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344 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 (at at Great Jones St.)
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Best

Went here over the weekend with several friends for my bachelorette party, and we had a fantastic time. Everyone we spoke to was friendly and accomodating, and our waiter, Carlos,...

Worst

Went for a birthday party and there was nothing special on the menu. Paella was served with the rice barely cooked and lacking of ingredients. Some of the tapas were over cooked a...

Wonderfully Accomodating - Delicious Tapas 8/29/2010

Went here over the weekend with several friends for my bachelorette party, and we had a fantastic time. Everyone we spoke to was friendly and accomodating, and our waiter, Carlos, was absolutely the best. Very sweet and solicitous, gave some wonderful suggestions, and made sure our glasses were always full of unlimited sangria and wine. I think we must have become a little obnoxious, but he never blinked and was so good to us throughout, even running after us a whole block away when someone had forgotten her sunglasses. And the food? Dynamite. The tapas were all incredible, and there was so much to eat! By the time we got the paella, we were all so full we could barely eat anymore, but everything was delicious. I loved everything about the place. Thanks, Sala! more

Sala YummyLicious! 5/18/2010

Great Food, Paella amazing! I've had several unforgetable parties there!! Totally amazing! more

Date with the besties 4/28/2010

Deeelish! Went here with my girlfriends and let me tell you we ordered 3 tapas each and omg all of it was heaven! (the dates are to die for) The sangria pitcher was defintiely a bonus as well. Can't wait to go back. Pros: Food Food Food Cons: yumm more

Great place 1/24/2009

I really enjoyed this place. The service was very friendly and the food was great. The spanish tortilla was amazing, large portion so be careful how much you order. The atrichoke dish was yummy, with pieces of chorizo. The mussels were great and the sangria is great. It was a large place so if you are looking for a small intimate place might not be what you are looking for but it is a great place for a group. I have not tried the other location but would love to. Pros: Food, service, value Cons: none more

Enjoyable Experience.. 10/11/2008

I had a really enjoyable experience here when one of my best friends came to town. The service was really great- our waiter encouraged us to sample as many bottles as we liked before deciding on one. He kept bringing them over, so after a while we had to cut him off. No joke. Great place to drink a bottle and nibble on cheese with a friend. Pros: food,wine list Cons: slow service more

Very fun atmosphere, must have the paella, goat cheese, and sangria 8/25/2008

Very good service here, nice atmosphere for friends. If you go with a group it's pretty cheap. Pros: Good service Cons: Dim lighting more

Disappointed .... 8/20/2008

Went for a birthday party and there was nothing special on the menu. Paella was served with the rice barely cooked and lacking of ingredients. Some of the tapas were over cooked and seemed like they had been sitting under a heat lamp a bit too long. Would not recommend. more

great food! 7/15/2008

Had dinner before my Birthday party. The food was great and the atmosphere was very calm... Just what we needed to get start out our night. Made a last minute reservation for a few of us. The steak and shrimp were delicious. Will definitely return. Pros: Food was fantastic, great wine list Cons: service was good, but a little slow, but we weren't in a hurry anyway :-) more

Great place all around - especially for large groups!! 7/13/2008

I was searching for a restaurant near the West Village to host my birthday dinner. I had been to Sala on W19th Street and thought Sala Bowery would be worth a try. I am so glad that I did!!! I opted to go with the pre-set menu, and worked with two Sala employees ahead of time on the arrangements. They were so patient with the additions/subtractions of guests...even when I was sending a random email at 10pm on Friday night. We arrived and were seated immediately, even though the entire party had yet to arrive. Once the table was full, within a minute our waiter was filling glasses w sangria and taking drink orders. The food then started and didn't stop. Everything was delicious, the portions were great, and the service was excellent. I will absolutely go back, and suggest Sala Bowery to everyone! Pros: Pre-set menu, food, sangria, service Cons: it may get a little warm as they seem to rely on the ceiling fans more

