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cockadoodlewe Mar 8, 2009 09:20 AM

Has anyone eaten at El Quixote on 23rd street lately? And if so what do you think?

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    Lucia RE: cockadoodlewe Mar 8, 2009 05:34 PM

    I haven't, but if you're looking for Spanish in the area, I'd go to La Nacional or Socarrat.

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      addictedtolunch RE: cockadoodlewe Mar 8, 2009 08:18 PM

      El Quixote has always been a family fave. Not the best of its type or even close but decent portions, reasonable quality for the money, and the freakin' Chelsea Hotel for pure New York atmosphere. Relaxed, accessible and fun, though it will never win any awards.

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        jcmods RE: addictedtolunch Mar 9, 2009 08:28 AM

        I agree that there may be many reasons to go to the Chelsea, but the food is not one of them unless you want lobsters. For more authentic spanish go somewhere else like el nacionale (at el Quixote they don't even use Bomba rice for the Paella). Actually the yellow rice sorta tasted like it was made from a boxed mix.

      2. NYCkaren RE: cockadoodlewe Mar 9, 2009 01:04 PM

        My mother and I ate at El Quixote recently. The food was not bad. I have no doubt there is much better Spanish food. But the vibe was so retro I got a kick out of it. I was transported to my '60s childhood. And the portions were enormous. The leftovers from my mother's paella fed the two of us for days.

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          canemh RE: cockadoodlewe Mar 10, 2009 10:42 AM

          el charro on charles between 6th and 7th-the other places are so common. this place is authentic and is so much better than the others

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            Up With Olives RE: canemh Mar 10, 2009 12:56 PM

            I like El Charro, too. El Quijote for some reason has better tapas than the regular menu. Also agreed that El Q is charming and enjoyable.
            La Nacionale's food is much more exciting than either, tho.

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