Tasty and Cheap Spanish in NYC

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Today we are talking Spanish as in the country in Europe. Not the colloquial use of Spanish to refer to all things Latin. To be more precise, we’ll be chatting about Spanish food in the US. There is no need to book a flight to Spain to get a taste of genuine Spanish food. If you’re ready to move beyond Paella, there are some inexpensive, delicious, and fun restaurants in NY for you to explore. Hunt down these tasty and inexpensive Spanish eats for a great adventure.


240 Ninth Ave.,New York,NY (212) 242-4730

Price Range: $3 to $28

Head down to this Chelsea restaurant if you’re looking for some inexpensive Basque dining. Txikito presents itself as a messenger of wonderful Basque cuisine in the neighborhood. The dishes are crafted out of simple ingredients and executed with pristine technique.

Tia Pol

205 10th Avenue # 1, New York, NY (212) 675-8805

PriceRange: $8 to $18

Tia Pol prides itself in bringing the cuisines of the different regions of Spain into a small, single tapas platter. Its menu is focuses on authentic Spanish keeping the integrity of the dishes’ ingredients.


408 Broome St, New York, NY (212) 219-5050

PriceRange: $5 to $50 (platter)

SoHo’s Despaña is the answer to all your Spanish cravings.  Despaña offers a great sampling of Spain: authentic Spanish ham, cheese and other treats which luckily fit right into your budget. If you can’t wait to get home to eat, pick up one of their sandwiches to hold you over.


53 W 19th St, New York, NY (212) 255-4160

PriceRange: $5 to $19

Inspired by Barcelona’s best tapas bars (and market), Boqueria is famous for its daily specials, made out of fresh market ingredients. Boqueria is beyond what you can expect from a regular tapas bar. It is elegant, subtle yet fun. Best part,  its tasty dishes are available for under $20.


161 East Houston St., New York, NY (212) 228-4143

PriceRange: $5 to $38

For many years, this East Village restaurant & bar has been a very popular destination. Olivia offers an intimate and fun location for Spanish dining. Their menu is filled with authentic Basque flavors. Besides, you can enjoy live music for the complete Spanish experience.

Pata Negra 

345 E. 12th St., New York, NY 212-228-1696

PriceRange: $4 to $35

Meat is one of the things that make the Spanish cuisine. Pata Negra brings you some of the best Spanish ham and meat dishes in the city. The menu is made up of simply perfect ham treats, sinful cured meats, and sandwiches and cheeses (sourced from Murray’s) which are a favorite amongst the foodies in East Village. You can also choose some great BTG wines to complete your evening.

Bar Jamon

125 E 17th St., New York, NY (212) 253-2773

PriceRange: $5 to $26

Bar Jamon in Union Square is the tapas bar version of its sister restaurant, Casa Mono. This tapas bar serves traditional Spanish tapas for incredibly low prices.  As hyped as this place is, reservations are not an option. Prepare yourself for a battle for seats (or maybe you can just bribe another customer for one).


64 W. 10th St., New York, NY (212) 505-7777

Price Range: $4 to $17

Alta in Greenwich Village offers an intimate, romantic setting with extraordinary tapas. Alta’s Mediterranean and Spanish dishes are surprisingly inexpensive. The menu has a great selection of tasty dishes for under $20. Of course if you just won the lottery you can splurge on the $440 tasting menu which consists of over 40 items.

Bar Celona

104 S. 4th St., Brooklyn, NY (718) 237-7828

PriceRange: $4 to $18

Bar Celona in Williamsburg favorite is trendy and exciting. This tapas bar and a lounge also serves wonderful entrees and some great wines from the best wine-producing regions in Spain.


108 E 4th St, New York, NY (212) 982-9788

PriceRange: $7 to $45

This East Village gem is one of the best places to experience Basque cuisine. Euzkadi brings the diversity of the Basque Country to New York, giving die hard foodies authentic home-style tapas, meat and seafood dishes, and of course, fabulous Spanish wine. Aside from the eclectic ambience and delicious entrees, Euzkadi’s special pricing has charmed many loyal diners in the area. Get the prix fix menu for $17.95 if you dine from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

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