First time food critic falls in love Sala, enough to write this review 2/29/2008

** READ THIS ARTICLE FROM A FIRST TIME "FOOD CRITIC" ** I had the pleasure of returning to Sala a second time around, for a birthday party that I threw for a friend along with 6 coworkers. I chose this location after having been there once for my own birthday party. However, I never gave Sala much thought after that one-time outing. And I regret having done so. Last night at Sala made me reevaluate the great value of this restaurant. The decor, with its rich outside of Barcelona-esque look, and the lively contemporary music of Nelly Furtado and Amy Winehouse set the scene. The service was beyond 5 star, with the manager even fetching our coats for us. The pleasant & beautiful waitress never missed a beat & was right there when we needed her. We came there after going to another bar with only a small appetite. But once the vibrant perfume of garlic, thyme and rosemary perked up our olfactory senses, we found it irresistible to refuse the delicacy that greeted us. Dining was a delight. mariscos, Calamari, Potatoes and goat cheese fritters baptized in honey made for a diversely appetizing meal enjoyed by all. And, given our party's eclectic tastes and requirements (Vegetarian, Kosher, certain allergies) the meal was properly balanced and a feastful pleasure unto all. It is rare for a food critic to ever feel any compunction about attacking a restaurant for poor service or the like. It is even rarer when one feels compelled to give a restaurant great accolade. But when a restaurant such as Sala compels this patron to subscribe to online news magazine to write his very first ever praise for a restaurant, then that truly sets the mark for how amazing Sala restaurant. It is in my opinion that Sala may be the greatest authentic Spanish cuisine restaurant in all of New York. Go there with a hearty appetite for food and merriment and you shall not be disappointed. Pros: Delicious food, cozy decor, wonderful ambiance Cons: None to my mind (honestly!) more

A very pleasant surprise at first, but love at second sight 2/29/2008

I had the pleasure of returning to Sala a 2nd time around, for a birthday party that I threw for a friend along with 6 coworkers. I chose this location after having been there once for my own birthday party. However, I never gave Sala much thought after that 1 outing. And I regret having done so. Last night at Sala made me reevaluate the great value of this restaurant. The décor, with its rich outside of Barcelona-esque look, and the lively contemporary music of Nelly Furtado and Amy Winehouse set the scene. The service was beyond 5 star, with the manager even fetching our coats for us. The pleasant & beautiful waitress never missed a beat & was right there when we needed her. We came there after going to another bar with only a small appetite. But once the vibrant perfume of garlic, thyme and rosemary perked up our senses, we found it irresistible to refuse the delicacy that greeted us. But when a restaurant such as Sala compels this patron to subscribe to online news magazine to write his very first ever praise for a restaurant, then that truly sets the mark for how amazing Sala is. more

Going Away Party 1/25/2008

My friends and I had a great time at my going away dinner/party last night. The food was delish and the service was attentive. The drawback was the hour wait before we were seated, but they made up for it with drinks. We had a preset menu, which was fairly priced and offered a great selection. After dinner, my group of friends grew to a larger number, which they were willing to accomodate. They cleared the lower level for my party, so it felt very private. The space was perfect for my group of ~20 and we had a great time. A special thanks to Rob for coordinating. Pros: Great preset menu Cons: Wait for table was too long more

Great group outing 9/1/2007

I made reservation for 12 ppl and they seated us even when the whole party wasn't there yet. The place isn't overally crowded and loud that you can't hear people talk at the dinner table. They didn't rush us or try to kick us out which is a plus on a Saturday night. The food wasn't bad either but a tad expensive and the sangria was good. However, my friend said the sangria is better at Havana Central. Overall I think we all had a decent time here. Pros: Group outing Cons: Tad expensive more

Great Night in Espana 8/11/2007

I dined here with a party of 6 with a reservation at 7P. Our whole party wasn't exactly on time, but they still seated us regardless, once more than half of them arrived. The place was packed so definitely make a reservation. The sangria was very well made, it went down way to easily. The service was great, perfect timing. They have a variety of tapas choices, I highly recommend the bacon wrapped dates, you will be surprised. I know they also have a dinner menu as well, so it works for everyone. The atmosphere and decor is very inviting, it's traditional with a trendy flair. This is a great date place and can definitely be romantic, but you will not have any privacy since it's a busy place. There is also a bar, but seating is limited. Plus, they have a happy hour from 5-7P where the 2nd round is free I believe. Check it out! Pros: Tapas, Happy Hour, Decor Cons: It gets packed more

