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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.
New York, NY 10017
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Street Parking and a nearby Parking Lot are available.
Subways: 4, 5, 6 or 7 train to Grand Central
Narciso Camarillo and Alfredo Mejía
Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
Alcala Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
As stated in other reviews, the service leaves much to be desired. I had a reservation but they were clearly still prepping for the dinner crowd, especially when folder napkins were flung down onto our plates after we sat down. The music came on after other patrons arrived and it added to the ambiance. The tapas portions were smaller than I am used to and the white sangria was bland. We asked for bread multiple times, to be told that it was "in the oven" however other tables received theirs before us, the first customers in. No butter was offered and the olive oil on the table was less than remarkable. My dinner companion asked for green tea and it never arrived until my coffee came AFTER dinner. My paella carne was a different recipe than I am used to, not bad but also not as plentiful as anticipated. For the $100 we spent, it was not worth it except for the fact that we could have quiet conversation over dinner.
The potatoes bravas were very good. The paella was above average. However, the service was awful! We were basically ignored the entire evening. We had to flag people down to ask for something( like a spoon to dish out the paella). There were only 5-6 tables when we were there so it wasn't like they were that busy. Very disappointing service which made the experience unpleasant.
I was there for a business lunch. It is an expensive Spanish restaurant but the food was truly authentic and excellent. My colleague had Gazpacho and Canelones. I had Aguacate and Espada (Swordfish). They were just amazing. We ended with a Trio de Chocolate and expresso. It was hard to walk out of there after such a wonderful meal!
Authentic Spanish cuisine with great atmosphere and reasonable prices. The portions are not huge but just right. Every bite we took was fabulous. We would recommend this restaurant for a true Spanish experience. The Sangria was excellent. The wait staff was good.
we all really liked the atmosphere - the appetizers/tapas were delicious - mushrooms adn the cannelloni recommended by a reviewer but the paella was far from the best paella we have ever eaten - very mushy - the bread and butter were delicious and the service very pleasant
would go back and try something else but not the paella
Will return! First visit to Alcala; can not beat the location just blocks from Grand Central. Although the location drew us, the great food and charming service will bring us back. Fresh, delicious and prepared with care - the chef and staff know what they're doing. Many apparent regulars who seemed right at home on a Friday night. Nice!
A small cozy restaurant. Service was attentive. I had a fish dish that the server recommended. Unfortunately the tomato/onion/sweet pepper sauce on the fish was so strong that the fish was completely overwhelmed. I saw several other dishes served that looked much more interesting -- lighter sauces.
Delicious Spanish food in a small, comfortable setting. We enjoyed very good spinach-shrimp canelones (cannelloni) (available in both a tapas and an entree version), salmon, scallops, and a trio of chocolate mousses. The flan was a bit disappointing. The service was friendly and knowledgeable, but a bit erratic (we had to ask multiple times for water). Still, we definitely expect to be back.
We were staying in the area and hankering for something other than steak, Asian or Italian. Alcala hit the spot. We shared paella and a broiled fish entree preceded by a grilled sardine appetizer. Good red wine too and flan. A cozy intimate restaurant with the flavors of Spain.
We were so happy to find this gem. Located near our hotel was a plus. The food was delicious and we enjoyed everything we were served. Don't expect them to dote on you, as this is the traditional European style of service. They come when you call and they don't bother you when you don't! We will definitively go back to try other interesting dishes.
This wonderful Spanish restaurants features special authentic Spanish dishes not easily round elsewhere paired with terrific Spanish wines. Service is impeccable, and seating for our family birthday group of 8 was perfect for conversations even though the restaurant was full. Near the United Nations, it attracts an international clientele.
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