional 39 minutes on top of the hour we already waited. Horrible experience
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