Tapas Restaurant, Spanish Restaurant, and Wine Bar$$$$
East Village, New York
  • Ariel H.
    "Tasting menu was excellent and quite the deal at $55 for 5 courses."(26 Tips)
    "Great culinary experience at a reasonable price."(3 Tips)
    Tim H.
    "Tasting menu with wine pairing is very good."(3 Tips)
    Village Voice
    "savory mussel broth topped with celery foam"(2 Tips)
71 Tips and reviews
  • tasting menu
  • good for dates
  • seafood
  • culinary experience
  • wine
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  • Lyndsey R.
    Lyndsey RodriguesJuly 7, 2013
    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!
    Upvoted May 24
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListAugust 17, 2012
    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
    Downvoted 3 weeks ago
  • ZZubin
    ZZubin2 weeks ago
    That $50 tasting menu is now $85. The better deal these days are dishes from the a la carte menu. The Brussels sprouts with Funyuns are amazing. The signature dessert does not live up to the hype
  • Hongchang W.
    Hongchang WuMay 31, 2015
    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.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    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
  • Richard M.
    Richard McIlraithApril 9, 2015
    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
    Upvoted May 24
  • Matt R.
    Matt R.December 27, 2014
    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).
  • 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.
  • Eatocracy
    EatocracyJune 10, 2010
    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.
  • HipHostessNYC
    HipHostessNYCFebruary 22, 2011
    Treat someone special with dinner here. Artichokes in Mussel Broth, Blood Orange/Grapefruit Foam with an Oyster surprise. Photos:
  • Alicia P.
    Alicia PestalozziSeptember 27, 2014
    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.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 25, 2011
    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.
  • Marco L.
    Marco LienhardDecember 23, 2013
    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
  • Victor O.
    Victor OctFebruary 21, 2012
    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.
  • David D.
    David DJuly 29, 2012
    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.
  • Jess K.
    Jess KaoSeptember 14, 2013
    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!
  • Alicia K.
    Alicia KosasihNovember 21, 2012
    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.
  • Ariel H.
    Ariel HMarch 14, 2012
    Tasting menu was excellent and quite the deal at $55 for 5 courses. Good rose cava too. Great food and atmosphere and excellent service!
  • Sheryll P.
    Sheryll PangJune 22, 2013
    The brûléed French toast with smoked maple syrup is sooooo amazing. I would come back just for it.
  • Al A.
    Al AlvarezFebruary 16, 2011
    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!
  • karen b.
    karen bonna rainertSeptember 15, 2012
    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!
  • Bravo
    BravoNovember 22, 2010
    Intimate and romantic. A perfect date spot. The cute chef and amazing small plates aren't bad either. -Jacqueline Lombard, Top Chef
  • Serena T.
    Serena TMay 17, 2011
    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
  • ben m.
    ben mAugust 20, 2014
    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.
  • Ashlee H.
    Ashlee HonAugust 6, 2014
    The tasting menu was pretty good. Sit by the corners to get a good view of the chefs and food preparation.
  • Brian T.
    Brian TMarch 25, 2012
    So very delicious. But one of the chefs licks the spoons and forks that he uses to serve you food. Watch for it.
  • The Local East Village
    The Local East VillageAugust 14, 2011
    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
  • Marek S.
    Marek StępniowskiMarch 22, 2015
    Ask for the half wine-pairing - one pour for every two courses (seven-course prix fixe $80)
  • Francisco O.
    Francisco OhJuly 28, 2010
    Squid stuffed with oxtail meat in beef jus/broth was amazing which was a part of the 10 course meal.
  • Asako O.
    Asako OnozawaMay 26, 2014
    Its like sushi bar style where you can see how your dish is made. My fav was Brussels sprouts.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WooAugust 16, 2011
    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!
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuMarch 22, 2009
    Go to Degustation and order the tasting menu: ambitious, inventive, and delicious. $75 for ten courses.
  • Miko M.
    Miko MercerDecember 19, 2009
    Definitely order the tasting menu and wine pairing. This is a great date spot, just like Jewel Bako next door.
  • Robert G.
    Robert GodkinJuly 24, 2013
    Chefs prepare meal right in front of you. Everything was delicious Foie Gras was incredible.
  • Lu Y.
    Lu YaoMay 10, 2013
    REALLY slow service if you don't sit at the bar - I'm pretty sure they forgot us, with 20-30 min between each course...
  • Dan K.
    Dan KimJanuary 27, 2010
    the refined 5-course tasting is a great value until you see the 10-course. in my top 3 after all these years.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BurneyMarch 17, 2012
    The 10 course tasting was hands down one of the best culinary experiences of my life.
  • Janet Y.
    Janet YuMay 8, 2012
    take about 3 hour to finish 10 course tasting menu. The dessert wine is must get.
  • Jason L.
    Jason LevineJune 30, 2011
    Def go for tasting menu. 5 course if you're hungry; 10 if you want to get fat.
  • Corinne F.
    Corinne FedierJuly 21, 2010
    The 10 course tasting is out of this world. You must try when you come here.
  • Mrinalini B.
    Mrinalini BJanuary 31, 2015 best dining experience ever - definitely worth splurging on the tasting menu with wine pairing!!!!!!!
  • Andres
    AndresJuly 11, 2013
    Try the seven course menu. It is a little bit pricey but it is totally worth it
  • Hoon
    HoonOctober 22, 2014
    Great culinary experience at a reasonable price. Highly recommended.
  • Aileen T.
    Aileen TseJanuary 5, 2013
    tapas are only OK...but the torija is out of this world!
  • Marco L.
    Marco LienhardDecember 23, 2013
    Think it's seven course 80$ menu best way to sample great dishes
  • Irena C.
    Irena CMay 6, 2012
    Lamb loin is the best thing on the menu. Get two.
  • Bum Squad DJz Worldwide
    Bum Squad DJz WorldwideNovember 2, 2011
    When you are in NYC make sure you stop by with your honey & have a nice meal. !!
  • Marco L.
    Marco LienhardDecember 23, 2013
    Prawns and scallop which was delicious
  • Valentin G.
    Valentin GuerinNovember 15, 2015
    Cozy, nice restaurant for a date, good food!
  • J
    JOctober 8, 2014
    Amazing restaurant - definitely try the chefs tasting
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