Alcala

4.1
522 Reviews
$31 to $50
Spanish
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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4.1based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.0
service
3.9
ambience
4.0
value
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KULWINDERJ
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Good selection of tapas and some very tasty dishes

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fabulous food and excelente service by benito and company.

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kirbym
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Spanish meal I have had outside of Spain.

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MarciaH
New Mexico
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and wine were so good that I was surprised at few other diners were there. The place deserves a larger following. We shared several tapas and a great bottle of wine. The place is small and only ok ambiance. But I would go back for the food.

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vipmartinl
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic Spanish, great service

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vipAlwaysEating
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. I had six different tapas. All of them were very good and I also had fresh sangria.

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vipClarissa
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. The food is fantastic, the service amiable and attentive, never had a bad meal there.

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vipRichardG
New Orleans
32 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Place smelled of fish as soon as you walked in the front door. Paella was good not memorable.

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vipMasa
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good, Cozy Spanish Restaurants. Staff are fantastic, great service.

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ToshiS
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was very delicious. Small squid with black sources dish was excellent taste. Paella was also very good. However price wise it’s not a recommendation.
Next day we went to Benjamin steak house and had a very big fillet and a big rib eye steak.
It was cheaper than Alcara.
Overall Alcara dishes are too much solty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A small menu but very tastefully and consistently executed.always worth the visit.

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vipJWare
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with mellow atmosphere. We loved the Christmas music.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; owner and his own Cabernet were very good

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andi
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent, authentic Spanish food. Can't say enough good things about how much we enjoyed this wonderful neighborhood restaurant. If we are in NYC , we will make an effort to eat here again.

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vip123FeJ
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good food & service. It’s quiet not noisy.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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vipJusttasting
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipJulio
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Virag
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very nice wine selection.

JM
vipJoyM
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipPokey292
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipRandB
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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MarkP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service. Great food, flavorful and good quality.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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RidasP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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

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Mari
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Janice
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

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

JJ
vipJeanetteJ
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MichaelS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. will definitely come back.

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JulieA
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipJenny
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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DaveL
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipQaziF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, good food and most attentive service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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Disappointed
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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EugeneW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

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!

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Jlro
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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Alcala is rated 4.1 stars by 522 OpenTable diners.

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