Despaña

Despaña

Spanish Restaurant and Sandwich Spot$$$$
SoHo, New York
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    Santino S.
    "Best place in the city for lunch tapas and bocadillos."(40 Tips)
    Peter B.
    "The Picante sandwich is amazing"(12 Tips)
    Rob A.
    "Chorizo sandwich is great for a cold day"(7 Tips)
    Jen L.
    "Get the Despana sandwich and the (thick) hot chocolate."(7 Tips)
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  • J Crowleyheart icon on user image
    J CrowleyFebruary 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Killer bocadillos (Spanish sandwich) and MVP value play at $9. The Picante is a beast. Eat all the chorizo samples at the front while you wait. They won't stop you. Trust.
  • Mike D.heart icon on user image
    Mike DudasJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything here is wonderful, from be meats to cheeses to Spanish provisions. The chorizo is to die for. And do not leave the premises without ordering a sandwich -- the meats, cheeses & bread are A+.
  • Forkit
    ForkitMay 9, 2016
    Best Spanish Restaurants in NYC: You simply can't go wrong with their tapas or bocadillos here. Try their jamon serrano, amazing. Great spot for lunches! Read more
  • Andrew H.heart icon on user image
    Andrew HogueOctober 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Pro tip: if you get your sandwich to go, ask for some olive oil to go with it.
  • Mads M.heart icon on user image
    Mads MarzNovember 15, 2016
    The sandwiches are good but a little plain. I got the gallego(ham and cheese) wish I would have asked for aioli, tomatoes and peppers. There are a bunch of sample chorizos to try while you wait!
  • Wesley T.
    Wesley Turner-HarrisFebruary 13, 2019
    Great shop featuring Spanish products on import, normally can't find at the local groceries. Also good restaurant and Cafe for the locals. Personal favorite is the Estella Damm from Barcelona.
  • BrooklynBoyO
    BrooklynBoyODecember 21, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    A NYC hot-spot for all things sourcing from Spain. Enjoy tapas, sangria and imported brews in the back dining space. Go home with treats galore, Spanish wine next door...
  • Ahn B.heart icon on user image
    Ahn BustamanteNovember 25, 2019
    Great cold cuts and sandwiches. From the outside it just looks like a store but once you get in, they have tables so you can eat and enjoy a meal. They also have a good wine list.Try the red sangria.
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyJune 10, 2015
    I'll echo everyone else: get the picante bocadillo (a pressed Spanish sandwich). The chorizo is so good, as is the spicy aioli.
  • Victoria U.heart icon on user image
    Victoria U.February 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The Picante Bocadillo is delicious and super authentic (or as close as you can get to it). They also sell Spanish import and great Spanish wines (next door).
  • Jack O.heart icon on user image
    Jack OsborneOctober 1, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Everyone is saying get the picante but there is also a sandwich NAMED AFTER THE STORE. I'll let you decide which one you get... but, to repeat, they have a sandwich named after the store.
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeJuly 27, 2018
    Awesome Spanish grocer with great cheese, jamon and specialty grocery selection. Plus u can learn to cut meat from a master jamon slicer!
  • Maximiliano
    MaximilianoAugust 24, 2014
    Amazing pintxos and bocadillos. Among the pintxos, our favorites are bacalao and octopus. The bocadillos with tuna, tomato and red bell peppers is an unforgettable and addictive experience
  • DoubleDeuceheart icon on user image
    DoubleDeuceMay 25, 2015
    Everything is of/from Spain. Taste new foods, buy something prepared and eat it in the back seating area. Color and character astound here. No corking fee if you buy a bottle of wine next door too!
  • Roger R.heart icon on user image
    Roger RJune 2, 2016
    Amazing place to buy imported foods from Spain. Great store and the tapas restaurant in the back is just like Spain!! The Crema Catalana is legit, and the tortilla de Batata is a must!
  • Leon R.heart icon on user image
    Leon RossiFebruary 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great selection of imported Spanish food along with some quality stateside produced goods. Grab a bottle next door and they'll open it for you at the restaurant
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 16, 2013
    Excellent one-stop shop for Spanish specialty ingredients: cured meat, cheese, oils, and more. We dig the sandwiches, too.
  • Ernesto G.heart icon on user image
    Ernesto GutierrezSeptember 20, 2015
    Crear place for a quick bite or a light meal. Try the picante or despaña (ask for manchego slice instead of the spread). The red sangria is also good.
  • Tiffany C.
    Tiffany ChangAugust 4, 2014
    The chorizo was delicious!!! Also, the wine store next door is owned by the same people, so you can buy a bottle and bring it into Despaña to enjoy with your tapas with no additional fee!
  • Ashley C.
    Ashley ChanMay 15, 2017
    You'll feel like you stepped into Spain when you come here. Casual place to get some tapas; there is seating at the back! Must get the croquettes- they melt in your mouth.
