El Porron
El Porron

El Porron

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://elporronnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2122078349
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 11:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Basque, Tapas / Small Plates
  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerTapas / Small Plates
El Porron reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)fit for foodies (24)good for groups (14)romantic (10)special occasion (8)notable wine list (7)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (4)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • LOVE THEIR TAPAS
    evakVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Consistently excellent and flavorful tapas...soft shell crabs are delicious new addition; can't wait for the squid ink rice to make its return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Dessert
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I choose El Porron based on Open Table reviews and because it is a Spanish restaurant owned and operated by Spaniards. We were looking forward to the menu. I have to say our wait person was lovely, sweet and professional. In fact, all the staff was very nice and extremely professional. I just wish the food was as good as the staff. The only dish I can recommend is the dessert, it was a type of french toast with ice cream, and it was very good. The sardines were awful and tinny, the wine was terrible (the staff's recommendation (2nd bottle), the paella was dry and inedible. We drove in from Philadelphia to celebrate my husbands birthday and really wanted to enjoy the meal and were terribly disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always amazing
    tacogirlVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Every time i come here the food is amazing, the service is great, and the sangria is always delicious. One of my favorite restaurants in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Know your Paella!
    PSPSVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    What is everyone raving about? Or do they simply not know what a genuine paella is like. Where was the saffron? Where was the crusty bottom that you scrape off the pan, which flavors the dish and adds texture. This rice was mushy and tasted pre-cooked, then plopped in the pan with other ingredients. The chorizos had no spice, and the chicken was in tiny, overcooked bits...not a hardy leg or identifiable part anywhere. Clams were overcooked and chewy. Mussels minuscule. Shrimp OK. Rest of the meal was ordinary but not an embarrassment.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy Spanish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Friends turned us on to El Porron & we've been back 3 times introducing other friends to the restaurant. That says a lot , with so many restaurants in NY we only repeat the ones we really like. Love the broiled octopus tapas. I am a lover of seafood paella & can never pass it up when eating Spanish. El Porron makes a really good one, perfect rice. Portions are perfect for one person. Generous serving of seafood & just the right amount of rice. Lighting is low giving the restaurant a cozy romantic feeling. Even though small you never feel that people are sitting too close to you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently flavorful tapas
    evakVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great experience every time, love the new tapas of soft shell crabs and a combo of grilled squid/mushrooms/asparagus!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great tapas place
    lennyVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    the best tapas at a fair price with comfortable seating we've ever had
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty!!
    HappyVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upscale Tapas & more
    midtownVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Spanish, Catalan, no matter. Consistently good though service can be a bit slow at times. It can also be quite noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful once again
    YasminnyVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good but...
    AddiesDadVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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
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  • that time a little bit downer
    TizLozVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    El porron did not open until 5PM that day so could not eat there
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MandBVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet spot to enjoy tapas in UES
    PakuChanNY
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food
    Daisy
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Find!
    LIomay
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 217 reviews are from the El Porron reviews archive.
  • Great Tapas dishes
    TECHNITE
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great tapas dishes with a nice variety of tastes and flavors. Noise level a little high
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucky Find
    griff1024
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our #1 Spanish Restaurant
    saintmaeVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food with a Price...
    dcohen
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • diappointed
    chooseyVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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!
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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!
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    Romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maybe it was an off night
    Nelsonnyc
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Excellent
    JoePVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful little spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Capt Mike
    CaptainMike46VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food great - lag in service
    MissyCVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday Night
    NYJa
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best meal I've had in a while!
    tacogirlVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable!
    HJNY
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was quite delicious and
    karthshanVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Food was quite delicious and service was great. Try the paella - very tasty!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of New York's nicest restaurant
    BettyYarmonVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    One of New York's nicest restaurants...nice place to go and eat great food and enjoy fine service
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Best tapas around!
    Equevedo
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great tapas
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    nice staff. diverse menu. eight tapas were all winners. We will be back for more.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Social girls in the city!!
    MiizzModel516
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Tapas
    Ted3
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    We had a terrific dinner from the Tapas menu. The veal meatballs and garlic chicken were tops. Sangria was delicious. We would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Great spot for Spanish Tapas for lunch. Excellent wine list and very helpful staff.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.