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El Porron

4.6
460 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Tapas / Small Plates
Perfect For:
  • Tapas
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Tapas / Small Plates, Basque, Spanish
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 11:00am
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Phone number
(212) 207-8349
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Gonzalo "Mr.G" Bermeo
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Btw 61st & 62nd St
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Parking details
Ample street parking on 1st Ave. and corresponding side streets is always available.
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Public transit
Take N,Q,R or 4,5,6 to Lexington Ave./59th St.
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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!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 460 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.3
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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food and service was great. My favorite was the meatballs and sangria.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food was not spectacular to match the price of the menu.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent food and ambiance offered by constantly attentive staff. A pleasure to keep going back there!

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

This is the second time that I ate here for lunch, and it is really good. I had very good food.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Absolutely delicious- would recommend any of their cheese platters or paella, and any tapas w/ shrimp.

Prefer the red sangria to rosé. The large pitcher was great to share- and lots of fruit!

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The food was great, but the service was terrible. We were a group of six, but two of us arrived late. The waiter and manager tried to get the other couple to sit at a separate table and make the rest of us move to the bar even though we hadn’t even finished eating. Apparently they wanted our table immediately. We had a reservation and everything. I’ve never experienced such rude waitstaff, and manager!!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

It’s always an A-1 experience. A wonderful family run restaurant where good service is taken very seriously
I have been going there for years and will continue to recommend El Porron The menu is varied and never disappoints plus the wine selection is very good

I rarely give 5 stars but this restaurant is deserving

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Absolutely sensational on all levels! Steak empanadas were maybe the greatest dish I've ever eaten.

I've been to many Spanish restaurants in the city, and this is far and away the best. Will certainly be back soon

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Very good food and wine. Would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing food, friendly and very quick service.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

El Porron is truly a unique food experience. The tapas are creative and fresh with very tasteful sauces. Always worth a trip.

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3.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Manchego just OK, the Sangria a bit sweet, but the delicious scallops/lamb rack made up for it, along with a great server.

Would recommend, but they could focus on improving on the little things.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2018

We were two couples and are all foodies trying El Perron for the first time...and we enjoyed the delicious tapas, excellent paella, and reasonably priced very good wine. The service was friendly, helpful and attentive. Definitely will return soon.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

I had lunch here and it was totally wonderful. My friend and I shared three tapas plates, for an early lunch and they were delicious. We had a salmon dish, made with a great sauce. Then we also shard a leek vegetable melange which was superb and we also had an egg pie of some sort.
The choices were wonderful and I can hardly wait to be in that neighborhood again, to have lunch. I recommend it with enthusiasm. And the tapas plates were large enough so that sharing didn't mean just one mouthful...

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

This place was great! Went here for a date night and the food was incredible.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Delicious and authentic Spanish food, good and friendly service, great ambiance, and a very gracious host/owner. Definitely will be back soon.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2018

We recently moved from another neighborhood further south with an excellent Spanish restaurant - one of my favorite types - and came across El Porron online. Attracted by the good reviews, we found it lived up to everything nice the reviewers said about it. The food was delicious and the service courteous and very friendly. The menu warned that the paella dishes take 30-40 minutes, which I thought might delay the delivery of everyone's dishes, but it happened within 30 minutes with no feeling of my group sitting and waiting too long. Our pitcher of Rose Sangria was filled with fruit and delicious. We now have a new "go to" restaurant and expect to come here regularly.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

The best Paella ever including the one I had in Spain.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

What a delightful find in our own neighborhood. A very clean friendly attractive bar and Tapas restaurant with full sized entrees as well. The owner Mr G who meets you at the door and the waitstaff were very friendly. The food came fast and hot and everything was absolutely delicious. We had a seafood combination entree that was fantastic and highly recommended. Other great Tapas dishes were a squid dish, Manchego cheese platter and a potato dish. For dessert the Churros were hot and fresh and wonderful. We are looking forward to returning soon.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

First Rate, food was excellent service was excellent overall it was a great experience

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Overall great experience - a little pricey and some dishes could have been improved - overall very good

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

El Porron was a great choice for ambiance and delicious food for date night. Service was attentive and definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

Unexpectedly good food - with a large number of veggie options.

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2017

Comfortable low key easy place for light dinner and drinks

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4.0Dined on October 31, 2017

Very pleasant experience. Nice wait staff. Paella Valenciana was excellent. Tried 5 tapas - artichokes were OK - too cold, grilled sardines - a bit too salty, the meatballs, squid and Callos Madrilenos were quite good.

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2017

This was our 2nd visit. We get to NYC 2-3 times a year and stay in this neighborhood. Really delicious!

This time we met friends...they too thought it was worth the trip even across town

We didn't do tapas with some picky eaters but salads and entrees were really good. We'll be back on next trip

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3.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Third visit in a row where they have run out of some tapas! Disappointing.

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2017

The service was excellent. The sangria was terrific. The tapas were good; manchego cheese, clams with tomato. The paella was OK, but i'm spoiled with good homemade paella.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

Excellent food - had 6 of their Tapas. Desert was also great. Service was fantastic - super nice people. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2017

Everything was terrific. Food, service, and of course the company I was with. Been there before and will definitely be back

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4.0Dined on September 24, 2017

Met friends at El Porron for a birthday lunch. The food is excellent, terrific tapas.
Our waiter overheard that it was my fiend's birthday, and surprised us by singing HB and
with a candle on one of the best lava cakes ever.
Definitely recommend!

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2017

The food was authentic and very good. My friend and I chose 4 tapas plates from a wide assortment of choices. The waiter was attentive and pleasant. The ambience was modern with a Spanish feel--tiles, etc. It was enjoyable!

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2017

Love this place! Great for groups. We always order an assortment of tapas. They will come out at appropriate times and in a logical order.

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2.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Truly mediocre tapas place. Overlooked asparagus, over-sauced and yet weak octopus and chorizo. Stick with Boqueria or any number of other places nearby.

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1.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Ordered spinach croquettes, meatballs, salmon, and scallops tapas. Except for the salmon (which was coated with an cloying sweet jam), the food didn't seem freshly made and all of it was generally not good. My date, who is not a picky eater, didn't enjoy any of the dishes and didn't partake more than a taste of each. I was famished, so I ate everything rather than change venues. Nice red wine and nice open windows mitigated the circumstances.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

I was advised to try this place by my nephew who spent the past half year living in Alicante, Spain. He said the chef must have come from the region he lived in because it was JUST like his favorite tapas cafe in Alicante. He was right! It was delicious and my wife and I can't wait to go back and try the 'main course' dishes as well.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2017

A favorite! Great place for tapas and outstanding service!

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2017

Very good food, friendly service and a quiet atmosphere. Good value! We'll be back.

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2017

Pretty spot, nice people, good service, fun food. I recommend this restaurant highly

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2017

Wonderful night. Great food. Great service. Will definitely go back on my next trip to New York.

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