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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

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (6)
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Authentic (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Casual (3)
Fun (3)
Business Meals (2)
Cozy (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 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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 (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 2, 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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vip
 (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 29, 2017

Bad food -over cooked lobster.

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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 30, 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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vip
 (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 8, 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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·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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 (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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 (Dallas)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Great food, service, and atmosphere. All around win.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Hadn't been there in years
Remembering the tasty rice-- I returned. Was really delicious. Everyone in our party enjoyed their food!!

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

My wife and I went out with friends for 50 years. We often pick Cafe Espanol. They never disappoint. Their food and service are superb.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Second time here. Food is great, atmosphere fun and lively, a really nice place to have a delicious dinner and relax with friends. Will be back.

Tags: Late-night Find, Spicy, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 20, 2017

Traditional Spanish food, seemingly large but not very inspiring list of tapas, good selection of paella, sufficient and reasonably priced wine list. We had paella marinera for 2, and it was good and generous but a little heavy and a bit over fried.
A convenient place to stop for a simple dinner, but not for a special occasion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Very nice and comfortable neighborhood restaurant. Would defiantly recommend this restaurant and will bring friends

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Not as good as I remember. Waiter could not tell anything about the menu, tapas were good (octopus). Paella - very generic and blend, lobster tails - very chewy, dessert -store bought.
Sangria, however, was excellent. Smallish noisy place to be expected. However, food definitely was better prepared before. Shame!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

This was our first time here. Had an event in the village and decided to go for Spanish food. This was a very nice surprise. We had paella and a variety of tapas. Everything was delicious and fresh. The service was spot on. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Always a favorite. Been coming for 20 years +

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 17, 2017

The serve was amazing and the food was amazing but it crazy I pay 33 for wine it crazy but it was good

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Good value for your money; great food, good and friendly service.

One observation though: It was very cold in the restaurant, I had to stay with my coat on. Outside was 27 degrees and there was a slight air conditioning blowing inside. Obviously the heat was not working.
I would not come to this restaurant during the winter season again.
However, I would come back in the Summer for their outdoor garden.

Tags: Comfort Food, Outstanding Value, Tapas, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Good as always! The best margaritas. I always get the mariscada. It's my favorite.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Authentic
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