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El Quijote

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    RatingAvg. Dinner Entrée
    $$$$$Greater than $25
    $$$$$18.01 - $25
    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
    $Less than $7
  • 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 89 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 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.

  • El Quijote

    Posted by Beasley on 09/27/2007

    Great food, great service

    The "Shocked" post by Terry is not correct. The 1.25 lb lobster that was "always" 19.95 (it was actually $15.95 'back in the day') is not $32.95, it's $24.95, so only a $5 increase. As of last night, the only lobster item on the menu that cost $32.95 is the lobster meat in green garlic sauce (which is very tasty). I think Terry probably confused that with the steamed/broiled lobster special. Still a great value, not the huge price jump reported in another post. Service was spot-on as usual--drinks and soup both hit the table almost immediately after our orders were in, glasses refilled as soon as they were running low, etc.

  • El Quijote

    Posted by B. Tereski on 06/05/2007

    Don't miss this place!

    My dining companion had the steak sandwich; I had the chicken in almond sauce. Both were terrific. Try the homemade red sangria, their specialty. But be careful! It is not only delicious, but quite strong. Also a must is the strong Spanish coffee. Service was exemplary and noteworthy keeping of the tradition of different uniforms for maitre d', waiters, and bus-boys. Although a little pricey for lunch, the food, service, and atmosphere make it well-worth a visit and return visits.

  • El Quijote

    Posted by Pepsi on 05/26/2007

    Keep it coming

    I have been dining at this restaurant for more than 15 years and I keep coming back, because the food is great and the price is reasonable. I have taken my mom there and she totally enjoyed the food, we had to leave with a doggie bag and she enjoyed the food just as much when we got home as she did when we dined there. I have gone there for lunch, which is great just pre-order the food before time. I can't think of a better place to go when you are in the mood for a full meal and pay next to nothing. This is a restaurant that I will keep coming back to for years to come.

  • El Quijote

    Posted by Terry on 04/29/2007


    To see the lobster that has been $19,95 forever now $32.95! Now, I understand that prices rise and things go up but so much! I was just there a month ago and the price was the same. SOrry, I like this restaurant, but for that price I could dine in a more elegant atmosphere. So disappointed.

  • El Quijote

    Posted by Anonymous on 04/19/2007

    A place you'd like to go again

    This restaurant definitely statisfy you with both quantity and quality! The waiter was okay, kind of difficult to understand his English if you don't speak Spanish. But pretty friendly, I ordered Pavella and a huge pot of it comes to me!! With more seafood than you can think of and $ 17~22, I think it's a really good deal. The taste is also good, too. The only thing I don't like is the drinks like soda and ice tea, they're not bottomless, but I really need them with such amount of food!

  • El Quijote

    Posted by Jason on 04/03/2007

    Flawed... and totally recommended

    To be sure, El Quijote is an inconsistent restaurant. Recently we dined there two evenings in a row. I ordered the Filet El Quijote cooked medium both nights. Night one’s steak arrived well done; night two’s was practically rare inside, and I had to wait nearly 15 minutes for a re-cook. The staff can also be annoying: they either stand over you (waiters tried to clear my partner’s plate four or five times before he was finished) or are nowhere to be found. That said… I totally recommend El Quijote, which has existed since 1930. Any restaurant that survives that long in this transient city has got to mean something. Two bits of advice: bring your appetite, patience, and a sense of humor. And skip the appetizers. The sausage I had tasted like that packaged smoked sausage you buy next to the bologna at Food Emporium. And the manchego cheese was boring old sliced cold cheese. Instead, go straight to the entrees. Back to that Filet Quijote (a bargain at $29.95): two 10 oz. filet medallions wrapped in bacon and topped with Spanish cheese and mushrooms. You decide: a heart attack waiting to happen or an Atkins paradise. My partner’s sole ($16.95) was light, flakey, and flavorful both evenings. In the past we've also had paella. It arrives in a giant pot, and trust me, you will be asking for a to-go box. For starters you receive soup or salad (with three dressings brought to your table.) The entrees come with vegetables, which are pretty sad: the string beans did have chunks of garlic, but the broccoli was soggy and bland. The décor is Disney’s “It’s A Small World” exhibit crossed with the Epcot “countries.” El Quijote’s clientele appear equally eclectic: elderly folks whom you know have dined there forever sit next to blue-haired punks from next door’s Hotel Chelsea. Despite the oddities and inconsistencies (or maybe because of them), I will be back.

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