Benito Collada’s restaurant and nightclub “El Chico” in the West Village

Benito Collada’s restaurant and nightclub “El Chico” in the West Village (82 Grove Street) was, for many decades, a hot spot in New York, for fine dining and dancing. Collada, a native of Avilés, Asturias, was, by all accounts, a real character. The place is now a gay club, and the kitschy Spanish murals that Collada commissioned are preserved behind plexiglass.