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Feb 2, 2010 06:47 AM

Cafe Barcel in Nyack...anyone been yet?

I live in Nyack but have not had a chance to visit. I heard the food was good but the portions were small for the price. I checked out their menu online and was it is tiny! They only have three appetizers and all three have fish/seafood which I don't eat. Only two salad choices and only five entrees.

The prices don't look too bad....

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  1. Ate there a couple of months ago and it was nice but not altogether memorable--off the top of my head, I couldn't tell you what I had. I do remember that it was a Saturday night and there was a decent vibe going, lively but not too noisy. I wouldn't be too discouraged by the size or range of the online menu, though. They also have a fair number of daily specials to augment it. On the whole, if I wanted a nicer-than-usual, grown-up evening out in Nyack, I'd be more likely to chose Velo or Hudson House over Cafe Barcel.

    1. A fantastic addition to the Nyack restaurant scene. Food is great as well as the ambiance.
      Menu is a good size - it's seasonal which is good and the have specials on this cool blackboard wall. Staff is pretty nice too. Portions were a good size, I took home a doggy bag. You should give it a shot!

      1. I went there last night for the first time. There are certainly more than 3 appetizers and 5 entrees to choose from. The food is not "wow" food, but the portions were not small at all, and I thought the quality was very good as were the prices. Service was a little spotty, but generally eager to please. The atmosphere is lively and pleasant. We ordered off the menu but the specials sounded interesting. I think the place is a great addition to the area, and I will definitely return.

        1. It's nice to see a new upscale Latin(ish) place in Nyack. It's open on Mondays. Plus the location is nice- the top part of Nyack is not as crowded and Cafe Barcel is right next to a municipal lot. Service was excellent. The shrimp a la plancha app was my fave- garlicky and served with crisped plantains. The tagliatelle carbonara with a poached egg was great too, but it's not on the regular menu. However, the majority of the menu is seafood. Since you don't eat that, you would probably be forced into the hangar steak (overpriced at $22) or the CB burger (nothing special). JRBlack is right- you might be better off at Velo- more pasta and meat options.

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          1. re: Crispchip

            Without having a menu in front of me, I know from being there several times there are several other non-fish entrees.

            For example, they have really great roast chicken, and meatballs with mozzarella fondue, with or without linguini. Delicious. I loved the burger with the fries.

            The food here is really excellent. I havent had a bad meal yet. Very pleased. Service top notch too. The waiters really know what they are doing and the bartenders are very knowledgable. The owner is super nice.

            Sure, this sounds like a shill post, but if you read my previous reviews, Im usually quite critical. This place makes me very happy.

            1. re: Crispchip

              Went to Cafe Barcel last night for a small birthday dinner for a friend. Cute place, service was fine. I thought the escabeche of shrimp, squid, and octopus with chickpeas was excellent. The burger with Comte and grilled onions was ok, "roast chicken" with preserved lemon was tasty (except who expects roast chicken to be breaded?).

              (if you're not interested in wine stop reading). I have a lot of wine, and was hoping to bring a mature Rioja (from 70s or 80s) to toast the birthday girl. I called to check on corkage, was told not allowed. OK, so we went, had a few by-the-glass pours. I just don't understand the logic of a place with small list saying no corkage. Why not say $20 or $25, I would have gladly paid. Certainly more profit in that than some of their $28-30 bottles. I know I'm unusually wine-centric, but no corkage and that list means I'll not have CB on the list next time I'm thinking about a dinner place in Nyack (I live in Westchester). Maybe for lunch (if they're open). I understand not wanting a flood of people bringing bottles to be cheap, but if you make fee enough to equal profit on most bottles......