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.
Excellent service and food.
Very good service. A small restaurant "off of the tourist zone" and near the UN. Tapas to full meals. Excellent sangria, rolls fresh from the oven, etc. One of the few Spanish restaurants I have been to that lets you order paella for one. My combination dish was very tasty, if a bit dry.
Lovely, authentic family-run and owned. Feels like restaurants all used to feel, and used to be, back in the day when most of them had family members running the place and classic recipes on the menu. The brothers here know their food and care about the way they treat their guests. Seems to me they have quite a loyal regular following.
Tuesday evening dinner with business colleagues in a quiet, comfortable setting not far from Grand Central Terminal. Artful and delicious Tapas offerings with nicely paired red wine. A delightful dining experience.
Looks like the place might have seen better times. Chorizo was good, as was gambas in salsa verde. But the rest of the stuff we ordered seemed very "tired".
Solid and serious restaurant. It never disappoints.
Was a quiet night, food was good,service good as well
Went for tapas and dessert. Very good selection on both counts and especially enjoyed the Navarra specialties. Favorites included: chistorra catalana, gambas en salsa verde, leche frita and arroz con leche. Will return to try different tapas.
Nice, not overwhelming
Truly cozy, with plenty of selections for tapas. Once the waiter warmed up, he was very charming and friendly. Everything we tried tasted great.
I've enjoyed this restaurant's tapas and friendly service several times over the years. However, during my recent visit the service was terrible and, I believe, one of the fish tapas dishes made me sick. This restaurant seems to be past its prime now.
Sadly, the cooking is not as good as it used to be.
The recipes are the same, but the results are not as good.
I wanted to try Basque food and had a delightful lunch experience at Alcala.
Since I wasn't very hungry, they suggested an absolutely delicious seafood dish with a marvelous glass of white wine. Wow, I'll be back!
( Will probably try the Iberico pig dish when I return.)
I rarely leave reviews, but the price of the meal compared to the portion sizes and poor service prompted me to.
Overpriced: Small plates were almost the price of a dinner plate, and a bottle of water was $10. The table was not cleared: our empty wine glasses and dirty dishes sat on the table the entire time.
Bathroom: dirty and unsanitary
Not my kinda Spanish restautrant! Tired interior. I ordered a chicken platter that should have had the following: Filet of chicken in a light sherry sauce with artichoke hearts, Serrano ham, mushrooms and only came with mushrooms. For that I could have gone any where else. Also I had to ask for bread and never received olives which was presented at other tables.
Spanish restaurant which could use improvement in service. Had to tackle waiters to get service. Food is fine and reasonably priced.
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.
My husband and I love Spanish food and Alcalá doesn’t disappoint. We have been there for date night and with friends and have enjoyed it each and every time. You won’t go wrong.
Simply fantastic. A standout in the United Nations neighborhood.
An unsung neighborhood gem. Consistently delicious food in a low key setting. Reasonable wine list, quiet ambience.