Located next door to the Chelsea Hotel , this Spanish restaurant has been around since 1930. The strange decor featuring windmills in the main dining ... More
Located next door to the Chelsea Hotel , this Spanish restaurant has been around since 1930. The strange decor featuring windmills in the main dining room and other strange objects is alone worth a visit, but the food happens to be very good as well. Delicious paellas, shrimp in green sauce, garlic shrimp and more are presented to the table by good-natured and well-trained waitpersons. Entire families enjoy themselves here, and the portions are overwhelming. Make sure you try the sangria .
¡Dios mio!.The worst Spanish food outside of Spain. I went to this restaurant 2 weeks ago and I am still in shock. The worst paella. There was a lot of sand in the clams and mejillones in my paella. I lived in Spain. I go to Spain every year. This restaurant creates bad reputation to the cocina española. I have to accept the place has a lot of personality. Very very cute and a lot of character. But not flavor. I wonder if there is a group support for people like me. I went to a very difficult and bad experience dinning at this restaurant. I prefer Tía Pol, Boquería, and Socarrat in Chelsa. Stay away form El Quijote!!!!
Shabby, noisy, crowded, uninspired- at times El Quijote seems like all of that. Doesn't mean you shouldn't stay away from this place. The fact of the matter is, they quite possibly make the best pitcher provided sangria in New York City. If you love sangria, you'll want to sample theirs. The trick is in finding the right time to go and right now I haven't figured out when that is.
I've been going there since 1972 and the place still seems the same, o.k. with a few changes but we all see it over the years. its amazing a place like this is still around, the food is very consistent a bit different from the 70's but i bet you cant find a restaurant now a days with the same dishes like EQ. The one thing that is missing is the characters from the hotel (artist, authors and Musicians) and what brought be back there the old staff from the 70's. These were professional waiters from spain, all unique from northern spain to the coast of the Med. These guys made the restaurant what it was and what it will be remembered. now for the food, the tapas are americanized but you have to expect that here. but the value is great for what you get. My fav is the Garlic shrimp and the lobster in green sauce. you cant go wrong with that combo. you will be surprised at what you get and you will leave satisfied.
Reviews for this restaurant are interesting...seem to fall into the love it/hate it category.
Yes, the service can be surly, as I experienced during my birthday party. They had a right to be cranky when my party was late, but what do you expect when coordinating 15 New Yorkers on a Friday night? However, waiters interupting my guests during toasts is inexcusable. Especially in Spain.
So why do I love it...because the sangria is delicious, the atmosphere is unique if nothing else, and when it's quiet on a Sunday afternoon, it's heaven! It's a boisterous crowd on weekend nights, and the fun is infectious! I look forward to going there, simple as that.
I recently went there for a party. I know what food from Spain tastes like and this was not typical food from Spain. The attendance was horrible. The food itself was not good at all. The salad seemed as if it were a couple of days old. The potatoes were refried, or so it tasted as if it were. If you want authentic Spanish food, I recommend you go somewhere else.
I have been going to this restaurant for almost 10 years and I have never had a bad meal ever. The garlic shrimp and NY/Madrid specials are my faves. The staff is wonderful and professional. All of our family celebrations are celebrated at this restaurant and it has become a must for everyone's birthday.