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El Pote Espanol

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718 2nd Ave, at E 38th St, New York City, NY 10016-2731
+1 212-889-6680
12:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

*** (comfortable Spanish) $65 for two plus tip Accepts all major credit cards Weekend dinner Reviewed as local Wife is a big fan of Spanish food so we have been here a few times. Food is good with generous portions. We had the calamari in ink appetizer, seafood paella (shared, +$5 surcharge) and wine. This restaurant has a small unassuming... More 

Thank Jjm W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When I was living in the area, I was a regular at El Pote and always loved the sangria and the seafood paella. I went there again recently fir lunch and it was just as I remembered it: the same friendly welcome, quick service, well spaced tables, and delicious food. This time I tried the peppers stuffed with cod. It... More 

Thank Antigoniesq
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's like Europe in America. Good food. Ate the Paella, quite a portion and had to tell the chef well I couldn't finish the meal not because it was not good but it was a lot by new york standards. The lighting is just right for nice talks or closing deals. Fair prices. I'd visit again.

Thank devinewise
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I've been to this place around 10 times. It's kind of a throwback to the '50s inside, very small and cozy. Excellent seafood paella and red sangria. Start with jamon serrano, the food of flamenco dancers the world over, and manchego (sheep's milk cheese.) There are fancier places for sure, but this might become a go-to for a quiet, tasty... More 

Thank Alan O
West Islip, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

I love the atmosphere and loved the seafood combo in green sauce. Octopus appetizer and stuffed mushroom appetizers were great! There were 6 of us and nobody besides me loved it. Food was good, not great. Service was excellent!

Thank Houdoni
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 702 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

This is a favorite restaurant of friends of ours and we were happy we took their suggestion to eat there. Really exceptionally good Spanish food in very elegant surroundings. Service was friendly and impeccable. A midtown treasure

Thank robcurtross
Long Beach, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Dinner with business associate was truly enjoyable. The server knew the perfect amount of attention to give. I had a second martini, which I rarely do. Paella was delicious and just when I thought I was going to finish and maybe wish for one more bite, the server came and filled my plate again.

Thank LGB-Local
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Atmosphere was beautiful. I loved the photos and the decor. Mussels with Garlic Sauce were delicious. Salad was good but we would have preferred oil and vinegar on the side. Broiled fish was good - we had branzino. Did not appear to be broiled but it was tasty. We definitely have to come back to try the Paella

Thank SaraJets
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Tonight I've had dinner for the first time at this Spanish restaurant and it's been a great experience! I had octopus for apetizer and it was absolutely delicious followed by a very good broiled veal. Waiters were friendly and the owner stopped by a couple of times for making sure that everything was OK. A must try in NYC!

Thank PaulMilani
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

My favorite Murray Hill restaurant. The food and the wait staff is tremendous. They have been serving the neighborhood for a number of years with great success.

Thank Pierre B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Spanish, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 718 2nd Ave, at E 38th St, New York City, NY 10016-2731
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-889-6680

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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