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El Cid
El Cid

El Cid Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://elcidnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 524-6818
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch/Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 11:30pm
  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I was looking for an authentic Spanish restaurant that would serve delicious paella...and I FOUND IT! I am definitely coming back for more. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We were looking for a last minute dinner joint and we found this gem. Great service and good food."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Happy hour drinks paired off well with tasty tapas. Wait staff was very attentive."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "They are simply orgasmic. Great service.Friday night Latin music was a nice surprise. Have nothing but wonderful memories of a spectacular evening."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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."
    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)."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Decent tapas and spanish food. Ambiance and service could be better."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "they have a great rooftop garden - would keep going back to just eat upstairs ~ it's so lovely"
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/27/2013
  • "I would not return to El Cid. The food was uninspired, the decor was sterile, and the service was mediocre."
    Dined on 7/17/2013
  • "A so-so experience. The food was average and I felt 'rushed' by the staff."
    Dined on 7/12/2013
  • "Convient for the Joyce, no other reason to eat there."
    Dined on 6/14/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/7/2013
  • "I'm a good judge of paella valenciana and there's was just ok. Had lobster too. Not sure it was worth it though :("
    Dined on 6/3/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/26/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/16/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2013
  • "We wanted something different and special for our 5th Wedding Anniversary and one of our family members highly recommended this restaurant. We don’t regret the decision because my wife loved all the tapas and the sangria."
    Dined on 5/2/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/5/2013
  • "We had the Gambas al Ajillo and the Paella Valenciana. Both were ok. The paella portion was generous. Service was attentive but a bit awkward."
    Dined on 4/14/2013
  • "The service is above average, waiters are attentive, and the happy hour prices are attractive. Overall the food was ok, not as special as I had expected."
    Dined on 4/2/2013
  • "El Cid is a very good restaurant in Chelsea. Food is very well-prepared; service is attentive but not intrusive; prices are very affordable. It can get noisy when the bar is crowded and the television is playing, but on this occasion, the sound was low. I would definitely return."
    Dined on 2/25/2013
  • "The bar and bartender Jay were great. The food was so so. Not great. Not authentic in my opinion. Probably wouldn't go back."
    Dined on 2/23/2013
  • "Food was cold and unimaginative. Portions will very small. Would not return."
    Dined on 1/15/2013
  • "The tapas menu is extensive and authentic; the ones we tried were delicious. Sweetbreads, as noted by another reviewer, were fabulous; they came with a lovely presentation of cooked vegetables - novel for me, but very enjoyable nonetheless. For the main menu, a traditional cod dish was listed on line, but it was not on the restaurant menu. My partner had his heart set on it and they were very nice to make it for him, and he loved it. I had the paella - good but not great. They were also very accomodating in getting us across the street to The Joyce on time, no small feat given we arrived late due to traffic. (This late arrival caused confusion in registering our OT reservation.) Decent wine list. Was a bit noisy even though not a full house"
    Dined on 1/4/2013
  • "We went for the second time on a groupon deal. We shared the garlic shrimp and each ordered paella. The portions on the paella were enough for two meals. The food was delicious. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 1/5/2013
  • "Tasty tapas, and not terribly overpriced. Some potions are a little small, but 5 plates will fill 2 people. The grilled octopus and the sweetbreads are especially nice. The ambiance isn't exciting, but it's fine."
    Dined on 12/21/2012