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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)

4.045
Food 4.1 Value 4.0
Service 4.2 Atmosphere 3.9

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 929-1855
Fax:
fax
(212) 645-5135
Website:
www.elquijoterestaurant.com
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc, DC
Hours:
Sun-Thu: 11:30am-12am Fri-Sat: 11:30am-1am
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Group Dining, Open Late, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • El Quijote

    Posted by narikin on 03/28/2008

    classic spanish chelsea bar/restaurant

    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.

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    Posted by 07LO on 03/03/2008

    Always great

    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.

  • El Quijote

    Posted by Yary on 02/15/2008

    The ultimate Spain food experience in NY

    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 .

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    Posted by Anonymous on 01/03/2008

    Order the paella!

    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.

  • El Quijote

    Posted by Lisandra120 on 12/19/2007

    Ultimate Food Experience and Affordable

    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.

  • El Quijote

    Posted by Sybil on 12/13/2007

    Satisfied, but

    Let me start with the positive, the food is great and the prices are within reason. Now the negative, when you don't finish all of your food( which you probably won't be able to do if you order the seafood paella) and ask the waiter to wrap it up to go, there's no guarantee that you will receive all of it back.

  • El Quijote

    Posted by Christina Xu on 11/10/2007

    Still great value

    I have been a patron to this restaurant for about 10 yrs. Surely the price of their lobster specials have gone up, but I think they still offer great value in the city. Food & service are dependable.

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