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Monday, April 15, 2019

A Peachy's Pick Since 2012 and #Best #Spanish #Restaurant in #Manhattan, El Pote Espanol #ElPote #ElPoteEspanol Since 1977 by Enrique Torres #EnriqueTorres and Jose Larino #JoseLarino Spring 2019 #WhomYouKnow #PeachysPicks @ManhattanPeachy #PeachyDeegan

If your dinner doesn't look this smashing, you silly goose, head straight for El Pote now!
Stuffed mushrooms filled with crabmeat and shrimp, perfect for crabby Peachy!
Peachy and Enrique! 

 It's not who you know, it's WHOM YOU KNOW and we love knowing El Pote, owned by Enrique and Jose, masters of Spanish cuisine, natives of Galicia.  We kid they are our cousins as Peachy is Black Irish.  El Pote is the BEST Spanish restaurant in Manhattan, and probably North America also.
They have been open for 42 years straight and they are killing it.
Trendy places come and go, but EXCELLENCE ENDURES.
El Pote was last featured last fall:
 El Pote is both CLASSIC and CLASSY.
It is a bastion of old-world authenticity and ambient Spanish music will pleasantly stroke your ears without any disruption of conversation.  It is equally conducive to business as it is to a date or a family occasion.  It is the one and only Spanish restaurant we love right now in Manhattan.  Of course their knockout Spanish wine list will delight you and there is something to pair perfectly with whatever you eat and whatever type of grape you prefer. 
 Peachy was feeling adventurous so she deviated from the regular menu to include the specials.  Meet this hot new wonder: Spinach with Codfish and Queso Manchego from Spain.
It's a sizzling sensation bubbling like champagne and its animation will strike you immediately.  It smells great and we can assure you, every spinach aspires to grow up to mix with this fish and cheese.   You should know that seafood is delivered six days a week here fresh, making all the difference.
 Photography cannot do the splendid quality of their Pork Milanese justice!
It's another hot appetizer right now that is perfectly pounded and is the embodiment of simplicity done well.  You always know what you are eating here.  The bread/egg/parsley garnish enlivens the pork terrifically and every bite is a pure delight of tender goodness.  
 Delicicous!  And it is not only the French who can do escargot.  El Pote has nailed them also and enhanced with a tremendous garlic sauce, these hot little snails are absolutely not to be ignored.  You do not say escargot in Spain: you say CARACOLES!  Snails in butter sauce will make your day, even you Clint Eastwood.  (You must see The Mule.)
 One of our most favorite things to eat in Manhattan, period, is the Champinon Rellenos: stuffed mushrooms.  They are absolute ecstasy just bursting with shrimp and crabmeat to even outdo those delicious little snails.  You may not pass go and collect $200 without ordering these wonders of the Manhattan dining world.  Their sensational smell is intoxicating and the ratio of ingredients is in perfect proportion.  Most of all, they are the definition of delicious. 
Here they are once you cut into them and it is a wonder she was able to hold the camera still in her massive anticipation of eating them.
 As evidenced by the stormy weather recently, it's clear the bad weather is not totally behind us.  You need to eat the fabulous garlic soup of El Pote on a day with chill.  Sopa de Ajo is the best soup you haven't had that you won't be able to go without.  Also, if you have the sniffles the garlic will wipe them out.  It's not overpowering and has the right amount of garlic.
 The best steaks in Manhattan are not necessarily at a steakhouse.
Broiled sirloin, medium rare, is exciting Entrecote to be envied if you are a steakhouse of any nature in competition with El Pote.  Paired with their superb cabernet and their pure cream of spinach which is light and fluffy, this carnivorous delight is a pleasure in every bite.
 Some places have great appetizers but lack the excellence that should be reserved for the entrees.  The entrees are exceedingly amazing at El Pote and paella in all varieties is our favorite.
 To say we adore the Paella Valencia would be a massive understatement.
This is that version, and be aware we equally love the Paella Marinera, and the Salsa Verde (green) version and the Paella Negra which is black and boasts squid.  This one, the classic Valencia has juicy chunks of chicken, seafood and sausage and we will present all its glamour shots as pictures speak louder than words in this case!
  Finally, do not ignore the Tarta Nonna!
With almonds, pine nuts, eggs, and lemon, it is sourced from a classified creator who cannot be revealed.  But know you want it when your entree is complete. 
 El Pote continues to be Highly Recommended!


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