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!
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!
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.
Alcalá is my favorite restaurant. The food and service are superb. I take family and friends to the Alcalá every time I can.
Great food, very nice wine selection.
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.
Overall great selection of tapas and paella. Their sangrias are top notch as well.
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.
The tapas menu is extensive and worthy of exploration. The small plates add up to a bountiful meal for sharing.
Attentive service. Great food, flavorful and good quality.
We enjoyed our experience at Alcala. It ks everything that Spanish food is about.
Excellent food. The lunch menu was a great bargain. Highly recommended.
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.
Too salty food but taste is not bad, kind and less crowded
Warm welcome, authentic in delivery and ambiance. Excellent on all levels!
Excellent service and food. will definitely come back.
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.
I had lunch with two colleagues and we enjoyed the food and the service.
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.
Nice ambiance, good food and most attentive service.
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!
Lovely quiet dinner ambience. Great food and value. Attentive service.
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.
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!
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.
Nice quiet place to get authentic Spanish cuisine!!
Warm greeting, very tasty food, fair pricing, reasonable noise level. An excellent dining experience.
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!
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
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.
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
Authentic Spanish tapas, and the waitstaff speak actual Spanish from Spain. I will go back.
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.
I lunch and dine here often. I also meet here with several friends. Food is superb, as is the service. Highly recommended.
The paella de carne was very good.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
The best paella in town and have great tasting tapas.