A Spanish Mexican Restaurant That Withstands the Test of TimeAs you know, breaking into the New York City restaurant scene is tough business. Even harder is creating an establishment that will withstand the test of time. In the quaint West Village is Tio Pepe, a Spanish Mexican restaurant that established itself in 1970 and is still going strong over 40 years later. The space is lovely, with strategically designed rooms, giving guests a choice of what kind of vibe they want for their meal. The main dining room, complete with skylight, gives off a classic Spanish vibe, while the enclosed garden dining area gives diners a look at the night sky all year round. The main bar and tapas area provides a view of the streets, perfect for people watching. And aside from the charming interior, one of the first things you’ll notice is how amazingly hospitable the staff here is. Honestly, some of the best service around.
— BELLA NEW YORK
Tio Pepe Boozy BrunchTio Pepe’s brunch menu has a ton of great options, but definitely do NOT leave without trying the Coca – Spanish flat bread with caramelized onions, goat cheese, bacon and eggs! We could eat this every day. It was literally THAT good. The brunch entrees are tapas style, so we suggest getting a few items and sharing.
— Out of Office NY
Coca Flatbread Highlights Brunch at Tio Pepe in the West VillageThe real highlight here though is the Coca, essentially a Spanish flatbread pizza baked in their wood-fired oven. We hadn’t planned on getting a brunch pizza, in fact we were leaning towards the Chilaquiles, but the waiter was so enthusiastic about the Coca that we had to try it. And we’re glad we did.
— I Heart Brunch
Best Tableside Guacamole in NYCMashed tableside and spiked with serrano peppers, Tio Pepe's guacamole is the perfect shared plate to kick off your authentic meal.
— NYC's Original City Guide
LOVED IT!!!Started out with the strawberry margaritas. They are frozen and strong! Than we shared Nacho's which when they came weren't what I expect but they were amazing. I had the chile rellano and it was the best I had ever eaten. It's my favorite dish so I was pleased. Everyone was satisfied with their meals. I'll definitely go again!
— Lisa M
Awesome and authentic.Angelica, our server, was so cute. She made us feel at home in seconds! The nachos are incredible so is the vibe. Try the margarita's and guacamole, special stuff!
— Doug L
Fabulous find!This is my second time going to Tio Pepe's and I just love the freshness of their food. Their tamaron marguerita is to die for. Their guacamole is so fresh made right i front of you. We shared three appetizers all fabulous and shared two dinners. Everyone was happy with everything. The atmosphere is also very nice.
How an immigrant built a restaurant empire in NYC
At 75, Sanz is founder and owner of six NYC restaurants – Tio Pepe, Las Ramblas, The Taco Shop, Burrito Loco, Da Rosina and Casa Pepe – the first four of which are neighbors on West 4th Street. He considers the West Village his home now for the past 55 years. That wasn’t always the case though.