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El Quinto Pino

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401 W. 24th St., New York, NY 10011 40.747201 -74.000846
nr. Ninth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-206-6900 Send to Phone

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

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Official Website

elquintopinonyc.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, 5:30pm-11:30pm; Fri, 5:30pm-midnight; Sat, 11:30am-3:30pm and 5:30pm-midnight; Sun. 11:30am-3:30pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

C, E at 23rd St.

Prices

$6-$15

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Hot Spot
  • Lunch
  • Catering
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

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Profile

This is where the city’s preeminent Spanish-food couple, Alex Raij and Eder Montero, came up with the “uni panini,” easily one of the greatest sandwiches of the past decade. Its genius lies not in the concept of plopping blobs of sea urchin onto a ficelle (your average Frenchman has been doing that for years) but in Raij-Montero’s having found a soul mate for the uni in the form of a butter they flavor with Korean mustard oil. This type of flourish is standard practice at EQP. Eggs are scrambled with sea anemone. Manchego is marinated in za’atar. Mackerel comes with a side salad … of kombu. Is it traditional? Modern? An old family recipe? Raij and Montero also run the Basque joint Txikito across the street and La Vara in Brooklyn, which explores Spain’s Moorish and Jewish culinary legacies, but El Quinto Pino, which expanded from a standing-room bar into a bona fide restaurant, is the most eclectic and experimental of the bunch, not to mention the least expensive.

Note

In addition to beer and wine, El Quinto Pino also serves specialty frozen cocktails.

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