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Posted by Jason on 04/03/2007
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.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/07/2007
The food is not very good, greasy, meat (I had veal) was chewy. Waiter was pushing us out as soon as we finished the meal, we got the check with dessert. I would not recommend it.
Posted by Michelle from Hell's Kitchen on 02/27/2007
I've been dining at this establishment for over 20 years. Things haven't changed . The gentlemen in their tuxes, occassionally singing happy birthday to someone in thier beautiful melodic bartone voices is beyond compare. The food and drink is exceptional. And they're got THE best coffee in town ! You go away with a warm full feeling and you feel like a queen/King.
Posted by SharonAnn & Paul on 01/20/2007
When I walked in the door I knew I was going to enjoy this meal! The atmosphere was right out of the 1950s - white tableclothes, jacketed waiters and this was Sunday afternoon! Paul ordered a pitcher of Sangria, yum, yum, yum, whic was accompanied by a little bit of cheese and olives, fresh bread was served and we were informed of the specials. We had succulent baby squid, sauteed just right, this was followed by a white-bean soup that was incomparable, then came my seafood extravaganza in green sauce, oh my it was so very good. It was so good that I would not check my dogie-bag at the symphony's coatcheck!! Thank you for keeping these bations of good food alive and well!
Posted by seth on 01/04/2007
The first time i ate here I loved it, enjoyed good tapas, sangria, and decent entree's. After that I didn't have the sangria and didn't like it nearly as much :-) I still go there once a month or so, as it is has a huge menu and some good menu options. But there are a few better places with food in the same genre.
Posted by Analisa's Mom on 12/20/2006
It has been many years since I Last had dinner at El Quijote, but it is still just fantastic. My Husband and I were in NYC to do some Christmas shopping over the week-end and ate Dinner here. The food was just fantastic. My husband had the 3lb Lobster it was perfect and I had the Rib-eye. We were very very happy that we decided to try this not so chic not so trendy place again. The price for food is very reasonable for NYC standards.
Posted by athenanyc on 12/19/2006
The portions here were huge. Get a paella and split it - my friend and I split one and had leftovers (and we are NOT light eaters.) The Sangria was also good.