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10 Classic Spanish Restaurants to Try Before You Die

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12212312123123112008_10_hasmaps-thumb%20%281%29%20%281%29_burg.jpgHere's a guide to 10 classic Spanish restaurants in New York City. These aren't the modern imports from Andalucia, the sleek tapas bars, or the studied restaurants that try to highlight the regionality of Spanish cooking. These are the unironic places that were around before all of that and remain in business, where you'll likely find lots of garlic and green sauces, obligatory pitchers of sangria, and waiters that have just always been there. On this list, you'll find restaurants that are delightfully tawdry (El Quijote, Spain Restaurant) and show their age (Sevilla, Riazor). At these places, the main attraction might not always be the food. But there are some restaurants, like Toledo and La Nacional, where the kitchens do good stuff. Here's the map:


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1. Sevilla Restaurant

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62 Charles St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-9513
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2. El Charro Español

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4 Charles Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 242-9547
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3. Spain Restaurant

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113 W. 13th St.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 929-9580
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4. La Nacional

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239 W.14th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 627-4770
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5. Cafe Riazor

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245 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 727-2132
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6. Francisco's Centro Vasco

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159 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 645-6224
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Though it's got "Basque" in its name, don't come to Centro Vasco expecting modern pintxos or work inspired by Arzak. This is a New York oldie, where simple grilled lobster is the move. You may want to think twice before trying the namesake version, which comes with a slice of Swiss cheese on top. But, if you think about it, that's kind of a progressive flourish, no?

7. El Quijote

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226 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 929-1855
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8. Toledo

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6 E 36th St
New York, NY 10016
(212) 696-5036
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9. El Pote

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718 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10016
(212) 889-6680
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10. El Boqueron

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3101 34th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11106
(718) 956-0107
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1. Sevilla Restaurant

62 Charles St, New York, NY 10014
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62 Charles St
New York, NY 10014

2. El Charro Español

4 Charles Street, New York, NY 10014
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4 Charles Street
New York, NY 10014

3. Spain Restaurant

113 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10011
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113 W. 13th St.
New York, NY 10011

4. La Nacional

239 W.14th St, New York, NY 10011
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239 W.14th St
New York, NY 10011

5. Cafe Riazor

245 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
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245 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

6. Francisco's Centro Vasco

159 W 23rd St., New York, NY 10011

Though it's got "Basque" in its name, don't come to Centro Vasco expecting modern pintxos or work inspired by Arzak. This is a New York oldie, where simple grilled lobster is the move. You may want to think twice before trying the namesake version, which comes with a slice of Swiss cheese on top. But, if you think about it, that's kind of a progressive flourish, no?

159 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011

7. El Quijote

226 W 23rd St., New York, NY 10011
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226 W 23rd St.
New York, NY 10011

8. Toledo

6 E 36th St, New York, NY 10016
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6 E 36th St
New York, NY 10016

9. El Pote

718 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10016
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718 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10016

10. El Boqueron

3101 34th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11106
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3101 34th Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11106

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