Txikito
Txikito

Txikito

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://txikitonyc.com/
  • Phone: 2122424730x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday- Thursday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Basque
  • Executive Chef: Alex Raij & Eder Montero
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Host your next event at Txikito. We have two semi-private dining spaces perfect for any occasion. From standing receptions to seated dinners, lets us create a menu for you.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 24th-25th Streets
  • Public Transit: C/E- 23rs St.
    F- 23rd St.
    N/R- 23rd St.
    1- 23rd St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Txikito
Acclaimed Basque restaurant from chef Alex Raij and Eder Montero located in Chelsea. Txikito is a love letter to the Basque region, serving authentic small plates, whole fish and crispy suckling pig.
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Txikito reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (57)neighborhood gem (53)romantic (23)special occasion (16)notable wine list (13)good for groups (10)late-night find (10)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (5)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Good but not great
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Txikito is a great neighborhood restaurant that caters to friends who like to share dishes and try a little of everything. Everything we ordered was delicious but I did think the menu was a bit complicated and could have included more typical tapas fare. As it was a beautiful evening, I really liked our table which was in the corner close to the windows that opened wide to allow for a simulated outdoor experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly place, good food
    appleannie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We received a heartily welcome upon arriving and attentive service throughout the meal. Food arrived promptly. White sangria with puréed passion fruit was excellent. We enjoyed each dish except for the white asparagus which was mushy and flavorless-from a can? Most dishes would have benefited from a touch more seasoning. The exception is the lamb meatballs in mint broth which were delightfully Moroccan spiced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food for the Money
    Hungry4goodfood
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    First, our server was very good. She described everything to perfection (except the portion size in some cases) and made a wonderful wine selection. Unfortunately she did not recommend enough food. For four people we ordered six dishes including a special as our main. One of the plates never arrived. The main course was so small it wasn't enough for two let alone four. I am not a person who wants to see my plate overflowing with food. That said, I do expect to eat more than a small bite. Example...the croquettes which were flavorful but hardly enough to taste. You should be aware that we frequent tapas type restaurants in NYC as well as abroad.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Nice Surprise
    up4trying
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I was given a sizable gift certificate to Txikito and didn't know the restaurant. I went with friends and we had a very enjoyable time. There were things on the menu that were new to us, but, because of the tapas size of most of the menu items, we decided to try a few. Everything we tried was delicious - well seasoned and cooked. The server was attentive and personable. I would go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good
    Buddy203
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We enjoyed it and the tapas were delicious especially the artichoke one and the albondigas. The tables were tiny- way too small to be comfortable and the portions are also tiny. Overpriced and trendy. Not our kind of place as we want to feel more abundance on every level. The service was attentive and quick.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good place and original basque food
    OmarLisandro
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I liked the place very much, is just a bit overpriced but the food is delicious.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food execellent service
    Chrisrnyc
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Found this place on yelp what a great find we ate throught most of the menu and the croquettes stand out this is a cool neighboorhood find and our server was very attentive we loved this place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Even though it is not advertised as such, it is a tapas restaurant, expensive tapas, small portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • back for seconds
    lisser
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    another great experience ! I don't often return to a restaurant twice in less than a month--- but this place has great service, great wine list, sangria and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going back
    Maitetxu
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Txikito captured authentic Basque flavors in every dish we sampled. We were impressed and very satisfied with our meal experience. Will certainly be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service not great
    Nycdining3425VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I've come here once before and the service was great. This time the waitress didn't tell us specials, abruptly left mid our deciding what to order (guess we were taking too long) and was slow to refill our water. The foos was good though.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Janny
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Creative food, fascinating choices, flexible & attentive wait staff. A restaurant not to be missed if you want to try authentic tapas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Roichuk
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great place to have dinner if you are looking for international cousine. Stlylish food and great decor.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Excellent Dining Experience
    BrooklynFoodie49
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We have eaten at Txikito several times, once for a brunch celebrating a friend's birthday and twice for dinner with friends. The food is wonderful, the atmosphere is relaxed and the service first rate. The variety and quality of the tapas is amazing, while wines are excellent, although a little pricey. However, our overall experience on all 3 occasions was superb.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MarktheKnifeVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food is very good, and unusual. Our group of four liked everything. It took a while for the staff to wake up and give us water and ask if we wanted a drink. But once we made our presence known everything went smoothly, including being able to make a 7:30 curtain at The Joyce several blocks away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tastes good -NO VALUE overpriced
    nicotectureVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We were a party of four and all left hungry. We spent over $300 and no one at the table was happy. The tapas portions here are extremely small. We all have travelled and have had tapas at various Latin cities which provide bigger tapas portions. I'm not a big eater and require enormous portions however this situation was absurd. This place although cute ambiance is milking the profits with High prices and minimal portions. My recommendation to this place would to have larger plates for sharing when it's groups of four or more with a different price versus the small plates on the menu. I eat out frequently and have experienced hits and misses. This by far was an extreme disappointment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Art food after art walk
    margVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Txikito was the perfect place to tuck into after the Chelsea Art Walk. The warm wood-covered walls felt comforting after the explosion of contemporary art. Liquids are served in lovely square glasses and the small plates come out nicely paced and beautifully arranged. My favorite was the octopus carpaccio- simply stunning. I could also repeat the whole trout and the mushroom special again. I was clenching until the noisy crowd next to us left and our darling waiter/aspiring actor opened the half garage door and let the outside in- magical.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basque Treat
    Wooster
