El Born

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$30 and under
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Spanish

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.


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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing - I think her name was Christina. Warm and welcoming and made great recommendations. The food was great and flavorful. Perfect spot for a cozy date night but also saw larger groups in the back as well.

PV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The only negative is it’s tight seating. Other then that everything was good. I would go back for sure.

M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great menu to chose from, quality of food good and fine bar. Service was good and received help with the selection. Will return to try other dishes soon.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go-to place for any kind of night; catching up with friends, happy hour after work, weekend night out, and date night. El Born is a gem, and always an amazing time!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Terrible food. Just awful.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious food and the place is so beautiful and sexy!

v
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

great spot for surprisingly great tapas. Paella is a little dry, but wortha try. Service and amiance are great! Had a great time!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

You should be on Resy!

LA
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my new favorite restaurants! I love Spanish tapas, everything here is soooo good especially the Brussels sprouts and Croquetas. It’s pretty loud generally but a great place to get drinks and share really delicious bites with friends.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good place and value. Meatball not great. Didn't eat it - still got charged.

BK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creatively designed tapas from classic to adventurous were all delicious, wine selection excellent, plus attentive service from all staff. What's not to love?!

A
Philadelphia
254 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall good

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun spot to get the night started.
10/10 recommend. Very nice crowd.

M
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I've been to El Born many times and have always been impressed. The servers are helpful and the tapas are delicious. They are also some of the best portion sizes I've seen for the price. I was a big fan of the chorizo, brussels sprouts and the patatas bravas (they live up to the hype!) The cocktails were also well balanced. I had two pina bonitas and they were perfect in terms of booze level and flavor. This place rules! Apparently they also have a $15 AYCE tapas deal on Tuesdays and Thursday is 2-for-1 gin and tonic night (their house specialty!)

OT
Vancouver
33 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Last minute reservation because we were in the area. Food was excellent. Service was great. Enjoyed the Tapas concept. It was really good value. Location was perfect and the vibe was nice. We would certainly return and recommend it to others.

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We must have ordered 8 or 9 different dishes between the 3 of us, plus at least one cocktail per person, and the bill came out to less than $60/head (including tip!) What a deal! The food was SO YUMMY- I'd recommend the filet mignon carpaccio and potatoes brava though everything was great, and the service was lovely and fast. I will be back!

LS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Have been to El Born a few times. Their lunch seems to be better than their dinner. None of the food impressed me. Service was great though.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service excellent. It is authentic Catalan cuisine. Great brunch value.

ET
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Spanish restaurant in the US

BG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I ate here for the first time for our anniversary. The food was incredible and the service was wonderful! We will most definitely be coming back!

R
Charlotte
45 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Innovative Spanish (Catalan) tapas and paella at this local neighborhood restaurant. Among three of us out for a business dinner - Had several tapas - boquerones, ham croquetas, pan tumaca, mushrooms and, paella special for two which included a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Paella was made with black arborio rice. Desserts were excellent - Crema Catalana, Tres Leches, Chocolate Lava & Ice cream.

Very reasonably priced for quality and innovative dishes.

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, great drinks, great atmosphere, and great service. I'm looking forward to coming back and trying brunch next time.

AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Came for Sunday brunch on my birthday, will definitely return again! Great price, the 4 tapas and 2 entrees brunch is the perfect amount for 4 people. Love it here, wished we could have sat outside but the inside is nice as well and cutely decorated

LG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We brought our vegetarian niece here since there were plenty of choices for her but more than enough choices for us. We were in the neighborhood because we went to see Beyond the Streets exhibit nearby. Our waitress was very helpful and the food was both delicious and reasonably priced.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food!!!!

c
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food, drinks, and vibe at this place are very good. Worth traveling to Greenpoint for! However, I made a reservation for 5 people, and they tried to tell us that a standard 4 person table was actually a table for 5. They had 3 settings against the bench. Now, we're all relatively small people, but we could not fit. So when we grabbed a nearby table to offer our 5th diner an actual seat and place setting, we were reprimanded. Finally, they agreed to bring an extra chair over for our 5th diner to eat at the head of the table, however this was very clearly not their intention. So just for the future - a reservation for 5 should actually be able to seat 5 grown adults comfortably.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

The male server was very stressful and pushy and appeared irritated, but other times I have been at El Born servers been nice and service minded.

BL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The service was a little slow and a little confused, but friendly and helpful. The food was seriously excellent. Highly recommend that Chef’s menu option for value and variety.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious Tapas, wait staff was fast & friendly. I would certainly recommend, however for smaller parties as it's a smaller venue. Also some communal seating, which can be hit or miss.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. The service was good. A nice place for a special occasion. Would go back for happy hour or tapas Tuesday.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite spots in Greenpoint. Delicious food, well priced, really fun experience for groups, and the service is always great!

RM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a whole bunch of tapas and all of them were excellent! Nice place and great service. Gracias!

t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a Saturday brunch (bottomless of course) and it was a great time! The value of the meal I could not believe. We were three people and we got to split the 4 tapas, tray of paella, and dessert. The drinks were delicious and the perfect complement to the meal. I don't even live in Greenpoint but I will be visiting this place as often as I can. Can't wait to try the other paella's on the menu!

W
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was really good. Definitely coming back for the rest of the tapas. Enjoyed the vibe a lot.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time! Amazing food, drinks, and atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back!

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food and overall sub a nice place to spend the night. Best part that it’s a block from the subway!

CS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to El Born for the Wednesday paella night and it was absolutely delicious! The deal is impossible to beat ($49 for paella for two + a bottle of wine), and the food is excellent. We added an appetizer as well, the brussels sprouts. Their selection of regional cured meats is awesome. At times, we felt a little rushed with the service, but overall the waiter was attentive and helpful. We will come back to try different appetizers and because the food is delicious!

RK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's become our favorite restaurant in Brooklyn. Always reminds us of the wonderful meals we had in the El Born district in Barcelona. And great cocktails.

NP
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

El born was okay food wise...didn't blow my socks off. Service was really lovely and very easy going relaxing atmosphere. Price point for the food is just a little high for me and that is why I'm less likely to return

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Went with my girlfriend on a Saturday night. The food was very good but there were just too many problems with the service for us to overlook. Waiter did not bring water or ask us even once during the meal if we needed anything (which we did). Also one of our plates was forgotten and then basically at the point in the meal where you would be asking for the check the waiter finally realized and brought out the plate without asking if we still wanted it. Unfortunate really, because the food was good, but these annoyances really can change your whole experience when dining out.

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