Toro NYC

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Tapas / Small Plates
Barcelona-style tapas by James Beard Award Winning Chefs Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonnette in New York City's West Chelsea. Highly rated by the New York Times, Toro stays true to the intimate style of Spanish small plates, delivering honest and thoughtful dishes in a fun and upbeat dining room. We are proud and honored that Eater has chosen Toro as one of The 38 Essential New York Restaurants for both Winter & Spring 2016.

Toro NYC invites you to join us at Back Bar, an American Spirits speakeasy style tucked into the 16th street entrance adjacent to the restaurant. Back Bar is open pop-up style on select weekend dates, offering craft cocktails & bar snacks in a truly one of a kind space. To find out when Back Bar is open, please visit us on Instagram at @toro_backbar. Reservations not required.
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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my second visit to Toro, and it was just as terrific on this visit as the previous one! We had a group of 6 this time and were coming after a long day of watching tennis at the US Open. Toro has a great vibe, and the food, cocktails, wine, and service were all fantastic. We ordered a ton of dishes and shared everything. The grilled steak, tomato salad, and ceviche were standouts, but there wasn’t a clunker among the 20 or so dishes we shared.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, drinks and atmosphere was everything that was expected of a New York restaurant.

V
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Place is beautiful, service was good as well. Food was good but they charge way to much for the amount of food they give you. Bite size amounts. We are not people who eat a lot. We were two people, ordered like 4-5 plates and left hungry and the bill was over 200 dollars. Not worth the money. Maybe a better spot just to have a drink.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food is mediocre and way overpriced. $45 for three small duck legs in a confusingly sweet and tangy sauce is absurd. Some tapas were promising, but none of them were delicious. The ambiance is nice but the place was empty.

k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were great. The ambience was good. However, the music was loud and made it difficult to have a conversation. We were on a first date and it was too noisy to talk. I would not recommend for dates and conversation.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to for years.

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Although our server was quite nice and attentive the management seamed to be clueless with the correct table etiquette. We had at least two managers come by to pour our red wine when it was still half full, the other manager came by and poured the wine almost to the top. I asked her to please not pour wine for my husband so I could give him half of my full wine glass. I finally put the bottle on the other side of the table so they could not pour it any longer but one of them reached out to pour it again. I felt that they were trying to rush us out to turn the table.

TD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome. Service is top-notch. The sommelier, Sarah, was super helpful and knowledgeable. Recommended a couple great bottles. Great ambiance and incredible food. Get the San Sebastián style mushrooms.

C
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was fantastic, and the food was both creative and authentic. Loved the bone marrow and patatas bravas in particular.

p
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Difficult to find the entrance as it is on 11th avenue not tenth. Great food and variety.

S
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the Chef table! They were very busy but got to ask a question or two on technique. I dined solo before the Ballet, so I didn't get to sample as many things as I would have liked. Everything was great, the chicken mousse, the garlic and chili shrimp and the olive oil ice cream. The Wolffer's cider was perfect with the rich chicken mousse. I can't wait to find someone who carries the cider.

t
Detroit
32 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was exceptional. Wish I could’ve tried the whole menu. The sangrias were also very good. Service was on point, even printed off our show tickets for us so we wouldn’t be late. Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The ambiance was great! There was a somm who specifically came to our table to discuss wines and helped us choose the perfect wine for our meal. However when the cheese plate came out, we had no idea what the cheeses were except for the manchego - no one could tell us what else was in the plate. And the food was extremely salty especially the paella. Churros were also extremely dense. For the price point, not the best.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a great and seamless experience! Really fun vibes and good energy. Food and drinks were great too!

FP
London
10 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Very poor service lack of enthusiasm when asked to recommend dishes.

Extremely dark and difficult to read the menu.

Hard to catch servers attention to get a drink. Wouldn’t rush back.

KJ
London
27 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful place for groups and couples. The atmosphere was super cool, dark and like a warehouse. There were three REALLY great stand out dishes for us; the crispy egg plant, the octopus polpo and the corn. The prawns were pretty nice too but not on the same level.
Avoid the mushrooms.
Would return in a heartbeat!

