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About La Fonda Del Sol

Indulge in vibrant Spanish cuisine and an expansive selection of tapas at La Fonda del Sol.

A modern reincarnation of the iconic 1960s restaurant, we are conveniently located just steps away from Grand Central Terminal on the east side of Vanderbilt Avenue at 44th Street.

In our tapas bar and lounge, choices include tuna tacos, garlic shrimp, croquetas, patatas bravas, and albóndigas. You may also enjoy a more intimate experience in La Fonda del Sol’s elegant main dining room with paella valenciana, whole market fish, braised short ribs, and suckling pig.

200 Park Avenue at East 44th Street
MetLife Building
New York, NY 10020
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Spanish, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
TAPAS LOUNGE
Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

MAIN DINING ROOM
LUNCH - Monday - Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
DINNER - Monday - Friday, 5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Cross Street:
Between East 44th Street and Vanderbilt Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 867-6767

Website:
http://www.patinagroup.com/la-fonda-del-sol

Catering:
La Fonda del Sol offers private event and wedding catering in NYC.
To receive more information about our private event options, please contact:

Jenna Kelleher | 212-867-6245
jkelleher@patinagroup.com

Parking Details:
When you dine at La Fonda del Sol, One Parking offers you a special rate of $25 for up to 4 hours of parking. Please make sure to ask your server for a validation sticker at the end of your meal.

One Parking is located at 200 Park Avenue
(accessible from the north and south side on Park Avenue)

Public Transit:
4, 5, 6, 7 & S trains to 42nd Street/Grand Central Station.

Executive Chef:
Eric Basulto

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
La Fonda del Sol offers an unprecedented stage for modern Spanish cuisine. Awarded two stars by the New York Times and designed by world-famous architect Adam D. Tihany, the split-level venue consists of a striking bar and tapas lounge on the ground floor and elegant formal and private dining rooms on the upper level. Event capacity: 25-300 guests.

To receive more information about our private event options, please contact:

Jenna Kelleher | 212-867-6245
jkelleher@patinagroup.com

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Designed by world-renowned architect Adam D. Tihany, La Fonda del Sol's split-level space consists of a striking tapas lounge/bar on the ground floor and an elegant dining room on the upper level.

La Fonda Del Sol Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (8)
Casual (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Authentic (3)
Cozy (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Romantic (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

All good. Been here Many times and always enjoy the food. You can have a conversation with your guests too.

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

In general, the food here is very good. One of us thought the pork chop wasn't flavorful, but another of our party loved the pork chop. The scallops were nicely done, still moist in the middle and very flavorful. As starters, we had the chorizo and eggs and the beet salad. Both were excellent. The wine selection has a nice selection with price points to meet every budget, but we opted for a pitcher of red sangria which was very nice. If you're looking for a restaurant convenient to Grand Central Station, you can't do much better than this.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

It had been about a year since my last visit and was not disappointed. The service was great!!! Our waiter was very attentive and accommodating. Will definitely be coming back.

Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great place for a nice business lunch - very good food, service and quiet! The tapas bar is very nice for an after-work drink with colleagues.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great quick meal before catching the train so close to Grand Central trains

Tags: Tapas, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Perfect for a quiet business lunch. bbbbbbbbbbbbbb

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 11, 2017

When you sit, you are at peace; after your appetizer, you are in love, your main course is ecstasy and after desert you are in heaven.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Food is good. Server told us Paella would take 30 minutes. An hour later it finally arrived.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

I have been coming here for years. Like the new menu. Hostess was extremely rude...it was a nice night and my friend and I wanted to sit outside. She reprimanded me for making a reservation since they were holding a table for us.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

All four of us took advantage of the prix fixe lunch which was a remarkable value at $35.00 for three terrific courses. Beet salads and empanadas were a great starter and all four mains superb . The veggie paella was outstanding as was the cod. Terrific wine list a great desserts too. A real bargain in midtown east and with way above average food.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

The ambiance of the dining room was great - very peaceful and easy to have a conversation. Our table overlooking the bar was a nice added touch. The food was delicious and the service was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Excellent. Loved the paella. One of the best I've ever had

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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Chosen for its convenience to Grand Central and hoping for a quick, but good meal. Liked the sound of a tapas lounge. Decided to eat in the lounge/bar area vs. the restaurant. Might have been our mistake. Despite the lounge being 80 percent empty our meal took 1 hour and 45 minutes. We ordered two small and one large plate. At a tapas restaurant food is supposed to come out when it is ready. Instead they waited for the large plate to finish, so it was hot out of the oven and the small plates were tepid, barely warm. Large chicken dish was very good. Small octopus plate had too many competing strong flavors, over-seasoned. Cold meatballs were swimming in a bowl of bland marinara sauce. Hardly worth the 40 minute wait from ordering to serving. Ended up taking a train home much, much later than desired. Had the meal been good I would not have minded. Considering the service was glacially slow and the food was meh, my companion and I were both quite annoyed. Would not go at 8 pm. Maybe the rush hour scene is more organized.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Bus staff slow on refiling water glasses. Table hiden by column.

