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El Pote Espanol

718 2nd Ave, at E 38th St, New York City, NY 10016-2731
+1 212-889-6680
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good47%
  • Average6%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible0%
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“paella” (28 reviews)
“garlic soup” (5 reviews)
“shrimp” (8 reviews)
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hours
Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
718 2nd Ave, at E 38th St, New York City, NY 10016-2731
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

This is my wife’s favorite restaurant. Great chicken and rice plus great both red and white sangria. Excellent shrimp in garlic shrimp appetizer. Seafood paella is also excellent.

Thank Joseph G
Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

Really close to the taste of Madrid, this quaint restaurant in Midtown has good portions, and a great price for the quality of meal we had. The Jerez Chicken was fantastic, and the Sangria was good, but not as good as in Spain. The Serrano...More

Thank Jose_Delio_Ares
Reviewed 3 September 2017

If you're looking for Spanish cuisine (Catalan in particular) in NYC that offers a fabulous menu along with exquisite service, come here. It's a bit out of the way on 2nd Ave between 38th & 39th from the tourist hordes, but this is a plus....More

Thank Nellie F
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

I visit El Pote often and it is a neighborhood gem. The service is impeccable. The staff always remembers the preferences of regular guests, making you feeling like family! (Certain preferred items, such as a preferred wine, or olive oil vs. butter for bread, or...More

Thank Gina Marie D
Reviewed 28 August 2017

i had plans to celebrate my birthday in valencia spain. unfortunately the travel plans were canceled but i was still hankering for some spanish flavor and of course the most noted dish of valencia.....paella.... well El Pote saved the day.....the paella was delicious!!! the service...More

Thank peperina826
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Local New York friends invited us to this special locals place. The paella was the best I have ever had! The garlic soup was five star as was the garlic shrimp, we know garlic and have attended the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California. Service was...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

If you're looking for a very good, authentic Spanish restaurant at a reasonable price would highly recommend El Pote. We had shrimp al ajillo, papas fritas, veal chops and all was excellent. We even were visited by the very gracious owner. All in all an...More

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Reviewed 3 June 2017

The service was superb. My scallops were excellent in taste and presentation. The gazpacho was outstanding. I had cheesecake for dessert and it was tremendous.

Thank Tim G
Reviewed 18 May 2017

This is part of a dying breed, old world style, experienced waitors, excellent food and reasonable prices. We went twice for lunch since it is 2 minutes from Lagone Medical. Both times there were several luncheon specials for $12- $13 and they were great! Last...More

Thank Joe1234665
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

This Spanish Restaurant is one of my favorite places in NY for lunch or dinner. It never misses the opportunity to provide a great dining experience. Enrique and his staff take a personal interest in all of their patrons. Great paella!

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19 August 2016|
Response from Sebastián P | Reviewed this property |
Try the grilled Cod (one of my favorite), with a side salad. Veggie paella. And they can prepare other shell dishes boiled as as opposed to the traditional olive oil and garlic. They are very accommodating and can alter most... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 718 2nd Ave, at E 38th St, New York City, NY 10016-2731
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-889-6680
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