H
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal. We’ve been here several times. The food is always good. Menus rotate frequently with a lot of greatest hits and new items. Love the charcuterie as well.

BH
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sergio at the bar was wonderful! Very attentive and made great recommendations!

OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The food is mediocre, the service is on the amateur level. Some tapas are were very greasy. The wines are way overpriced. Not sure what the hype is about, but none of the tapas and pinxos we ordered looked creative. Waste of time and money

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I have eaten at Toro before this. The food is very good. My service experience was better the last time. This time the assistant servers kept bumping my chair as they passed. After about 7 times I asked our server to please asked to not bump my chair when passing. She proceeded to walk over to the dining room manager to tell her and they both seemed to think it was very funny. The bumping continued. That’s the difference between professional servers and young punks just trying to make a buck. A lot of restaurants in NYC that you can spend over $300 for 2 people and not get knocked around.

LA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service at Toro is wonderful, as are the wine recommendations! The food is delicious, the atmosphere is energetic, and decor is interesting. A perfect place for a date, friends meal, or business dinner (for the not so stuffy crowd)! Highly recommended!

SD
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a very good meal here; waiter was very helpful with our order- would definitely go back!

CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our servers Salvatore and Matthew were unbelievable, particularly the young man (I think Salvatore) who was lead. We had not one but two food allergies and he took more care to ensure we were good than ANY OTHER SERVER WE'VE HAD IN THE 24 YEARS OF MY SONS' LIVES. I was so impressed and so thankful for his diligence because it turned out fish sauce was used in two of the dishes we ordered. He arranged for the sauces to be on the side for us but took the time to understand the ingredients and make appropriate accommodations. I applaud this level of detail. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

L
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente service, food and atmosphere!
I went with my fiancé to celebrate his birthday last Friday and it was a blast.
Definitely coming back to try other amazing dishes and drinks.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Beer selection is terrible. Solid spot but just didn’t leave satisfied.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great cocktails. Wonderful service.

w
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A couple of warnings: 1) although the address is on 10th, the entrance is almost on West on 15th St. 2) the entrance itself is really sketchy-looking; don't let that put you off. That being said, the space itself was nice, even if a little loud for my taste. The service was excellent -- nice people with great recommendations. We had 5 items, chosen from the pinxos and small plates. There was a lot of variety and we enjoyed everything we ate. Of particular note: pimientos del padron, maiz asado, and the cheese plate.

BK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the food, especially the gambas ajillo. The wait staff was attentive and helpful and answered all of our questions. We liked the tapas style of the restaurant and the restaurant space itself is beautiful. The only thing I would change is the entrance. I had been there before and knew where to enter, but my guest wasn't sure where the entrance was because of the address and the winter storm shelter covering it. Other than that, we had a wonderful experience at Toro.

OT
New England
28 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Boston moves to NYC.

KD
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed sitting at the back bar. Everyone was so nice there. Only complaint was order The paella had one tiny piece of chicken in a dish for two.

e
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Service and chefs counter was also awesome. Would recommend as a great tapas place.

T
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

If you would like to enjoy the cooking action, ask to sit on counter. If you seat at the kitchen counter, you can ask the chef serve you any tapas without looking at the menu. I have been there few times, I have always enjoy the food and great conversation with the staff and chef (can be just sous chef or line cooks, but always fun).

RS
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 4

Found hair in my paella. Ruined every else about the experience. I would not go back.

J
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere. Food is ambitious but doesn't always deliver which is disappointing given the price point.

SW
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food , fast service , good place for informal but special occasions

RA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a little loud, but it is in meatpacking., after all. Food, cocktails, and service outstanding. Highly recommend if seeking the tapas approach to dining.

OT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great small plates with reasonable price and good drinks. Great ambiance and stylish place. A very nice place.

WR
New England
16 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Frank's hot sauce for duck leg bbq diablo and salty tinned brown anchovies (instead of brined white ones) on pan tomate. Need I say more? Bland sauces on everything else. A poor cousin to the Boston Toro; indeed a poor and distant relation to any Spanish-inspired tapas/small plate restaurant. The bathroom decor seems to have been lifted from the set of "Orange is the new black."

k
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing cocktails and the best Paella in NYC!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, service

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