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The 10 Best Spanish Tapas Bars In New York City

Caitlin Horsfield Caitlin Horsfield

The 10 Best Spanish Tapas Bars In New York City
Dreaming about a trip to the land of Don Quijjote but your budget doesn’t allow for it yet? These 10 tapas bars will have you saying Olé, without leaving New York.
1. Lamano
@lamanonyc via Instagram
@lamanonyc via Instagram

Lamano is the place to be for tapas in the West Village. Their dreamy Instagram page brought us there but the delicious and modern Spanish style tapas like Patatas Bravas and Pulpo a la Feria and the delicious sangria kept us.

Address: 39 Christopher Street, West Village; 265 west 20th Street, Chelsea

More info: their website.

2. La Nacional
@lanacionalrestaurant via Instagram
@lanacionalrestaurant via Instagram

La Nacional is not only the historic and cultural society of Spain in New York but they also serve delicious and authentic Spanish cuisine. The space was founded in 1868 and this year to celebrate their 150th anniversary, they reopened their community restaurant and gathering space to the public.

Address: 239 W 14th Street, Chelsea, NYC

More info: their website.

3. Huertas
@huertasnyc via Instagram
@huertasnyc via Instagram

Huertas focuses on pintxos, tapas from Basque Country in the north of Spain. Pretty much everything is to die for, especially the croquetas. On Sundays and Mondays they have a special fixed price menu of chef specials, served family style.

Address: 107 1st Avenue

More info: their website.

4. El Born
@elbornnyc via Instagram
@elbornnyc via Instagram

This tapas lounge in Brooklyn features traditional plates from Barcelona. The space is really chic too with exposed brick walls adding to the nice ambiance.

Address: 651 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn

More info: their website.

5. Tia Pol
@tia_pol via Instagram
@tia_pol via Instagram

Tia Pol is a generalist tapas restaurant, for lack of a better way to put it. They feature small plates that are common in all regions of Spain, from Andalucia to Galicia to Madrid. They opened in 2004 and have been serving authenticity ever since.

Address: 205 Tenth Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Streets, Chelsea

More info: their website.

6. Casa Mono
@casamonobarjamon via Instagram
@casamonobarjamon via Instagram

Casa Mono has the best Jamón Iberico you’ll find in New York. Their cooked meats are also fresh and delicious as the restaurant only sources their ingredients from animals raised on small farms in New York’s Hudson Valley from free-to-roam-on-pasture farms and they are later butchered in-house. (Graphic but it adds some points).

Address: Irving Place and 17th Street, Union Square

More info: their website.

7. Meson Sevilla
@mesonsevillarestaurant via Instagram
@mesonsevillarestaurant via Instagram

Meson Sevilla may not be the most beautiful of the restaurants in NYC but it sure is delicious. They’ve been in business since 1987 and the prices are surprisingly reasonable for the quality.

Address: 344 West 46th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues

More info: their website.

8. Alta
@altanyc via Instagram
@altanyc via Instagram

While Alta isn’t 100% Spanish, they feature Mediterranean inspired small plates in a cozy West Village townhouse. The menu is on the expensive side but they have happy hour specials from opening until 7 pm at the bar.

Address: 64 West 10th Street between 5th and 6th Ave

More info: their website.

9. Cata
@catarestaurant via Instagram
@catarestaurant via Instagram

Cata is owned by the same people who run Alta but they focus much more heavily on Spanish style tapas, gin & tonics and wine. They also host a happy hour daily from 5:30 pm till 7 pm at the bar. Try the $5 Charcuterie plate for a quick bite with a glass of red wine.

Address: 245 Bowery

More info: their website.

10. Tomiño Taberna Gallega
@tominonyc via Instagram
@tominonyc via Instagram

Tomiño opened in 2017 and focuses on cuisine from Galicia, one of the northern most regions in Spain. Think Pulpo á feira (Galician-style octopus), almejas a la marinera (clams á la marinière), and tortilla de Betanzos (Spanish omelet). They’re also one of the only places where you can get an Estrella de Galicia beer on tap in NYC. Although Spain is famous for their wine, it’s worth it to try this beer, it’s great!

Address: 192 Grand Street

More info: their website.