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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