El Quijote

Restaurants , Spanish Chelsea
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El Quijote
El Quijote
Nestled in the Chelsea Hotel and serving since 1930, El Quijote appears untouched by time. While seafood remains the most popular choice on the massive menu, they know their steak here, too. Try the tapa of filet mignon tips, sizzling in a frying pan, or the special appetizer combo for two. Lobster in green sauce, like everything else, is gigante. (Be sure to spoon the extra-garlicky salsa over everything in sight.) Paella, available four different ways, is also a good choice for the table. If, by some miracle, you’re able to squeeze anything else into your stomach at meal’s end, the flan is fantástico.
Venue name: El Quijote
Address: 226 W 23rd St
New York
Cross street: between Seventh and Eighth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun noon–midnight; Fri, Sat noon–1am
Transport: Subway: C, E, 1 to 23rd St
Price: Average main course: $25. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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David C

Want one of those old-school restaurants where the waitstaff wear suits (not uniforms) and the place is crammed with character & ambience? This is the place - especially if you dig Spanish cuisine, washed down with a bold rioja. As even the most inattentive college grad might have surmised, El Quijote is inspired by Cervantes' classic novel about the madman who imagined himself a chivalric knight. But you need harbor no delusions as you enter the door of this colorful, kitsch-crammed joint. It feels vaguely 1960s but with Quijote tchotchkes everywhere. Nice intimate booths, low light. And the food is delicious. You can get a bunch of tapas to share: shrimp in mild but tangy green sauce; beef tips flash-fried with hot peppers; manchego and ham; delectable olives. Or you can go for main courses, which are also superb: chicken and rice or paella. You will leave stuffed and satisfied. If you're going to see a show at Atlantic Theater Company on West 20th Street or you just happen to be in Chelsea and want a fully sensual dining experience, go for it.