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El Quijote

226 W 23rd St, New York City, NY 10011-2301
+1 212-929-1855
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good37%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“paella” (68 reviews)
“lobster” (71 reviews)
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Latin, Seafood, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
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226 W 23rd St, New York City, NY 10011-2301
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Another delightful visit last night. I love this venerable Spanish institution - retro elegant charm and authentic Iberian cuisine. A lot of places advertise "tapas" these days. El Quijote has been ding real tapas before most people knew what they were. This is THE place...More

Thank Hugh B
Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

We’d read a lot of decent reviews so we gave it a shot. We’ve had lots of outstanding paella before and we would call this disappointment more flavoured rice than paella. The seafood in the paella however was cooked perfectly. The red wine sangria was...More

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 4 January 2018

Read about this "iconic" Spanish restaurant in Chelsea so had to give it a try- little hard to find right now since there is scaffolding all over the front. Very cozy inside with a very large selection of paella's, their specialty seeming to be with...More

Thank anna z
Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

I enjoyed everything from the atmosphere to the special service. The menu has many options for anyone that loves Spanish food. FYI Spanish food is NOT Mexican food so please know what you are going in for and don’t get mad at the staff because...More

1  Thank Kora P
Reviewed 19 December 2017

The first clue that the meal would be mediocre came with the bread, which looked like the sort of bread they serve in Spain but tasted nothing like that. I think it came from a bakery somewhere in Manhattan a few days prior and had...More

Thank 50countriesman
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Well worth the visit. Old school Spanish seafood at its best. The lobster stuffed with crabmeat was outstanding. The soup was satisfying. The capuchino was the perfect ending to a great meal. Wine and dirty martinis hit the spot!

Thank artlovernyc22
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Stuck next to the old Chelsea Hotel which is being gutted, this place still keeps going on, serving lobsters by the pound at a decent price with sides and a salad. They never mess up their lobsters. Their paella always works as well. Large place...More

Thank JeffreyFireIsland
Reviewed 4 October 2017

The restaurant is showing it's age. The one thing that is great is that it's a bit of a throwback and is what I loved about it. The food was hit or miss as I ordered the grilled pork chops and they were pretty basic...More

Thank Lance G
Reviewed 15 September 2017

The service is so bad I would not go back there again the waiter took a 30 minute break and no body cover for him we were waiting to pay our bill just to get out of this resturante The manager apolize but we were...More

1  Thank Dan R
Reviewed 26 August 2017

As if caught in a time warp, El Quixote offers delicious food in a 1950s like setting. The waiters wear different uniforms that indicate their ranking. Food is "old school", served in generous portions, at moderate prices (for NYC). Located next door to the Chelsea...More

Thank movingon014
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13 February 2017|
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Response from ChinadollRVC | Reviewed this property |
I agree, that's something you'd need to check with the restaurant. The paella dishes are rice based, but there might be flour or cornstarch to thicken some of their delicious sauces.
1 December 2015|
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Response from Axiomwatson | Reviewed this property |
It is called caldo gallego.
1 December 2015|
Response from mjm814 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry do not remember. This was awhile ago
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 80
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
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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