Txikito

4.7
604 reviews
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Basque
Acclaimed Basque restaurant from chef Alex Raij and Eder Montero located in Chelsea. Txikito is a love letter to the Basque region, serving authentic small plates, whole fish and crispy suckling pig.

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7.4

Txikito has been doing solid business in Chelsea for several years, serving Basque-style tapas to people who are mostly on dates. How much you'll like it probably depends on how much you're looking to spend.

Ratings 7.0-7.5:These are your neighborhood standbys - the places that you’ll happily hit for some pasta or a quick salad, but not a restaurant you are bringing your parents or (god forbid) a date to. The true embodiment of good but not great.
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DK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food here. Wonderful service, too. A real treat.

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SM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience dining at Txikito, the service was 5 star and the food was amazing. Would recommend to anyone looking for a local 5 star NYC diner.

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MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great drinks but food was average. The sausage plate was terrible and the fries were a little basic (but the aioli was nice).

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n
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We hadn't been to Txikito for a number of years, for no better reason than that we live across town, and now have a good Basque restaurant in our neighborhood...and we were shocked at how good it is. Dishes--like the calamari ribbons, the white beans with shrimps and mussels, the rice with seafood, the bacalao pil-pil--were exceptional, perfect, as good or better than anything we ate in San Sebastian. Bravo. We'll never let so much time go by again between visits.

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GP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood spot! Super nice staff, great service, and really unique and yummy food!! Great drinks too. Can’t wait to come back.

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New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

We love Basque so we dine here sometimes.
I understand the size of dish and high price in nyc but rice w shrimp and mushroom was like 4 bites and $24. Way way over priced.
Size of glass of wine is way too small too, they use super small glass.
I probably won’t go back threes again

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SR
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I took my mom here for her birthday. This was the kind of place I felt like my mom would love, based on the menu. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be returning, but I’ve been to this restaurant maybe 4+ times and each time, the paycheck was steep but almost worth it. This time, I left with a bad taste in my mouth. I got the special with roasted peppers and bone marrow —$19... it consisted of one small slice of baguette topped with a very fatty piece of bone marrow and one anchovy. On the side—roasted red pepper. The dish was very small, very very small. But what’s worse is that there was a hair underneath the toast. I told the waitress and she apologized stiffly, and said they would refire one. at this point, the dish was unappetizing, but we didn’t make a fuss and just hoped it would be comped out later. It wasn’t. We were thoroughly confused and I was thoroughly disappointed at the meal that left us hungry still, with a check of $140 for two people, and we only got one main dish and one of the cheaper drinks each. I’m pretty baffled honestly.

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SV
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So friendly. Food is first-rate, crowd is fun and diverse, staff incredibly warm & friendly. Owner/Manager very kind and accommodating. We love visiting there.

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s
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the concept of serving various small dishes as they are prepared and sharing. Everything was delicious. Great variety on the menu.

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f
London
31 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had a great meal at Txikito. The Basque dishes felt authentic and the salt cod carpaccio - one of the specials of the day - was outstanding. The whipped chocolate flan was really a dark chocolate mousse but delicious nonetheless. And the Hondarribian rosé was excellent. Although I was eating solo, I never felt ignored - the service was attentive and kind.

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S
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Suckling PIG ever! Customer friendly corkage policy. My new favorite restaurant in NYC!

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic Basque food!! It was as good as any I’ve had in the Basque country. Staff was super helpful and friendly.

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D
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every bite of every dish was so pleasing, that you just wanted it to never end!!

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JP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Food and staff were great

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RP
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Txikito is outstanding. Simple as that. From standbys like marinated white anchovies and deviled crab to salt cod carpaccio with squash blossoms, every dish has just the right balance of salt and acid. All really well matched by the food friendly wine list. Oh, and the whole, pan roasted turbot was insane. We left nothing behind but a small pile of perfectly cleaned bones.

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L
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Interesting and delicious; everything fresh and tasty. Service couldn't have been nicer.

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

Txikito is, without doubt, one of the best Spanish restaurants in NYC, the best and the only Basque restaurant here. Foods were very delicious as well as elegant. Services were excellent..

