Xicala Wine and Tapas Bar

★★★★☆
Tiny dishes in this tiny spot pack a one-two flavor punch, with traditional and modern dishes complementing the extensive wine selection.
  • 151B Elizabeth St

    New York, NY 10012

    Cross street: Kenmare Street

    Map & Directions
  • 212-219-0599

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I went here about a year ago...wandering in the village with my honey, and stopped at a sign saying 2 free drinks & pri fixe brunch so I turned left and found the most adorable little tapas bar. Now I hope they still have brunch, because it was SO PLEASANT! It was just about noon and no one was there..so nice, my honey had the huevos rancheros and loved the mole! And I had a salmon goat cheese sandwich thing, only it was on this amazing bread!! Amazing, coffee, dessert- oh they were new so they brought out like a fondue strawberries and melting chocolate thing. Have been meaning to go back, but we live uptown...will have to as soon as it gets nice!! Hope they kept up with the brunch!

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★★★★★

I went here about a year ago...wandering in the village with my honey, and stopped at a sign saying 2 free drinks & pri fixe brunch so I turned left and found the most adorable little tapas bar. Now I hope they still have brunch, because it was SO PLEASANT! It was just about noon and no one was there..so nice, my honey had the huevos rancheros and loved the mole! And I had a salmon goat cheese sandwich thing, only it was on this amazing bread!! Amazing, coffee, dessert- oh they were new so they brought out like a fondue strawberries and melting chocolate thing. Have been meaning to go back, but we live uptown...will have to as soon as it gets nice!! Hope they kept up with the brunch!

Pros: GREAT AMBIANCE, small, cozy toasty

Cons: size

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This place was recommended by a co-worker and I will never listen to his advice again. The service was rude, everyone seem to have an attitude and when the food finally arrived it was terrible.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place was recommended by a co-worker and I will never listen to his advice again. The service was rude, everyone seem to have an attitude and when the food finally arrived it was terrible.

Pros: near other restaurants

Cons: bad food.

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I love this tapas and wine bar because the atmosphere is conversational, energetic with music, but easy going and quaint at the same time. There is a wide selection of wines, and the people that own and work at the bar know exactly what to recommend. I am a huge fan of both of the chorizo dishes...but you should try one of everything, if you have enough room in your stomach! Great people, beautifully made interior, I highly recommend for a nice light easy place to enjoy a chat and some wine!

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★★★★★

I love this tapas and wine bar because the atmosphere is conversational, energetic with music, but easy going and quaint at the same time. There is a wide selection of wines, and the people that own and work at the bar know exactly what to recommend. I am a huge fan of both of the chorizo dishes...but you should try one of everything, if you have enough room in your stomach! Great people, beautifully made interior, I highly recommend for a nice light easy place to enjoy a chat and some wine!

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I have not lived in NYC for five years but I still consider this my local nightcap. Any day that I pass by I am guaranteed to see a good friend and meet someone new. I will eat the Chorizo and the Mushroom dish which is always delicious and I often ask the mind behind the bar for a hint of what is good for the day.
The owner is usually close by, which gives it the feel of a real establishment, not a nameless spot. And when the sun falls mid-week there is often a live cuban band or flamenco dance that plays notes which compliments a smooth Los Amantes as the perfect finish to the visit of my second home.

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★★★★★

I have not lived in NYC for five years but I still consider this my local nightcap. Any day that I pass by I am guaranteed to see a good friend and meet someone new. I will eat the Chorizo and the Mushroom dish which is always delicious and I often ask the mind behind the bar for a hint of what is good for the day.
The owner is usually close by, which gives it the feel of a real establishment, not a nameless spot. And when the sun falls mid-week there is often a live cuban band or flamenco dance that plays notes which compliments a smooth Los Amantes as the perfect finish to the visit of my second home.

Pros: great food, great drinks and a wonderful atmosphere

Cons: it is hard to find behind the construction wall, But just look for the flashing red sign!

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The service was amazing. Really. Our staff made great recommendations, knew a ton about wine and was happy to chat with us. That person was attentive without being obtrusive and made for a delightful experience.
The food was good. I don't even know what tapas means anymore. But this small plates thing works for me. By far and away, the stand out dish was the sangria. I usually wouldn't order it, but again, our staff recommended it. It was AMAZING.
Went on a weeknight and they were happy to let us close the place down and linger over our last glasses of wine.I would recommend to anyone.

