823 Greenwich St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.738676 -74.006389
Dinner Mon Closed, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 5:00PM to 11:30PM, Sun 5:00PM to 11:00PM; Lunch Mon Closed, Sat, Sun 12:00PM to 4:30PM, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 11:30AM to 4:30PM
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
Good Food, Lousy Everything Else – The place is really crowded and noisy and the staff's emphasis seems to be on turning over the tables. The service was subpar with the waiters acting either indifferent, brusque or downright rude. If you can overlook that, the sangria is good and the food (save for the garlic bread, which seemed a bit charred) was excellent. We enjoyed a range of dishes, including shrimp, beef and paella. If you like historic places, this one's been around since the 1920s.
This small restaurant delivers Spanish cuisine in the West Village. – In Short
Spanish senoritas painted on the walls lend an air of the Mediterranean to this eatery. Customers can share a selection of tapas or choose their own entrees while splitting a pitcher of sangria. The vegetable paella, served hot with carrots, is a popular lunchtime item; the menu boasts a variety of red and white Spanish wines.
Craving for Paellas! – My boyfriend took me to El Faro for our Valentine's Day dinner. Knowing the fact that I love sangria and spanish food, this place was pretty incredible. Because the restaurant is so old and small, it gave it a sense of authencity and underground-like feel; like you're actually in Spain. The eating area was pretty small but cozy. My boyfriend ordered the classic paella and I had a broiled sirloin steak. Both were terrific. I normally had sweeter tasting sangria, but maybe this is how they are actually made? It's pretty much wine and slices of oranges. Definitely a ideal place to be with small parties. And we ended it off with a mouth-watering Natilla.
Flavorful and authentic – Over the years, I've frequently dined at El Faro and the food is consistent. Although their cuisine is flavorful, there is much to do about space and decor...
All in all, a great place to chow down.
perfecto – El faro was awesome. i went with my boyfriend, who lives in Spain, and my parents, who had gone to El faro before and raved about it. i knew it was going to be a good time when we were waiting for a table and my boyfriend noticed that the El faro 'logo' was actually the city crest of La Coruna, the city where my boyfriend is from. El faro means the lighthouse, just in case you were curious..referring to the lighthouse in La Coruna (it was built long long ago by the romans). anyhow, the restaurant is great..it was cozy and had a happy vibe. the waiters seemed happy to be there, which was cool, and they also had Estrella Galicia beer. we were psyched. the tortilla was good, the sangria also..over all, it was as close to authentic spanish dining as i've gotten here in the states.
Mrs. – I have been visiting El Faro for the past twelve years and every time is a different but awesome experience!!! The service is great, the atmosphere is accomodating and the food is Excellent!!! I recommend trying the new Malibu drink, excellent and perfect for the summer...
The Best of the Best – I've been visiting El Faro Rest. for the last 20 yrs. and let me tell you what a wonderful place is. If you want to know what a Paella, sangria, margarita is, you must visit this tiny but delicious and full of taste restaurant. Waiters, bartenders and every single person that works in this restaurant know what the customers like and always are there to make you feel good. No wonder this place is been in business for 77 yrs. and the way they treat people and specially us (new yorkers) I can bet anyone that they are goin to survive for 70 yrs. more. Once again thank you to all personal from El Faro Rest. for being so kind an hard worker. God bless you all and also your wonderful menu.
Your #1fan Rick
Best sangria, worst food – This quaint old place feels like the 70+ year old family business it is billed as, but unfortunately resting on their laurels is something they have obviously become accustomed to. After sitting at the bar for half an hour waiting for a table (which I don't mind too much for a small place that does not take reservations), drinking some of the best sangria I have had in the City, we were seated. This led to the worst paella I've ever had, with pre-cooked tasting rice and dry tastless shrimps. Truly horrible. My wife had $20 chilean sea bass, which was so over cooked it was as dry as a chicken breast, floating in a swamp of tastless white translucent sauce. No-one asked if our food was OK, we had to wave for a waiter to send it back. We'll never be back.
A Bit Disappointing – Went with high expectations. Loved the ambience. Food was delicious, but would have been much better if the shrimp and lobster had not been overcooked. Loved the garlicky sauces! Sangria delicious.
Best Portuguese Food in NY – Try and find a better paella or mariscada dish in NY. Be warned though - they like to use lots of garlic. Cosy old fashioned atmosphere and huge portions make it hard to beat. Their salad dressing (which they also sell for only $2 a bottle!) is unique.
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