TOP FIVE: Spanish restaurants in New York City

Viva Espana!!! ¡¡¡por fin Campeones!!!

Eat like the 2010 world cup champions. Below are our favorite Spanish restaurants in Manhattan. Enjoy deliciosos tapas and… at least for a while: a very upbeat and cheerful staff!!

Tia Pol

This little gem tucked in the bustling Chelsea neighborhood has the best patatas bravas in town. Authentic and tiny, once you get a little table (as confortable as the bar really), you will be delighted by the small plate delicatessen brought to you. Surprising taste bursts such as the combo of chorizo and bittersweet chocolate and the croqueta del dia, always a delightful surprise.


Focusing more on the Basque palate, the two locations are both casual, lively and tasty. Among the highlights are the croquetas cremosas (crunchy on the outside and perfectly creamy on the inside), pimientos de padron and paella de mariscos. Don’t forget the churros for dessert!

Casa Mono and Bar Jamon

This charming little bistro/bar and adjacent restaurant serves dishes from all corners of Spain. Mario Batalli is the entrepreneur behind this successful Catalan specialty purveyor. Try the dishes a la plancha (grilled) at the bar, or (try) to get a little table and experience nutty tastes such as the steak with romesco sauce.


On trendy bond Street, this established 2 year-old Catalonian offers the best wines from Spain and a terrific cocina, filled with cold cuts from their open ham and cheese station and other mall plates such as the tortilla español. Try the rose cava in the glass decanter looking bottle called "porro" - which you poor straight to your mouth and pass around the table. Refreshing ice breaker!

N 33 Crosby

This cave-like and intimate classic Spanish has been around forever and never disappoints. Very narrow restaurant along the bar, flamenco on Wednesdays and always a lively crowd in the heart of SoHo.

N 33 Crosby Bar & Tapas. (212) 219-8856

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