El Quinto Pino

Restaurants , Spanish Chelsea
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 (Photograph: Deniz Ozuygur)
Photograph: Deniz Ozuygur

Fried Ravioli at El Quinto Pino

 (Deniz Ozuygur)
Deniz Ozuygur


New York’s first true Madrileño tapas bar offers its Spanish nibbles in cramped quarters, with only a few barstools and ledges for plates; the idea is to graze, drink and chat before heading elsewhere for dinner. An adventurous party of two, up for such challenging dishes as a miniature wasabi-kissed sea urchin “panino,” could quite easily eat every single thing off of the short menu without feeling too gluttonous. Don’t miss the silky salt-cod nuggets in thick beignet batter, the beautifully plump garlic shrimp and the fine selection of Spanish wines by the glass.

Venue name: El Quinto Pino
Address: 401 W 24th St
New York
Cross street: at Ninth Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 5pm–midnight; Fri, Sat 5pm–1am
Transport: Subway: C, E to 23rd St
Price: Average tapa: $9. AmEx, MC, V
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Maria M

A hidden gem in Chelsea! El Quinto Pino is a charming, romantic restaurant perfect for those interested in trying new, interesting foods. When you walk into the restaurant, you come into a dark bar area with tall ceilings and standing tables only. It's perfect if you're interested in a quick drink and bite, but there's a sit-down room if you're interested in sitting and taking your time. The sit-down room is very small too but very comfortable. There are specials written on a chalkboard wall in the room for all of the 20-30 diners to see. The drink menu is more extensive than the food menu, though everything on both menus sound great. They have white and red sangria - and strong sangria at that! For dinner, I tried the picos y taquitos, the po boy sandwich, tortilla espanola, croquetas, and pinchos morunos. Though everything was delicious, the po boy sandwich definitely was my favorite. It's worth each person you're with picking a few dishes and splitting everything. But with amazing, expensive tapas come very small portions, so don't come to the restaurant on a completely empty stomach.