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About 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.

1123 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10065
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates, Basque, Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 11:00am

Cross Street:
Btw 61st & 62nd St

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 207-8349

Website:
http://elporronnyc.com/

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!

Parking Details:
Ample street parking on 1st Ave. and corresponding side streets is always available.

Public Transit:
Take N,Q,R or 4,5,6 to Lexington Ave./59th St.

Executive Chef:
Gonzalo "Mr.G" Bermeo

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

El Porron Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing food, friendly and very quick service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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...

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Spicy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Tapas, Casual, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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

Tags: Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Comfortable low key easy place for light dinner and drinks

Tags: People Watching, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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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 (Columbus)·Dined 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

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

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

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Tapas, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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!

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

A favorite! Great place for tapas and outstanding service!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Wonderful food and service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 24, 2017

My favorite place on the UES. Food comes out very quickly and every bite is delicious!

Tags: Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

The tapas are great. The octopus is a winner. The croquets are fabulous. The paella is very very good. Service is usually excellent.

Can be a bit crowded and loud but a great dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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 (Houston)·Dined on July 20, 2017

If you enjoy Spanish food, especially tapas, this is your place. We have patronized a number of tapas restaurants over the years and most disappoint. El Porron is authentic, even when the occasional dish is transformed by a foreign element. The wine list is excellent and covers the Iberic peninsula. We found table service attentive and helpful.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Put simply, excellent tapas at good prices. Don't pay for poor overpriced food at Boqueria. This is the place on UES.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Good tapas with very nice friendly service. Location is one where most would not want to schlep to just to try the food though. Prices are a bit high especially given the area but overall a solid restaurant that is easy to recommend if one wants tapas and is in the area.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I am from Seattle, well traveled, and sometimes disappointed by reviews. The restaurant lived up to all reviews - great food, we tried out 11 different dishes among the 5 of us. The seafood paella was amazing, you could taste the saffron, the calamari was great, the pulpo was tender, shrimp was also wonderful, and loved the cheese platter etc. The desserts were simply yummy! There was not a single dish that was bad or mediocre. I will come back again and so worth it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 3, 2017

amazing, consistently tasting tapas! Every tapas is tasty

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2017

There aren't many high quality Spanish restaurants in NYC, but El Porron is definitely one of them. The cuisine is traditional and well-prepared. The wine list, though small, is composed primarily of Spanish wines, most from producers I hadn't heard of. The staff's wine recommendations, though, were spot-on. Also, there are a number of house specialties on the menu that are worth trying.

We'll be going back for sure.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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