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Posted by Eddie on 06/28/2008
I visited this place for the first time a couple of weeks ago, an I loved it! The servings are huge, so make sure you are hungry when you go to El Quijote since you will eat a lot. The waiters are Spanish, very nice, attentive, and professional. The environment is relaxing, both for families and friend gatherings. El Quijote is definitely a good place to go if you want to have a taste of the Spanish cuisine.
Posted by Mirael2 on 05/21/2008
My girlfriends took me here for a birthday dinner (my first time at the restaurant) about just before I was married. I remember getting out of the cab and thinking I was about to dine in a dive. But not at all! The booths were comfortable, the staff wonderful the food was the absolute best. All waiters wore authentic spanish costumes complete with a bandolero and because it was my birthday, our waiter came over with a guitar and sang Aye Aye Aye (to which I sadly sang along). I will never forget it. I brought my husband to El Quijote on our 1st Anniversary and its been our restaurant of choice almost every year. I always get the seafood paella with lobster, and it's never been disappointing. And you have to have the soup. It really is an excellent choice.
Posted by narikin on 03/28/2008
Have been going here for a few years on and off, mostly for the bar and the atmosphere. its not posh, nor is it a 'cantina' either, and it just has that special atmosphere that marks it out. It is partly the location (under the chelsea hotel) and the decor - all based around our favorite knight - Don Quixote, but plenty of other places in NY fill their shelves up with that quirky stuff and get it wrong. not here - its the real deal and it works. Personally I like the bar midweek, the restaurant is fine, but sometimes full of folks on a Big Night Out. good for them, of course, and I guess its all part of the atmosphere. If thats you, then you'll enjoy and not be left entirely broke at the end (though its not cheap either) I'm happiest in a corner of the bar, being served nice beers and ordering the clams in green sauce, or the giant langoustines a la plancha (HUGE prawns, perfectly cooked) service is good, staff are friendly and can share a laugh. Not everything on the menu is great, but... you got to try it and find what works for you. The Sangria is dreadful, so stick to a cocktails or better wines or beer. Its assuredly not the best spanish in NYC, and nor does it claim to be, but its a classic, and a great place to retire to on a rainy chelsea evening.
Posted by 07LO on 03/03/2008
I have been a customer for over 15 years. The food has been and still is great, recently went in Feb. 2008. The portions are usually more than average for most of the entrees. The service is always friendly and time appropriate for you and a guest to do a little talking before and after eating.
Posted by Yary on 02/15/2008
My Husband and I dine on Valentines Day, the Food was unforgettable ( Sea Food Paella w/ Lobster & Fillet Mignon ) the service was precise and the price right for what we eat and drink, I love the champagne sangria and French martinis, I would go there again .
Posted by Anonymous on 01/03/2008
My boyfriend and I recently dined at El Quijote, and were very impressed! The wait staff is VERY attentive, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is unique, as the walls are adorned with painted murals and various ornaments. We both ordered paella with lobster, and received a VERY generous portion. Fun fact: El Quijote and Francisco's Centro Vasco (located across the street, also very good) have the same owner.
Posted by Lisandra120 on 12/19/2007
If you want quality and quantity! This is is the place... This is Chelsea's best spanish restaurant without question. The seafood is out of this world and for the price you're paying you're getting your foods worth. Portions are huge and the service is a big 1-0. as soon as you're finishing up your plate is being whisked away; water is being replenished as the glass is touching the table cloth. You have to try the stuffed shrimp..it's to die for and you have to order the soup which comes with the meal.