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Alcala

4.1
4.1
521 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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Menu

Tapas

  • Gambas al Ajillo$12.00

    Shrimp on sizzling garlic sauce

    • Crepes de Setas y Jamón$12.00

      Crèpes of Tetilla cheese and mushrooms with Ibérico Serrano ham

      • Pimientos con Bacalao$12.00

        Red Piquillo peppers stuffed with codfish on Salsa Vizcaína

        • Chipirones en su Tinta$12.00

          Baby squid on its black ink sauce

          • Canelones$12.00

            Spinach and shrimp cannelloni with tomato and Bechamel sauce

            • Albondigas$10.00

              Meatballs in Sherry wine sauce

              • Tortilla de Patatas$7.00

                Spanish omelet with potatoes & onions

                • Espárragos Navarra$12.00

                  White asparagus on Piquillo peppers with scallion and olive vinaigrette

                  • Salpicón de Mariscos$12.00

                    Seafood salad

                    • Chorizo en Cazuelita$10.00

                      Spanish chorizo sausage

                      • Chistorra Catalana$12.00

                        Little spicy Catalan chorizo sausage

                        • Croquetas$7.00

                          Serrano ham and codfish croquettes

                          • Llescas Catalanas$12.00

                            Tomato spread bread topped with anchovies and marinated salmon

                            • Jamón Serrano$14.00

                              Imported Serrano cured ham

                              • Salpicón de Mariscos$12.00

                                Seafood salad

                                • Tortilla de Patatas$7.00

                                  Spanish omelet with potatoes & onions

                                  • Montadito de Lomo$10.00

                                    Grilled pork tenderloin on rustic toasted bread

                                    • Chorizo al Vino$11.00

                                      Chorizo in red wine and onions

                                      • Langostinos a la Plancha$14.00

                                        Grilled Prawns

                                        • Chuletitas de Cordero$18.00

                                          Grilled lamb chops

                                          • Pepito de Solomillo$15.00

                                            Grilled filet mignon on rustic toasted bread

                                            • Chuletón Cabrales$16.00

                                              Steak tapa in Cabrales cheese sauce

                                              • Rape Templado$12.00

                                                Little packages of monkfish in Bechamel wrapped in warm lettuce with a black ink sauce

                                                • Almejas a la Bilbaina$12.00

                                                  Clams in a fresh parsley and garlic sauce with white Rioja wine

                                                  • Plato de Quesos$15.00

                                                    Assortment of cheeses from Spain: Manchego, Idiazábal, Ibérico, Mahon, Roncal, Tetilla, Valdeón and Zamorano

                                                    • Plato Campero$15.00

                                                      Assortment of Spanish charcuterie: Serrano ham, cured Chorizo, Salchichón and Lomo with tomato spread bread

                                                      • Cazuela de Mariscos$15.00

                                                        Clams, shrimp, scallops and mussels in garlic sauce

                                                        • Rape Templado$12.00

                                                          Little packages of monkfish in Bechamel wrapped in warm lettuce with a black ink sauce

                                                          • Ensalada de Atun Fresco$10.00

                                                            Fresh tuna salad with Piquillo peppers and mixed greens

                                                            • Almejas a la Bilbaina$12.00

                                                              Clams in a fresh parsley and garlic sauce with white Rioja wine

                                                              • Boquerones en Vinagre$12.00

                                                                Marinated anchovies in sherry vinegar

                                                                • Plato Campero$15.00

                                                                  Assortment of Spanish charcuterie: Serrano ham, cured Chorizo, Salchichón and Lomo with tomato spread bread

                                                                  Last updated: April 22, 2019

                                                                  What 521 people are saying

                                                                  Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                  4.1
                                                                  4.1 based on all time ratings
                                                                  • 4.1Food
                                                                  • 4.0Service
                                                                  • 3.9Ambience
                                                                  • 4.0Value

                                                                  NoiseModerate

                                                                  84% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                                                  1. KU

                                                                    KULWINDERJ

                                                                    London

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    Dined on February 26, 2020

                                                                    overall4food3service4ambience3

                                                                    Good selection of tapas and some very tasty dishes

                                                                  2. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    fabulous food and excelente service by benito and company.

