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!

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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 653 People Are Saying
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MS
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite neighborhood restaurant...we are there several times a week! Have not had a bad experience yet!! Fresh, fresh food - great cocktails!

d
New York Area
162 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our first time at Ella and we went before a concert at Lincoln Center. We were very happy with our experience. We shared two tapas: Ella empanadas and smoky sprouts. Both were excellent and sharing two produced two good sized appetizer portions. We both then had the ultimate kote burger. Large portion with fries and salad. Many people ordered paella, but it takes 35 minutes to cook so we decided not to order it since we had to make a concert. Food was all very reasonably priced. Wine was expensive. It's a small restaurant and it's a good thing we had a reservation in advance. It was full the whole time we were there.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some heat if I’m gonna be honest

CH
London
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really attentive service and good food! I would definitely recommend the unlimited brunch option if you’re there on the weekend.

BK
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a solid place for pre-theater in the neighborhood.

CS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Everything was wonderful, including both cocktails and food. A wonderful choice for a night at Lincoln Center... or just if you're in the area!

DH
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the gems on the West Side. Great food, drinks and wait service was fantastic!

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were at Ella’s kitchen on A Saturday night around 530, restaurant was half full, service was great drinks were a little slow, but super creative drink offerings which we love. The brussels sprouts were probably the best boss I’ve ever had, I would highly recommend them. Our only complaint was that the calamari was chewy, but the dipping sauces that went with it were fantastic.

AC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was terrific. A lot of interesting choices. Servers didn’t rush us at all which was refreshing.

C
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this newly discovered (by me) gem. The atmosphere is calm and nice for lunch. Their protein plates, or whatever they call them where you choose 3 different things to go on your plate is wonderful. I plan to go back many more times.

b
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

No complaints about the food or service, but the noise level made any conversation pretty painful. We got out of there as soon as we could.

L
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food at reasonable prices!!

JN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An ideal place for a salad and drinks and perhaps dessert. Peaceful ambience.

C
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is quite a find. A neighborhood, charming little restaurant with great, healthy food. Delicious is a better word. My friend and I each had their “power bow”—I think that’s what they call it- where you pick a protein, and two other things. Really good with great service and a nice atmosphere. I will be going back many times.

M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had to choose a spot for a dinner meeting on the Upper West Side, and Ella Kitchen came up as something which can be suitable for a conversation... but not on a Friday night! Boy, was the place jumping. But we were still able to have a conversation, even though I think my voice was a bit tired after the evening. The food was amazing. Just the right portions to share, so much variety! The mushroom croquette was scrumptious as well as the sliders. Don't forget to leave room for dessert. Definitely will choose this spot again although I might try for an early weekday.

JH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific restaurant. Server was excellent and knowledgeable about the menu and wine selections. Water glasses were constantly refilled. We shared 4 tapas plates-all delicious. Definitely recommend making reservations. Cozy, elegant atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

1st time dinners and for the most part dinner was amazing. Brussel sprouts to die for, there was a lemon taste to it that was fantastic. Octopus was delicious, just wished we had a bit of salt to add to it. Skirt steak and romanescos sauce amazing, but then again very hard to screw up. Seafood paella was outstanding and the best dish of the night. My only issue was the chorizo, sorry but that was not real chorizo. Not good at all, spices missing and there was not taste to it. If not that it would have been a 5 star review.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

AL
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The baked eggs were out of this world, the ambiance was relaxed and easy to hear (even during brunch rush!), and the service staff was friendly and helpful! A lovely option for brunch before an afternoon movie.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ella has such a cute neighborhood vibe. And the people are so nice! We were a table of 7 for dinner after a football game and tapas was just what we needed after chowing down on stadium food. Shareable and the option to have more if necessary. Good approachable wine list too.

