Ella Kitchen & Bar

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$30 and under
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Spanish

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A Free Spirit Cuisine & Bar inspired by the Mediterranean and Latin vibes. A Social Dinning Sharing Experience. A Tribute to joy!

Specials

Sunday Funday Happy Hour!

Happy hour on our draft, house wine, sangria and select Tapas! (only at the bar)

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 15, 2018

Ends: November 16, 2117

Availability: Sun 4:00PM-8:00PM

What 607 People Are Saying
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Miami
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I thought it was lovely but rather expensive, particularly the mushroom croquettes were too teeny a portion. Enjoyed all the food, the avocado, the empanadas and the wine recommendation was excellent.

d
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was a wonderful collection of small plates. Truly a caring and attentive staff just minutes from the Beacon. Would definitely return.

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

Great atmosphere and food was very good! The Spinach salad was delicious!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Looked for a place close to the Beacon theatre. Cute place went early so not many people there. But filled up quickly by 7pm. Get the the Tapas. And plates were not that small. Shrimp was good - my wife had the octopus - was good but very large portion, and pretty rich. Must have gotten a left over it was hard to finish. I made the mistake by looking at reviews how good the mushroom burger was. It’s a Tapas place. Don’t get a standard $18 burger and fries. Also note we were seated at 6pm to enjoy our time before the show. The bar has happy hour - only at the bar. Very small bar. But the drinks are below half price. I’d go back and do the happy hour. I hear the Tapa is limited at happy hour, but did not check that menu. The dinner tapas menu looked good, I’d try some of the other dishes. Sangria red. Was decent but a small glass for what it cost. So I’d go happy hour for drinks. 5-7 however.

CN
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a staple - always great vibe, tasty food, awesome drinking scene and casual meet ups. This is one of those places that since you arrive you get in a good mood.

DA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had lunch at Ella Kitchen & Bar before a Saturday 2pm matinee at Lincoln center. We had not realized that they only serve a brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday, but there were still good options for those more inclined to a lunch offering.

The food was very good. We were impressed that the service staff were very on top of things, and as they knew we needed to leave on-time to get to Lincoln Center, they made sure our food came out quickly and we were served expeditiously.

It was our fault that we were a few minutes late arriving, and our table had indeed been given away, so we were seated outside by the sidewalk - which turned out to be quieter than inside (good) and was fine as the weather that day was really great.

Obviously this is a popular venue. Suggest early reservations and prompt arrival.

AM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Main problem we had was the breakfast potatoes, which definitely tasted of pork. My partner and I are both vegetarians and grew up not eating pork, so we immediately set the potatoes aside. When we explained this to the server, he was overly-adamant there was no meat. As if the universe herself heard us, a customer from the neighboring table chimed in and explained she was also raised not eating meat and always orders something in place of the breakfast potatoes here because they have a pork residue. We weren’t upset, just annoyed at the initial pushback. Plus, breakfast potato are our favorite part of brunch. Warning to all vegetarians hoping to order breakfast potatoes, this may not be the place for you!

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Lovely little place with good ambience, nice staff, sweet location -- some of the dishes are very good, but some use canned substitutes for fresh ingredients, which is a disappointment (my "roasted red peppers and tomatoes" were directly from a can or a jar, and made the bread underneath it soggy).

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good experience— great food

p
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super delicious — everything we ordered. Brussel sprouts. Salmon burger. Greek salad.

L
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Much too loud indoors for elderly like us, but pleasant outdoors. Four tapas were about the right amount for two of us. The ones we chose were tasty.

SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the neighborhood. Perfect in every way. Five stars for all

C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Neighborhood staple

DC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place, great food, great service! I highly recommend this restaurant. One of my favorites in New York.

AC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing. The service could have been faster but it was great experience overall. The food made up for everything.

D
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great selection of different foods to share, all very good! It was very loud inside, so expect to shout to whomever you’re with if the restaurant is busy (we ate around 9PM on a Friday).

LI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good but the service was bad. We had to call waitress over every time to get service vice.

N
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place!!!! I've been here for work, for play, or to relax. It never lets me down.

LM
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food is just incredible, we were almost licking the plates. The drinks are also terrific. My only hesitation is the acoustics are not great so the noise level is high. Otherwise, love everything about this place!

RL
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty tapas and friendly, attentive service

s
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent tapas, especially the empanadas and mushroom crepes. The patatas bravas seemed more like a baked potato than with that great crispy texture, so I don't think I'd order that particular item again. But overall, an very nice experience at a reasonable price.

FT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tapas were outstanding. Waitstaff could have been more attentive. Entrees (both Paellas and the Veggie Burger) were unremarkable.

AA
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great “local” that we are glad we found! Reasonable price with different, authentic food and great service. Definitely coming back for tapas at the bar.

GW
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Ella Kitchen and Bar has been a neighborhood favorite of mine for many years. Although the food has always been consistently very good, the service has become questionable. Better training is in order if staff think it’s ok to remember half an order, deliver plates without silverware on the table, not offer condiments for toast, serve milk that is obviously spoiled, and curdling or place 4 large platters on a high top that can only accommodate two. The level of thoughtlessness is unacceptable. In addition, the last two times we have dined here, we observed there are more annoying flies in the dining room than there are outside. I now am questioning the cleanliness of the place.

F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Terrible food. This is an insult to Spanish food. Their "bravas" were the worse... will definitely not return

DD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good atmosphere - bustling but not chaotic. Our server was very nice and helpful. We ordered 4 tapas. Kofte sliders were delicious as were the Ella empanada and shrimp ajillo. Bravas were very good, but we prefer them a little crisper and with more sauce. Paired off with a generously poured glass of cava, it was a perfect summer dinner. We love this place and will definitely be back.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service very attentive Leo the best service and the manager very friendly back soon to Ella thanks food the best tasty

CT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice setting with indoor and outdoor tables and our server was attentive. That said, flies were present while eating indoors. Menu had a wide variety of tapas. Burger was good while gazpacho was ok - creamy base which was not disclosed and bland flavor. Grilled octopus was not cooked properly - tough exterior while mushy interior. Disappointing meal compared to reviews.

S
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This place is amazing. We had the skirt steak and salad and fries. Delicious! I also liked their sangria.

OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ella Kitchen and Bar is a very pleasant tapas style restaurant a short walk from the Beacon Theatre. The menu has lots of options including many vegetarian friendly choices. The small plates are excellent including the olive selection, empanadas, guacamole ‘tartare’, chorizo, and many others. Service was friendly in the busy room. Noise level is a bit elevated in the cozy seating but manageable. We’ve now dined there twice and all in all a really nice place to grab a bite on the upper west side.

VB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Neighborhood gem. Great food and attentive service

DG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time. Staff was so nice and food was delicious!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food for good value that opens by 10 am. Will definitely return when needing a bottomless cava, belini, mimosa, or bloody Mary (which I rarely enjoy)

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Sliders were delicious!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

some of the best tapas in nyc. noise level was much better sitting outside.

VP
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a favorite!

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S
London
40 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating and welcoming. Wonderful combination/selections of menu items and preparations were very tasty.

HH
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and good food

D
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A great find in the Upoer West Side. The food was excellent.

ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We ordered three Tapas. Guacamole, sliders and meatballs. The first two were just Ok and the meatballs were cold and very bland. Drinks were small.

Overall it was very meh.

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