Tags: Hot Spot, Tapas, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Great dining experience!
Sonia takes wonderful care of us!!!!

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Casual, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Great experience. Service was good. Wish there was more options on the fixed menu.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 28, 2017

The food was terrible. The lettuce was old and overloaded with dressing, the croquettes were soggy and uncooked, and the black bean soup was cold. Worse ever and the money definitely was not worth it. More attention to detail is needed. The waitress was friendly and apologetic for the croquettes and took it off our bill. Sorry but not a place that I will go to again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

As always the food was excellent but the service was terribly slow! We waited over one hour for our entrees - some of which arrived cold! At one point I looked around the restaurant and not a single table that I could see had received their food.

I will go back again but if I experience the same poor service that will be the last time unfortunately.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Wonderful dinner with family. Food was amazing, lovely ambiance and our waitress was fantastic! Such a sweet lady and so attentive. Will definitely be back!

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Celebrating a birthday. Music was great and restaurant was beautiful.

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·Dined on August 16, 2017

Lackluster food from restaurant week menu.
Though I might give it another chance and come back for paella for a dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

I went with a friend for New Restaurant Week lunch. I had mushroom rice croquettes (ok); arroz con pollo (dry); peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream (cobbler not fruity and dry). The server was pleasant and the decor is appealing. Unfortunately the food does not measure up.

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

We enjoyed the food (restaurant week) and the ambience. Service was excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Restaurant Week menu had some variety. I tried one of their noon alcoholic "refrescos" - orange lime, very tasty. We each had the tomato and watermelon salad appetizer. We had softshell crab with chipotle aioli and cod with spinach, plantain, and mango salsa, both very good. We had peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream and a coconut pineapple tart for dessert with French press coffee, also good. The service was very good and the seating in the back of the restaurant was pleasant and calmer, away from the street noise. The only disappointment was the bread, served one roll at a time with tongs, cold and tough instead of warm and soft.

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

Restaurant week. Appetizers great, main entree good. Dessert was so so.

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

Fantastic ambience
Great 👍 good and wines
Impeccable service
La Fonda treated us Royally for my Birthday 🎉

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Our waiter got us out of there quickly, as we requested.

But it did take a while for us to be approached after we sat. It took a while for water to be filled and for us to be given the menus.

The restaurant week lunch menu was very good and enjoyable.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Staff were friendly. Appropriate portion for restaurant week.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

Three of the four people in our party ordered off of the restaurant week lunch menu and we were all underwhelmed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

I've been eating here for years. It's a great spot for a quiet business lunch. And the location is great. However, I am always slightly disappointed with the menu. I think the lunch menu is fine, and the food is good. But I can't help but feel that it could be so much better. Maybe I'm biased because I just returned from Spain, and ate real Spanish food for a week. To then come to a Spanish restaurant in NYC to eat an ordinary salmon burger is a little disappointing.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Lunch special is a real value

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

It would have gotten a higher rating if 1) the kitchen was better about allergy awareness. We told the waiter that one of the diners was allergic to bell peppers. Despite this, 2 dishes came out with bell peppers with no warning when we requested they be removed from the dish. 2) the maitre'd didn't tell us that the upstairs portion of the restaurant had a totally different menu!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

The food was amazing. Staff was very nice and professional.

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2017

I like the way the tacos are served, the fillings are separate. The waiters and host are very friendly and do not rush the service

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Love this spot, not only is it a few steps from major modes of NY transportation the food selection is fantastic! and the vibe totally cool.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

This was our first time to La Fonda del Sol, and it will NOT be our last. The service was wonderful, with perfect timing by our amazing server Sonya. She quickly answered any questions we had and guided us through the menu. I can't say enough good things about her. Her attention to detail was spot on. And the food, ah, the food. The tapas made me feel as if I was back in Barcelona. The pork chop was the most succulent I've ever had. I'm so glad we finally decided to stop into this wonderful restaurant. I've already decided this is where I want to go on my next birthday! Bravo La Fonda del Sol!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Good location. Hostess was very accommodating when we arrived Early for our reservation. Gave us a table right away and then moved us outside when we asked. Prices seemed fine but TINY portions. Had to easy dessert to get full

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2017

The main dining room area was not crowded or noisy, thus good for a long conversation or a business meeting. The food was good but a bit below my expectations. The pepper stuffed with crabmeat appetizer was delicious. However the branzino in tomato stew main dish was just ok.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Back room is perfect for a biz dinner

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Good for a quick bite, tapas and a glas of wine before heading home.

Tags: Business Meals, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Bar Seating, Casual, Quick Bite
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