This place was worth the price. Drinks were good, tapas amazing!
Really great service, great Sangrias, and a serenade guitar player walking around! Food was nothing special...might come back on a Monday for their Lobster specials....and the Sangria!
The most unfortunate thing about this experience was that a particular salad attractively described on their web site was not on the menu. When that was mentioned to the staff they volunteered to produce it but, sadly, the end product did not in any way resemble the item described on the web site. However, a really nice moment was when, as we were leaving, a very distinguished gentleman, possibly the restaurant manager, or even owner, thanked me in words that seemed really genuine, coming out of his heart, not just polite standard thank you's. Perhaps he was a very good actor but if so, good for him!
The food was very good, until my bf got a spoiled mussel on is paella. Unfortunately he ate it and he had to run to the bathroom. We told the waitress and the Manager.
We expected they would have not charged us the paella or at least give us the dessert for free but..nothing! The waitress even came to ask us for the tip (that of course we didn’t leave!!). So rude!
So beside the bad experience, I can say the place is nice and has a lot of good food and authentic.
I mean it is something that can happen but it was the (wrong) way they handled it wrong.
I have been eating at Cafe Español since 1995 and I am never disappointed when I dine here. This is truly a neighborhood gem! The food is fresh and delicious, they make their own sangria which is the best sangria I have ever drank and the staff is friendly and efficient. I highly recommend the paella, skirt steak and fajitas. They have a tapas menu as well that offers scrumptious delights such as various cheeses, mussels, shrimp and mich more Spanish meals.
Cafe Espanol is part of the Olde New York scene. it's not been renovated, it's not screamingly loud. It serves a very diverse crowd, both agewise, culturally, ethnically.
The lobster was terrific, as was the grilled octopus starter. With a nice bottle of Martin Codax albarino, we were delighted.
We also used a groupon which saved 20% for the first visit when using your visa card to sign up.
Go. We can't afford to lose all of Olde New York.
Lovely! Food is great - portion size excellent
Awesome restaurant. Food was great, very generous portions and reasonably priced. Fun and friendly staff. Service was very attentive. Look forward to returning again!
We had been back MANY times ever since and it had replaced our former number one restaurant (Trattoria Spaghetto - which is now back to being our NUMBER TWO restaurant). What has made the place special was NOT only the food but the entire wait staff! Sergio/waiter and with the owner (Sebastian F. ) along with the rest of the staff made it a friendly, festive, party atmosphere and made you feel at home and part of a true "family". We have celebrated our family Christmas Eve &/or Christmas dinner for MANY years and many more to come.
Food used to be much better. Unfortunately this time everything was over cooked. Grilled octopus was charcoaled, chewy fried calamari, medium-rare stake was well done. Vine and drinks were excellent.
We stopped in before going to the Blue Note and had drinks and tapas.
It was very early so the restaurant was quiet. Service was great. Not intrusive but ready to take care of all our needs. Perfect.
Second time visit and enjoyed the whole experience both times.
Food was great. Had the seafood paella with fried calamari appetizer... delicious. Wife really enjoyed the red sangria. Our waiter Roberto was super. Will be back on our next visit to NY.
Delicious food and Sangria - very good value - but we were seated at 6:05 and unfortunately felt like we were being rushed the entire time. 4 people with salads, appetizers, Sangria and main courses ... and were done by approx 7:10. I probably would have had a Spanish Coffee but I was asked three times in 5 minutes if we were done or ordering anything else while I had the dessert/cafe menu in my hand. Other than this aspect (throughout dinner), the server was polite and helpful —- but we were definitely being rushed by the server and the wait staff.
The host/owner needs to smile! And be nice!
If you are looking for an excellent restaurant with a full and varied menu, Cafe Espanol has exquisite tasting food and wonderful service. We go there whenever we are in the Village.