El Cid
El Cid

El Cid

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://elcidnyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 524-6818
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch/Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Take the A, C, E to 14. 1, 2 to 18 St. L to 8 Av.
  • Parking: No
A word from El Cid
The best Spanish/Iberian cuisine in New York.
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El Cid reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.4
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
60% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (2)good for groups (1)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • El Cid is a great place
    BethVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The best food and drinks, and the most wonderful, friendly and attentive staff. (And the most yummy $6 frozen margaritas at Happy Hour.) I love it there. We always have a good time. Can't wait to go back!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't bother
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Went here to try something new. Portions were small. Food was tasteless. Lobster was awful.
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  • Rose624VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I went here for the second time and really enjoyed it. I ate upstairs on the outside rooftop. I had the seafood hake dish with schrimp and mussels which was absolutely delicious. The service was very good too. Much better than the first time I was here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food & service
    jdgnyc
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I used to go to El Cid when it was at the former location on 15th Street. The food and service were good but the atmosphere is not as charming as the former location. It's a bit loud too. Good for groups or a place to meet for a drink/bite. I'd totally go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    gingerdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We came to El CID because we were seeing a performance across the street at the Joyce. The food was ok but the problem was that a band starting playing so loudly that my boyfriend and I couldn't hear each other. It really ruined the experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 58 reviews are from the El Cid reviews archive.
  • zazie86VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My cousin and I celebrated our birthdays on the rooftop of El Cid, on 8th Avenue and 19th Street. It was a beautiful evening, and I can’t imagine a more wonderful dining experience, except for the slow and often clueless, although very pleasant, service. I should add that the rooftop lighting should be more evenly distributed; our side ended up in the dark when the sun went down. We both enjoyed the calamari appetizer, the delicious soft shelled crab and the rich chocolate cake. A party atmosphere surrounded us, including fairly loud rock music; it seemed that we weren’t the only ones having a great time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • really nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    waiter but he kept forgetting to come back to take our order and very mediocre food!
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  • IrishEyes100
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Our experience with El Cid was excellent. The food was delicious, and authentically Spanish (I lived in Spain for three years). My only recommendation is that the waiters advise the size of some of the tapas. I finished two tapas and when the third came (baby lamb chops), it was a full meal, same with my companion whose third tapa was steak. I was stuffed at the end.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant!!
    Crazy4food
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We went after the theater and it ended our night amazing. The service was exceptional and the food was great!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So many small plates......
    Bandcman
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    So little time! The selection is lovely; lots of seafood and veggie options. We went with the salmon special that had clams and mussels. All tapas. Delicious. The white asparagus was delicious as were the brussell sprouts. The service was wonderful; very attentive but not overwhelming. Great happy hour drinks as the special for red wine was a delicious tempranillo. This is a lovely place with delicious food and knowledgeable staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Food , Great Service!
    Nelishika
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I was looking for an authentic Spanish restaurant that would serve delicious paella...and I FOUND IT! I am definitely coming back for more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • El Cid: A Chelsea/Meatpacking Gem
    zazie86VIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    An out-of-town friend and I lunched at El Cid, on 8th Avenue and 19th Street. The lunch menu included a choice of soup or salad and a wide selection of hot entrees, no tapas. The leek soup was made from fresh vegetables and blended well for a non-bitter flavor. The pollo con pisto, chicken breast with Spanish ratatouille, tasted freshly made in a sauce that enhanced the taste of the chicken rather than overwhelmed it. The rice dish, paella Valenciana, filled with shell fish, chicken and sausage, was hot, fresh and delicious. The dessert, chocolate mousse, with sliced strawberry on top, was out of this world. Our waiter, working solo, was out to please, although not 100% knowledgeable. I like El Cid and still want to try it outdoors.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sunday find!
    Ninip
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We were looking for a last minute dinner joint and we found this gem. Great service and good food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DELICIOUS!
    pattiemae
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    el cid never disappoints! dates wrapped in bacon were sensational as was the calamari - your food is OUTSTANDING - we even ordered delivery again the very next night! keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic!
    Josh
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    I'm always trying to find good authentic Spanish tapas restaurants. El Cid fit the bill. The food reminded me of my years in Spain. We arrived for Sunday brunch and were afraid that they wouldn't serve their typical tapas menu, but they did, and it surpassed our expectations. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK but not great.
    Visitor
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I chose the restaurant based on location (proximity to a particular theater). We were seated promptly, but service thereafter was indifferent at best. Waiter clearly smirked when one guest (of three) did not order a drink. We waited a long time for menus, and I got the sense the place is more geared to drinking than dining. On the plus side, drinks were reasonably priced, food was good and the total bill was reasonable (six tapas plates for three people). The noise level was very high, but pretty much what I've come to expect in NY. I probably wouldn't go back, but I wouldn't mind having the sweetbreads and grilled sardines again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bland, yet popular
    NYCgourmet
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    The good was quite bland. For example, my friend's Vegetarian Paella was simply some boiled cauliflower and broccoli placed on top of Spanish rice, while my chicken was similarly boiled [it was moist and tender] with some sauce poured over it. The service was mediocre, even though we placed our order early and indicated that we were going to the theater afterwards.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty tapas
    Nicelysurprised
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Happy hour drinks paired off well with tasty tapas. Wait staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I went here for the first
    Rose624VIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    I went here for the first time. The food was ok, not great. I ordered the veal dish. Very expensive for a very small portion. The service wasn't so good. They basically ignored me. I wouldn't rush back here.
