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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.
New York, NY 10012
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 12:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Let us cater your next event in your own setting. Food, Drinks, Staff, entertainment, just ask.
Street and local garages
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.
Mr. Cazares / Mr. Nava
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Cafe Español Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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
The steamed Lobster was absolutely sumptuous .
Others in our group loved the traditional Spanish meals.
Don't miss the sangria!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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