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★★★★☆

The service was amazing. Really. Our staff made great recommendations, knew a ton about wine and was happy to chat with us. That person was attentive without being obtrusive and made for a delightful experience.
The food was good. I don't even know what tapas means anymore. But this small plates thing works for me. By far and away, the stand out dish was the sangria. I usually wouldn't order it, but again, our staff recommended it. It was AMAZING.
Went on a weeknight and they were happy to let us close the place down and linger over our last glasses of wine.I would recommend to anyone.

Pros: wine list ,friendly staff

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Love wine and tapas and really enjoyed this place. There is a great wine list, great sangria and a very nice selection of tapas. We tried from the bruschetta, the goat cheese fritters and a bunch of other things all delicious!!!! The place is a bit small but perfect for nights when you don't want to deal with the hustle and bustle of a large place. I think it would be great for a date because of the intimate feel. Will be back when I'm downtown.

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★★★★☆

Love wine and tapas and really enjoyed this place. There is a great wine list, great sangria and a very nice selection of tapas. We tried from the bruschetta, the goat cheese fritters and a bunch of other things all delicious!!!! The place is a bit small but perfect for nights when you don't want to deal with the hustle and bustle of a large place. I think it would be great for a date because of the intimate feel. Will be back when I'm downtown.

Pros: Great Food. Nice Wine List. Great Sangria. Friendly Service!

Cons: A bit small but sometimes that's good!

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We walk into this place and got the worst service and the worst meal ever. The owner was seating at the bar drunk, harrasing every woman who walked near him. There are plenty of other wine bars in this neighborhood , don't waste your money here.

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★☆☆☆☆

We walk into this place and got the worst service and the worst meal ever. The owner was seating at the bar drunk, harrasing every woman who walked near him. There are plenty of other wine bars in this neighborhood , don't waste your money here.

Pros: none

Cons: drunk owner

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While this spot is very small, the service is warm and the wine quite good. I enjoyed their salads and other tastings.

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★★★☆☆

While this spot is very small, the service is warm and the wine quite good. I enjoyed their salads and other tastings.

Pros: Good Spanish wines

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We made a reservation here for 8 people Saturday night and the staff in this tiny place couldn't have been more gracious and helpful. My party trickled in and there wasn't any attitude. We had a great meal and the sangria was terrific. I would definitely come back here. Probably better for a date as it's a small restaurant but they were very accommodating to my larger group.

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★★★★☆

We made a reservation here for 8 people Saturday night and the staff in this tiny place couldn't have been more gracious and helpful. My party trickled in and there wasn't any attitude. We had a great meal and the sangria was terrific. I would definitely come back here. Probably better for a date as it's a small restaurant but they were very accommodating to my larger group.

Pros: Great service, good prices, yummy food

Cons: Small menu

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I surprised my boyfriend and took him to the city for his birthday. We both love sharing plates, so I thought tapas would be fun. The option for a trio of wines was unique and much enjoyed. The meat and cheese plate we shared was delicious. I think one of the more unique things about Xicala is the atmosphere. It's relatiavely small and can be casual, or a little more upscale. The bar area is dimly lit and lends itself to close, quiet conversation. My only complaint is that I wish the menu had more options. What we did have was good though!

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★★★★☆

I surprised my boyfriend and took him to the city for his birthday. We both love sharing plates, so I thought tapas would be fun. The option for a trio of wines was unique and much enjoyed. The meat and cheese plate we shared was delicious. I think one of the more unique things about Xicala is the atmosphere. It's relatiavely small and can be casual, or a little more upscale. The bar area is dimly lit and lends itself to close, quiet conversation. My only complaint is that I wish the menu had more options. What we did have was good though!

Pros: Atmosphere, drink options

Cons: Plate options

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Great wines, not pretentious. Good music, sort of latin with an odd but strangely loungey feel. Very mellow. I was there on a Wed and they had a Cuban band for a couple of hours, there was dancing - all in a very small space but it was really a lot of fun. Afterwards, it went right back to this relaxed vibe. Very south american, sort of sultry.

