Boqueria UES

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Spanish
Vibrant, Barcelona-style tapas bar with high top seating and a design aesthetic inspired by European modernism. Enjoy Spanish classics and a rotating menu of Seasonal dishes.

We look forward to having you at Boqueria! A couple notes to make sure you have the best experience possible:

Please let us know if you have any seating requirements when making your booking.

Parties of 6 or more will enjoy:
Dinner: Chef's Tasting Menu ($49pp plus tax and 20% gratuity)
Brunch: 2-Hour, Bottomless Brunch Feast ($42pp plus tax and 20% gratuity)

Thank you again for choosing Boqueria Upper East Side. If your plans change please let us know. We look forward to having you!

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What 772 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite Brunch spot in nyc by far! Get so much for what you pay

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went with the prefixe menu for Valentine’s Day but needed to have it altered for a gluten allergy. It doesn’t seem like anyone was monitoring what we were getting because after only 5 dishes (of 7 mains) we were told that we were getting dessert. Understanding we had a gluten allergy, it would have been nice to have been told that we should have ordered off the main menu instead of prefixe if we were going to get stiffed 2/7 dishes. We had to ask for one of them (the shrimp, which was gluten free so not sure why we wouldn’t have gotten it anyway?), which was brought to us after we asked, but ended up paying the full amount for one less dish which I think was a ripoff. Not sure if we will come back in the near future as I don’t know if we can trust the servers to ensure the prefixe dishes are all brought to the tables.

CD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Boqueria UES is usually our go to for dinner dates. This latest time was incredibly frustrating. The server kept taking our drinks away when we had at least another 2 sips left. It ruined the whole experience.

JS
Birmingham
20 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed the food. Very expensive

P
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Paella was excellent albeit a bit too much for one person.

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great time with friends ! Food was great, service was good but I had to remove one star for 2 reasons: we have to ask 3 times to put down the AC. They have also put us on table for 4 vs 5, while the booking was made for 5. Other than that it was great

Boqueria UES
Responded on February 4, 2020

Hi Salma, Thank you for the great review! We value your feedback and I'll be sure to look into this to ensure comfortable seating arrangements. Please ask for me on your next visit so I can introduce myself. We hope to see you back soon!

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MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place, food was amazing. Definitely a very lively place. Alittle cramp on the inside but overall I would recommend.

DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food always comes too quickly , not always hot , feels a bit rushed ( because it is ) but overall always a good experience

b
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

good food..all small plates...our waiter was expert both on the menu, and the very difficult all-spanish wine list...GREAT value for upper east side manhattan

Boqueria UES
Responded on February 1, 2020

Hi Bill, I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit with us and that you loved the food and service! Our servers have extensive wine knowledge to always best direct you to the perfect pairing. I can’t wait to welcome you back to Boqueria again soon. Please ask for me by name the next time you’re in, I’d love to properly introduce myself in person and say hello.

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CB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hostess was kind of rude to my mom who I was treating to dinner. Very strange. The waiter was amazing tho and the food delicious

D
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Noisy, crowded, tight but what I expect when I go to my neighborhood Spanish restaurant for tapas.....skip the paella.

R
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Highly recommended! Be sure to try the bacon wrapped dates!

n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff and great food. Lunch service was quick but without seeming pushy. Our server Nelly could not have been more knowledgeable on the menu.
Great wine list too!

c
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Best place for spanish food on the UES. Always good. A bit loud but worth it

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience at this restaurant was wonderful! We had 6 people so we had the chefs fixed menu with the unlimited drinks for 2 hours. The waiter Barry was amazing he was very attentive and noticed one of our party members was running late and waited to out the food order so that way we would get the full 2 hours! Thank you so much for the experience I will totally recommend this restaurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Most of the food items are deep fried or sitting in a soup of oil. Not healthy. The price per dish doesnt match the quality received. I wouldnt go here for dinner but to get a glass of wine and one snack not eat a full dinner. Service was good and atmosphere was energetic.

MM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time at my birthday brunch here. Our server was patient and gracious while we took our time ordering in the beginning, he provided prompt drink refills throughout the meal, and every delicious dish was served hot and fresh. You can end up sacrificing quality of food or drinks at a bottomless brunch, but that doesn't happen at Boqueria, and they provide a generous 2 hour drink time limit versus the usual 1 or 1.5 hours. I definitely recommend Boqueria UES!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and our tapas came out quickly. All in all a great experience!

f
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love Boqueria, we go there very often. The brunch deal with bottomless sangria is great! we love every dish that we have tried.
I go to Spain often and have to say that the churros with chocolate are the real thing!

JC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food if you’re in the mood for tapas. Not too loud especially during brunch. Great time all around. Thank you

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Really good food

a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our fifth New Year's Eve celebration at Boqueria UES! We were welcomed as old friends, had our favorite seating at the chef's counter. Watched all the action as the chef and cooks turned out hundreds of plated tapas. Loved the traditional tapas as well as some new additions. We will be back again!!!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was excellent. We enjoyed exquisite tapas followed by delicious paella!

OT
London
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Loved it :)

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This is unfortunately an Americanized and slightly overpriced Spanish Restaurant. $12 for portion of Patatas Bravas seems a bit too much. Music, a little loud and not from Spain. I don’t think I will be coming back and will never come back here for an experience of authentic flavors from Spain. Quite disappointed as Spain has a lot of unique flavors and differences that are appreciated are sought for in NYC.

E
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible. Just terrible. Expected something worth my time...I guess that was too much.

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fun, delicious and a favorite dining destination! Fresh, interesting flavors and tapas style servings ideal for sharing and tasting. We had a wonderful time, thank you for excellent and friendly service :-)

UR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had THE BEST Christmas day lunch ever!! Chef's choice... Every single dish was yum!

JM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and wine. Helpful and reasonably prompt and attentive service. There was a little bit of a wait for our food to arrive and one of the nine dishes we ordered was incorrect. There was absolutely no problem fixing the error. We were well pleased overall and intend to return here or try one of the other Boqueria locations as soon as possible.

SF
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love Boqueria! Food is always excellent, fresh and well-prepared. Always something new and interesting...this time it was the new roasted cauliflower--perfect! Cocktails are always fresh and expertly made and the seasonal Sangria (cranberry on this visit) really refreshing and flavorful. Our Server also did a great job and was knowledgeable and very accommodating. The GM came over to introduce herself and make sure everything was perfect--which it was. Boqueria never fails to offer a terrific dining experience and I recommend it highly.

RD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch due to availability and quieter space. Love the lunch menu options the best. Always dependably good food. Great churros for dessert! Full coffee service.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Authentic tapas and paella. Would go again tomorrow!

FU
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful. We come here often and are always pleased.

ST
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as usual. Our favorite go to tapas . Consistently good through the years.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food: baby gem salad with roasted hazelnuts, grilled squid, roasted chicken and beef a al plancha. Lovely wines.

KM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ricardo was amazingggggf! The food was superb. Thank you for an experience

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening for our family group of 9, celebrating two 60th birthdays. The restaurant called the day before to tell us that for groups the menu was the chefs menu, a prix fixe (two price points to choose), so no surprise. It turned out to be perfect and avoided long choices. The food was excellent from beginning to end in taste, diversity and amounts. The atmosphere was just right for a birthday and a high level of tolerance for our American and French renditions of Happy Birthday. The service was friendly, informative and diligent. There was a change in shifts and our first waiter took the time to introduce his replacement. Highly recommend!