Andanada Restaurant combines the best of New York and Spanish cultures, serving authentic Spanish tapas and flamenco with the traditional Upper West Side, New Yorker brunch.
Brunch is practically an institution in New York City on Sundays. Meeting a friend for brunch is, possibly one of the things I missed most while living in Spain. Of course, living in New York, I miss the tradition of the aperitivo and having tapas in La Latina on Sunday afternoons in Madrid. Andanada Restaurant has found a way to join these two delicious Sunday events into one! Here you can enjoy brunch while watching live flamenco dancing and eating authentic Spanish tapas, but you don’t have to travel farther than the Upper West Side.
We arrived at Andanada Restaurant a bit before noon one Sunday morning to try their brunch menu and enjoy live flamenco. The restaurant itself is found on the ground level of a building on the Upper West Side near Lincoln Center. We headed inside the long and narrow restaurant where we were at once struck by the beautiful mural with a bull fighter painted in orange and gold. There was also a covered patio area out back, but since it was a sunny day, we chose to stay inside. We ordered a glass of white sangria and settled in to study the menu.
Pedro and I thought everything looked delicious, but in the end we decided to split two dishes: the tortilla paisana (spanish omelette with potato, peas and chorizo), and the calamari sandwich. The waitress also brought us fresh baked bread with jams and butters as we waited. The chef also sent out a tapa of fried artichokes for us to try, and some of the ham croquettes. Everything was delicious. Each bite reminded us of being back in Madrid. This was the fusion between La Latina and the UWS that I’d spent the whole year looking for!
As we were eating, a flamenco dancer and guitar player began to perform in the corner of the restaurant. At first we weren’t sure if the show would be distracting from our eating experience, as many times the idea of combining flamenco dance and eating can turn into a touristy nightmare. We were, however, pleasantly surprised by the dancing, which was tasteful and allowed time to talk between songs. It was something extra that added a special flair to our brunch.
The service at Andanada Restaurant was great, and the waitress picked up on the fact that we had lived in Spain and when I ordered my “café con leche” she thought to ask me if I really wanted a latte or just coffee with milk. Those sort of details are what really make this a place to check out. In addition to brunch, Andanada serves lunch and dinner. They also have flamenco shows on Tuesdays at 7pm. We ruskommend Andanada Restaurant with 5 boquerones. Try the croquetas or the tortilla paisana. Delicious bites of Spain that are not to be missed!
Information about Andanada Restaurant
Ruskommendation for Andanada Restaurant: 5 boquerones
|Service:||(9.5 / 10)|
|Food:||(9.0 / 10)|
|Value for money:||(8.5 / 10)|
|Atmosphere:||(9.0 / 10)|
|Average:||(9.0 / 10)|
- Address: 141 W 69th St, New York, NY 10023
- Telephone: (646) 692-8762
- Price per person: $25
- Hours: (Mon-Thu) 5:00am-11:00pm; Friday 5:00am-12:00am; Saturday 5:00am-3:00pm y 5:00pm-12:00am;
Sunday 5:00am-3:00pm y 5:00pm-11:00pm
- Public transportation: M5, M7, M104 until Broadway/w 70 St. and Subway B,C trains until 72nd Stree; 1,2 and 3 trains until 72nd Street.
- Official website of Andanada Restaurant
- Andanada Restaurant, reviewed by Abby Ramirez on Sep 29, with a rating of boquerones