Alcala

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$31 to $50
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Spanish

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Alcala is a smaller, more intimate restaurant near the U.N. which serves food from the Basque region of Spain. Alcala creates an elegant and romantic setting while still maintaining an overall casual atmosphere.
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OT
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. We went for the tapas. Shrimp w/garlic in a butter sauce, lentil soup, even the bread was amazing. The service was very attentive without being intrusive. We even compared food notes with the people at the next table. Everyone there was having an equally awesome experience. Thanks Open Table for the recommendation!

OT
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighborhood place! Excellent food. Try the sizzling shrimp!! Seafood paella as good as any we've ever had. It's a little bit off 2nd on 44th but worth finding! We'll be back soon!

J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tapas selection was great. We were aiming for vegetarian, and we had really nice seafood choices. Among wines, Priorat options were slim, but nice Riojas were available. Service was impeccable. Great time.

J
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alcalá is my favorite restaurant. The food and service are superb. I take family and friends to the Alcalá every time I can.

V
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, very nice wine selection.

JM
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Restaurant could use a remodel as it looks a bit tired. Location is great for those going to the UN and food is good. Authentic Spanish.

P
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great selection of tapas and paella. Their sangrias are top notch as well.

RB
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent evening over at Hohl. My wife had the asparagus appetizer which was excellent. Followed by the monkfish. Also an excellent choice. I started with the gazpacho soup. Wonderful. Followed by the calamari black paella. Simply wonderful.

MP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tapas menu is extensive and worthy of exploration. The small plates add up to a bountiful meal for sharing.

OT
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service. Great food, flavorful and good quality.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our experience at Alcala. It ks everything that Spanish food is about.

RP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food. The lunch menu was a great bargain. Highly recommended.

MD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fantastic restaurant that offers a variety of traditional and updated Spanish cuisine. We ordered tapas of chorizo and patatas bravas, and on a hot day the white sangria hit the spot! Entrees included tuna, monkfish with salsa verde and chicken breasts with artichokes and sherry sauce. All were delicious. I look forward to future visits to Alcalá.

J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Too salty food but taste is not bad, kind and less crowded

JJ
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm welcome, authentic in delivery and ambiance. Excellent on all levels!

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. will definitely come back.

JA
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious. No real recommendations from the waiter for first time diners at Alcala. An item my guest wanted from the menu (the asparagus) was not available. The place had an authentic feel. It was special to be greeted by the chef and owner.

J
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had lunch with two colleagues and we enjoyed the food and the service.

DL
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very small, and friendly restaurant! Very attentive staff, very friendly, and on the ball!
The food and wine was exquisite!!!
We were made to feel welcome as long as we wished to stay, and the offerings just kept coming.
Girlfriend said it was part of the best date ever.

QF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice ambiance, good food and most attentive service.

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

AMAZING tapas and sangria! The staff was very helpful and friendly! I went with two friends (three of us total) and we split 6 tapas and the cheese platter and it was the perfect amount of food. I would recommend in a heartbeat!

F
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely quiet dinner ambience. Great food and value. Attentive service.

EW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

With an inviting menu and a welcoming and charming decor, it’s disappointing that poor service diminishes the enjoyment of the occasion. On the last three occasions that I’ve visited Alcala, the two same overwhelmed and very unfriendly servers work to bring food to tables with robotic demeanor. Asking for water, asking for bread, asking for the check and waiting very long periods of time for food are the standard of service.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

For the cost of this place you would think you would get better service. Our host/waiter was dry, unfriendly, rushed when we were the only ones in the restaurant. The food however was pretty amazing as was the wine. But they truly need to do a training with staff on friendlier service!

J
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a good dine. Overall, I was expecting a bit more. Appetizers were good. The dish I was a bit disappointed was the paella. It had a lot of flavor, but nothing extraordinary. I’ve had it in many other restaurants in NY as in the Madre Patria, Spain. Too many peppers for my taste. Again, we ate the whole thing, so it was good.

AS
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice quiet place to get authentic Spanish cuisine!!

FL
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Warm greeting, very tasty food, fair pricing, reasonable noise level. An excellent dining experience.

z
Philadelphia
103 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jesus Martinez from Spain does a fantastic job recreating authentic Spanish food and delicacies, that I remember from my years in Madrid. While hard to go wrong, I recommend the gambas al ajillo & mariscos, arriving in sizzling garlic oil. Try the tortilla de patata and boquerones. Many varied classical Spanish dishes round out the specials I've tried, especially the pork shank and trout. He provides his own branded, delicious olive oil and hi labeled wine is soon to come. Service is unsurpassable!

JB
Phoenix
84 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice variety of small and share plates with typical tapas ingredients. We only did the tapas options. So cannot comment on other menu items. The cheese and the meat variety plates were good standard mixes. None to “die for” but every item was easily eaten by the group.
The potatoes and the garlic butter shrimp were fabulous. The cocktail selections a bit limited. We would definitely return to try others

N
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We've been in the neighborhood for several years and never stopped in, but we're very glad we did and we'll definitely come again. They start you off with a dish of mixed olives, gratis (I've ordered similar portions as an app in other restaurants). The food was excellent and portions were very respectable. The lamb shank was flavorful and tender, and, although I'd ordered a "trio" of fish (a special) and received the trout with sliced garlic instead (waiter error) it was excellent and glad I had it. Breads were excellent and they'll give you more if you ask (we did). Drinks? The white sangria was the only one we tried and we will get it again next time. Desserts were much better than expected -- get the trip of chocolate mousses. My partner had their version of an apple tarte tatin. Great flavor, but the apples were a little softer than we like, although still an enjoyable version.

F
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A cozy restaurant with a very low level of noise particularly nice to have a conversation without screaming.
The food, ad usual, very tasty. The shrimps in garlic oil were great as well as the lamb leg and the fish steak. Also, usual, the have excelente Spanish wines by the glass and bottle . Actually a great value for money

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Spanish tapas, and the waitstaff speak actual Spanish from Spain. I will go back.

B
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very inviting atmosphere. Food was very good and service as exceptional. Was not crowded the nite we went so we were able to take our time ordering and lingering after dinner.

J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I lunch and dine here often. I also meet here with several friends. Food is superb, as is the service. Highly recommended.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The paella de carne was very good.

l
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This classic restaurant offers top rate Spanish food, with an emphasis on paella. The waitstaff is extremely helpful and the service is excellent. The tables are well spaced and it is quiet.

G
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, innovative and traditional, beautifully prepared and elegantly presented by true professional staff in a friendly yet unobtrusive manner. A great place for business lunch .

A
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Tried Alcala for the first time after a trip to Spain last year. Three of us shared a large portion of seafood paella. Also had two tapas; fried potatoes with sauce (a national dish in Spain) and bread with tomato with anchovy’s and smoked salmon. No smoked salmon so more anchovy’s added.
Overall the tapas were ok, not great. The same with the seafood paella- the rice had a “tired “ taste although the seafood was fresh but a bit scarce for a three person portion. The restaurant is small but the noise level is low which makes for delightful conversation. A pleasant change from the supercharged noisy atmosphere so prevalent in restaurants today.
Owners are charming and the wine list is very reasonably priced. A nice, unpretentious, fairly priced place to go for simple Spanish food on the east side.

NT
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was great? The service was the worst I have had in years. Had to ask for water (Several times). Server did not return after food was served. No bread was offered most other tables had plenty. Wanted wine with meal but no one to ask.

LA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best paella in town and have great tasting tapas.

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