246 E 44th St
New York, NY 10017


  • Sun 5pm-9:30pm, Mon-Fri 12pm-3:30pm, Mon-Thu 3:30pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 3:30pm-12am
  • $$$
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
You have to go upscale for the city's best Basque food, alas. Catering to patrons from the U.N., Alcala is an informal space decorated with pleasant but undistinguished color photos of Spain. The food, however, leaves a powerful impression, especially chiparones-baby squid coated with a thick black sauce made from ink-and a special soup that features potatoes and spicy chorizo in a paprika-red broth. Skip the lackluster paella, aimed at those who don't know Basque from basket. Available during both lunch and dinner, the tapas menu is as good as any in town, and the eight-selection Spanish cheese plate performs equally well as appetizer or dessert.


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