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El Quinto Pino

401 W. 24th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Ninth Ave.
212-206-6900

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8
Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 9
"Recommended"

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Amazing Menu Turistico

By nyparisienne on 10/25/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Atmosphere was great, it is a small place and I found that the best seats with more room were at the bar or next to the window. The menu turistico was wonderful, had the tongue in wonderfully fresh sauce served with bread for dipping. The wine was also really good, not to wide of a selection though. Overall wonderful experience, just don't plan on going with a group, 3 people max.

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125 out of 263 people found this review helpful.

Love this place

By NYC4ever on 3/7/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have been here on three separate occasions and have never been let down. The atmosphere is warm, cozy and inviting. The tapas is delicious. Nothing on the menu has ever disappointed. The only down side is that you need to be prepared for stools. You won't find a chair and table, so you'll be in for a long meal with no back support.

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173 out of 355 people found this review helpful.

Great place, but salty

By amberlynn1106 on 3/6/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I am known to like food with a salt quotient a bit higher than others. I also love good wine. Often, the two compliment each other fine. Tonight, my husband and I tried El Quinto Pino for the first time. The place is very charming and the service was great. I truly loved the glass of wine I had, but disappointingly, our food was almost intolerably salty. In addition to the garbanzo bean dish, which was very tasty, we ordered the cracklin's and Basque anchovies. Both of the latter dishes are known to be salty, which we would savor normally. However, the anchovies were not good because they had little taste other than salt. The cracklin's were tasty, but a bit too salty. We may go again, but won't order the anchovies.

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160 out of 341 people found this review helpful.

unexpected delicacy

By foodieQ on 10/5/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I was very happy to find this unique little wine bar in my neighborhood. Uni is one of my favorite seafood and when I read about the uni panini, I had to try it. The panini came in a wax paper bag. I was a little disappointed of the understated presentation, but not for long. The crunchy crust of the bread followed by the rich buttery uni full of flavor was unexpected and delicious.

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180 out of 346 people found this review helpful.

Go for the uni, not to sit down

By food_is_amazing on 3/11/2008

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

This place is packed, even on a Tuesday night. And, of course, it is tiny; if you are not interested in feeling up your fellow diners, best stay home. All of that said, the uni panini was warm, spicy, unusual, addictive. The braised meat sandwich, while less spicy and unusual, was equally warm and, if not addictive, happily habit-forming. The salt cod was fine--it tasted like fried fish, which is always good, but nothing special. The fried eggplant with honey was only average to begin with, but then bonito flakes were added to the top; unnecessary and a bit weird. The noche de ronda tasted like dancing on the table. . . Except that there are no tables at El Quinto Pino. So no harm done.

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194 out of 374 people found this review helpful.

excellent, cozy snack-and-drinks place

By shawly on 12/6/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Sure, the place is tiny, and yes, the menu only has about 8 dishes. But this place is lovely. We had salt-cod fritters (which are pretty much just glorified fish sticks, but deliciously so) and chick pea stew -- both were great. Service was attentive -- bartenders offered to let us try multiple wines and suggested great snacks -- but not overbearing. Go early, because it gets full fast.

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