172 Bleecker St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.728839 -74.000674
Neighborhoods: Greenwich Village, Downtown
A lot has changed on Bleecker Street, but one this that hasn't is this beloved, reliable Spanish restaurant, a holdover from an era when little was expected from restaurants other than good food, cheap prices, and clean plates. It has all that -- but what really counts here is character.
GREAT FOOD! GREAT VALUE! – This place is almost always busy, but because its so huge you'll almost always get a table. I only had to wait when I came with a large party. The Food is Great, I've been to a lot of High rated Spanish places in the city and can honestly say that Espanol's tapas are the best. Everything is very Authentic I spent time in Spain, loved their food and Espanol is the closest alternative to Castiles food. The service is sometimes slow, simply because they are often very busy. I've tried sangria in A LOT of different places and theirs is The BEST. If your looking for a place to get some very good food, sit back and relax, enjoy your time with friends and a decent price go to Espanol, get a pitcher of Sangria and a must Shrimp in Garlic sauce and Pulpo a la Gallego...Enjoy!
Very good, great value – Excellent value, fresh seafood and grat lobster specials. I been in the neighborhood for years and have been a customer for years. The staff is very accomodating and the Sangria is great.
Great outdoor garden, great for groups or a romantic dinner for two.
Food Not Espanol – Went there for lunch yesterday and had the $10.95 3 course special. As soon as the basket of tortilla chips arrived with what seemed like an enchilada sauce (definitely not salsa), we started wondering if the restaurant served Spanish food or Mexican food. The food was not good at all, starting with the green salad, and the entrees (garlic chicken, chicken extreme) were chicken doused in oily sauce. To top it off, the sangria tasted like pepsi, since it had some carbonation. We ate outside, so we don't know how the interior is, but not a very good atmosphere since the road was very busy and it got loud. At least the flan was decent.
Great value!!! – Been there several times; great food, ambience and value! The garden in back is so cute and romantic, complete with a pond with real turtles! The food is so good and inexpensive -- especially if you go for lunch. The service is great, they kept noticing whenever my water glass was getting low and filled it up several times without me having to ask. Great place, especially for the money!
We had dinner the other night there and it was very good. The Sangria and Margaritas are excellent. We had lobster, Paella, and a few Tapas, we all thought everything was very very good. The best was that it is very reasonably priced.
We had a great time,
P.S. Sit out in the back garden if you go, its beautiful.
User review by xlanochkax – I can't belive that this place still gets customers...but then again, they probably don't know what spanish food should taste like. The food in this restaurant was by far the worst spanish food(or any food) for that matter. The paella valenciana (one thing that you'd think they can't mess up in a SPANISH restaurant) tasted nothing like it should. The jamon tasted like it was cut up 3 weeks before we got there. Even sangria didn't taste like it was sangria. If you want authentic spanish food, this is the last place you should look. My friend and i left all our food exactly the way we got it and left very mad.
SERVICE – These guys are great. I ordered the food and the restaurant manager delivered the food because his delivery guy was out sick. The food is great.. Totally recommend them.
Not as good as it used to be – Cafe Espanol was once a very good place: but has lost attn to detail
Fab always – We've been many times--it's fun with a group or as a couple. Now my sons are taking dates there for great food and amazingly attentive service. Forget the sangria--the white rioja is crisp, dry and delicious. Perfect with summer and lobster. We've NEVER been disappointed yet, and after all, consistancy is what makes a great restaurant successful over generations of dining guests!!!
Lunch specials – We came in during lunch time and saw their ad for a 3 course meal for $9.95. It was a good deal. Had a soup, drink and main course. My friends got the garlic chicken (garlicky! yum!) and I had the pork chops extremena (sauteed peppers and sauce). Overall, this place has a very cozy ambiance. Make sure you know what kind of soup you're ordering... we didn't know the Gazpacho was ice cold salsa. For any visitors... check this place out. Dinner tends to be packed as it is a small restaurant.
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