Permanently Closed - Cafe Español

4.1
370 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipFran
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent!!

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Lisa
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always reliably good for food and drinks. That's why they've been in business forever.

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vipPatron
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have returned here several times as the food is authentic and delicious, and the service is excellent.

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MariaC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a great meal utilizing the prefix menu!! Such a great value for a dinner that was top notch! Very nice waitstaff and a huge plus with a musician playing guitar in the dining room....I even sang along! It had been years since I had been there last, but will not wait too long before I return!!

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LiveLife
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went out with friends to this fabulous location. It is always fun. Been going there for twenty years. One of the best restaurants in New York. A gem.

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RalphD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Visited 7 times in 3 years. Held wedding reception there, they no longer have that private room. Good food, ambiance, waiters know us, friendly, gobthere forbpaella and sangria when the mood strikes.

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Paul
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I first dined here in 1978!!! It has expanded over the years, but is still a wonderful local restaurant with great food and service. We were going to a concert nearby, so had 6pm reservations and were seated immediately. However by a little after 7pm there were people waiting to be seated... the entire restaurant was full. And with good reason. Never have had a bad meal here.

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OneTwoThree
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt like we were in Spain. And we've been in Spain. Everything excellent, from service to the food.

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ValerieS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I would recommend to have bigger portions. It’s definitely scaled down to smaller portions.

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OnixM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was wonderful and I can’t wait to go back! Next time no flan...it was just okay!

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MyraS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious paella!

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MLB921
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Cafe Espanol for over 30 years, they have never disappointed me! I love this restaurant, the tapas are wonderful and the entrees are delicious! Will always come back!!!

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vipBear18
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This is one of our go-to restaurants in NYC. The food is always good but I have to say the portions have gotten small recently.

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SharonG
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. Same as 25 years ago. Love it every time

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vipRhonaM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Grandmas birthday was great! She wanted Maine lobster and had it with green sauce! The music was great.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed a very pleasant evening with our adult grandchildren!

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vipPatron
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as was the service. It was a great choice for a pre-theater meal.

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LindaS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service

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AndyC
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like the setup in the restaurant. Food is flavorful and very much enjoyed by our company. Not too crowded but seems like a nice place for friends get-together or dates!

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vipTonyMoustache
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I took the sons of a few friends of mine as well as their friends. Most of them were not familiar with Spanish cuisine. They're big fans now! Jamon Serrano, chorizo, manchego, fillet mignon tips and stuffed peppers to start. That was followed by a paella for six people that was cooked to perfection. The staff are very attentive and professional. A guitar player went from table to table, adding to the fun. If you like authentic Spanish cuisine, Cafe Espanol is the place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipBKBlonde
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2018
Overall3food2service5ambience5

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!

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Dreamer
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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!

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ElisaSirigu
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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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Lora
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Marlene
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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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Annie
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! Food is great - portion size excellent

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vipPhillipLisa
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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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Bottifan
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Second time visit and enjoyed the whole experience both times.

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Kailua263
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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CindyS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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.

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vipSupermei
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall2food3service2ambience3

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

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vipPatron
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Inmymemory
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2017
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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olgat
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Bad food -over cooked lobster.

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vipEugeneK
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Permanently Closed - Cafe Español offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 505-0657.

Permanently Closed - Cafe Español is rated 4.1 stars by 370 OpenTable diners.

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