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El Faro Restaurant

El Faro Restaurant was a small Spanish food emporium located at 823 Greenwich Street in the West Village of Manhattan, New York City. El Faro opened in 1927 and shuttered in 2012 after failing to raise over $80,000 to pay off fines and expenses.[1]

El Faro Restaurant
Restaurant information
Street address823 Greenwich Street, West Village, Manhattan
CityNew York
CountyNew York
StateNew York
Coordinates40°44′19.21″N 74°0′22.96″W / 40.7386694°N 74.0063778°W / 40.7386694; -74.0063778Coordinates: 40°44′19.21″N 74°0′22.96″W / 40.7386694°N 74.0063778°W / 40.7386694; -74.0063778

Its first set of owners, Manuel Rivas and Edwardo Cabana, ran the establishment as a Spanish bar and grill. This area of New York was heavily populated with Irish immigrants who worked in the nearby meatpacking houses, which still stand today. The restaurant was located near 14th Street, an area close to Eighth Avenue that became known as "Little Spain".[2]

José Perez and his son Joe Pérez, the newest owners of the restaurant, were interviewed by director Artur Balder in the 2010 documentary Little Spain, in order to shine a light on the memories of Little Spain and its most important landmarks.

In 1996, El Faro was honored with a Village Award by the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.[3]

At the time of its demise in 2012 El Faro's was the oldest Spanish restaurant in New York City. Subsequently following El Faro's closure El Quijote in the Hotel Chelsea which opened in 1930 took its place as the oldest Spanish eatery in town.[4]


  1. ^ "El Faro Restaurant to Stay Closed Indefinitely, Owner Says". Archived from the original on 20 May 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  2. ^ History Archived 2010-08-20 at the Wayback Machine from official site
  3. ^ "Past Village Award Winners". Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Sietsema Pays One Last Visit to the Old el Quijote in the Chelsea Hotel". 2015-01-02.

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