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El Pote Español

718 Second Ave., New York, NY 10016 40.747681 -73.973722
nr. 39th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-889-6680 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Spanish/Tapas
  • Price Range: $$$

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  • Reader Rating:

    6 out of 10

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Photo by Carmen E. Lopez and AJ Wilhelm

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Official Website

elpote.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, noon-3pm and 5pm-11pm; Sat, 5pm-11pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.

Prices

$16-$44

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Romantic
  • Singles Scene
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

People don't come to El Pote looking for aggressively updated takes on Castilian classics—they come for the classics themselves. The dark dining room, lined with brown brickwork and with pottery, wine bottles, and curios along the walls, looks as if it's a bit in the past itself. So it’s no surprise the food is straightforward: lots of chops and simple chicken-and-sauce dishes. An especially sumptuous appetizer is mejillones al vino, steamed mussels covered in a silky wine sauce that's been finished with a little tomato and a whole lot of butter. El Pote's fragrant rendition of paella Valencia, the yellow-tinted rice shot through with heaps of everything from mussels to chorizo to chicken, is well-executed, and easily serves two. It’s worth holding off on stuffing yourself until dessert—if you're lucky, among the options trundled out and served from a cart will be a killer chocolate bread pudding cake.

Recommended Dishes

Mejillones al vino, $9.50; paella Valencia, $20-$22

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