                                                                  3. k

                                                                    kirbym

                                                                    Chicago

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    Dined on February 9, 2020

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Best Spanish meal I have had outside of Spain.

                                                                  4. MH

                                                                    MarciaH

                                                                    New Mexico

                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    7 reviews

                                                                    Dined on January 18, 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.

                                                                  5. m

                                                                    martinl

                                                                    Tampa

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 28, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Very authentic Spanish, great service

                                                                  6. AE

                                                                    AlwaysEating

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    17 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    17 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 28, 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.

                                                                  7. C

                                                                    Clarissa

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    73 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    73 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.

                                                                  8. RG

                                                                    RichardG

                                                                    New Orleans

                                                                    32 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    3.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  9. M

                                                                    Masa

                                                                    London

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 7, 2019

                                                                    overall5food4service5ambience4

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

                                                                  10. TS

                                                                    ToshiS

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  11. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    9 reviews

                                                                    Dined on December 6, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                                  12. JW

                                                                    JWare

                                                                    Chicago

                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                    Dined on November 25, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                  13. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    San Francisco

                                                                    25 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    25 reviews

                                                                    Dined on November 18, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Great food; owner and his own Cabernet were very good

                                                                  14. a

                                                                    andi

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    15 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  15. FJ

                                                                    123FeJ

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    23 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    4.0

                                                                    23 reviews

                                                                    Dined on October 19, 2019

                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience5

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

                                                                  16. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Chicago

                                                                    19 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    19 reviews

                                                                    Dined on October 13, 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!

                                                                  17. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    30 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    30 reviews

                                                                    Dined on October 13, 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!

                                                                  18. J

                                                                    Justtasting

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    10 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  19. J

                                                                    Julio

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    11 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  20. V

                                                                    Virag

                                                                    New England

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    Dined on October 2, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Great food, very nice wine selection.

                                                                  21. JM

                                                                    JoyM

                                                                    Hawaii

                                                                    12 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    4.0

                                                                    12 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.

                                                                  22. P

                                                                    Pokey292

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    34 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    34 reviews

                                                                    Dined on September 21, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                  23. RB

                                                                    RandB

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    56 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  24. MP

                                                                    MarkP

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    12 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    12 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.

                                                                  25. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Key West

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    Dined on July 21, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Attentive service. Great food, flavorful and good quality.

                                                                  26. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Los Angeles

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on July 21, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                                                                  27. RP

                                                                    RidasP

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    Dined on July 18, 2019

                                                                    overall4food5service3ambience3

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

                                                                  28. M

                                                                    Mari

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  29. J

                                                                    Janice

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    Dined on July 15, 2019

                                                                    overall3food3service5ambience5

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

                                                                  30. JJ

                                                                    JeanetteJ

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    38 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    38 reviews

                                                                    Dined on June 28, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                                  31. MS

                                                                    MichaelS

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    Dined on June 26, 2019

                                                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                    Excellent service and food. will definitely come back.

                                                                  32. JA

                                                                    JulieA

                                                                    1 review

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  33. J

                                                                    Jenny

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    37 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    4.0

                                                                    37 reviews

                                                                    Dined on June 24, 2019

                                                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

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

                                                                  34. DL

                                                                    DaveL

                                                                    Orlando

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    5.0

                                                                    3 reviews

                                                                    Dined on June 16, 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.

                                                                  35. QF

                                                                    QaziF

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    19 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    19 reviews

                                                                    Dined on May 24, 2019

                                                                    overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                    Nice ambiance, good food and most attentive service.

                                                                  36. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    Miami

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    vip
                                                                    5.0

                                                                    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!

                                                                  37. D

                                                                    Disappointed

                                                                    Denver

                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                    4.0

                                                                    6 reviews

                                                                    Dined on May 4, 2019

                                                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

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

                                                                  38. EW

                                                                    EugeneW

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    2 reviews

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    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.

                                                                  39. OT

                                                                    OpenTable Diner

                                                                    New York Area

                                                                    4 reviews

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    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!

                                                                  40. J

                                                                    Jlro

                                                                    Chicago

                                                                    5 reviews

                                                                    3.0

                                                                    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 521 OpenTable diners

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                                                                  This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

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