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Has anyone tried ElQuiote on 23rd?

Wondering if anyone knows of good Spanish and/or Mediterranean food between 19 and 25 Street. I have walked past ElQuiote but never tried it - has anyone else. Thanks.

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  1. Also, any suggestions for REALLY good vegetarian food in Manhattan below 23rd Street? Thanks.

    1. Devi, on 18th St., b/t B'way & 5th, has some of the finest Indian cuisine anywhere. The a la carte menu has many vegetarian dishes. Plus, there is an all-vegetarian tasting dinner. At lunch, they offer a 3-course prix-fixe for $24, and though choices are limited, dishes come directly from the dinner menu and include vegetarian options.

      http://www.devinyc.com

      For Mediterranean food, you could give Barbounia a try. It's on the corner of Park Av. S. & 20th St. The mezzes are tasty, and they do a good job with grilled fish. Big, splashy-looking place. (Love that feather chandelier!

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      http://www.barbounia.com

      1. I am almost ashamed to say this, but I do like El Quijote. I get in the mood for it every couple of years. It's certainly not gourmet- just big portions of lobster, steak, and lamb chops with Spanish soups and sides. Everything is tasty, though, and warms your heart and soul. The restaurant itself is of another time and another place. Plus, the prices are not bad at all.

        If you feel like eating lobster in a comfortable, but decidedly untrendy place, El Quijote is it. It's also good for older relatives and out of towners who are mystified by the Chelsea restaurant scene. I always go with my 69 year old dad, and he thinks it's tops.

        Enjoy.

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        1. re: littleguy

          I have had the paella there and I think it was the shrimp al ajillo.
          I think most people's negative reactions come from the decor--which you'll either love or hate--but the food is fine. I wouldn't say the best in the world or nyc but quite enjoyable.

          If you looking for Spanish food you could also try La Nacional on 14th Street. But be forewarn that now that the place has gone upscale (relatively speaking considering what it was before) you need reservations for busy weekend evenings.

        2. I love el Q - totally old school and crazy decor. Food was ok, but the ambiance is the thing. I usually go with a bunch of friends and get drunk on the sangria.

          For vegetarian food, Angelica's Kitchen is generally thought to first class vegan food.

          1. i agree with weezie. i tried it once . food is just ok. definitely more old fashioned than most places around. it's up to you to decide whether that's a positive or negative aspect.

            1. «Has anyone tried ElQui[j]ote» Given the fact that it has been there at least 60 years, I would think that someone has tried it. Given you craving, I think it would be worth a visit. Go for the Caldo Gallego (soup) and the Shrimps with Green sauce. They were great 50 years ago when I had them.

              1. Yes....it is rather mediocre. If you can change your neighborhood, try Sevilla at the corner of W. 4th and Charles in the West Village or a very old and established Spanish restaurant ....El Faro...823 Greenwich St. at Horatio in the far West Village.

                1. For amazing vegetarian....try Gobo at 6th Avenue and Greenwich Avenue/ 8th Street.....incredibly good, very fresh. www.goborestaurant.com

                  1. I EAT THERE LAST WEEK,THEY MAKE THE THE BEST GARLIC SHRIMP DISH IN THE CIY ,THE PRICES ARE REASONABLE,THE SERVICE IS GOOD
                    They are in the chelsea hotel on23rd street

                    1. never been to el quijote, but if it's lobster you crave, with some spanish tapas, el francisco's centro vasco (on the same block?) is great. they serve lobsters from 1.25 pounds to like 14 pounds, depending on availability. similar deal as el Q- old school, mariachi band, crazy decor, yummy lobster and tapas and spanish sides and sangria. get their lobsters broiled... juicy outside, slightly charred outside with yummy breadcrumbs.

                      1. Miragrlwest - definitely am going to try your suggestion to GOBO - looked at the menu - it looks GREAT!!! Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I have been to El Faro when I worked in the area over 34 years ago so I know what you mean by Old School - similar to Cafe Espanol. Looking forward to trying Angelica's Kitchen.

                        1. El quijote is ok. food isnt that great, and the service is nothing to speak of. I do love the ambience, but for that I go to the bar and have drinks and snacks. EL CID down the road on
                          322 W 15th St is phenomenal. You can't beat the food (the grilled fresh sardines are amazing and splurge on the baby eels if they are in season), and the ambience is great as well.

                          www.tapasrestaurant.com

                          1. huge skirt steak, and delicious . . . .

                            1. Well, almost south of 23rd St. is Saravanaas at 26 and Lex. Vegetarian Indian and very delicious.

                              1. I LIKE EL QUIJOTE IS OLD SCHOOL AND PART OF NEW YORK LOBSTER IS GREAT