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La Barra at Mercado Little Spain

4.5
4.5
94 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish

To truly understand Spanish cuisine, it’s necessary to dive deep into the world of tapas. At La Barra, you’ll have the opportunity to do so, exploring the many beloved dishes from tapas bars all around Spain. Both the classics and regional favorite are represented, from traditional croquetas de jamón to Andalusia’s fried squid, and a wide selection of wines from around the country are available by the glass or bottle.

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Booked 12 times today

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

Menu

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What 94 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Manhattan

    Spanish

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  1. f

    fancypigeon

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience4

    Overall, an off-putting experience. Husband and I tried five dishes and for each one we said, "Well, I guess that was pretty good." Finally we realized everything was "just pretty good". Which is fine!, but not for the price point and the hype. I was excited to try this place out, but my enthusiasm was dampened from the beginning when we sat out our table for almost 20 minutes, servers walking by and glancing at us, with no one stopping. There were only about five other tables occupied, and there seemed to be at least four or five servers waiting on them, so it didn't seem like they were understaffed. I eventually had to lean over to a server- which I hated to be That Person, but we were attending a show nearby and had to be out at a certain time- who was plating an empty table next to me (?) and ask if we could please place a drink order, at least? The atmosphere was charming enough, and the food had enough promise at maybe achieving excellence, that the next time I have a reason to be in the neighborhood I might try sampling foods at the various booths or at the wine bar- but I won't return to La Barra.

  2. SM

    SMVJax

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All good. Love anything and everything Chef Jose does!

  3. GA

    GAaa

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Food was excellent so was the value. Service was attentive and fast.

  4. A

    Angie

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    This is advertised as traditional Spanish food and it’s not. I’m from Spain and I was really disappointed by all the flavors as well as the misleading advertisement. Everything was overpriced. The only Spanish thing we’re the names of traditional tapas that were not made well. Got ripped off. I am well aware that tapas are “small plates” but paying $18 dollars for three Boquerones is actually ridiculous. I know those come pre-made. Do not come here if you’re looking for actual Spanish food. Love Jose Andres but little Spain market is obviously a cash grab.

  5. t

    thegangof4

    New York Area

    96 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food here is delicious, the service was very good, and the atmosphere is fun and vibrant! We had a selection of 6 tapas dishes for 4 of us and 2 desserts. We could have eaten more, but that was sufficient! Portions were a little skimpy, but all were delicious!

  6. LM

    LynneM

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch here before the show. The service was great! the sangria was awesome (I had the one made with gin!!!! yum..so different). Great experience.

  7. SD

    SarahD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing. We especially loved the gazpacho, the croquettes, and the octopus. The New York sour cocktail was also delicious.

  8. SB

    SusanB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Delicious food. And I appreciate the generous size of the pitcher of sangria.

  9. CV

    CarmelV

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Rosa was very accommodating and helpful, what an asset to your team!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Comida riquísima, trato excelente y lugar mágico, una buena comida si vienes a NYC.

  11. JC

    JosueCN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We are far from home and enjoying the real spanish tapas during these christmas days, that we couldn't be with family, it was a blessing. I totally recommend it. Food and service was amazing. It's a must in NY city.

  12. PH

    PedroH

    Madrid

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    100% recomendable.comida típica española en New York. Calamares ,croquetas,garbanzos con bacalao y los postres espectaculares en especial la tarta de queso con trufa y miel.

  13. TW

    ThomasW

    Portland

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    If you like vermut (vermouth) and authentic Spanish tapas, you can either go here or go to Spain. Highest quality ingredients, knowledgeable preparation and professional friendly service, this place has it all. Tomorrow we are coming back to try one of the affiliated restaurants: Lena or The Spanish Diner. Looking forward to it!

  14. MC

    MadelineC

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    Great customer service. Good comes out a bit too fast…at times felt like it’s pre-made.

  15. J

    Jackie

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall3food5service1ambience4

    The worst service I have ever experienced. It didn’t appear to be understaffed, however we still gave them the benefit of the doubt. But even at that, our server NEVER came to our table. We were flagging other servers down, we waited 30 minutes when we first arrived to the table for anyone to even come over, no one checked on us, etc. And we saw the 4 tables around us all experiencing the same issue with the server. One table even left after waiting 10 minutes because no one came over.

  16. RF

    RobF

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    Great tapas

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Plates a little expensive for the amount of food. But pretty good beside that

  18. AM

    ArnieM

    Tampa

    22 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    Food was good. Service was horrible. It took a half hour to get someone's attention at 4:00pm! And that was only with two requests of the "Host." We did watch several servers chatting, including the first one who eventually came to us. Lack of staff did not seem to be the problem. Getting a server's attention during the meal proved equally difficult. Our first server's shift ended during our meal and he brought a replacement. We got different answers from them about whether the eggplant special could be made without bell peppers. Neither seemed to know what the "Sangria Hour" menu was, although we were sitting next to a sign advertising it. Our first server did find part of it, but the reduced price sangria we ordered did not get on the check correctly. That took over five minutes to fix. It seems that the problem might be lack of training by management.

  19. AU

    AlokUWS

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely outstanding in every way! Best Spanish tapas in NYC.

  20. MM

    MelM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Food was expensive but good. Sangria was delicious.

  21. AC

    ACHARLES

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful room: the nice design and architectural elements elevated the eating experience. I found the prices charged for the wines to be exorbitant. Service was right on point. Checking in was swift and pleasant.

    La Barra at Mercado Little SpainResponded on November 8, 2021

    Thank you very much for leaving an awesome review! We look forward to your next visit! Kind regards, Mercado Little Spain

  22. J

    Jerry

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Denise (our server) was excellent! As was the food!!

