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Posted by Cait Wildman -Australia on 01/20/2015
We wandered next door to El Quijote after our pilgrimage to the Hotel Chelsea which was under heavy renovation til 2017. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the complimentary garlic chicken. Then we ordered the Lobster Bisque.. Delicious. We enjoyed everything about this place. The 1930 ambiance, the friendly staff, the delicious food. Without much imagination we could see Leonard Cohen, Andy Warhol and Arthur Miller at the end of the bar. We will recommend.
Posted by Awesomeness on 09/02/2013
This place definitely feels like stepping into a time warp. With the waiters wearing very outdated uniforms and the silly looking plastic plants and decor you would think that eating there would be a mistake. However, the big mistake is not coming here before. Surprisingly even with a large menu, all of the food was very reasonably priced and delicious. A 55oz porterhouse for 35 bucks and a 4 lb lobster for 65? Nowhere else in NYC can you get that deal!
Posted by RONCHARB4158 on 08/19/2013
My niece and I had lunch last week my usual restaurant is not open for lunch. Lucky for us because lunch was great, service and food was oustanding I definitely will be coming back.
Posted by anonymous on 04/12/2013
I don't understand the high ratings for this place ...besides the service everything else sucked . food was bland and dry, sangria was all juice ... not impressed at all
Posted by Anonymous on 04/29/2012
The food here is not what I would call gourmet, rather more like Spanish comfort food. I have read other reviews and find this restaurant to be consistent in its delivery of good service, fair pricing, and savory seafood and steak dishes. It's good for all ages. A coat check in the front and a classic bar add a bit of a throw back to days when a touch of class was expected. This is a classic.
Posted by wesley on 03/24/2012
My wife brought me to El Quijote for tapas for my 59th birthday -- what a disappointment. First, we ordered some garlic soup which never came [?], the langostines, advertised as "Mediterranean" were in fact ordinary shrimps -- large and overcooked. clams in green sauce was delivered in white sauce, big and chewy. Quail was overcooked and dry, too. Biggest sin of the evening was the "canned" white asparagus tapa -- tasted like, well, canned asparagus smothered in a heavy garlic sauce I suppose to add flavor to stalks of bland. All in all, when you realize you can cook way better Spanish food at home its time to scratch this restaurant off the list. If you have a poor pallet or don't care about what you eat this place is for you.
Posted by Phillip & Lisa on 10/01/2011
We use to have another restaurant as our go to restaurant for authentic food from Spain & Spanish seafood - prior to us discovering this gem! We have been going to this restaurant and cocktail lounge for over a month straight of weekends!! There are several factors that make this restaurant great (and owners and other restaurants can take notes and follow this plan IF they want the same). First off food being great is an obvious given. Each time we have been there we have gotten a different dish. The menu itself is extensive; you could probably go here a year straight and still not have gone through the entire thing. The portions are family style, you can order most items (such as paella, steaks,etc...) and split them between a minimum of two people. If you want, you can go there and sit at the cocktail bar and eat or just order appetizers at the bar or sit at a table and do "tapas style". The pricing is very reasonable. The second factor that makes this restaurant excellent (other owners, please listen up and take notes...) is the manager. That is a huge key point; hiring and having a manager that cares as if they owned the restaurant personally themselves. Along with that is the third factor and that is the managers "people skills" to hire and train the correct staff (waiter, hostess, chef's, busboys, etc...) to do the job. The entire staff operates as one solid unit - family!