El Quinto Pino is a find. Located on a quiet street in Chelsea we could tell that we were going to enjoy our visit from the moment we saw it. We don’t know how long it has been around, but it had the bearing of an old neighborhood favorite.
When we arrived for a Sunday brunch there was no music playing in the small dining space and the room was about half full. At some point someone turned on the music. Fortunately, the volume was set on low and the music was absolutely appropriate–loungy bossa nova, the perfect accompaniment for the look and feel of the place.
A large table was expected and we have no doubt it could have been uncomfortable had we stayed, but they didn’t arrive while we were there. Lightly finished wood floors and high ceilings helped to blunt any noise, but the dining space felt somewhat live. A large tapestry on the back wall appeared to absorb some of the sound. Whether it was intended only as a decor accent, we don’t know, but textiles are one of the easier ways to mitigate sound.
There is a bar at the entrance that is separated from the dining room. As no one was there during our visit, we couldn’t review that space. But it looked inviting and we could see ourselves stopping by the bar for a happy hour, lingering over a drink and some tapas.
Service at El Quinto Pino couldn’t have been better and the food was delicious. If you are in Chelsea and want a place to chill, El Quinto Pino should be on your short list.
Monday through Thursday: 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | 5:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. | 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Street (betw. 9th and 10th Avenues, closer to 9th), New York, NY 10001