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Alcala

3.9
451 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: Lunch: 12pm - 2:30pm, Dinner: 5:30pm - 10pm; Friday: Lunch: 12pm - 2:30pm, Dinner: 5:30pm - 11pm; Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm; Sunday 5:30pm - 9pm
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Phone number
(212) 370-1866
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What 451 People Are Saying
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3.9
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4.0
food
3.6
service
3.9
ambience
3.9
value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDisappointed (New York Area)
3.0
Dined on January 13, 2018

Spanish restaurant which could use improvement in service. Had to tackle waiters to get service. Food is fine and reasonably priced.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0
Dined on January 11, 2018

Good selection of traditional tapas, very good bread and an excellent selection of wines from different regions of Spain. The tapas do have an authentic Spanish flavor.

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MimiK (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on December 20, 2017

Simply fantastic. A standout in the United Nations neighborhood.

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vipBaines (New England)
5.0
Dined on December 17, 2017

An unsung neighborhood gem. Consistently delicious food in a low key setting. Reasonable wine list, quiet ambience.

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PY999 (New York Area)
2.0
Dined on December 7, 2017

It was a busy night at the restaurant. We had to ask for water 3 times. They forgot about a dish we ordered, and the shrimp we had was over cooked. With a party of two, they charged us automatically a 20% service charge.

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NYCdiner (New York Area)
2.0
Dined on December 7, 2017

Despite the food being fine (we had four tapas (cheese plate, garlic shrimp, chorizo, lamb chops) and a dessert (chocolate mousse trio) the service was horrendous. We had to ask for water after sitting for ten minutes and then three times throughout the meal, as each time out water would run out but nobody would come by to fill it. We were asked about dessert, gave our order and then asked if we'd like the coffee, dessert or just the check ten minutes later by the *same* waiter. When the dessert finally came out over tweety minutes after we ordered the white chocolate mouse had halfway melted into a puddle on the plate. To add insult to injury, they have the gall to add a 20% service charge to your check regardless of party size (we were a party of two!). I may be back for the delicious gambas but it's unlikely.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0
Dined on November 16, 2017

We had the cazuela de mariscos but it was really NOT good. Just a few rings of calamari and a couple of shapeless shrimp and a lot of garlic. The place was crowded and the venue was pleasant with good lighting, but really the food was sub-average and so was the service.

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OpenTable Diner 
2.0
Dined on November 12, 2017

I was here about 4 years ago , it has deteriorated quite a bit. The service was absent, the food was mediocre and the prices were average.
I would not recommend this to anyone.

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Lovefood (New York Area)
1.0
Dined on October 20, 2017

Our waiter was extremely rude, condescending and unpleasant. For most of the meal, there was a screaming baby. We will not be returning and would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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vipMissMoore (New York Area)
4.0
Dined on October 18, 2017

Alcala’s healthful and taste budding prix fixe lunch continues to be excellent value , served by warm and cheerful waiters who know the regulars well

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: Lunch: 12pm - 2:30pm, Dinner: 5:30pm - 10pm; Friday: Lunch: 12pm - 2:30pm, Dinner: 5:30pm - 11pm; Saturday: 5:30pm - 11pm; Sunday 5:30pm - 9pm
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Cross street
2nd Avenue
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$31 to $50
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(212) 370-1866
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Parking details
Street Parking and a nearby Parking Lot are available.
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Public transit
Subways: 4, 5, 6 or 7 train to Grand Central
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Executive chef
Narciso Camarillo and Alfredo Mejía
Additional
Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine