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La Zarza Resto-Lounge

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166 First Ave., New York, NY 10003 40.728849 -73.984342
nr. 10th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-477-1111 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Latin American, South American, Spanish/Tapas
  • Price Range: $$$

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Nearby Subway Stops

L at First Ave.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Live Music


  • Full Bar




This venue is closed.

Buenos Aires meets Barcelona at this ambient restaurant that attracts a model-y, cocktail-swilling crowd with groove-spinning DJs and a lively bar scene. Recessed lights cast a soft glow onto chocolate-hued banquettes, flickering candles sit on shelves built into brick walls, and heavy brown curtains muffle the beer-fueled antics outside on First Avenue. Dark-wood panels are carved with the leafy branches of the zarzamora, or blackberry bush, after which the place is named. As for the food, “the meats are from Argentina, and the tapas from Spain,” says Spaniard Mario Larrea, one of two co-owners, all with roots in the club industry. The fusion fare manages to upstage its sexy surroundings. Citrusy ceviches, including sweet lobster are studded with diced mango. The juicy Patagonian rib eye satisfies, as do the crocantitos, crispy calamari drizzled in honey. The make-your-own sangrias, spiked with coconut rum and peach puree, ensure sauced merriment well into the night.

Recommended Dishes

Langosta ceviche, $12; crocantitos, $9; ojo de bife Patagonia, $25