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was really good, as always, but I wasn’t very happy with the service. They rushed us on every step of the dinner. They brought us all the plates at same time that didn’t fit the tiny table. At the end they took away my plate before my partner finished. Quicky rushed to ask us for dessert and then the check before even asking for it.
This is an Spanish restaurant. I’m not only Spanish, but Basque, and we like to take our time eating, enjoying our delicious food, and of course having some time to talk on the sobremesa.
The restaurant wasn’t full, is not like they needed the table. So I don’t really understand the rush, but it wasn’t pleasant.

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C
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything to love- food was great- love the fish especially. I love Spanish and French food and now Basque food. Wine was good, ambiance was good and service was friendly. I heartily recommend this place.

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MA
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great flavors. Love the international twists of the plates. Will return to this place.

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BT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us had a table close to the open section fronting the street. An absolutely delightful experience. The recommendations for food and wine were right on target. The dishes were delicious, appealing and unique. The sushito peppers, greaseless fried eggplant, thinly sliced octopus were perfect. We were treated like special customers even though this was our first time. We arrived at 6:30 on a holiday weekend so this probably was why we received so much attention! A very pleasant experience.
This is a special place.

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G
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The pulpo is always the best-thin carpaccio style. Great place on a nice day when all the windows and doors are open

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Portions may not seem like much at first glance but the food is rich enough to fill you up with just a few bites. The octopus on the menu is, by far, the most tender octopus I’ve ever had. Incredible! I can’t wait to come back! Would highly recommend to anyone

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EF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

College Graduation

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l
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was incredible. The food was great. The service was great. The wine list was interesting and well done. Alex Rajj is on fire.

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NY
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice spot. Food tasty and great tapas portions. Really enjoyed the drinks too. Relaxed atmosphere, attentive service without being too in our face. We’ll definitely go again!

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N
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is possibly my favorite restaurant on New York. It is a neighborhood restaurant, but the quality of the food is world class. There is a real person behind the menu and in the kitchen. Nothing manufactured elsewhere or seemingly prepared by rote. You feel the 'hand' in each bite. I cannot write a review without mentioning, as a french fry expert, that these are the best in the city. The place itself is also pitch perfect in my mind - simple, comfortable like a small basque restaurant in a Spanish town, connected to the street and filled with warm attentive staff. I am hard to please and in the many years I have gone here have never had a meal or even a dish that did not live up to expectations.

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RJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! They are so nice and the food is amazing!

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

Excelllent food, excellent host and hostess. The waitress acted annoyed with us and behaved as if she were doing us a favor.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very delicious !!... don't hesitate to enjoy an evening here.

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k
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With so many restaurants and so many types of food in New York , Brooklyn & Queens it is easy to forget great meals that you’ve had in the past. We were fortunate to remember Txikito and secure a reservation last Sunday night. We started with several small plates to share- octopus, king oyster mushrooms, spring vegetable, croquetas, spicy fries, all freshly prepared and excellent. And we also shared the roast baby pig which had crispy skin and sweet succulent meat.... every dish hit the right note. The service was friendly and capable, including a reasonable BYO charge on the wine we brought. Altogether an excellent meal.

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D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Every tapa was tasty and well presented. Lamb was great

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Fast service. Enjoyed the ambiance.

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DB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the food was inventive and very well prepared. We had a guest from Paris and he loved it!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptionally prepared- and the service was great, our server really understood the menu

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BC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb, and the waiting staff had lots of patience with our kids.

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YV
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Accidental find! Food is amazing! A very cute place, great service and did i say food was amazing?

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JT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our first visit was overall a good experience. Friendly efficient server who was very knowledgable about the menu. Pretty much all of the dishes were tasty, especially the sauce that came with the garlic lamb. Nice casual flow and ambience. A bit overpriced for small plates but worth another try.

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BO
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a foodie's paradise. I love Basque food, and this place prides itself on the food.

While I love the place, I asked which dishes are good for sharing and the waitress told me all of them. That is not true. We had a very hard time cutting up the special of toast with marrowbone and tuna. But they are all delicious none the less. We found the place looking for the bone-in ribeye we had at Bar Nestor in San Sebastian so which they had that on the menu every night.

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S
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We absolutely love this place! The food is so consistently outstanding...can't wait to go back!!!!

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