El Faro Restaurant

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El Faro Restaurant
Restaurant information
Established 1927
Closed 2012
Street address 823 Greenwich Street, West Village, Manhattan
City New York
County New York
State New York
Country U.S.
Coordinates 40°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
Website www.elfaronyc.com

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

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]


  1. ^ "El Faro Restaurant to Stay Closed Indefinitely, Owner Says". Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  2. ^ History from official site
  3. ^ "Past Village Award Winners". GVSHP.org. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 

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