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El Quijote

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226 W 23rd St, New York City, NY 10011-2301
+1 212-929-1855
11:30 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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New York City, New York
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185 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place has been here forever. There is a reason for this: Good food, generous portions, moderate prices. attentive service, cozy atmosphere. Lost is the middle of the block, near scaffolding, this restaurant can easily be missed. But inside! before you order, take a stroll around and see what people are eating. Some of the dishes are served in the... More 

Thank CamilleNewYorkCity
Santa Barbara, CA
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278 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant was near our hotel. Someone told us it was a good place to eat. For a busy night, we got seated right a way. The servers were very attentive. After ordering our food it came out soon after. The portions were huge. Unfortunately the food was only okay. The dishes were on the salty side and the flavors... More 

Thank SBCATraveler
New York City, New York
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

El Quijote is as old school as you can get. The front room is the way to go. One truly feels like your in a '40's supper club with large booths, low lights on each table and a full bar complete with deep set neon. The cigarette smoke is gone but one can only imagine a cigarette girl gracing each... More 

Thank BroadwayBruce
Port Washington, New York
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29 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

We had 12 close friends come together for an evening of food, fun, and conversation. I ordered a medley of appetizers to share, with the chorizo and the shrimps in garlic sauce, and calamari highlighting the fare. They serve huge portions for the main course, which can probably feed 3, although it is priced for 1. The paella valenciana is... More 

Thank Billy O
New York City, New York
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62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Been here a few times and went back this past weekend for a birthday dinner. Great service and the food is delicious! The lobster is the best here!

Thank nycgirl0729
La Garde-Freinet, France
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Very good food. Have at least one dinner here while visiting NYC. This is a great place for a dinner or just drinks at the bar. It's a place to feel the past and be part of it. An escape from packaged New York restaurants.

Thank StevenAlexNorth
New York City, New York
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

The place is a token of old Spaniard style infused with a bit of modernism. The bar is dark with wooden oak and red bar stools. Something about the ambience I enjoyed very much. Very cozy and lively at night. I'm a huge seafood lover. Their Octopus and Shrimp dish is amazing. The Mussels are well cooked and flavorful. At... More 

Thank KZR30
Seymour, Connecticut
2 reviews
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

The portions are huge!! We enjoyed the seafood paella and the garlic shrimp and scallops for entrees. We will be visiting here again in the future

Thank 217jennifer
Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

I have had the best meals and service at this restaurant for the past 30 years" I started eating here when "the daily double" was $9.99! The daily double consist of 2 lobsters; either steamed or broiled, with either a great salad or rice and a veggie. As with inflation, the lobsters are no longer that great price- but they... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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314 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Good service, great food, but be prepared to take a doggy bag home. I was barely able to finish a delicious veal and mushroom dish, but my eating companions had ordered paella dishes that each could have easily fed all three of us! Needless to say, the tasty dishes were in a microwave the next day!

Thank Peeter P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$80
Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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