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Posted by thebigmancat on 12/04/2004
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.
Posted by ChatNoir on 10/21/2004
Per a recommendation from a friend, we stopped into El Quijote for some Sangria during our trip to NY. I loved it! The Sangria was wonderful (which we ordered at least 2 pitchers for 3 people) and the staff was exceptional as were the regulars that sat at the bar. We went back 3 times in a week. I definitely recommend going and spending time at the bar.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/17/2004
Our family has been going to El Quijote for more than 20 years. The Sangria is great. If you love lobster, but not the mess: try the lobster meat in green sauce - so good you'll want to dive into the pot! Ask for the potatoes to be well done and they'll make them nice & crisp. The only dish we don't love is their gazpacho - it's too vinegary.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/26/2004
I went to this restaurant on 7/9/04 with 4 friends. at the bar we had 6 drinks. Then, we took that drink tab and passed it on to our table tab. Big mistake. After you have drinks at the bar close your tab there. At the table we ordered one pitcher of sangria. We also ordered 2 appetizers, 5 entrees, and 2 desserts. Our bill came out to $400. And they handwrite the bill (not computerized). And they claimed that our bar tab alone was $150. Which then they charged us twice and then our meals. After checking our bill a few times and doing the calculations we notified the waiter and they corrected it. But, I really think they were trying to pull a fast one on us ladies. Also, the food was not all that great. My friend got the garlic chicken and it was very dry and tasteless. My seafood paella was okay. Not the best Spaniard food I've had. Would not recommend this place at all!
Posted by Bernard Dworkin on 12/15/2003
Next to the fascinating Chelsea Hotel, this sprawling, busy eclectic space is the place to get lobsters in Manhattan. The customers are from every planet, like the bar in Star Wars. The bar is a good one and the waiters will embarass you by crowding around your table and singing Happy Birthday to you. Checkout the Don Quixote sculptures and paintings.