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Spain Restaurant

113 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10011 40.736841 -73.997689
nr. Sixth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-929-9580 Send to Phone

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

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    6 out of 10

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Hours

Daily, noon-1am

Nearby Subway Stops

1, 2, 3 at 14th St.; L at Sixth Ave.

Prices

$12.50-$24

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Classic NY
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

Precious little remains of Greenwich Village’s beatnik heyday, but its sixties-era paella palaces still flaunt the ambience and tastes of the beret-and-bongos epoch. At the unambiguously named Spain Restaurant, a 13th Street fixture since 1967, the menu, décor, and prices seem untouched by time or trends. Spain’s brownstone digs are fronted by a low-ceilinged bar whose wood paneling and boisterous air would do justice to a frat house. The quieter, graciously proportioned rear dining room is a perfect period piece: Worn white-cotton tablecloths, vinyl banquettes, nail-head-studded chairs, and haphazardly hung Picasso knockoffs. The fare is equally nostalgic and appealing. Gratis appetizers include pre-tapas-era grilled chorizo, briny mussels, crunchy lamb riblets, and a time-tripping salad of iceberg lettuce and French dressing in a plastic bowl. The house specialty is copious seafood stews—paella and mariscada—laden with reliably fresh shellfish. Served in rustic, battered tin crocks, these robust dishes are improved by a side request for caramelized garlic sauce. Chicken and veal are executed with flair; chicken-breast campesina turns out to be a week’s worth of cutlets immersed in a wine-and-butter reduction. What to drink? Spain’s diners still dig that crazy sangria.

Note

Spain is open 364 days a year and closes on that most American of holidays, Thanksgiving.

Recommended Dishes

Paella, $18.50 (with lobster, $21.50); mariscada, $21.50; chicken-breast campesina, $15

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