If You like Live Music and Entertaining Show after Dinner.... After a great dinner at El Faro, a great place to go is The Griffin to Michael Fredo's Wednesday night party. They have a great show and an open bar from 8-9:30. Free admission too. Michael Fredo with The Benny Reid Ensemble is a great Jazz/ Ratpack show. 50 Gansevoort @ Greenwich
Love it!. great place highly recommend it!!!!
Great service,food,atmosphere. I have been visiting el faro for the past 2 years.The service is great and good food with a great atmosphere.Overall a great place
Best paella anywhere.. My first meal at El Faro was in 1969. Nothing but a few of the waiters have changed since. The bar is still terriffic, shrimp in garlic sauce with great bread and a pitcher of margarita will get you going. Still the best paella in North America let alone New York City. Standard meal for 38 years. Paella Valenciana (not with lobster) , lobster in white sauce, and if you have room, pork in almond sauce. Everything is perfect and will have you coming back for 38 years too. Get the fresh potato chips instead of rice. Enough rice in the paella and it can't be topped.
Always a good experience here. I've been coming here for years and have yet to be disappointed. Great for couples or large groups. Their sangria rocks and the food is great. Don't expect great atmosphere though!
Great seafood, good sangria value. Stumbled on this restaurant. The menu didn't strike me as anything too special at first, but our very nice waiter assured us that anything we picked would be terrific since it's lasted on the menu for so long. The shrimp in wine sauce was amazing, large shrimp and great creamy sauce. We had one of the veal dishes, pretty good. We ordered the half-carafe of sangria, which was only $12 but filled six glasses!
Best Paella in NYC. I have eaten at El Faro for the last 5 years and never had a bad meal. This is a small bustling mom & pop operation that combines great food with adequate service and friendliness. Everyone greets me when I arrive and they even know my name. I am treated like a human being and not herded like cattle. Yes it is small and noisy but that is fridays & weekends. You want a quiet romantic dinner try a week night, it a great place to bring a date. If you want glitter and DECOUR go to the posh spots in the meat packing district and pay your $12 dollars for a bad martini. This place is the best value in the neighborhood and is the most friendly. Any NYC diner knows that small restaurant need turn over on the weekends and when you see people hanging out to eat. I chow down their awesome Paella Valenciana with a couple of tapas and wash it down with some great sangria. Then to hangout I go have dessert at one of the great cafes close by. I have gone on week nights and hungout with a date for hours no pressure. Look this place is special and has lasted over 70 years, thats because the treat you right!!!Try it you won't be sorry!
Systematically Pushes out Diners. We heard that El Faro serves some of the best Spanish dishes in the city and we decided to give it a try. My wife and I were seated promptly. Our orders were taken and served accordingly. The house bread and salad were average, the sangria was very good and the paella is excellent. However, the dining area is small and can get quite noisy. The décor is not that great either and needs some work. In terms of service, we noticed that the other diners, when they are about to finish their meals, are systematically rushed through their dinners. You would see the waiters walking back and forth and putting the pressure on the diners. I would like to agree with the other reviewer mentioning that the wait staff can be indifferent and rude. Overall, I would say this place has good drinks, good food but a bad place to hang out even for a short conversation with your friends. Want to hang out? Try the bar.
A Spanish Gem.
I first stumbled upon this great Spanish restaurant with a friend a few years ago, while roaming the meatpacking district. It doesn't loook like much from the outside, but once you step inside the cozy and romantic atmosphere lends to such an authentic Spanish feel, reminicent of tapas bars I frequented while traveling through Spain. There's a beautiful mural on the walls of the dining room- not many places like this left in the city.
I go often and the food is consistently excellent, even their house salad dressing is something to write home about. I especially enjoy the Paella Marinara and the Chicken Villarroy. And don't forget the sangria- it's delicious. This place is great to go with a group of friends or to impress a date. You won't be disappointed!
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