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246 E 44 St, New York City, NY 10017 (2nd Avenue)
+1 212-370-1866
12:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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Sun 17:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 12:00 - 23:00
Fri 12:00 - 00:00
Sat 15:30 - 00:00
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New York
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62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We pre-ordered the seafood paella to save waiting time during a fairly busy lunch period. I am not really used to saying thank you politely and getting an unmoved reaction from the serving staff, but having said that the quality was there and the glasses of wine priced at $10 each certainly inspired a wish to return. I did not... More 

Thank OrganicForever
York, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not the flashiest tapas restaurant nor the most innovative but for good, solid traditional tapas that is authentic and fairly priced, this is a perfectly good choice. Service was very friendly and the size of drinks (particularly the digestifs) generous. Recommended.

Thank Westow_Yanks
Shoreline, WA
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We took our friends out to dinner; letting them pick the restaurant - Alcala and were not disappointed. We ordered cocktails, then wine with dinner and had lots many tapas plus two entrees. Our favorites were the Pimientos, Bravas, Almejas, Gambas (shrimp), Sardines, and the Jamon Ibierco. The 2 entree were enough to fill us up, so we split them... More 

Thank roomtogo
Merrick, New York
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226 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Our dinner with friends was one of sharing many different tapas courses.The egg was ok but bland and the anchovies and salmon was interesting but bland. The white sangria was very good. The outstanding dish was shrimp ajillo, very garlicky and perfect spice. The service was lacksidasical and uncaring with we having to make many requests for many simple things... More 

Thank Robert K
New York City, New York
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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Had dinner there with group of friends, six of us. Place was really almost empty for a Saturday night, about 3 other people aside form us. Ordered the black paella and some tapas. Nothing really stood out, it was a typical Spanish meal but what what made it less appealing was the service. The waiters seemed bored, tired and uncaring.... More 

Thank oggieonyc
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65 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The restaurant is close to UN zone in NY. The waiters are friendly. I noticed that some of them do not stop drinking red wine. I can see their eyes and you know they are drunk. I ordered Paella Negra .... I guess black rice... made from the ink of the squid. It was delicious. The dish took more than... More 

Thank MontrealDrexM
Nairobi, Kenya
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150 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

After having been to Barcelona and falling in love with tapas, we gave Alcala a try. The tapas dishes we ordered were mediocre and the service was passable. Not worth the visit.

Thank Madame_Trey
Columbia, MD
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318 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

While at a conference at the Grand Hyatt, we walked over to Alcala for dinner. My husband and I shared several tapas: Gambas al Ajillo (shrimp on sizzling garlic sauce) Canelones (spinach and shrimp cannelloni with tomato and Bechamel sauce) Albondigas (meatballs in sherry wine sauce)Chorizo al Vino (Chorizo in red wine and onions)Chuletitas de Cordero (Grilled lamb chops). Everything... More 

Thank Ruth G
Centennial, Colorado
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198 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

Went here with 5 others for a work function. We had several tapas. The squid with ink was the best. Several of us also had the paella. I had the meat paella and it was delicious. Others really enjoyed the sea food paella. I would definitely go back.

Thank oldbarney1
Chicago, Illinois
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68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

We wandered by this restaurant stopping to read the menu late one night. After awhile, the chef came out to greet us and share his interpretation of Spanish dishes with us. We went back the next night. Great food and service.

Thank Elizabeth B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Mediterranean, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 00:00
15:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 246 E 44 St, New York City, NY 10017
    (2nd Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: Subways: 4, 5, 6 or 7 train to Grand Central
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-370-1866
Alcala is a smaller, more intimate restaurant near the U.N. which serves food from the Basque region of Spain. Alcala creates an elegant and romantic setting while still maintaining an overall casual atmosphere.

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