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Tapas originated in Basque country and this neighborhood gem feels like being there. Good wine list too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    cookpatronfoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food is outstanding and it's brought out perfectly. The tables are small so they bring one dish out at a time. Loved the tomato salad and asparagus so much. However, all the dishes were stunning. Seating hostess not very warm or friendly, our server Brad was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and attentive. We found the noise level high, but that's to be expected with a busy restaurant. Over time, we got used to the sound of loud patrons. It's lovely, quaint and delicious and we would return in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2ateeVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    A great find. Unique food prepared wonderfully! Worth another visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Basque style tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Not the same old, same old tapas place. Delicious food with a regional Basque twist. Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall, good....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    My husband and I had heard about the unusual and fun tapas served at Txikito, and were excited about trying it out. While the overall meal was very, very good, it was a mixed experience: there were a few bland and/or overcooked dishes that were just not up to the standards of the others. While the blood sausage and foie gras were excellent, for example, and the squid ribbons were divine, the beef tongue was so thinly sliced that it was all breading, and overcooked; the sausage was OK, but bland. And the service was similar: while it was, overall, very good, our waitress disappeared in the middle of dinner and we ended up having to as someone else for the check? Overall, I would recommend Txikito, but be careful what you order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Amazing
    LeeneyBeanieVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I love this place! The menu is creative but there is something for everyone - from the carnivore, the vegetarian, or even the less-than-adventuresome. I always take out-of-town guests here because it's a real experience they won't get back home. The white sangria is lovely. And typically I get at least 2 or 3 of the specials. Service is also very, very nice and professional. Just a great vibe and I just know I'll have a great evening going there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ball Dropped
    hf995VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    All was going well until our Razor Clam dish came to use with zero Razor Clams. When we inquired (after some back and forth) we were informed the kitchen had run out. Where's the communication between front kitchen and front of house? What's most disappointing was that, until we inquired, they would have been more then happy to charge us for a dish we did not get. How sad for a less informed diner. To top it all off, the check was dropped with two items on it we did not order. Come on, if you are already comping something on the check, take the few extra moment to double check its 100% correct.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A WONDERFUL FIND
    Axwall8
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Beautifully prepared Basque tapas at fairly reasonable prices. Be careful not to overdo it. Olives, an escarole salad, and the day's special, trout broiled with Serrano ham, and one shared desert was more than sufficient for two. Cost? Food, three glasses of wine, coffee and tea added up to a little over $100 including tip. But go for the food--the menu is extensive but not vast, and the menu, close to but distinct from the fare offered at Spanish tapas bars, is unusual and rewarding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it here!
    christineLVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We've been dining at Txikito for a number of years now and it's always delicious. It is our go-to restaurant to take visitors from out of town and everyone always loves it. The staff is great and attentive. We love Txikito!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing
    lisser
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    what a great find---- I love tapas ! I was looking for a good place for a group dinner for my birthday. I lucked out with this choice- wine list - check- interesting menu =check- yummy tapas=check good wait staff- check I am looking forward to coming back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb preparation
    Lavendra
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    A variety of dishes each perfectly prepared with delicate yet present savory treatment. Service was spectacular -
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Variable Service
    NYCPeteVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I have been to this restaurant a number of times and I really want to like it. The food is very good however the service is very hit and miss. It's strange, really, as there's no apparent reason for this. So I keep going back thinking that the poor service was just an aberration, however, there does seem to be a pattern. I think that may be it for it. Onto other places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • maryred
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Nice tapas restaurant with quiet and friendly staff
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good and interesting
    OliverVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This restaurant serves a tasty and interesting variety of little dishes. The white sangria is better than the red. The cuisine should not be confused with Spanish. The atmosphere is lively, noisy and not too attractive.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great modern spanish cuisine
    Azul
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    New York is now full of lousy tapas restaurants. Txikito is not one of them. It's spanish food the way that made spanish chefs rule last 20 years but without the "nanocuisine". The chipirones made us cry for more as well as other choices. To repeat next time in NY!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Basque small plates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Flavourful small servings, which will work well for a snack, lunch, and dinner. Small plates means lots of variety, and great for sharing with a partner or in a bigger group. Location was pretty handy, and there are some good alternatives just within a block or two. Decor is simple, and the atmosphere is casual, which was perfect for a warm evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food/price
    Bobo62VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    It was my first time there. I ate there with Spanish friends which were very knowledgeable about tapas. They also were very satisfied and they said that it was the closest to the original tapas one could find in NY. This being said, I eat out very often in NY and abroad, and I found this restaurant although good, really overpriced. The sardines, the fois gras, the porcini, the octopus carpaccio, to name few were excellent. We had several types of tapas and they were ALL good. Food wise, you can't go wrong!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tapas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The food was very good but extremely small portions especially for the price. It is very easy to spend 200.00 for 2 people and leave a little hungry.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent service and food
    Anon
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I went here with my boyfriend for a romantic meal and the atmosphere was perfect. The waitress was very knowledgeable when we had questions and the food was consistently good and some of the dishes were exceptional, in particular the veal terrine. Would go again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 54 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 53 reviews are from the Txikito reviews archive.
  • cbon311
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Took friends there for their anniversary dinner....the food was so good, we practically ordered the entire menu and several bottles of wine. Recommend the Pulpo and the foie was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Was visiting NYC and wanted to try something unique. The restaurant is charming and the good was exceptional. It felt basque in food character but hip in the overall ambience. Take a risk and try a variety if the small plates to share. It's worth it! Great service as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Are there for dinner after a king day travelling. Service and food were excellent. Great good with amazing flavours and lots of textural stuff as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Montreal2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The waitress was really friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Every single bite was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate