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Olé Restaurant

434 Second Ave., New York, NY 10010 40.738961 -73.98007
nr. 25th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-725-1953 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Spanish/Tapas
  • Price Range: $$$

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Official Website

olerestaurant.com

Hours

Sun-Thu, noon-midnight; Fri-Sat, noon-1am

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 23rd St.

Prices

$22-$45

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Business Lunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Romantic

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

This venue is closed.

On Gramercy Park's sketchy eastern frontier, Olé has been attracting homesick Castilians, and the occasional college Spanish class, for over three decades now, making it—in Manhattan terms, anyway—downright venerable. That kind of success cuts both ways. The recently remodeled interior, a traditional yet vibrant mix of wrought-iron accents, Spanish bric-a-brac (mercifully light on matador memorabilia), stucco walls, and dark wood furnishings, makes for a conspiratorially cozy dining experience that handily blots out the bleak neighborhood environs. With a few notable exceptions, the food is uninspired and reliable, as only a long-lived eatery's can be. Among the highlights is the pulpo a la gallega starter; its large, impossibly tender octopus chunks graced with olives could double as an entrée (the subtly smoky Spanish chorizo appetizers, on the other hand, are a little too reminiscent of cocktail wieners). Olé's paella is serviceable but slightly dense, while the merluza a la Madrid—a flaky hake filet in an unobtrusively tangy mustard sauce—raises the culinary bar somewhat, particularly with Spanish potatoes (gloriously thick, fresh-fried potato chips) on the side.

Recommended Dishes

Pulpo a la gallega, $11; mini paella Olé, $25

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