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About Ella Kitchen & Bar

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

249 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish, Latin / Spanish, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Monday 11:00am-11:00pm
Tuesday 11:00am-11:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am-11:00pm
Thursday 11:00am-11:00pm
Friday 11:00am-12:00am
Saturday 9:00am-12:00am
Sunday 9:00am-10:00pm

Cross Street:
Btw 72nd & 71st St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 579-9929

Website:
http://ellakitchenbar.com/

Catering:
We do corporate catering & private events

Parking Details:
Train 1, 2 and 3 to 72 street and Broadway

Train B, C to 72 and CPW


Bus M7 M72

Public Transit:
72nd On the 1, 2 & 3
72nd on the B & C

Executive Chef:
Felipe Camarillo

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour Mon-Fri 2-7pm!
Bottomless Brunch on weekends!

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A Free Spirit Cuisine & Bar inspired by the Mediterranean and Latin vibes. A social dining & sharing experience, a tribute to joy!

Ella Kitchen & Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (22)
Tapas (21)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
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Good for a Date (18)
Cozy (14)
Great for Brunch (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Fun (11)
Quick Bite (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Healthy (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Authentic (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
People Watching (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Romantic (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Spicy (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Loved it! Burgers we're delicious as were appetizers and desserts

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful, friendly service and lovely atmosphere. The food was very good to boot!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Our waiter brought us our check immediately after the meal, without ever showing us a dessert menu or asking to see if we wanted coffee or tea, so we left and went elsewhere for that. The tables are way too close for comfort. The gal at the adjacent table who was literally elbow to elbow with us, had a fork in one hand and her phone in the other the entire, and I mean entire meal. This out of touch behavior seemed to be indicative of many of the clientele there. If you are looking to enjoy a meal, where you can actually hear the person across from you, have a little space, and not be annoyed by people's faces lit up by their phone at the next table, this is not the place for you.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Tapas
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food3
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service1
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Very pleasantly surprised since this was our first time here. Excellent Brussels sprouts and chorizo dishes followed by both types of paella. Good service and very friendly atmosphere. Will return!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Ella's a great kitchen and the menu is varied, unique, and reasonable. Outstanding service, as well It's always fun to go here, although some evenings it's a bit loud for much conversation. Believe it or not, the spinach with golden raisins is a must!

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent food, service, and location in the neighborhood of Lincoln center!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Came here for brunch with friends. Great ambiance, unlimited coffee was actually good/strong, and solid food. I think I prefer dinner here, but it was a still a great meal!

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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

While this was a nice place to meet my friend, have a drink which was good (mulled hot cider) he food was a bit disappointing. I only ordered scrambled eggs, rosemary potatoes and toast. The eggs were dried a bit, even after requesting them being soft scrambled. Toast was great. A nice bread, grilled.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I ate at Ella's for the first time last Sunday for my bday. The staff seated us before everyone arrived and kept us happy with drink orders until our table was full. The food was delish and very fresh. The staff could not have been more attentive even though the place was packed. Our waitress even wished me a happy bday as we left. I will definitely return.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Organic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

My wife and I had dinner before a show at Lincoln Center on Dec. 14. First, excellent and attentive service from our waiter (sorry I don't remember his name). We decided to share a few small plates rather than a separate larger dinners and it was terrific. The smoky sprouts in particular was a home run. Nice atmosphere, comfortable and a fun vibe inside. Would definitely go again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Ella went above and beyond to make our dinner there great. I went for my girlfriend's birthday and they went out of their way to make it feel special for her. Balloons, singing, candles... The manager came out to check on us and wish her a happy birthday. Our waiter was great and the food was delicious!

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Casual
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Don't go here. We had concert ticketed and our table was not ready when we got there. They basically told us they seated someone at our table who said they'd be done. The people would not get up and they let us continue to stand in the drafty doorway. After 15 minutes we left since last time our food was not good. Never going again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our second time here for brunch on a weekend and Ella did not disappoint either time. We are huge fans of the Drunken Mushrooms burger!

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Great for Brunch
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food4
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Love this place! Always go for brunch to try new items on the menu!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I wish I was writing a better review because the menu sounded delicious. It’s just hard not to be jaded when your waiter forgets about you (and it’s not a large room) and doesn’t notice that you’ve had no food for 50 minutes. It was nice that they gave us a free drink each, but we ended up having to rush, and the food was ok but not brilliant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great Dinner Spot! The Lunch menu is good but dinner is better!
Octopus, Shrimp al ajillo, Salmon Carpaccio and Quinoa Chaufa are my favorite! Don't forget the bannana Ice Cream for dessert.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Family in NYC for Thanksgiving and found this place. Staff was excellent. Nice tasting menu. Had a terrific feel of a small NYC local spot to grab a bite and glass of wine. Very much enjoyed it!

