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Café Español

172 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10012 40.728821 -74.00057
at Sullivan St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-505-0657 Send to Phone

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

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    7 out of 10


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Daily, noon-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering
  • Catering


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

Broome St. to 10th St., Broadway to Sixth Ave.


This down-market date place on the Village’s most touristy stretch has been barnacled to Bleecker Street since 1976. But while the city’s other time-honored paella palaces present the genre’s clichés stucco, sangria, and toreador-jacketed waiters as camp-kitsch, this joint plays it straight. With that in mind, there are garish murals, dopey Spanish pop tracks, and a dining room overstaffed with rushing managers. (Your servers are clustered around the bar TV.) The menu is similarly born of chaos: Lobster escapes unscathed but the marquee paella is dull. The three-course prix fixe is probably your best deal. For cheerier Iberian chow, a far superior restaurant of the same name is nearby on Carmine Street.

Recommended Dishes

Sauteed chorizo, $8.50; albondigas, $8.50; lobster, $21.95-$33.95