Txikito
Txikito

Txikito

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://txikitonyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 242-4730
  • 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
87 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (65)neighborhood gem (49)good for groups (17)notable wine list (17)romantic (14)late-night find (10)special occasion (10)hot spot (6)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Food was excellent, desert was great I was not happy when the wine was in a plastic cup
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    Juan
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great basque food! Don't miss it! I don't remember the name of our Spanish server but she gave us really good recommendations to pick our dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Missed the mark
    vegtravelerVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We had waited to try this for a while but were very disappointed by the food. It was underwhelming without a lot of taste. The space was nice and the wine was great but would not go back
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently high quality
    Esmeecat
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Imaginative menu, daring choices and always good. I have been a regular since opening and the quality has been high and consistent. My only plea is for more vegetable offerings
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adam38
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Greatly appreciated the variety and preparation of interesting dishes, and waitstaff was attentive and efficient. Only negative was the excessive level of noise from loud conversations, compounded by musak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Okay Tapas-style restaurant
    WineMule
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Full disclosure: We're tough on tapas places, because we've been to many in Seville and Barcelona. Txikito is run like a conventional restaurant. You can't just go up to the counter and grab plates (You'd think New Yorkers would really go for this). The dishes are reasonably authentic, although we drew the line at what seemed like a morcilla spring roll. The wine list is pretty good--they've got some real Basque bottles, and the bartender pours wine from above her head, just like the real thing. Service was attentive throughout. We do love this cuisine, and they seem to be trying to do things right, but nothing was particularly exciting.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Donostia redux
    RonchefdocVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This is like being back in San Sebastian. Perfectly prepared and served small plates. Great txakolina.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Basque Tapas Rule!
    hstephenstraight
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We'd never been to a Basque restaurant before but we will certainly go to one, especially this one, again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uppity attitude about reservations
    GingerinJ2
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    First let me say, I really liked the food and our server was good. I stopped in after an art tour and walked in at 5:45 and indicated I didn't have a reservation, but asked if they could seat two. (My friend wasn't there yet). They said they didn't have room (The place was almost empty at that time), but indicated my friend and I could eat at the bar. I waited for my friend and the place did start filling up fast. Before she arrived though (at 6:05) I went on to Open Table on my phone and found reservations available for 2 at 6:15, 6:30, and 7:15.I made a reservation for 6:15 and showed the bartender who informed the hostess. We were seated without any issue or problem, but I don't know why they couldn't have just checked on their own. (They didn't even check when they told me they were full.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful local Spanish treat
    amcc
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Really enjoyed our meal at this Basque Spanish, with very authentic dishes and wines. Nice quiet comfortable atmosphere, great staff, very warm and welcoming. Must try the suckling pig - worth the trip from anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the focus is the food
    OchomamaVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Small plates of delicious food just kept coming. If you like to taste lots of different things and share with friends, this is definitely the place for you. Our group of 4 had a good time picking which to order and we loved every bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    jesz
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Wow, having just had lamb meatballs elsewhere a week earlier, the difference here was startling. The meatballs here were out-of-this-world delicious! Also, the octopus carpaccio and artichoke gratin were amazing as well. Very cute place too, if a little small/crowded, but still nice for a date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner
    OceansRise
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This place was recommended as one offering specialty Spanish cuisine. Food tasted pretty bad, super greasy and fried. Would not go again and would not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our go-to restaurant
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    So glad Txikito is our neighborhood restaurant. The service is warm and friendly. The food, wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jsalVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Went here for dinner. Tapas place so small portions expected, but some dishes were too small for the price. We had the olives (I wish they were bigger in size), french fries (delicious), foie gras (excellent), croquetas (nothing special), squid ribbons (fair), sardines (very good), bacon sandwich (fair), and a ham/shrimp dish (very good). Service was friendly. The place was small.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not one wow.
    MyManhattanMouth
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    When I go for Tapas I don't expect to love everything, but do expect at least one wow for my mouth. One:that combination of flavors was amazing! And we ordered easily 10 items on menu and while everything tasted okay, there wasn't a thing I wanted to come back for. The cod croquetes were disappointing --don't make it fancier with fish - stick to the ham... Also we were all still hungry when we left - and went for a slice for dessert. Sorry to say the Best thing I had all night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always faithful
    ArthurVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We have never been disappointed with Txikito. Go for the blackboard specials, especially the cochinillo if they have it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 55 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 75 reviews are from the Txikito reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.