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El Quijote

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  • Spanish, Seafood, Small Plates/Tapas
  • 226 W 23rd St, New York NY10011 40.7446078 -73.9968801
  • (Btwn 7th & 8th Ave)
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  • (212) 929-1855
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User Ratings (Based on 88 reviews)

Food 4.1 Value 4.0
Service 4.2 Atmosphere 3.9

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 929-1855
(212) 645-5135
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc, DC
Sun-Thu: 11:30am-12am Fri-Sat: 11:30am-1am
Lunch, Dinner
Group Dining, Open Late, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • El Quijote

    Posted by Sandra G. Brooklyn on 08/18/2005

    21 years of ecstasy

    I have been going there for the past 21 years with my then boyfriend, now husband, we go there on any special occasion, with friends or without, and I look so forward to going every time. I've told many, many friends about El Quijote and always have gotten positive feed back. And when someone asks me to recommend a great place to dine with great food I aways recommend EL QUIJOTE. We have tried almost everything on the menu always delicious. but I now usually have the DOUBLE LOBSTER, it's fantastic my husband usually has the MADRID NEW YORKER (surf and turf). The bread is fantastic my Husband has to remind me to stop eating it. The service is always great, and so is the atmosphere. So for anyone with a negative attitude about El Quijote, you need to get your taste buds checked. I'll be going on September 10, before theSalsa Festival at Madison Square Garden, and I just can't wait, I don't know if I'm more excited about the food or the Concert. I guess a little of both.

  • El Quijote

    Posted by Anonymous on 07/30/2005

    I also had the unappetizing bread experience

    I'm sorry gang but this place is not that good. The food has this past-its-prime taste to it. I guess that's why they drown most of their dishes in sauce. The waitstaff can be rude. I don't appreciate being told what I can and can't wear in their establishment. Yes, they actually tried to turn me away because I wasn't dressed "properly." I was wearing jeans and a tank top. I didn't stink and I was wearing shoes. Also I had been there before! Needless to say that was my last visit. Oh and the decor is Tacky.

  • El Quijote

    Posted by dre on 07/29/2005


    Friend recommended this place so we decided to check it out. Usually go to pipa for spanish food, so had some pretty high expectations as the food there is really good. This place was disappointing. First off, the bread came out and had an unappetizing aftertaste. We asked for some new bread and I think all they did was warm up whatever they had in the back, it still had a moldy taste. The food was nothing special, the paella tasted very bland, like it came out of an uncle ben's rice bowl. It had plenty of seafood in it, but didn't have much flavor, like it was made in 10 minutes with little to no seasoning. The only redeeming value was the sangria which was good and the service.

  • El Quijote

    Posted by LiLi on 01/30/2005

    Great food, Been going for years!")

    The food is great, particularly the Alaskan king crab legs, it is made in a pot of brandy sauce, always seasoned to perfection! I would recommend everything on the menu, can't go wrong. No matter where I move, near or far, I always find the time to go here... I can't say enough about the place!

  • El Quijote

    Posted by DMTAN on 01/17/2005

    Always consistent

    Love the lobster at this place, and $20.00 for a 1-1/4 lobster with salad/or soup and a side dish is a great value. Service is ok, depends on your waiter, but always consistent. Have been going for years and always have fresh, well prepared food, and they will accomodate any dietary needs happily. Responding to the checking of bill issue, I do that as a matter of course in EVERY restaurant I go to, but I know that most people do not. Well, then that is your problem. It does get very crowded and they do not take reservations, so keep that in mind. All in all, cannot go wrong at this Chelsea institution.

  • El Quijote

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/13/2004

    A Winner

    My family and I have been going back for years. It's no doubt worth the trip from Long Island. I have ordered a variety of different dishes and honestly never had a bad experience. All was soooo good. They give a lot of food as well. This trip around the bartender was a little overwhelmed so we had to wait a bit but the sangria is worth it. Otherwise..."We will be Back"

  • El Quijote

    Posted by thebigmancat on 12/04/2004

    Great Value

    I have to respond to the individual who gave El Quijote a thumbs down. It sounds like they had a bad experience due to a waiter's incompetence and that colored their entire experience. I've been going to El Quijote since the early 80's - when you could walk in at any hour on any night and get a table with no wait (believe it or not). It is without question one of NYC's best restaurant deals. Most entrees (except for lobster) run between 13.95-15.95 including salad and potatoes (entrees are usually big enough to be be shared). Drinks are generously poured - I've gotten buzzed off one Absolut on the rocks, as opposed to most NYC establishments where you need about four. The food is not 5 stars - for these prices how could it be. However, it is consistently very good and sometimes excellent. The atmosphere is friendly, as is the service. Anyone who comes out of El Quijote with a bad impression caught it on a bad night. And anyone who doesn't like their garlic chicken (pollo ajillio) needs professional attention. Will be going there for another 20 years.

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