Restaurants, Spanish West Village
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Spain (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Danielle Parhizkaran


Spain (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Danielle Parhizkaran


Spain (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Danielle Parhizkaran


Spain (Danielle Parhizkaran)
Danielle Parhizkaran


Wonder what Spanish dining was like in the city some 35 years ago? The red-jacketed waiters, tan-vinyl banquettes and irony-free copies of Goyas and El Grecos don’t seem to have changed a bit here. As soon as you’re seated, you get a quartet of appetizers gratis: salty lamb ribs, mussels in vinaigrette, grilled chorizo slices and a no-frills iceberg salad topped with Russian dressing. Paella arrives in a battered gallon-size stewpan; regulars share it for a $2.50 surcharge. Ask for a sauceboat of caramelized-garlic–infused oil, which nudges the paella from good to great.


Venue name: Spain
Address: 113 W 13th St
New York
Cross street: between Sixth and Seventh Aves
Opening hours: Daily noon–1am
Transport: Subway: F to 14th St
Price: Average main course: $14. Cash only
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lily r

My family has been dining at Spain for years - a favorite for four generations. Located right off of Union Square, this no frills restaurant has an old school vibe, that unlike most modern NYC restaurants, is not manufactured - it is actually old school. Upon walking in you'll likely immediately be seated and the waitstaff will whisk over plates upon plates of free appetizers (the good stuff, no olives, real appetizers like meatballs, mussels... really a secret almost too good to share). If you're not too full from this -- you should probably pay for something ;) -- the sangria, paella and garlic shrimp are all must-trys. 

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