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Did their best to ruin thanksgiving for my family. I had a valid reservation but they called two minutes before the reserved time to l leave a voicemail asking “if I was coming”. Of course I was. As I walked in the door, one female told my kids and I that we had to leave cos they were closed. Then another guy comes and said they want to close and if I want to order I need to be fast. They gave me a limited menu to choose from which is not what had been advertised. Very bad experience and thankfully I ended up with a great dinner elsewhere.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was varied and delicious and lots of healthy options. We were lost in conversation when we realized that our meal seemed to be taking forever to get to us. The waitress responded immediately and finally brought our meal. Service slow but worth the wait.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always good fresh clean food. Great friendly service

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

They had trouble finding my open table reservation, but otherwise the experience was lovely.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

My friends and I made a reservation for Saturday brunch at Ella expecting the standard to-do of the nyc brunch scene. For the most part, that's what we got. The food was good and came in a timely manner, the drinks were the proper strength, and the vibe was alight with the typical buzz. What set Ella apart for me was the service! After years of brunching with (understandably) disinterested and overworked wait staff, my standards are admittedly a bit low. Despite the ubiquitous drunkenness and menu alterations, our waitress was attentive and kind. Unexpected find, will be returning!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was a great brunch spot. The space itself is on the smaller side, but that's what I loved about it. We had a group of 6 and we all ordered something different, and every dish was fantastic. The server was pleasant and helpful.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Good food, attentive and friendly service, lovely restaurant - I'll definitely return. I shouldn't complain about noise at a small, popular restaurant on the Upper West Side on a Friday night, I suppose, but it was difficult to hear anything my companion said. Is there anything that can be done about the sound level?

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I give four instead of five stars because of the acoustic, very difficult to talk and your clothes will smell fried food when you leave the restaurant. All goes to the laundry afterwards. Food and service are great.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I travel very frequently to Spain. The food would not make the cut there. Service was severely lacking.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was quite good and ample portions ensured that I didn't leave hungry. Very filling and the menu is a bit different than other places in the neighborhood.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food friendly service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good food but spotty service. Cramped quarters but it is Manhattan.

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

Everything about Ella is wonderful! I've been there twice now and sampled different dishes each time. We all loved it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Spicy, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Tapas
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

this is my favorite restaurant in the city! the food is ALWAYS amazing!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Convenient location, great walkability, delicious food, cozy. Bathrooms downstairs--a negative!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, People Watching
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The food is homey and delicious and the service is friendly.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Been to every brunch place in a 10 mile radius and this one was just meh, IMHO. Omelets were greasy and overcooked, staff were surly and/or clumsy, space was cramped and surprisingly loud. Saw a wait outside when I left and cannot figure out what is worth all the fuss. Would go in a pinch, but many better options in this neighborhood.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Drinks were ordered several minutes before we'd decided on our food choices and didn't arrive until we began eating. Noise level was beyond energetic. We won't be recommending this restaurant to friends.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Fun and friendly. Everyone in this small but joyful place made us feel welcome. We had meatballs and spinach small plates and a seafood pa-Ella. All yummy.

Tags: Tapas, Fun
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The food was excellent and the menu was creative. The waitstaff was pleasant and efficient. The cocktail list was intriguing and the cocktails that we chose were great. In short, a great choice for dining in Uptown Manhattan.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The tapas has lots of variety, good flavors, and nice quality. I love the meatballs, and hanger steak main dish as well. Guacamole portion has too many cucumbers, not enough avocado, and the calamari is delicate but underwhelming. Very noisy.

Tags: Casual, Tapas
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Fun to sit outside and enjoy a reasonably priced and delicious brunch

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Every time I come to dine here, I am happy. The food is delicious, well-prepared and presented. I tried the mushroom coquettes, the Ella empanadas and the steak skewers this time and each one gave me a special flavor, sauce and experience that will continue to bring me back. Their tequila reposado was a smooth taste as well...Our girlfriends' reunion was special and they were both happy with their choices.
I feel like I am known, recognized and appreciated for coming back. (I held my 60th birthday brunch here last December and have been back several times since then - even though it isn't exactly in my neighborhood...it's worth it!) Until the next time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Paleo Friendly
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