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinJuly 22, 2016
    Vegetarian sandwich and gazpacho soup are bomb. Nice hidden gem for quick food in soho. Would be curious to return and try some of their exotic Spanish hams etc
  • Ardavan B.heart icon on user image
    Ardavan BeiguiAugust 17, 2018
    Went there for lunch on a Friday and loved everything. Went back the next day for dinner. We were rushed as they were closing soon; we asked for a “best of” and got punished with a «worst of». #Uncool
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    The store is part wine shop and part market, with a Cafe in the back. You can find all types of sweets and snacks from all different regions in Spain. Read more
  • Cooper S.heart icon on user image
    Cooper SmithOctober 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Picante Bocadillo is incredible - Chorizo sausage, mahon cheese, spicy peppers, tomatoes, and alioli. While you wait, go splittsies on the chorizo with chestnuts
  • John L.heart icon on user image
    John LFebruary 10, 2018
    If you are looking for Spanish provisions (jamon, chorizo, canned preserves) you came to the right place. Great selection but would say the real highlight is their wine shop located next door.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WooApril 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I've been here 5 times & have tried 10 items. LOVED: 1) Despana Sandwich (Bocadillo) 2) Pintxo Boquerones (White Anchovies). FAILED: Serrano Tortilla. See Top 10 dishes on Foodmento: Read more
  • David Z.heart icon on user image
    David ZhangSeptember 26, 2017
    Great subs, definitely recommend the Chorizo and the free samples laying around
  • Geoffroy B.heart icon on user image
    Geoffroy BablonDecember 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The tortilla sandwich is one of the better (and tastier) deals you can find on a sandwich this part of town. Try the flan and horchata to round out an amazing lunch!
  • Stefano G.heart icon on user image
    Stefano GuidolinJanuary 31, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The picante bocadillo is a must here. Don't forget to do some shopping too if you have time, great Spanish product!!
  • Bokyung P.
    Bokyung ParkMarch 18, 2022
    It’s a Market & Cafe and the food is straight from Spain.Great tapas and large selection of sandwiches (bocadillos).
  • Nate B.heart icon on user image
    Nate BeattyMay 26, 2015
    A great Spanish market that makes delicious sandwiches. Come for lunch and grab a bottle of olive oil or a wedge of beautiful Spanish cheese while you're here.
  • Nate F.heart icon on user image
    Nate FolkertNovember 9, 2015
    try a free sample of these tiny eels
  • Giulia P.heart icon on user image
    Giulia PratiOctober 1, 2015
    The gazpacho was creamy and delicious. Pro tip: add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil to your sandwich and dip the sandwhich in the gazpacho! Mmmm! 😉
  • Alex H.heart icon on user image
    Alex HennesseyAugust 6, 2015
    The place to go for Spanish delicacies. Thin sliced, cured chorizo is the way to go. So many choices....
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CheungFebruary 11, 2014
    Love this place. A best kept secret. I usually get the morcilla and tortilla pintxos. Sangria is made with drinkable (and not bottom of the barrel) wine.
  • Omer Z.heart icon on user image
    Omer ZachSeptember 28, 2014
    Most people go for the sandwiches but you can get 2 or 3 great tapas plates/boxes for the same price.
  • George C.heart icon on user image
    George CostaJanuary 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The tortilla is as good as my Moms. Great selection of cured meats and the pantry goods are top quality.
  • IrmaZandl Z.heart icon on user image
    IrmaZandl ZandlSlantOctober 31, 2016
    LOVE this place. The most amazing sandwiches. Such a sweet spot. I will be back for sure.
  • Théo B.heart icon on user image
    Théo BlochetJune 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Not too hungry? Get their $5.50 Flautas mini-sandwiches! The 'Chestnuts' version is pretty good for a light meal in Soho.
  • Ina L.heart icon on user image
    Ina LiDecember 9, 2015
    Have a warm sandwich with charcuterie and cheese, go to the wine tasting events, and get some groceries for your Spanish home cooking
  • Christine L.heart icon on user image
    Christine LOctober 30, 2016
    I can spend all day here with their free samples. Loved the Despaña bocadillo and a glass of Mibal (or just any Ribera del Duero wine)!
  • Robert S.heart icon on user image
    Robert StewartJune 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure to sample all the meets & cheeses when you first walk in. Actually, order your sandwich first, then munch on the free samples while you wait.
  • John B.
    John BouSeptember 25, 2011
    You must try the Jamon Iberico de Bellota....at $180/LB it is pricey....but something you must experience if you're a fan of cured meats. Only a handful of places in the US are able to import it.
  • Will S.
    Will SchollJune 24, 2016
    Amazing sandwiches but the bread feels like it's dusted in chalk. If you're fussy about your hands while you eat (which I am): be warned.
  • Indulgent Eatsheart icon on user image
    Indulgent EatsFebruary 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing bocadillos like the namesake Despaña. Grab a bottle of wine next door then have the staff here pick out the perfect cheese pairing. Best part: samples!
  • Latha S.
    Latha SJanuary 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Sample Chorizo and get some to take home. Sardines yum in can
  • Fionaheart icon on user image
    FionaMarch 17, 2015
    Love their pinxtos, tortillas, and well-appointed communal dining area. My go-to for jamón and chorizo. Wine shop next door is lovely too!
  • Johnnie Skywalking
    Johnnie SkywalkingApril 23, 2016
    You can select tapas from showcase or order from menu. Anchovies and sardines are cooked to order.
  • Loren
    LorenJuly 27, 2015
    My go-to for gifts to bring to out of town hosts - for 10-20 you can put together a little package of imported packaged foods that impress.
  • Zi W.heart icon on user image
    Zi WangJune 2, 2015
    Made me wait forever because they messed order up, but sandwich was worth the wait. Offered me a drink on the house to make it up, so great service too.
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