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246 E 44th St, New York City, NY 10017-4357 (2nd Avenue)
+1 212-370-1866
17:00 - 21:30
Closed now
All hours
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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Shoreline, WA
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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220 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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53 reviews
40 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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133 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 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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315 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 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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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
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
Sharon, Connecticut
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243 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

This tapas restaurant was quite good. The only real complaint is that the tables are small, and they brought out the food so fast that there was no place on the table to put then next platter. Tapas were quite good, especially the gambas, caneloni, ensalada de endivas. Sangria (30/pitcher) was average, nothing particularly special, which was a bit disappointing.... More 

Thank Bruce C
Columbus, Ohio
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107 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

Everything from the ambience (elegant but simple and quite), to the service (attentive without being overbearing), to the food (filling and delicious) was just perfect. We were able to have a nice business meeting without any loud noises or music or feeling like we were interrupting (or being interrupted) the other guests. While the prices are on the high side... More 

Thank sms74

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 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 44th St, New York City, NY 10017-4357
    (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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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