La Barra at Mercado Little Spain

4.4
40 reviews
$30 and under
Spanish
To truly understand Spanish cuisine, it’s necessary to dive deep into the world of tapas. At La Barra, you’ll have the opportunity to do so, exploring the many beloved dishes from tapas bars all around Spain. Both the classics and regional favorite are represented, from traditional croquetas de jamón to Andalusia’s fried squid, and a wide selection of wines from around the country are available by the glass or bottle.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 40 People Are Saying
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4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The quality of the food was pretty low. The cod and octopus were inedible - the octopus was over cooked and the cod was under cooked. Definitely would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. Save your money - the quality of food is not worth the price point.

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DianneB
New England
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was good I just found it to be way overpriced for tapas. Spent $200 for three people at lunch time. Ambience was good, service was good but will not return.

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CarolW
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had very enjoyable lunch. Variety of selections was good. Some of the dishes were excellent but others were so so. The service was very good and so was the wine.

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Lyma
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and drinks very much like Spanish food in Spain

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RankFrich
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Bit of a hit and miss unfortunately. The gazpacho was excellent, as were some of the other tapas (chorizo, jamon). But others were frankly lackluster (calamari, ensalada rusa, churros). Service was efficient, though not particularly warm. And being able to order right through our phones meant everything came to our tables quickly and efficiently. Value is also good. But a mixed bad overall.

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ItziarD
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, food service, definitely make reservations!!!

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Bruce
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was very slow. They were out of several items on the menu. Just a very average experience.

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David
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Host was not available at stand upon arrival, but rushed seating once she saw us — didn’t notice that we had stood there for a while.

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vipYurayV
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

❤️🇪🇸Delectable tapas & outstanding cocktails with attentive service in a casual environment🇪🇸❤️

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JohnN
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Barra brings a little bit of Spain to New York City. My guest and I thoroughly enjoyed the casual tapas and drinks.

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vipOpenTable Diner
12 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It almost feels like you’re in Spain

MB
vipMarvinB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We expected an upscale restaurant. Based on what we know of the Aldria reputation, we were so looking forward to a creative and imaginative experience. What we got was ordinary with no excellence.
There is absolutely no reason to return. Where was the mouthwatering food? Where were the delicious tastes, the symbol of Barcelona and Spain?
The wait staff was efficient and friendly. Some were more knowledgeable than others. But, oh, what a disappointment. This was our first trip to New York after all of us were fully vaccinated. We were sure this would be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate. What we got was less than ordinary.

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AlexM
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! Great product; tastes like Spain. Food came quickly; Covid precautions were easy to follow. A truly special place in NYC.

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vipfoodie
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Although everything we ordered was wondeful. It seemed like the menu was more limited than on previous visits. Although there are some kinks in the ordering app. It continues to be a wonderful restaurant despite this.

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Bohemiana
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

If you have traveled to Spain you will find these are traditional dishes, which is nice BUT, in Spain they cost a fraction of the price and you get a lot more. I was hoping for a twist on traditional Spanish food--after all, it's Jose Andres but these dishes are ordinary Spanish tapas/dishes you get throughout Spain or all over certain regions of Spain. We liked it but we liked Oyamel in D.C. much better because it was a twist on traditional Mexican food. La Barra's menu seems like a lazy effort for Jose Andres.

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Gimp
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nos sentimos como de vuelta en España. Ahora por el COVID hay que reservar mesa y es más tranquilo, por el contrario hay mucha menos variedad pero aún así maravilloso. La comida riquísima.

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vipRichardP
Palm Springs
31 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food but a bit pricey for what you get. Wines by the glass were particularly expensive. The contact-free ordering and paying system was complicated, but the staff were very helpful.

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WiningandDining
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Anytime we are in NYC, we visit El Mercado for a taste of Spain. Jose Andres and his group have worked within the constraints of Covid to continue to offer a gastronomic tour of Spain. We had the Iberico Ham, Manchego Cheese, Pulpo (Octopus), Gambas al ajillo (Shrimp sautéed in Garlic) and Boquerones en Vinagre (anchovies in vinegar). The pulpo was a bit overdone but everything else was spot on and brought back some of our favorite foodie memories of our month in Spain. It is a pleasure to eat such authentic food and patronize a restaurant owned by this great humanitarian.

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vipAdrienneF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing service and delicious tapas. Unfortunately we were surprised to see very few people dining in Little Spain. Not even close to pre-pandemic numbers of diners. It’s a great time to go before the crowds return!

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JaysonV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great COVID-19 protocol and nice services.

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FoodieToodie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went very well, portion sizes to share were perfect!

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GinnaS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Really Bad Service, food just OK and
Overpriced. Not going back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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AngelLV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, the service even better highly recommended

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vipBabyTooth
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Advertised as a bit of Barcelona but nothing like the real thing. Ordering through the App was weird but efficient. Shouldn't have ordered everything at once because it all came at once; now we know. Tapas were good and a nice selection.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little Spain is my favorite place to eat in NYC! Truly the most authentic, delicious food from Spain.

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Bh613122
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

While the market lost its pre-pandemic buzz and variety, the food they serve is still top notch, and service very friendly and efficient. I am just glad they are open and I can still have good Spanish tapas.

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VioletP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty amazing food! The tables are far apart enough and the servers are so nice!

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vipJeff
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great environment, quick, just a little expensive- but nothing to deter me from going back. I would recommend it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious authentic tapas and sangria. Prices are a bit high. Those small plates add up. Online self-ordering system at the table was a bit confusing but waiter was helpful and willing to place our order.

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suzartisan
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is nothing better than the Spanish way of eating tapas, drinking wine and enjoying good conversation. La Barra brings that to you, authentic Spanish tapas which is delicious, great wine and vermouth, and surroundings that buzz with life. When I miss my favorite bar in Madrid, or cafe in Sevilla, this is where I head over to. Highly recommended!

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vipTSADiner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day, meal was excellent

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vipMT1018
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Def a great spot to eat after touring Hudson Yards holiday display. Do not sleep on the fried calamari. Simple, delicious, and perfectly executed

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Maisie
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and ambiance were excellent. Would highly recommend.

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KarolayG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

100 dollars for 2 appts and a sangria and the cheese board barely had prosciutto and any cheese total hoax!

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CarlosA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

I’ve been here prior to the pandemic: everything was great. This time the portions were extremely small, the pork was undercooked and the items were overpriced.

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Cassondra
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Food and serviced were great. Didn’t love the ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Posto meraviglioso, a causa covid non tutti i banchetti erano aperti .... ma esperienza fantastica!

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1 review
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Limited service and limited menu. We ended up leaving and not eating. Unfortunate since Venue is really nice.

FAQs

La Barra at Mercado Little Spain is rated 4.4 stars by 40 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.