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El Porron
El Porron

El Porron Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://elporronnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 207-8349
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 11:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Basque, Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Gonzalo "Mr.G" Bermeo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Ask your server for a demonstration of how the "porron" is used and then try it yourself! Impress your date or an entire party of friends!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Btw 61st & 62nd St
  • Public Transit: Take N,Q,R or 4,5,6 to Lexington Ave./59th St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample street parking on 1st Ave. and corresponding side streets is always available.
A word from El Porron
Family-owned, Spanish restaurant, and gem of the UES, El Porron prides itself with serving classic and signature tapas in a casual elegant setting. An endless menu of perfect portions leaves your palate begging for more. With a wine list equally as impressive and just as much a part of the program as the cuisine, Mr. G and his son Diego Bermeo front of the house Manager/Wine Director will make you feel like you have slipped away to San Sebastian from the first bite to the last sip.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerTapas / Small Plates
Diner Reviews
  • "Great experience every time, love the new tapas of soft shell crabs and a combo of grilled squid/mushrooms/asparagus!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "the best tapas at a fair price with comfortable seating we've ever had"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Are there kind of early in the day but the hostess was also the bartender and waitress. Really nice inside. Tasty food."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Spanish, Catalan, no matter. Consistently good though service can be a bit slow at times. It can also be quite noisy."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Went to this restaurant for a girl's night out with friends. We ordered red and rose sangria, paella valencia and an array of tapas all to share. The food was delicious. The staff was attentive. Overall wonderful experience. Will definitely come back!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "They are consistently good! Authentic tapas, great wine list. Must have the jamon platter, albondigas, gambas al ajillo. The tortilla is moist and flavorful. The croquetas are weak. Overall, glad we went again."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Overall we enjoyed our tapas very much at El Porron. The Jambon Iberica was excellent, as were the mushrooms and one of their "signature" dishes, the veal meatballs were excellent. My one complaint was the bread. In a city that is over-flowing with terrific bread services, El Porron's bread was comprised of cheap, tasteless super-market baguettes, This is shame because there were many sauces we wanted to mop up! Wine list was good, with some affordable Spanish options. We especially enjoyed the Traxis from Ribera del Duero"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "that time we had a poor service help so we did not had a real chance to enjoy the specials of the day, anyway the food is always very good and the location cozy."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "El porron did not open until 5PM that day so could not eat there"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Very good tapas, especially the daily specials. Very good selection of Spanish wines. Good paella with lots of seafood but not enough crust on the rice."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My third visit with a friend and we always order various tapas offered here. Although the restaurant didn't have scallop this time, we enjoyed both hot and cold tapas, as well as sangria by a pitcher. We even got a complimentary sherry, too. May be because of the location, the place never seems to get noisy like other tapas places, and we could actually carry our conversation in civilized manner. Will come back again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I've been to El Porron a few times before and always want to go back. This time we had a birthday dinner for a very good friend who's vegetarian. We ordered a lot of tapas and cleared all the plates down to the last drop of sauce. We all enjoyed the food very much and had a great time. Thanks El Porron! We will be back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My family enjoyed a wonderful lunch here recently. Mario, the manager, could not have been more welcoming and congenial. The tapas menu was varied and so tasty. It enhanced our experience to hear some of the history and preparation of the dishes, as well as to try to master the technique of the Porron, the Spanish wine vessel, after which the restaurant was named. A memorable meal!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Great tapas dishes with a nice variety of tastes and flavors. Noise level a little high"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "While visiting NYC we were looking to try a Tapas Bar and Paella. We were standing in line to go into Dangerfield's Comedy Club and spotted El Porron's across the street. I looked them up on line, reviewed the feedback & menu and we decided to make reservations for the following night. As this was our first experience with Tapas & Paella, I don't have anything to compare it to. But, I can tell you the 3 Tapas plates we ordered (Garlic Shrimp, Quail and Octupus) were all excellent. The Paella was flavorful and had plenty of seafood, chicken and charizo. They have a very nice bar area and the seating arrangements accomodates tables for 2 as well as large group seating. Good service, Good food, Good atmosphere, so well worth the visit."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Outstanding tapas and their seafood was amazing. The variety of mushrooms were "an out of body experience" My husband and I went for dinner on Mother's day. We will be going back many times. This is our Spanish Restaurant go to now."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food is really good but portions are small for the price. Yes i realize by definition Tapas is small plates but the price for the quantity is a little high. All is all a good neighboorhood spot. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "With the Zagat rating of 23, I expected this to be a foodie restaurant. It was so mediocre... all dishes lack flavor.. skip this one!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Went here for a date on Friday night. Atmosphere is nice and intimate so definite plus points for that. Drinks were creative but didn't end up actually being that tasty. We had the meat and cheese plate which was okay but kind of stingy on the both the meat and cheese. The chorizo was great but the croquettes seemed premade and lacked anything special. Overall portions are small and yes it is tapas but more than we are used to. I guess it would not have mattered if the dishes were more memorable. For their own sake, they should serve everything on smaller plates, so it doesn't look so empty! Also, one waiter for the entire restaurant is kinda pushing it!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Was there on a date, and there was a huge private party. We ordered the octopus, Jamon, squid, mushrooms and meatballs. The food was very underwhelming. The kitchen may have been stretched, but I am not willing to give it another shot given the amount of other places to go for Tapas. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Excellent food, wine & service always. I come in from Pennsylvania to eat here. Always a consistent fine dining experience. All the people I have brought there with me love it and continue to go without me. Don't miss out. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We ate 6 tapas items and drank sangria...great way to enjoy this place. Only criticism was a couple of items were a bit too salty for us"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Quite satisfactory; good food... nice to share lots of small dishes.... a bit noisy (we were there on Thursday night).. all in all well worth a visit"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This is a wonderful restaurant for flavor and variety - both tapas and entrees were superb. After a VERY long wait we finally were attended to and once the food was ordered everything flowed quickly and smoothly."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Attended date dinner Friday night at El Porron. The menu provides numerous options for tasty Tapas dishes, wine tasting and sangria. Impeccable service, comforting ambiance and fantastic food preparation. My date and I turned a two hour dinner into a four hour conversation...not one hassle from staff to end the night (despite heavy turnover around us). Very attentive throughout the evening. Yes, our gratuity reflected such appreciation...great evening. Will most definitely return."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Really enjoyed this place, we live in the neighborhood and only recently tried. Tapas is very much my style and I loved the decor of the restaurant. The food was good, and the waiters were nice. Looking forward to going back!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Everything was amazing from the sangria, to the chicken croquettes, to the shrimp entree dinner I got. I loved it and will definitely be back! Even Chef G came out to say hello :) it was a great experience!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Had a light bite with a two other friends. We didn't eat or drink much, but we were treated like we were big spenders! Service was gracious and we weren't rushed - something I really appreciated. The best of our three tapas was the Chorizo - so flavorful with just a touch of heat. Manchego and scallops rounded out our choices. Both were very nice. We ordered churros and torrijas for dessert. I found the torrijas soggy but the churros with their chocolate dipping sauce were very good. I would return to this restaurant and recommend it to others."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was quite delicious and service was great. Try the paella - very tasty!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "One of New York's nicest restaurants...nice place to go and eat great food and enjoy fine service"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Having lived in Spain, I know how great tapas can be, and it irks me when other restaurants bill themselves as tapas restaurants, when it is basically small Plates at a very high price. This is the real thing, And what I would expect of a well-heeled tapas Bar."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "nice staff. diverse menu. eight tapas were all winners. We will be back for more."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I absolutely adored this place! It was so up to par especially being Half Hispanic, you are born a critic to Spanish food. Honestly speaking the food was waaayyyy better then I expected, what was written on the menu was what you received & it was very flavorful & fresh. The service well.. They chit chat amongst eachother a lot but the food is so well made you might not notice! It is a bit on the pricey side so if you come in groups be prepared!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had a terrific dinner from the Tapas menu. The veal meatballs and garlic chicken were tops. Sangria was delicious. We would go again."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Great spot for Spanish Tapas for lunch. Excellent wine list and very helpful staff."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Family and I could talk and catch up Lovely space food good just a all around great place"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Had a great experience at El Porron. Service was great, food was great, was were great. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This continues to bee one of our favorite restaurants. Food and service always superb!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Love this place and it's food. Waiter was either over worked or simply not on his game. Once initial orders were placed we never saw him again. Thankfully the manager stepped in and took over covering our table. He saved the evening for us!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Restaurant was fantastic! Food was outstanding and the service was wonderful. Waiter made suggestions and they were great. We are definitely going back!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014