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Best, most authentic Spanish paella in NYC??

Can anyone recommend a really good place for authentic Spanish paella? I've tried a couple of restaurants in the city and frankly, I've been a bit disappointed. One place even used what appeared to be converted rice. I've read some good reviews on La Paella Restaurant on E. 9th St, but I haven't had a chance to give them a try yet.

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  1. Have you tried La Nacional?

    239 W. 14th St.
    New York , NY 10011-7149
    Phone: (212) 243-9308

    1. La Paella was pretty darn good for their paella. Great selection. Good tapas too. Excellent sangria. Romantic, intimate, non-pretentious atmosphere. Very nice

      It's a whole lot better than La Nacional, unfortunately. La Nacional has the benefit of having actual spaniards hang out there to watch futbol and be spanish together but their paella just fell apart. It was too greasy, the rice was clumpy, terrible. The sangria was worse. But I would go back to watch the live flamenco in the spanish theatre upstairs.

      1. I was underwhelmed by the paella during a recent visit to La Nacional (though I loved the tapas).

        El Faro has always been a good bet.


        1. I've never been to Spain, so I don't know if I can determine "Authentic" Paella, but the Paella I've had an El Quijote in Chelsea was damn good. Plus it's so old school in there....it's really a place all New Yorker's should go to. A delicious time warp.



          1. I liked the Basque-style paella at Pintxos in lower Soho. Flavored and colored with squid ink and without saffron, it was a little different than I was used to but undeniably delicious.

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            1. re: jkarton

              La Paella has great ambience and decent paella, but I really enjoyed the paella at Sevilla in the W. Village.


              Just make sure you have chorizo in your paella. We got one without chorizo and it wasn't as good. The sangria there is potent, too.

              Pinxtos has great tapas and if you've never tried squid ink paella, they have one there. A bit salty, but good. The wine list was nice, but the restaurant is tiny.

              1. re: FoodFanNYC

                Just went to Sevilla last night - the chicken/ seafood/ chorizo paella was decent (high standards, since the first time I tried it was in Spain) and the sangria was good as well. My friend got the arroz con pollo - very simple, but well-cooked and very tasty. The portions are substantial though, so make sure you're hungry!

            2. Add another vote for El Faro! We never miss paella valenciana here when we are in town. My family is from Spain and all who have been heartily agree.

              1. El Faro has the most authentic Spanish food in general, not to mention their delicious paella. Highly recommend the place, as well as making a reservation...

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                1. re: Schveinhund

                  Does El Faro take reservations? They didn't used to.

                2. If you don't mind a subway ride, check out LIC and "PIMENTON" on 44th Drive. I had their seafood paella and home-made sangria and both were great! They have flaminco dancers on Fridays and Spanish guitar on Saturdays. Cozy spot, exposed brick, friendly. Loved it and would go back again.

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                  1. re: Design42day

                    When I googled pimenton, I found a listing on citysearch that said it was closed. too bad, it sounded nice.

                  2. I had Paella in Washington Heights which blew out of the water Quixote and La Paella. I am revisiting La Paella this week to see if it was an off night. The Paella in this photo was around $20 with good Sangria (lighter side) It was at

                    Galicia Restaurant 212-568-0168
                    Near the corner of W. 172nd Street and Broadway