Boqueria Tapas Bar and Restaurant

This Spanish empire continues to expand both its vision and its reach

By James Oliver Cury

The lunch situation around Times Square has just received a much welcome infusion of the Spanish persuasion. Boqueria, the beloved tapas restaurant that is now up to its fifth location in New York, plus one in DC, has finally come to Midtown.

As you approach the space on Fortieth Street adjacent to the new Marriott AC Hotel, a couple of things immediately grab your eye: There’s outdoor seating, and there’s no way to know how far back the space goes. In fact, you could sit in three distinct sections here: at the bar near the entrance, along the open kitchen in the back, or in the main dining room between the two, which offers a mix of communal and banquette tables. Coming with a big group? Not a problem.

Another welcome bit of news: For the first time, Boqueria is now offering breakfast. Service begins at 6:30 a.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends, and includes a $29 prix fixe as well as a la carte menu of classic and Spanish breakfast favorites.
The dedicated lunch menu offers an ample selection that caters to all types, featuring salads, sandwiches, and grilled and rotisserie meats. Of particular note is the Barcelona Bowl, which, at $18, is among the less expensive options and is quite tasty, thanks to the way the lamb meatballs, sheep’s milk cheese, and tomato sauce meld with the rice pilaf, chickpeas, poached egg, and cucumbers. Another winner: the $19 seared yellowfin tuna sandwich, which features a thick cut of medium-rare tuna flanked by avocado, jalapeño, pimentón allioli, and watercress between two brioche buns, and served with patatas bravas and mixed greens. Small-plates fans will find cheeses (Manchego, Mahón, Idiazábal, Valdeón) for as little $5, charcuterie (Serrano ham, Ibérico ham, various sausages) from $7 to $32, and generous platters that mix both.

For dessert, choose from a variety of churros for the whole table, including churro ice cream sundae, churro s’mores, and churros rellenos de Nutella, dusted with cinnamon sugar. With five- and nine-piece options available, your group will thank you, no matter how many of you there are.


Soho: Sun–Thu 11 AM–10:30 PM; Fri–Sat 11AM–11:30 PM

Boqueria Flatiron and UES: Mon-Thu noon–10:30 PM; Fri noon–11:30 PM; Sat 11 AM–11:30 PM; Sun 11 AM–10:30 PM

Fort Greene: Mon–Tue noon–10 PM; Wed–Thu noon–11 PM; Fri noon–midnight; Sat 11 AM–midnight; Sun 11 AM–10 PM

Times Square: Mon–Thu 6:30 AM–10:30 PM; Fri 6:30 AM–11:30 PM; Sat 7 AM–11:30 PM; Sun 7 AM–10:30 PM

The bar menu is available for an extra 30 minutes on all days at all locations

price range

$16 (hinojo y cítricos) to $52 (whole pollo rustido)