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“From special to ordinary”
Review of El Quinto Pino

El Quinto Pino
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Ranked #2,066 of 13,938 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$15
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Chelsea
Reviewed 8 September 2013

I gave a 5-stqr review for my first visit here. Although we were in NY for a short holiday, we were so impressed tha we returned. Another excellent experience. Austin, the barman/waiter was brilliant, as before. Welcoming, attentive, professional and fun. After my partner had returned to Europe, I came back to El quinto pino for a third time. Equally impressive experience.
Back again this year to NY for another holiday. Quite disappointed in EQP. the barman and waitress were friendly enough in a reactive rather than proactive way. They seemed more interested in chatting to themselves than relating to customers. Austin had decamped to San Francisco Hope all is going well for you there, Austin!) and it really dawned on the two of us how much the reputation of a small bar like this depends on its staff. I remember Austin saying how much he loved his work - and it showed. This time around, it was an ok bar with good tapas. If we had never been there before, I would probably have given it four stars. But the discrepancy between what it was and what it is pushes me into giving it a reluctant three.

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Reviewed 4 December 2012

We went for the tapas and they delivered! This is a tiny bar with excellent tapas. Clearly intended for a younger crowd but not tooo loud or crowded when we were there. Very fun!

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Reviewed 4 November 2012

We wanted a quick bite and a drink before we headed home. I ordered Pan Tomaca - garlic rubbed bread with tomato, sea salt, and olive oil. It was $5. Very tasty. I also ordered a Sangria. Not impressed. It came from a bottle and fruit was added. It was $8. I can get a bottle of Sangria from BJs for about that, maybe less. My sister-in-law and niece first ordered El Kano Remix (sherry, celery, and citrus) that was $10/ea. Eh. It was a mistake. They celery taste was very dominant. They then decided to order Rebujito (sherry, sprite, and a twist). These were $8/ea. I don't think they cared for these either as their glasses were half full when we left. The atmosphere was nice, but the drinks were lack luster.

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Reviewed 5 August 2012

Sightseeing in New York, eventually dragged our feet to four different bars, all of which we rejected, then came across El Quinto Pino at about 5pm. They were doing a tv shot in the tiny interior. We apologised for intruding but if we could have a glass of wine....They in their turn apologised for not being able to host us better, but that wine would be no problem. I had a super dry white. In the tiny kitchenette the proprietor was cooking for the camera. Next thing she sent out croquetas for us! With our next drink we ordered olives and nuts as that wouldn't interfere with the kitchen's difficulties during the tv shoot. Next thing, they sent us out a tapa of braised tongue in tomato sauce. Wonderful! The barman treated us like old friends, the proprietor and the photographer were friendly and apologetic for all the work that was going on, whereas we were the ones who felt we should apologise for being in the way.
I normally make it a rule not to re-visit a bar or restaurant when I'm on holidays. I prefer to see as many different places as possible. However, I'm making an exception for El Quinto Pino. I'll be back before I leave New York. Hope they have the same staff on duty!
For some reason the address is not given in the TA heading. It's 401 West 24th St.

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Reviewed 3 June 2012 via mobile

We love this place for a late night glass of red and a bite. Tiny bar/restaurant means its not for big groups but for a few small plates and wine post movie with great atmosphere it's perfect.

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