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El Quijote

226 W 23rd St, New York City, NY 10011-2301
+1 212-929-1855
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“paella” (67 reviews)
“lobster” (70 reviews)
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Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
226 W 23rd St, New York City, NY 10011-2301
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth the visit. Old school Spanish seafood at its best. The lobster stuffed with crabmeat was outstanding. The soup was satisfying. The capuchino was the perfect ending to a great meal. Wine and dirty martinis hit the spot!

Thank artlovernyc22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stuck next to the old Chelsea Hotel which is being gutted, this place still keeps going on, serving lobsters by the pound at a decent price with sides and a salad. They never mess up their lobsters. Their paella always works as well. Large place...More

Thank JeffreyFireIsland
Reviewed 5 October 2017

The restaurant is showing it's age. The one thing that is great is that it's a bit of a throwback and is what I loved about it. The food was hit or miss as I ordered the grilled pork chops and they were pretty basic...More

Thank Lance G
Reviewed 15 September 2017

The service is so bad I would not go back there again the waiter took a 30 minute break and no body cover for him we were waiting to pay our bill just to get out of this resturante The manager apolize but we were...More

1  Thank Dan R
Reviewed 26 August 2017

As if caught in a time warp, El Quixote offers delicious food in a 1950s like setting. The waiters wear different uniforms that indicate their ranking. Food is "old school", served in generous portions, at moderate prices (for NYC). Located next door to the Chelsea...More

Thank movingon014
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Always good for seafood . The paella Is always good with a lobster option. Service is good and staff friendly

Thank Douglas p
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We go here for lobster and it is delicious. This is a Spanish restaurant with an extensive menu. The decor has seen better days but still the best deal on lobster in the city. We had 2 pound lobsters that included soup or salad and...More

Thank 141Dini
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

This is one of my favorite restaurants for Paella Valencia and Sangria. Everyone in our party ordered their own Paella Valencia with Lobster. It turned out to be an overwhelming amount of food. We were all able to get three additional leftover meals. The Sangria...More

Thank GerryBaron06
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

If you are looking for the best Spanish food, then look no further than El Quijote on 23rd street. The chorizo app is great. The skirt stead is server on a giant silver platter and it still hangs over he edge. Get up and head...More

Thank Presto67
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Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

El quijote used to be a great restaurant in the past. Recently, the quality of food has decreased greatly. One week ago, my party of 6 ppl visited the restaurant and found the food to be even worse to the extent that I would never...More

1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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13 February 2017|
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Response from ChinadollRVC | Reviewed this property |
I agree, that's something you'd need to check with the restaurant. The paella dishes are rice based, but there might be flour or cornstarch to thicken some of their delicious sauces.
1 December 2015|
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Response from Axiomwatson | Reviewed this property |
It is called caldo gallego.
1 December 2015|
Response from mjm814 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry do not remember. This was awhile ago
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$80
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 226 W 23rd St, New York City, NY 10011-2301
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Chelsea
  • Neighbourhood: Chelsea
  • Phone Number: +1 212-929-1855
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