AC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

On the basis of a Yelp review I selected this place for a pre-theatre dinner on Dec 26. Increasingly the traditional three course dinner has less and less appeal. The key to small plate fare is to make each one as tasty as possible,, and Ella does not disappoint here. There is a deft hand in the kitchen turning out food that leaves one feeling sated but not stuffed. We shared five dishes between two people, and might well have done with four. Excellent cauliflower with charred edges and a slightly smoky taste; lamb kofta that resembles "sliders" but is much more distinguished with even the toasted mini-buns of superb quality; a generous portion of spicy shrimp that continued sizzling at the table for at least another 90 seconds (note to chef: shorter cooking will leave these more tender) and the masterstroke: mushroom croquettes with finely chopped and well seasoned funghi in crispy balls that are a delight to the palette. When I go back I plan to double up on these, even for two people. Two orders is a no brainer for 3 people, as they are five boulettes to an order and clearly a signature dish here. If you haven't had a taste-bud-ectomy, you will not fail to devour these delightful creations with relish. Okay, no relish, please...only gusto!

Z
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Drinks were tasty but pricey. We were five people and our table was on the small side and very close to the tables next to us. Overall, the food wins out, and we will return.

AB
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ella was absolutely wonderful for our small group holiday celebration!
The staff was delightfully welcoming and the service warm and lovely. Everyone from vegetarian to carnivore was happy with their dish, and unanimously found the food to be delicious.

E
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Neighborhood staple.

l
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and food was very good. We had the charred octupus , a salad both were very tasty.
My dining partner enjoyed the salmon, remarked it had lots of flavor. I had the chicken paella it was delicious.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was absolutely fantastic- however, it was EXTREMELY hot in the restaurant. I was sweating (which rarely happens) and everyone at the table agreed it was borderline unbearable, making it difficult to enjoy everything else.

KH
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service good value for city, with a great relaxed atmosphere.

R
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We have been to Ella many times, and always have had a great experience.. the paella 🥘 is great .. and the tapas is delicious

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding variety of tapas- all well prepared with great flavor! Nice ambiance! You have to go here. Gem!

CA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really loved everything, great tapas and drinks! Get BOTH sangrias

DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We like the food at Ella and have eaten here a lot. But the wine pour is absolutely ridiculous. It is comical how little is in the glass, especially since prices are $15 a glass. Our party of four all did a double-take when the glasses were served. While I'm not complaining about the price - many restaurants we frequent have similar prices - they should be pouring a reasonable amount of wine in the glass.

VB
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice little neighborhood place with a variety of food choices that were well prepared.

CK
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The salmon burgers were tasty. Server was attentive and price was appropriate for UWS.
This was our first time and -- since our granddaughter is named ELLA -- was a sweet experience.

RR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Ella Kitchen is a very nice blend of Spanish bistro, american brunch and cozy space. Loved the breadth in the brunch menu, the quality of the food, the speed of the waiters. Most of all, loved the music, with Mariah Carey Chrismas songs making us fly high in the sky.

R
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent, delicious, creative dining experience. MUST order the bacon wrapped dates and empanadas. Truly exquisite. The volume of the music could be toned down a bit; it made it a tad difficult to hear each other talking. They did turn it down some when I asked; it was still a bit loud. Other than that...definitely would recommend and will return!

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was quite good! However, when I ordered my bottomless brunch, I was given a glass that clearly had soap residue on it and tasted of soap. Upon examining my friends' glasses, a few others also had soap residue on their glasses. While the Ella's staff quickly retired the glasses and re-washed them, there was no offer to extend our hour-only bottomless brunch while we waited for the glasses to be cleaned (since they cleaned all of the flutes, it took a while), and we were charged full price. This left a literal and figurative bad taste in my mouth. While the service was pretty good and so was the food, I will not be back to Ella's based on this experience.

CC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an awesome place to grab dinner and drinks with a friend! The food was fantastic and the restaurant was beautifully decorated. I went to share tapas with my sister and we both had a wonderful time. Would absolutely recommend!

VP
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I keep coming back to Ella and, regardless of the time of day/type of meal, I am never disappointed. Great food at a reasonable price (by Manhattan standards)!

e
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went to Ella's after reading reviews on Yelp. Ella's did not disappoint. We ordered 4 tapas for 2 of us which was ample for us
We particularly liked the avocado tartar with feta and kofte sliders. Wait staff were pleasant and efficient. Prices were reasonable. Noise level was a little high but we were still able to have good conversation. We will definitely be going back.

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