El Born in Brooklyn, New York has a number of different menus, all of which are influenced by Barcelona. The name itself comes from the El Born district of this famous city, where ancient alleyways feature the latest fashions and nightlife venues. Here in Brooklyn, El Born serves up new twists on Spanish favorites.
Absolutely fabulous service and food!! The chef selection took the guss work out of ordering and it was totslly worth it.
Had a wonderful experience there on NYE. Food especially the seafood paella was absolutely delicious. Am excited to go again another time.
Great small plates!
Had a group of 10, sat at the long table by the bar and had great food and service the whole time. The employees were all helpful and sweet, offering suggestions for different wine and food pairings. We were there around 6:30, so we got to enjoy the happy hour specials for a bit as well, so the bill at the end of the night was surprisingly low. The paellas were all great, as were their signature gin and tonic drinks, which I recommend highlt.
Food was inconsistent, some plates good, some horrible.
For my second time at El Born, I booked a table for 10 for my birthday dinner. The restaurant was very flexible with our numbers and seated us comfortably at the extension of the bar. The table was great, as the birthday girl, I could easily speak to all my guest. That said, we did feel a bit in the way of the bartenders, who needed to pass behind us throughout dinner.
The food at El Born is always excellent. This time our usually rare tuna came out a little over cooked. Additionally, our server, who's english was not perfect, did not tell us the specials. He did not hesitate to make recommendations, however, for dishes, and in some cases put in orders for specials that we had specifically said we did not want to order. That said, we were 10 and the dishes are tapas/appetizer size, so we welcomed the additional plates that we had not ordered. The same conundrum occurred with drinks. Some guests received new drinks without ordering them, and sometimes without having even finished their current drink!
I however had a great time and as usual, enjoyed the food immensely. I will definitely return again to El Born, but with a smaller group that may be seated with servers and not bartenders who were extending their service to our bartop table.
We had a great brunch here and they have a menu true to Barcelona and Catalan food. Loved their brussel sprouts, fideua, and escalavida. Definitely great for a group.
Excellent tapas, great happy hour and very attentive service.
Great customer service and food from start to finish!
Very nice place with attentive service. Food was seved at a very good pace alowing for the dishes to be eaten as they were placed.
Restaurant tables are small and very tightly placed. Much better for a tapa then for a full dinner. Paella was undercooked. Croquetas very good.
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.
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!!!
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!!
Food was great and the servings are generous for tapas but not quite an entre. oh, and did I say the food was delicious.
Great food.... like in Barcelona. Super kind staff. Cool ambiance.
I've never reviewed a restaraunt before but this place was so good I felt compelled.
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.
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!
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.
2nd time at this place. Fresh interesting zesty Spanish food. Good specials. Portions pretty reasonable.