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Café Español

78 Carmine St., New York, NY 10014 40.72961 -74.004533
nr. Seventh Ave. South  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-675-3312 Send to Phone

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

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Sun-Thu, 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-1am

Nearby Subway Stops

A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.; 1 at Houston St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Business Lunch
  • Classic NY
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Romantic
  • Smoking Area
  • Online Ordering
  • Catering


  • Full Bar



Delivery Area

Canal St. to 10th St., Mercer St. to West Side Hwy.


Paella palace Café Español continues to thrive by offering hearty chow and good value in a subdued, welcoming atmosphere. (Regulars often hole up with a bottle and a book at the inviting alcove bar.) With stucco walls and paintings of fan-brandishing señoritas, it wins no prizes for décor, but what the joint lacks in chic it makes up for in coziness. This is one of the darkest restaurants in town so dining companions appear a decade younger, an effect enhanced by Riojas and tempranillos that are too cheap and tasty to resist. The menu is well-suited to sharing, with tapas-style grilled chorizo, octopus, and shrimp in caramelized garlic sauce good segues to Café Español’s satisfying entrées. Fresh-tasting seafood distinguishes the rustic mariscada stew and ample, saffron-scented paella. The place does well by veal cutlets, especially a slightly sweet almond-sauced version. Chip-like “Spanish potatoes” make a fine side dish, and crema catalana, a Spanish crème brulee, postpones the inevitable reentry to modern times.


Café Español’s weeknight specials slice a quarter off regular prices. Monday discounts lobster and Tuesday 20% off wine.

The Owners
In business since 1982, Café Español was bought in 2005 by brothers Pablo and Ignacio Manso, first-generation Spanish-Americans who grew up in Jackson Heights.

Recommended Dishes

Shrimp in garlic sauce, $18.95; paella, $19.95; veal in almond sauce, $19.95