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  • Mollejas al ajillo!!!!!!
    chepibe
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    They are simply orgasmic. Great service.Friday night Latin music was a nice surprise. Have nothing but wonderful memories of a spectacular evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The original El Cid was charming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The original El Cid was charming located in the parlor level of a town house. The restaurant was always filled and lively with an authentic Spanish staff. The new El Cid has lost some of the ambiance. The tapas were: 1) grilled squid was terrific, 2) meatballs very good, 3) pork tenderloin was good and a lttle dry, 4) grilled shrimp good but could have used a sauce compliment, 5) leeks overpriced for what you got and 6) tripe tasty if you like that kind of food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely nighborhood find
    Iberophile
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went there on a lark. The food was delicious, and the service courteous. The wait staff was particularly attentive to my nine year-old, neither itnoring him nor talking down at him. We'll be back, particularly for the tapas and merluza en salsa verde (hake in parsley sauce).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tapas for days
    ChucariaVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Great place and like new location as we used to go to the one on 15th forever. In town to see friends and it is a perfect spot for good food and laughs. The staff is always helpful and nice service. Not too crowded over Thanksgiving weekend and we also got acquainted with other diners.Please go and enjoy! The seafood and skirt steak social yummy ...great octopus tapas and great desserts!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We enjoyed the food. Every single tapas dish we ordered was delicious. The servers were all polite and pleasant. Their house wine selections were very decent. It would be great if they have more wine options, though. What's missing was the buzz. It was so empty that we worried that this place may be gone by the next time we come around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the visit
    CDG1020VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    We were one of 2 parties at the restaurant on a Tuesday night. There was a waiter outside luring potential guests in. I made a reservation to this restaurant for my friend's birthday, however, I had my reservations because of previous reviews. Waiters made me feel uncomfortable with their flirting and the food really was just edible. Nothing spectacular. Not even close.
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  • This is food?
    jordon50VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Barely adequate tapas, very basic wine, waaaay too noisy with people literally urged in off the street, and not a terribly clean place. Hard to believe that such a dive exists in Chelsea.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent tapas
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    If you're looking god good food I would highly recommend to visit El CID. That is a great place to enjoy good tapas. Not only what is in the menu but the proprietor goes the extra mile to accommodate your taste. I always have great time at El Cid restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient to the Joyce Theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Decent tapas and spanish food. Ambiance and service could be better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rooftop gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    they have a great rooftop garden - would keep going back to just eat upstairs ~ it's so lovely
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Birthday Dinner Celebration
    Alimac
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    We went to El Cid for my friend's birthday. The staff was very accommodating and very friendly. I lived in Spain for a good amount of time during college and I thought the food was very authentic. My friends and I really enjoyed our time at dinner. The atmosphere was very lively on the rooftop deck. We will definitely be back the next time we are in NYC and will definitely recommend it to friends to dine at.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blah
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    I would not return to El Cid. The food was uninspired, the decor was sterile, and the service was mediocre.
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  • Eh..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    A so-so experience. The food was average and I felt 'rushed' by the staff.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convient for the Joyce, no
    susanoher
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Convient for the Joyce, no other reason to eat there.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    JimG
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Looked forward to trying the paella which was generous and tasty, if not amazing. Our waiter was curt and rude, and the place is very noisy with little or no charm or ambiance
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  • Was just Ok
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2013
    I'm a good judge of paella valenciana and there's was just ok. Had lobster too. Not sure it was worth it though :(
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  • Not the old El Cid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    Before it moved, El Cid was a lovely little neighborhood tapas place. The food was good, and, while it was clearly very dated, that gave it a nice comfortable feel. Now, the food isn't as good as it once was, and it is a big, cavernous place that looks like all the other restaurants on that stretch of 8th avenue. The soul is gone. Oh well - at least we now have Boqueria.
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  • I love this restaurant. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    I love this restaurant. The manager is great and the hostess is great, but this time the waiter was not so good and I told the hostess so I am not doing anything behind their back. Their food is wonderful
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great to return to El Cid
    gattoVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    I have a personal attachment to this place from my days hanging out at the old El Cid on 15th street. This place, run by one of the guys who used to work there, has the identical menu of great tapas and paella. There the other night with friends, the owner sent over a bottle of Cava, saying it was nice to see faces from the old place. Very warm and inviting staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Bad Service
    BetsyVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    We had dinner at the restaurant on May 10. The food was, as always, very good, but the service was terrible. We had to ask for menus, had to ask for bread, and waited almost half an hour for our appetizer, followed within 5 minutes by our entrees. We had a voucher for the meal, so there was no additional amount owed for the food itself. However, our waiter took it upon himself to add on an almost 20% tip for himself, based on the pre-voucher cost of the meal. That plus the tax came to $20, which was clearly written and circled on the check. However, after I gave him my credit card, the handwritten $20 was changed to $26 , and that's the amount he put through on my card. He said it was a mistake, but I don't believe that for a minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dehydrated
    SaxxynycVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    The food portions (if not paella) were very small. The paella was saltier than the Atlantic ocean and the service was slow and not very helpful. We won't be back.
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