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Manzanilla

345 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10010 40.741482 -73.985318
nr. 26th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-255-4086 Send to Phone

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

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    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
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    • Good
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    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
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    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    9 out of 10

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Official Website

manzanillanyc.com

Nearby Subway Stops

N, R at 23rd St.; 6 at 28th St.

Prices

$24-$38

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Business Lunch
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Private Dining/Party Space

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

This venue is closed.

Manzanilla, which opened several weeks ago at the bottom of a nameless office tower on Park Avenue South, bills itself as a Spanish brasserie, complete with gourmet charcuterie boards, a high-end foie gras dish, and a Next Wave bistro-style menu. But for those of us weary professionals who’ve frittered away endless hours in nameless midtown brasseries, the setup is depressingly familiar. The big-box space off 26th Street features an anonymous hotel-style bar area in the front designed for the consumption of antically named cocktails (Puzzled Look, Simple Twist of Fate) and assorted bistro snacks (Ibérico charcuterie, tragically gummy golf-ball-size squid-ink croquettes). There’s a de rigueur open kitchen in the clamorous, beige-colored dining room, and on crowded evenings, with the thrumming backbeat soundtrack at full blast, it can be difficult to hear yourself think.

Upscale restaurants like this are sometimes rescued by the quality of the cooking, but that doesn’t happen here. My tuna tartare was served under a nice scrim of uni, but the tepid smoked-octopus appetizer we ordered one evening tasted like it had recently been removed from a slightly underheated microwave. The fact that the staff knew there was a restaurant critic in their midst (one of my guests inadvertently booked the table under my name) did not prevent the kitchen from slathering the barely edible $34 lamb shank in a tarlike glaze, or obscuring the bacalao in a dated, salty foam. That old Iberian standby suckling pig was pleasantly crispy on its exterior but overcooked in the middle, and the seared Ibérico pork presa tasted like a plate of leftover picnic ham. The most memorable of the forgettable desserts was simple rice pudding, which works best if you remove the ridiculous hairnet of spun sugar that decorates its top.

Note

Offers several sandwiches at lunch, including a slow-braised oxtail burger for $20. 

Ideal Meal

Tuna tartare, suckling pig, rice pudding. 

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