This isn't really a restaurant I would recommend based on... 8/6/2007

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This isn't really a restaurant I would recommend based on food alone. I like it because of the crowd, the music and the drinks. But after a few dri... more

food sucked 6/26/2007

I took someone special to me here because she wanted to have something like a spanish cuisine. So i searched for a place that would have spanish food and a romantic environment. So I found this place and was disappointed. No one greeted us when we came in so we pretty much had to help ourselves to the back to get a waiter to give us a table. Everything looked nice, kinda like a medieval times vibe in there. Waiter was charming but not very articulate, when we asked for recommendations we did not understand even half of what she was talking about. We ordered 2 dishes of appetizers which both tasted soggy, bland and insipid. I ordered a rib eyed steak and i can say apple bee's steaks have much savoring and better taste than this. The dessert was okay.. ordered a vanilla flan but was small for it's price. Wine was good too.. If you plan on bringing someone special or girl friend, date or whatever, this is not the place to expect a satisfying meal.. The food here was definitely not worth it's price.. be expected to feel disappointed.. Pros: ambience Cons: food more

What a wonderful dinner! 3/1/2007

I have been here several times, but I took a friend here last night to enjoy the wonderful array of tapas that Sala has to offer. Robert was very accommodating and even sat us in the dining area to enjoy the 1/2 price tapas. I must say this is the first place that I have been to where our bread was replenished without having to ask. Our tapas were to die for, extremely delicious. Eduardo our server was constantly checking to see if we needed anything including dessert, but we were both too full to take advantage. Sala will remain one of my favorite spots for a nice, cozy date! Pros: ambience, service, quality more

Worst New York restaurant experince in 12 years 12/4/2006

We were asked to leave three times (to free up the table, no other reason) before we had even received our check. The manager came out and threatened us. You are doubting this story. Who wouldn't? You are suspecting that we were unruly or rude or causing some kind of disturbance. I can only ask that you believe that we were dining quietly when we were asked and then told to leave. The behavior of the management of this restaurant was beyond anything we could have imagined. Closing this place would be a public service. more

Fantastic tapas! 11/15/2006

I've lived in Spain twice, so am always eager to find tapas restarants. Sala was wonderful. The wine list was great and the food was amazing. Make sure to try the almond-stuffed figs that are wrapped in bacon. They are one of the best things I have ever eaten! The fried goat cheese with honey was also to die for. The ambience was great, and both the bartender and our server were friendly and knowledgeable. With the 2 for 1 drinks happy hour special at the bar my friends and I are thinking about making it a weekly thing. Pros: amazing food, great wine Cons: nothing more

We LOVED it! 11/4/2006

SO much fun for groups! Great tapas...AMAZING sangria...overall we were very impressed. Definitely a good romantic spot too. You can't go wrong at Sala! more
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  • Happy Hour- Mon-Fri 5-7pm 2 for 1 Beer & Sangria at the Bar.

    "Feel like going out but not sure you want a full meal? Consider this suavely rustic tapas bar on the Bowery and take your pick of pinchos (small bites), such as shrimp-and-crab-meat-stuffed pimento or octupus vinaigrette; raciones (medium-size tapas), such as mussels in white wine or tortilla espanola; or entrees, such as halibut sauteed with pancetta and leeks, seared tuna with caper sauce, or adobo-spiced pork chops. The new downstairs lounge adds a touch of modern Spain to the old-world decor of the rest of the restaurant: it feels like current-day Barcelona, especially when the DJ spins until 4am". -TimeOut

    "Sala...hot, sexy and very Spanish Bowery Iberian yearling with moody, grotto-like digs and a crowd of beautiful hipsters sharing terrific tapas & quaffing sangria, all for a modest price." -ZAGAT

Editorial

  • The Scene
    Go after work and you'll wonder if it's open, but go after dark and you'll wonder if it ever closes. Sala (Spanish for "living room") is designed to look like an Old-World alleyway, with iron lanterns, a rustic brick archway and an open kitchen with tiled roof. Pretty patrons complete the alfresco fantasy, exotic and alluring enough to make it feel more like a movie set than a tapas bar.

    The Food
    The Spanish cuisine is far better than it needs to be in a place where most believe it's sexier to snack or sip, than to tear into a Segovian-style leg of lamb. The pinchos platter gives a taste of all six delightful apps, including flaky battered cod and balsamic-dressed sliced duck. Some look to seafood paella or peppercorn-glazed rib eye for the main course; others cut to the chase and look to the downstairs lounge.

  • 7/12/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun-Wed 4pm-11pm Thurs 4pm-12am
  • Payments:

    Visa, Diner's Club, American Express, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, East Village, Bowery
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