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About Cafe Español

Cafe Español has been a staple in Spanish food in Greenwich Village since 1976, Starting off as a tiny eatery. Gradually it has expanded to offer private dining areas as well as an outdoor garden. Our menu features freshly prepared traditional Spanish cuisine. We also offer an extensive Tapas menu as well as a full bar.

172 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
Sullivan

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 505-0657

Website:
http://www.cafeespanol.com/

Catering:
Let us cater your next event in your own setting. Food, Drinks, Staff, entertainment, just ask.

Parking Details:
Street and local garages

Public Transit:
A,B,C,D,E,F to West 4th street station. Walk south 2 blocks to Bleecker St. and make a left.


6 train to Bleecker Street. Walk west on Bleecker St.


1,9 trains to Christopher St. Walk East on Bleecker St.

Executive Chef:
Mr. Cazares / Mr. Nava

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Cafe Español Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (10)
Tapas (9)
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Pre/post Theatre (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Casual (6)
Cozy (5)
Fun (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Authentic (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Romantic (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

This place was worth the price. Drinks were good, tapas amazing!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Lovely! Food is great - portion size excellent

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Second time visit and enjoyed the whole experience both times.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The host/owner needs to smile! And be nice!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food, Great service, authentic cuisine- love this place and they are great with children too

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Casual, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Ughh. The paella Valenciana was tasteless and WATERY. The dish consisted of chicken that was merely chunks of dry skinless breast, undercooked scallops and over cooked previously frozen shrimp. There was no taste of saffron nor any evidence of the traditional socarrat crust. Service was slow and the decor is in need of an overhaul. Bathrooms are ancient. I would not return nor recommend this restaurant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent for tapas and sangria. I've been coming here since they opened in the 70's and the food is always very fresh and authentic. Their waiters are professionals and provide excellent service.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Bad food -over cooked lobster.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

One of my favorite places to eat in NYC for almost 20 years.

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 28, 2017

For those of us on restricted diets, a wide range of tapas, specializing in seafood, was the perfect choice. Our party of three ordered five tapas plates. We all left satisfied with both quantity and quality of the food. The seafood was well seasoned with excellent sauces. The grilled calamari was a little on the chewy side, but that was to be expected. We'd definitely go back to sample more of the menu.

Tags: Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

I had a great dinner with friends. Paella, fish, stuffed fish, and lobster were all excellent. We started with Spanish ham, cheese and sausage, filet mignon tips and octopus. All excellent. The staff is very attentive and a guitar player came by and we all sang a few songs. A great time.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Dined in the beautiful courtyard (heated). Many delicious menu options to choose from. Excellent, attentive service.

Tags: Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

back outdoor patio lovely to be in on a warm fall day

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Worst Paella I've ever had

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Service was great but food only average.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 11, 2017

A nice Spanish menu restaurant. Very nice outdoor patio seating area in the back. Not crowded, lots of open space even on a Friday evening. Service was prompt and cordial, cocktails were good, food was served promptly and was tasty. Everything was "good" but nothing was "great."

Tags: Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

It was much better a few years ago , the food, the ambience and the cleanliness of place

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

We were seeing a show and went for dinner not knowing they have a Lobster special on Mondays. My husband ordered the 2 lb. lobster and I had the 1 1/2lb. lobster. They were the best lobsters we have had in years including our visits to Maine. If you like lobster it is worth a trip to Cafe Espanol. We have been here many times in the last twenty-five years and have always had a great meal. The Spanish potatoes are unbelievable. The wait staff is always great.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Beautiful ,Spanish restaurant with fine service in the village area.
Menu offers delicious choices--(including basic grilled fish and vegetables)
My family loves this restaurant ,and I am never
Disappointed.
The steamed Lobster was absolutely sumptuous .
Others in our group loved the traditional Spanish meals.
Don't miss the sangria!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Amazing food, amazing service. Definitely will be returning.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The worst dinner experience.
Terrible food. The chorizo advertised as spanish is no other than regular oscar meyer hot dog

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

A great time at Cafe Español. The service was great. Our food was delicious

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I would not recommend Café Español. There are many great Spanish restaurants around Greenwich and the West Village - but Café Español is not one of them. The place is stuck in the 1970s. The food is mediocre at best - carelessly prepared standard tapas dishes. The service is also very poor. There seem to be hundreds of waiters at this restaurant but things take a long time to arrive, and very often the orders are mixed up. On top of that, one waiter kept on trying to take away our plates and food before we had finished with them - over and over again.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Tampa)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Cafe Espanol always satisfies. It is one of only a few "old fashioned" restaurants with a low noise level, fine service and very fair prices. Make it your next meal out!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great except we were seated next to a large family that was very noisy.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Great place, Food was Great Loved it , l will be back

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Outstanding service and food. This has been my favorite restaurant for more than 40 years and I return during visits to the city.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Bar Seating, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We had the Paella a la Marinera and the Sarzuela de Mariscos and both had an abundance of seafood and were well seasoned. Very good overall, friendly and responsive staff.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on April 25, 2017

We love it here. Whenever we are in NYC we make sure to eat here. The food is great and the atmosphere is nice. Fun area to walk around before or after dinner

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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