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Ñ at 33 Crosby Street

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This restaurant called simply "Ñ" (pronounced: enye) is on 33 Crosby. A google search has it listed on many NYC top tapas restaurant lists. However they do not have a website, are not listed on menupages, and were recently removed from Zagats, no pictures are anywhere to be found on the internet.

My gf and I love tapas. And I have heard this is a very cute, intimate, romantic spot through word-of-mouth. I am planning on taking her to Ñ for her birthday tonight. Anyone out there have any reviews, insight, or suggestions on this place?

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  1. I was there about a year ago. The food is ok, nothing great. It's more of a wine & sherry place; the food seemed like an afterthought. And it's extremely intimate - when it gets crowded you'll be elbowed in the back constantly.


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    1. re: small h

      Thanks for the response, is it a romantic spot for a birthday date?

      Would you compare it in terms of food and/or ambience to La Paella in the East Village?

      1. re: mrnas

        It's dark and you have to sit close together and I remember the music being pretty good, which is romantic. But there are a lot of people crunched in around you, which is not. If you're looking for a private place to gaze at one another, keep looking.

        La Paella and Mercat are the only two tapas places I can think of that give you a little breathing room. I've only been to Mercat, and I think the food there is much better than at N, but it's loud.

    2. I went for birthday drinks (mine), and had a great time. The booths on the side are cozy and intimate; drinks are strong. Try to go on a Wednesday night, when they have flamenco dancers.

      1. N, just stumbled across that place Saturday evening. Been years but still looks the same. Very slim and candlelit place. Great place for a cozy date but wow can it get slammed. Food is less than good, the wines are pretty good but the place is a excellent pick for a not too late drink with your date.

        1. I used to love Ñ back in the days . My first time there was great, the food was tasty and the bartenders were extremely sweet. It's a good place for a date, until it starts getting crowded. The place is pretty small so you'll be stepping on toes. They changed their menus and it's been downhill from there. If it ain't broke...

          1. ñ is kind of romantic, it's dimly lit and cozy with groovy music and sexy bar atmosphere. the other way of looking at that is small crowded and dark. it's true the tapas are not so impressive. pretty average. but it does have good energy. other tapas places to check out are: pintxos, small, basque, not as bar like as ñ not overly crowded (spring st west); tapeo 29, bar atmosphere, yummy tapas, corner location, with lots of windows (LES); 1492, delicious tapas, big place, but cozy vibe (LES)

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            1. re: Candida

              I love this place...the peope are so friendly...Wed is flamenco night and it's the best time...food is decent very small portions...it's very intimate...try it!

            2. Food used to be better, but you still can't beat the price of the pitcher of Sangria, if you're on a budget and yet want to impress. The place is nice, service friendly, and if you stay with the simpler fare - including the cheese plate - you'll be fine. If you don't have much to say to your date but are into body language, Wednesday night (flamenco) is perfect; otherwise, try another night, early-ish.

              1. i agree with the general consensus here. I think of it as a place to drink rather than eat. The only thing i really like to eat there are the very oily very addictive spicy almonds. All the other food is just so-so bar snacks. And, as mentioned, the food was better a few years ago before they changed/ruined the menu.

                The place can also vary widely depending on when you go: on a weekend or Wednesday flamenco night is can be unbearably crowded with tourists-to-the-neighborhood...but very early or very late on a weeknight, it can be an adorable neighborhood wine/sherry bar like something you'd find in Europe.

                The crowd has also varied over the last few years. About seven years ago it was very neighborhoody. But after the celebrity-filled loft building across the street opened, the bar began to attract all sorts of icky people who were there because they'd heard Lenny Kravitz et al lived nearby (i'm not dissing the residents of that building at all, just the gawkers trying to ride the neighborhood/bar like remoras). So the bar became more crowded and on some nights felt like any old dull scene on the UES. But this past year, it seems to have settled back into its comfy self a bit.

                As for a birthday night, i'd highly recommend "n" but not as the centerpiece of the evening...instead, consider going there for an early apertif w/ some almonds...or, if it's a mellow weeknight, for an after-dinner glass of dessert sherry w/ some cheese or sweet...

                1. Does anyone know of a restaurant that is possibly owned by the same people who run "n"?

                  I was in NY a couple of years ago and had a nice meal with friends at a small place in (I think) Soho. The tables had cards advertising N and I got the impression they were affiliated.

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                  1. re: parleek

                    On further reflection - I think maybe it was in Nolita? Maybe on Mott or Elizabeth?

                    1. re: parleek

                      Rice is a chain of 4 locations run by N owner David Selig. There is one in Nolita.


                      1. re: mamby

                        Thanks, mamby. I found some photos online and I think this was the place.