Out with the old and in with the new. A mantra a lot of people use in regard to their clothes, their vices, their boyfriends and partners. I love a spring cleaning. I love to share and give (despite being an only child). But some things are far too sacred to part with...old photos, ticket stubs from first dates (OMG-mine was Armageddon), concerts, birth announcements, or even restaurants that have been around longer than me. Why not spend Cinco de Mayo at an oldie but a goodie… a place I’ve been going to since I was a kid, a college grad and even as a hormonal pregnant lady… a place that will not be thrown out with my old flared white true religions. Sometimes the old stuff is the best stuff (but not those jeans).
Sevilla, located in the most likable part of the West Village (West 4th and Charles) has been around foreva! This Spanish restaurant, which does not take reservations or care about your attire, will make you sit at a crowded bar endlessly refilling your red sangria pitchers to get you drunk enough to shut up about your table - or lack thereof. Upon being seated, you might feel comfy in a snug booth for four or be stuffed like sardines into that same booth for four with an adjoining ghetto round table to accommodate 6. On a Saturday night, there's no time to really peruse the menu (look on menupages before you go) as the staff really aims to get you in and out. You MUST get the homemade potato chips (which used to be free like, ya know, bread but now are on your bill), as well as the stuffed mushrooms with crabmeat, shrimp with white sauce (oily and garlicy -yum), Croquettes and Chorizo. Before your apps arrive, what HeView described as a delicious "dirty salad" comes as part of the meal - a basic salad with what tastes like Paul Newman's French dressing. Apps hot and amazing come quick to be followed by colossal pots of paella chock full of shellfish, veal "Sevilla" con mushrooms, arroz con pollo (chicken, sausage and rice), Mariscado in Green Sauce and my personal favorite and oh so fattening Sevilla go-to - Chicken Villeroy (essentially two pieces of fried chicken filled with béchamel cream)! It's a once in blue moon thing that everyone gets a bite of! No room for dessert at our table, but the flan, if you’re a flan guy or gal, is supposedly delish - I myself am not a flan fan.
However you long you wait, however quick the staff try to get you in and out, however you order, whether it be spicy or standard (broiled swordfish a healthy and low fat option) you will leave happy that you came and happy that this restaurant is on your radar or now is. Seasons change, guys/gals come and go, fashions too, but the fare and the fun of Sevilla forever will be. Don't spring clean this baby - it's a timeless piece for your collection. 62 Charles Street | Corner of West 4th (212) 929-3189