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One of the city's oldest Spanish restaurants, this was once the in-house dining room and bar of the historic Hotel Chelsea next door. Older décor is accentuated with colorful murals, but little has changed since its inception in the 1930s. Lobster, paella, shrimp in garlic sauce and grilled steaks make for a fine-dining experience as timeless as the surrounding bric-a-brac of the last century. As one ponders the windmills sculptures, try the sangria. It's divine. Some of today's fashionable restaurants and hotels in New York and Brooklyn have walls lined with black-and-white photos of iconic 20th-century writers, such as Tennessee Williams, Simone du Beauvoir, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs, all in an effort to gain much-needed gravitas. However, it was at El Quixote, attached to the lobby of the now closed Hotel Chelsea, where these literary luminaries actually raised a glass.