Tapas Restaurant, Spanish Restaurant, and Wine Bar · East Village
239 E 5th St (at 2nd Ave), New York, NY 10003, United States
Closed until 6:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 6:00 PM–11:30 PM
  • Sun
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
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Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

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    Ariel H.
    "Tasting menu was excellent and quite the deal at $55 for 5 courses."(27 Tips)
    Tim H.
    "Tasting menu with wine pairing is very good."(4 Tips)
    Village Voice
    "savory mussel broth topped with celery foam"(2 Tips)
    Aileen T.
    "tapas are only OK...but the torija is out of this world!"(2 Tips)
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  • tasting menu
  • good for dates
  • seafood
  • wine
  • mussel broth
  • squid
  • romantic
  • paella
  • great value
  • risotto
  • foie gras
  • cozy
  • trendy
  • croquettes
  • short ribs
  • good service
  • lively
  • octopus
  • scallops
  • fried artichokes
  • Lyndsey R.

    Can't recommend this place enough! Small but not crowded, great ambience and attentive service. We had the octopus, Brussel sprouts, risotto, Arctic char and the Albariño wine and it was all amazing!

    Lyndsey Rodrigues · July 7, 2013
  • 7th.List

    Degustation, the chef's counter that predates all the new hot chef's counters today, is still going strong and still has an incredibly strong fan base.A five-course tasting menu is available for $50. Read more

    7th.List · August 17, 2012
  • Hongchang W.

    You can see the chef prepare the food right in front of you which is pretty cool. We had the $80 7-course tasting menu, which was well thought out and executed, but I was expecting little more.

    Hongchang Wu · May 31, 2015
  • Village Voice

    There's a squid body stuffed with lentils and chorizo, and a savory mussel broth topped with celery foam immersing a fried artichoke and a Kumamoto oyster. Read more

    Village Voice · August 15, 2014
  • Richard M.

    Great place for a first date, beautiful presentation with amazing flavours. Not too heavy and a dish or two per person was more than enough for us. Decent wine selection -try something new

    Richard McIlraith · April 9, 2015
  • Matt R.

    Tip: Ask for the half wine-pairing - one pour for every two courses. Just the right amount of wine with your tasting menu. (A 2 oz pour with every bite is a lot by the end of the meal).

    Matt R. · December 27, 2014
  • Bala A.

    Love the 7 course tasting menu. Half pairing costs 40 and full pairing is 70. For first timers stick to half pairing, about 300 for a couple, great value for the price

    Bala Amirthaganesan · June 1, 2015
  • Ernesto G.

    I recommend the Croquetas, burrata, paella, skirt Steak and duck. Skip the foie gras, they do a weird version of it with vanilla ice cream and cheese that does not work well.

    Ernesto Gutierrez · March 17
  • Eatocracy

    Skip a la carte and go for the tasting menu: a New York bargain at 5-courses for $55. The tiny restaurant seats diners at a counter around an open kitchen -- dinner and a show.

    Eatocracy · June 10, 2010
  • HipHostessNYC

    Treat someone special with dinner here. Artichokes in Mussel Broth, Blood Orange/Grapefruit Foam with an Oyster surprise. Photos:

    HipHostessNYC · February 22, 2011
  • Alicia P.

    I had the 7 course tasting menu here and is an exceptional culinary experience. However, you have to be ready to spend 3 hours inside the restaurant. The service was good but slow.

    Alicia Pestalozzi · September 27, 2014
  • Halstead Property

    Degustation’s trendy and contemporary décor also retains old-world service. We loved the squid, but if you are looking for a strictly turf meal the Serrano ham is your best bet.

    Halstead Property · July 25, 2011
  • Marco L.

    I must say the dishes are not quite as good as when the first chef started this place service was efficient now service is very slow n food felt just ok nothing really wowed me

    Marco Lienhard · December 23, 2013
  • Dens

    Put the menu away and just get the $50 tasting menu. Get the wine pairing too. Make sure you finish w the carmelized torija & a glass of the Jorge Ordinez

    Dens · January 30, 2012
  • Victor O.

    For serious foodies only...!! Fun, relax and romantic. Tiny restaurant with huge experience. Will come back if they change the menu. Expensive, but it worth it.

    Victor Oct · February 21, 2012
  • David D.

    The $55 tasting menu is absolutely the way to go here... one of the best deals in the city, since the food is precisely prepared and absolutely delicious.

    David D · July 29, 2012
  • Jess K.

    Sit at the chefs table and get the tasting menu with wine. Awesome to watch the chefs make your meal right there. Great food and wonderful service!

    Jess Kao · September 14, 2013
  • Alicia K.

    It's your tiny intimate restautant that's perfect for dates and small groups. Go for the paella and quails. Dessert was okay. Interesting fusion between Japanese/Spanish influences.

    Alicia Kosasih · November 21, 2012
  • ben m.