2
★★★★★

Great wines, not pretentious. Good music, sort of latin with an odd but strangely loungey feel. Very mellow. I was there on a Wed and they had a Cuban band for a couple of hours, there was dancing - all in a very small space but it was really a lot of fun. Afterwards, it went right back to this relaxed vibe. Very south american, sort of sultry.

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Xicala was nice and cute, with a great wine list. It wasnt very crowded which was refreshing. However the service was up and down. Server's were extremely nice, yet were socializing too much with friends that were having drinks at the bar and it was difficult to get their attention. The food was decent, they have a great cheese plate, but I wish our server knew the cheeses, and had simply asked the kitchen what they were when I inquired. It was a good experience, but I prefer "N".

2
★★★★☆

Xicala was nice and cute, with a great wine list. It wasnt very crowded which was refreshing. However the service was up and down. Server's were extremely nice, yet were socializing too much with friends that were having drinks at the bar and it was difficult to get their attention. The food was decent, they have a great cheese plate, but I wish our server knew the cheeses, and had simply asked the kitchen what they were when I inquired. It was a good experience, but I prefer "N".

Pros: Great Wine list, cute atomosphere

Cons: Unknowledgable, distracted wait staff

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I love the ambience at Xicala - especially when they have live music Wednesday nights. My routine never changes - pitcher of Strawberry Sangria with a couple of close friends, a platter or two of cheese and fruit and an order of olives. Can't go wrong. If anything it makes an otherwise horrible day right.

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★★★★★

I love the ambience at Xicala - especially when they have live music Wednesday nights. My routine never changes - pitcher of Strawberry Sangria with a couple of close friends, a platter or two of cheese and fruit and an order of olives. Can't go wrong. If anything it makes an otherwise horrible day right.

Pros: ambience, nice staff, not crowded

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definitely a nice place to chill. don't be in a rush if you want to try this place! reasonable prices. GREAT atmosphere. nice out of the way little spot.

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★★★★★

definitely a nice place to chill. don't be in a rush if you want to try this place! reasonable prices. GREAT atmosphere. nice out of the way little spot.

Pros: wine, food, atmosphere

Cons: service a tad slow

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Perfect for a date of any type! The place is tiny but extremely warm and friendly. The bartender was accomodating and helpful. We ordered the tasting tray and everything we tasted was absolutely delicious. The wine choices are fabulous and the sangria is incredibly tasty!

2
★★★★★

Perfect for a date of any type! The place is tiny but extremely warm and friendly. The bartender was accomodating and helpful. We ordered the tasting tray and everything we tasted was absolutely delicious. The wine choices are fabulous and the sangria is incredibly tasty!

Pros: food, wine, atmospher

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This may be the smallest restruant I have ever been in but they make up for it with great tapa's and wines. You can't fit 20 people in here so it is deffinately cozy. The staff are friendly and the service is good. This place is worth visiting.

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★★★★★

This may be the smallest restruant I have ever been in but they make up for it with great tapa's and wines. You can't fit 20 people in here so it is deffinately cozy. The staff are friendly and the service is good. This place is worth visiting.

Pros: cozy, food, wine

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Xicala is a great little romantic Spanish hideaway thats surrounded by a young hip neighborhood. The music is romantic as is the atmosphere. I loved the array of wine and was very pleased with the service. Try the chorizo con papas!

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★★★★★

Xicala is a great little romantic Spanish hideaway thats surrounded by a young hip neighborhood. The music is romantic as is the atmosphere. I loved the array of wine and was very pleased with the service. Try the chorizo con papas!

Pros: Romantic Atmosphere, Wine Selection, Tapas

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This is a great little wine bar. It has good music, nice tapas, an interesting selection of wines (primarily Spanish) and a lowkey hip neighborhood clientele. Most importantly, it is reasonably priced. This is definitely a hidden gem, which will not stay undiscovered for long.

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★★★★★

This is a great little wine bar. It has good music, nice tapas, an interesting selection of wines (primarily Spanish) and a lowkey hip neighborhood clientele. Most importantly, it is reasonably priced. This is definitely a hidden gem, which will not stay undiscovered for long.

Pros: Good Music, Good Wines, Reasonably Priced

Cons: Small Locale

 

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