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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.
New York, NY 10065
Tapas / Small Plates, Basque, Spanish
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 11:00am
Btw 61st & 62nd St
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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!
Ample street parking on 1st Ave. and corresponding side streets is always available.
Take N,Q,R or 4,5,6 to Lexington Ave./59th St.
Gonzalo "Mr.G" Bermeo
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
El Porron Ratings and Reviews
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is not our first time and it it won't be the last meal at El Porron. The owner is charming and he has trained his staff well. The red sangria is excellent asares the tapas selections and the main courses. Nice that you can get a tapas portion of the entrées. The food is fresh and yummy. We love the potato/tuna salad, the pork pulled empanadas, the paella and more. Leave room for dessert.
The tapas were good. I liked mushrooms and scallops a lot. Very nice flavors. The price-wise is a bit on pricey for the portions. Garlic shrimp entree was pretty good. The disappointment was the paella (aka their specialty). The mussels were so tiny, not worth to include at all. The rest of seafood was very little. And the flavor of the rice was on a bland side. The service was a little spotty. Overall good, but maybe not worth the price.
This was the first time I dined at El Porron. A friend and I shared a few small plates, shrimp, pork, chicken and sausage. I was pleasantly surprised until we ate the sausage which were extremely salty. Our bartender was kind enough to remove from our bill since we did not eat any of it after tasting. Our cocktails were delicious and bartender very friendly. He may have been doubling as a waiter because he was not behind the bar for awhile when we wanted a check. Great place to stop in for a cocktail and small bites.
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