    La Barra at Mercado Little SpainResponded on November 8, 2021

    Thank you very much for leaving an awesome review! Denise was so happy with your kind words! We look forward to your next visit! Kind regards, Mercado Little Spain

  23. BC

    BarefootContessa

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Generous portions for a tapas restaurant. Great wine list. The Basque burnt cheesecake was excellent.

    La Barra at Mercado Little SpainResponded on November 1, 2021

    Thank you very much for leaving an awesome review! We look forward to your next visit! Kind regards, Mercado Little Spain

  24. JB

    JenniferB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, food and service. Thought the menu was simple but lots of choice and the service was excellent - really friendly and attentive.

    La Barra at Mercado Little SpainResponded on November 1, 2021

    Thank you very much for leaving an awesome review! We look forward to your next visit! Kind regards, Mercado Little Spain

  25. AU

    AlokUWS

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding, as always!

    La Barra at Mercado Little SpainResponded on November 1, 2021

    Thank you very much for leaving an awesome review! We love our loyal guests. Hope to see your soon! Kind regards, Mercado Little Spain

  26. h

    hbbchef

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience1

    Reservation was made for 7pm. Arrived in time and led to table. Not the best location. The waiter brought water. We discussed drinks and never saw him again. Had to ask two others about our drinks. Took way too long. Ordered tapas from their app. Everything came at same time. Nothing hot. High prices. Just okay. This was our 40th anniversary and did not have a good time. Sadly won’t return.

  27. AA

    AlgenisAlc

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Good food, affordable prices, an amazing Spanish vibe.

    La Barra at Mercado Little SpainResponded on November 1, 2021

    Thank you very much for leaving an awesome review! We look forward to your next visit! Kind regards, Mercado Little Spain

  28. MB

    MichaelB

    Wilmington

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Really enjoyed the experience and the ability to try multiple items as this is a tapas restaurant. I will say the octopus and cod were a bit over cooked but not unpalatable.

    La Barra at Mercado Little SpainResponded on November 1, 2021

    Thank you very much for leaving an awesome review! We look forward to your next visit! Kind regards, Mercado Little Spain

  29. TH

    TH23

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Nice concept but the execution can be improved. Many stores were not open and there were no "Spanish market". The food was good though.

  30. JP

    JeannetteP

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Our reservation was for 7:45pm. We went in right away. W/o making the reservation on OpenTable, we would have had at least a 20min. wait. Covid precautions were in place. We used our phones to download the menu and pay the bill. The waitress was pleasant and made sure we understood the ordering process. Ordered tapas: garlic shrimp (good), roasted red peppers/eggplant and fried calamari. The eggplant was overcooked and the calamari came w/o sauce, so it was dry and bland. We were charged an extra $1.00 when we asked for sauce which I have never experienced before. For dessert, we ate the best chocolate cake in my life. I would return to La Barra at Mercado Little Spain for the food (try something different) but eat the same dessert.

  31. A

    Allokjumpmaster

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Better than a lot of “so called” Authentic Spanish restaurants in the city!

  32. r

    review

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Food was incredibly over salted. Difficult to get servers’ attention and have a traditional restaurant experience now that you order and pay online.

  33. M

    Manhattanite

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    While the food was great, the service was a bit ditzy. Some confusion about what food went to what table and a few other minor service issues. I've also been to the Little Spain diner and next time that's where I'll head.

  34. KW

    KW83

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Birthday brunch

  35. DH

    DougH

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mercado Little Spain is a jewel of a place and La Barra is perfect for that setting. As advertised, Spanish tapas and good wine. Very enjoyable. And the most modern of ways to view the menu and order from your cell phone. Prompt and courteous service; tasty tapa plates; and nice ambiance. I'm glad we found out about it!

  36. S

    Stephanie

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    Unfortunately overpriced. No more paella available. Small portions. Wish the bacalao had been better. What a shame for. Jose Andres restaurant.

  37. JV

    JessicaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Little Spain La Barra is strictly tapas! This is an experience to do with someone(s) who enjoy good food and good vibes. Best sangria i ever had and the beat gambas al ajillo ever! I highly recommend. But expect to drop money!

  38. MS

    MSerna

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent Spanish food in a very cool mercado style local.

  39. VA

    VallynA

    New Orleans

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I ordered from the Restaurant Week menu and added a rose sangria, which was delicious. The potato chips and salsa were a nice snack - I saved some for later. The chicken croquettes were crispy and hot, a bit salty for me but otherwise well seasoned. I ordered the gambas, shrimp in a bath of very garlicy olive oil. They were good and not overcooked, accompanied by slices of baguette. My only dissatisfaction with service is that all of the above were served at the same time. The flan was wonderful as dessert. I was seated in a section with only one other table spaced well over 6 feet away; there was a shelving unit alongside the table where I could rest my backpack. Overall the mercado is lively and I had an enjoyable lunch experience.

  40. B

    Beth

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My friends and I really enjoyed our first visit to La Barra yesterday to celebrate Restaurant Week. Delicious food--gazpacho, chicken and béchamel croquettes, shrimp in garlic and oil, and flan. We enjoyed the sangria as well. Attentive service. Fun atmosphere. Will definitely return!

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La Barra at Mercado Little Spain is rated 4.5 stars by 94 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 12 times today
Google Map for La Barra at Mercado Little Spain

501 W 30th St New York, NY 10001-2157

  • Neighborhood

    Hudson Yards

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Spanish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking or Parking Garage

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Wine

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