El Born
El Born

El Born

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.elbornnyc.com/
  • Phone: (347) 844-9295
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Diego González
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: We have live music on Wednesdays (jazz), Sundays (flamenco) and planning to have DJ's for weekend brunch.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bedford and Norman
  • Public Transit: The closes subway stops are Nassau (G) and Bedford (L)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from El Born
El Born is a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. We serve tapas and raciones of traditional Spanish plates but always giving them a contemporary touch. Our intention is to bring a little bit of Spain to New York City, and especially to bring the Barcelona vibe from our hometown. In Barcelona, el Born is a downtown area that has known how to modernize without losing its soul. And that's our passion: clashing the old and the new without crashing anything in the middle.
Benvinguts, passeu, passeu...!
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El Born reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (13)neighborhood gem (13)good for groups (7)great for outdoor dining (6)romantic (6)notable wine list (5)special occasion (4)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Very good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious, we ordered 4 plates and all of them were outstanding. The service was very good as well, the waitress was very helpful regarding recommendations, pairing and quantities.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was blah- ambiance great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is definitely an appetizer and drink spot. Many of the food options were not appealing. I had the chicken meal and it was very bland. The same can be said of the octopus. The sangria and filet minion appetizer were awesome!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could do better !
    Luvtoosail
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Bartender congenial. Apps were very interesting and delicious. The three of us each had different versions of the paella. They were ok, but only just ok. Oh almost forgot the best, our waitress provided her recommendations based on her favorite dishes. Then later informed us that it was her first day as her reason for forgetting to order one of our entrées, and mistakenly billing us for three deserts by accident. Had to wind up taking one paella home. All in all a big YAWN!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Tapas
    Dinnerandashow
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was great and the servings are generous for tapas but not quite an entre. oh, and did I say the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastico!
    YvanVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great food.... like in Barcelona. Super kind staff. Cool ambiance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Danny
    Dannycupcake
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I've never reviewed a restaraunt before but this place was so good I felt compelled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    SamtheBrit
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I'm not exactly an expert on Spanish (or more specifically Catalan) cuisine, but this place has a authenticity and simplicity that seems to often be lacking in New York. The food is an honest reflection of a cooking tradition, rather than an attempt to create flashy culinary mashups that so often fail. The portions are a little more generous than many small-plate restaurants, so the check shouldn't be crazy. Great wine menu, relaxed but attentive staff who seem to really care about the food they're serving, and occasional live music that is actually very good, and appropriate to the setting without being conversation killing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barcelona déjà vu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    A fine example of tapas dining with excellent ingredients, albeit a limited selection which hopefully will expand over time. We had the paella which was worth the 25 minute wait. Desserts were a for both the 'eye' and the sweet tooth. On balance, not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 7 reviews are from the El Born reviews archive.
  • BKdinersVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Our dining experience at El Born was truly fantastic. I have been to barcelona twice and dining at El Born was like eating in the finest restaurants of Barcelona. Very authentic! Very lively!! Muy, muy delicioso!!!. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great authentic Spanish
    SamtheBrit
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    2nd time at this place. Fresh interesting zesty Spanish food. Good specials. Portions pretty reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative, expertly done!
    CubanoNYC
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Just terrific food, with one of the most creative tapas menus in the 5 boroughs. Fresh ingredients, lovlingly prepared and beautifully presented. The service is great (acceptably aloof), the staff is knowledgeable about the food, wine and cheese. The music was perfect and not too loud (on a very rainy Friday night)! Cannot wait to return, friends in tow.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interesting new place
    cheesedocVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Went on a sleepy Sunday night at 7, it was at first almost empty. Very nice and helpful waiter. Uncomfortable stools, very few regular chairs. Food: all good and quite interesting! Absolutely wonderful roasted vegetables with red pepper sauce. Rare tuna and raw beef also excellent! Will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still working things out
    DBBURGER
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Nice local place. Friendly people. Too well lit. Very loud. Small tables for 4 people. Lot of specials (over 8). But not written and had to be repeated three times. Great quality selection on Shared menu. But no sequence or speed when items would come out. And no room on table for multiple plates.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Like being in Barcelona
    GraceVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Greenpoint is having great places to eat and have coffee. The Born was really good. Excellent food and excellent service!I really recommend it!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not Good Enough
    palt
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We checked out El Born after reading that it had made top dining destinations in Eater. Overall we were moderately disappointed. We started with a glass of $14 wine with an extremely lousy pour. The wine was nothing special. Three of us ordered about 4 small plates with warm olives being one of the better ones. Fillet, tender but nothing special, Cod collar, fishy and then some larger plates, cauliflower and duck casselot. The sauces in both were all mushy cheesy. The server should have mentioned that they were similar and not a good pair at all. We also had the highly acclaimed octopus which was limp and cold. Small beers at great prices helped along with very nice service and atmosphere, but not coming back..sorry.
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    • Noise LevelModerate