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El Quijote

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When El Quijote opened in 1930, the Depression had begun but the nightclub era was still rolling along. An awning, stretching from the curb on West 23rd Street to the red neon sign above the door, protected felt hats and fur coats from the elements. Inside, captains dressed in scarlet blazers and runners wore black vests over white shirts. Murals and framed paintings inspired by Don Quixote, bullfights or some other idea of old Spain looked down on everyone. That particular tableau, occasioned by Woodstock, was never repeated. El Quijote continued, though, to draw musicians, artists, writers and others who appreciated its combination of surrealism, tradition and prices that barely changed from one decade to the next. El Quijote could almost always turn an evening into an event, a rare quality in a restaurant whose playlist consisted of elevator-music arrangements of songs by the Beatles and Led Zeppelin. It was a dreamy ghost ship becalmed in Manhattan's swirling currents.

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Hours of Operation:
Mon5:00 PM11:00 PM
Tue5:00 PM11:00 PM
Wed5:00 PM11:00 PM
Thr5:00 PM11:00 PM
Fri5:00 PM11:00 PM
Sat5:00 PM12:00 AM
Sun5:00 PM12:00 AM
Notes: None Listed


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