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161 East Houston St., New York, NY 10002 40.722921 -73.988957
at Allen St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-228-4143 Send to Phone

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

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    7 out of 10


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Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Live Music
  • Take-Out


  • Full Bar



Delivery Area

Canal St. to 14th St., Ave. B to Broadway


This venue is closed.

We might have missed a Jimmy Choo or two under the tiny, painted tables. But it seems that Oliva is full of youngish dressed-for-comfort East Villagers here for the fabulous Basque cooking, not for a teeny martini and a lettuce leaf. Don’t miss the pintxos plate, a collection of savory two-bite tapas. Share the txangurro (stuffed crab) or tender calamari bravas to start, then shrimp, mussels, clams, and hake in a sea-tinged tomato bath. As the evening progresses, soft jazz and flamenco get more electronic and the bar heats up.


Come Sunday through Thursday after 8:30 p.m. to catch the live music and party atmosphere. People are known to dance around their tables.