    Went with my dad for the 10 course and a nice bottle of wine. Had a fantastic meal and had a blast with the staff. Definitely a special meal.

    ben m · August 20, 2014
  • Ariel H.

    Tasting menu was excellent and quite the deal at $55 for 5 courses. Good rose cava too. Great food and atmosphere and excellent service!

    Ariel H · March 14, 2012
  • Sheryll P.

    The brûléed French toast with smoked maple syrup is sooooo amazing. I would come back just for it.

    Sheryll Pang · June 22, 2013
  • karen b.

    The tasting menu is delicious and a deal at $55. Get a different tasting menu from your date so you can try all the dishes!

    karen bonna rainert · September 15, 2012
  • Bravo

    Intimate and romantic. A perfect date spot. The cute chef and amazing small plates aren't bad either. -Jacqueline Lombard, Top Chef

    Bravo · November 22, 2010
  • Serena T.

    the 5 course tasting menu was great, and they even gave me and my mom 5 different dishes each, so it was like tasting 10! Read more

    Serena T · May 17, 2011
  • Al A.

    You will regret not getting the 10 course tasting. Since you're doing that, you might as well get it paired with wine. Its an all around amazing time!

    Al Alvarez · February 16, 2011
  • Ashlee H.

    The tasting menu was pretty good. Sit by the corners to get a good view of the chefs and food preparation.

    Ashlee Hon · August 6, 2014
  • Brian T.

    So very delicious. But one of the chefs licks the spoons and forks that he uses to serve you food. Watch for it.

    Brian T · March 25, 2012
  • The Local East Village

    According to community contributor James Traub, "Pretty much everything is fantastic, both in the sense of wonderful and of pressing against the borders of conventional reality." Read more

    The Local East Village · August 14, 2011
  • Marek S.

    Ask for the half wine-pairing - one pour for every two courses (seven-course prix fixe $80)

    Marek Stępniowski · March 22, 2015
  • Jeff W.

    The quality/flavors are exceptional for the price: $50 for 5 course tasting. They always allowed me to substitute my 4th course for 2 other proteins. +1!

    Jeff Woo · August 16, 2011
  • Francisco O.

    Squid stuffed with oxtail meat in beef jus/broth was amazing which was a part of the 10 course meal.

    Francisco Oh · July 28, 2010
  • Asako O.

    Its like sushi bar style where you can see how your dish is made. My fav was Brussels sprouts.

    Asako Onozawa · May 26, 2014
  • Kathryn Y.

    Go to Degustation and order the tasting menu: ambitious, inventive, and delicious. $75 for ten courses.

    Kathryn Yu · March 22, 2009
  • Miko M.

    Definitely order the tasting menu and wine pairing. This is a great date spot, just like Jewel Bako next door.

    Miko Mercer · December 19, 2009
  • Robert G.

    Chefs prepare meal right in front of you. Everything was delicious Foie Gras was incredible.

    Robert Godkin · July 24, 2013
  • Lu Y.

    REALLY slow service if you don't sit at the bar - I'm pretty sure they forgot us, with 20-30 min between each course...

    Lu Yao · May 10, 2013
  • Dan K.

    the refined 5-course tasting is a great value until you see the 10-course. in my top 3 after all these years.

    Dan Kim · January 27, 2010
  • Ryan B.

    The 10 course tasting was hands down one of the best culinary experiences of my life.

    Ryan Burney · March 17, 2012
  • Janet Y.

    take about 3 hour to finish 10 course tasting menu. The dessert wine is must get.

    Janet Yu · May 8, 2012
  • Jason L.

    Def go for tasting menu. 5 course if you're hungry; 10 if you want to get fat.

    Jason Levine · June 30, 2011
  • Corinne F.

    The 10 course tasting is out of this world. You must try when you come here.

    Corinne Fedier · July 21, 2010
  • Mrinalini B. best dining experience ever - definitely worth splurging on the tasting menu with wine pairing!!!!!!!

    Mrinalini B · January 31, 2015
  • Andres

    Try the seven course menu. It is a little bit pricey but it is totally worth it

    Andres · July 11, 2013
  • Hoon

    Great culinary experience at a reasonable price. Highly recommended.

    Hoon · October 22, 2014
  • Aileen T.

    tapas are only OK...but the torija is out of this world!

    Aileen Tse · January 5, 2013
  • Marco L.

    Think it's seven course 80$ menu best way to sample great dishes

    Marco Lienhard · December 23, 2013
  • Irena C.

    Lamb loin is the best thing on the menu. Get two.

    Irena C · May 6, 2012
  • Bum Squad DJz Worldwide

    When you are in NYC make sure you stop by with your honey & have a nice meal. !!

    Bum Squad DJz Worldwide · November 2, 2011
  • J

    Amazing restaurant - definitely try the chefs tasting

    J · October 8, 2014
  • Marco L.

    Prawns and scallop which was delicious

    Marco Lienhard · December 23, 2013

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