Sevilla, the 74-year-old Spanish restaurant on Charles Street in the West Village, has just earned a James Beard Foundation "America's Classics" award for 2015, along with four other restaurants across the country. The award is given each year to restaurants that are "treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal." Last year, no New York restaurants made the list, but in 2013 Keen's was also deemed a classic.
Sevilla also happens to be one of Robert Sietsema's five favorite old-school Spanish restaurants in the New York area, and was once the subject of Eater's long-running series, Who Goes There? As the JBF writes of it, "The cocktail list is a time capsule of stingers, grasshoppers, and brandy Alexanders. Waiters wearing burgundy vests and bow ties serve tableside from covered metal cazuelas. And regulars flock for shrimp with green sauce, mariscada with hot garlic sauce, veal chops, and pitchers of sangria."
The other America's Classics this year are Archie's Wayside in Le Mars, IA, Beaumont Inn in Herrodsburg, KY, Guelaguetza in Los Angeles, CA, and Sally Bell's Kitchen in Richmond, VA. They'll receive their awards at the James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago on May 4.