El Born

4.6
49 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish

El Born in Brooklyn, New York has a number of different menus, all of which are influenced by Barcelona. The name itself comes from the El Born district of this famous city, where ancient alleyways feature the latest fashions and nightlife venues. Here in Brooklyn, El Born serves up new twists on Spanish favorites.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm–12:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am
Sun 12:00 pm–11:00 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
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Phone number
(347) 844-9295
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Please send us an email at reservations@elbornnyc.com with your catering needs. We would love to cater your next event, à la Spanish! Think croquetas, paellas, sangrías and fun!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bedford and Norman
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Public transit
The closes subway stops are Nassau (G) and Bedford (L)
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Entertainment
Live flamenco guitar on Sundays at 7.30pm by Achilles Kallergis
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Special events & promotions
Book your next event with us!
Send us an email to reservations@elbornnyc.com and let us know what you have in mind, we are sure you will be very pleased with our options!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 49 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Long, narrow, convivial space, friendly, efficient staff. Good fur drinks, food was uneven. A few great dishes, but most were near misses - under or over seasoned, missing acid to round flavor.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food! Would definitely recommend it to everybody.

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K
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was amazing, and probably one of the best brunch spots in BK.

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TF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for brunch at 12:30 and lingered until 3:30 because it was just that kind of meal - great food, great people, good times. We were 4 adults and 3 little kids and we sat in the booth in the back which was perfect. We are not heavy drinkers at all but we did the bottomless brunch deal anyway because it was family style which was fun. Plus we ended up drinking a little more than usual. I’m so happy we chose this place because my friends had driven down from CT and so we really wanted to give them a long, fun, delicious meal and El Born delivered on all of those.

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AF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef menu is worth it and chef can take into account your dietary restrictions on the spot. Very enjoyable!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was very attentive and extremely polite and smooth. I was expecting a bit more from some of the tapas we ordered, everything was mediocre and the price wasn’t cheap for Brooklyn. But it was very decent and the service was so nice. Thank you.

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is good and it's fairly priced.
Wine list short and not so exiting. The only wine I found interesting and I want to order was not available. In my opinion in Brooklyn you need to have 1 or 2 items on the wine list that are not main stream and generic.

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L
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I lived in Barcelona for a year and I haven't been able to eat food in the States since, because nothing ever came close. This place is hands down the best tapas I've had in the US (and I used to live in DC and frequent places by Jose Andres), and dare I say some of the tapas here are even better than some I've had in Spain. I'll be coming back frequently. Definitely recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely delicious. I believe it’s impossible to go wrong with anything on the menu. The cocktails are all delicious as well! El Born was an all around great experience and has a fun atmosphere

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ET
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome!!coming back for sure next week!!!Incredible food,fantastic service,cosy place!!!I definitely recommend this place!

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LF
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was pleasantly surprised by the restaurant. The menu reflects the Catalan culture. The black paella was the highlight of a very good meal.

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JP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time ordering tons of tapas to share amongst the four of us. Unintentionally hit happy hour, prices & drinks were perfect. Service was excellent. Can’t believe the place wasn’t packed! The food rivals my beloved Jaleos in D.C. We would definitely visit again!

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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

amazing food and service.

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L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have eaten here several times before - usually at the bar - and it's one of our neighborhood favorites. On Monday we came back to celebrate his birthday (along with his foodie son) and ate in the garden out back -- such a nice space we never knew was there. We had the squid ink paella for the first time and it was delicious! We also ordered our usual favorites: dates stuffed with cheese and wrapped with bacon, roasted mushrooms with ham and rosemary aioli, Brussel sprouts with ham and raisin, grilled octopus and the amazing braised oxtail rolled in pasta.......Yum! They also do specialty gin and tonics - my favorite is the ginger one. The staff are very attentive and friendly. You'll love it too!

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KS
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food good have been good if they learned how to season there food. Nice choices.

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g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great tapas find in Greenpoint. Just a few seconds from Mccarren park and accessible via the G train off of Nassau, which makes it convenient for Williamsburg locals and friends coming from downtown Manhattan. The food is tasty and hits the spot when I'm craving Spanish small plates, but the meat paella is also worth checking out. I will say it's a bit disappointing that they have a small backyard since it always seems to be busy and taken up. The inside dining space is sufficient but they also make you shift seats to accommodate new and departing guests on the central high table, so the service should be more generous and friendly to compensate for that.

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tapas were delicias!!!

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KB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was great, as always! The service this time around wasn't good. There were two servers who both came by and introduced themselves and attempted to take our orders. The first server didn't ring in our drinks so we didn't get our drinks until well into the first two plates. Having worked in the industry for years, I'm definitely not one to ask for a handout but they should have been complimentary at that point. Also, I ordered a glass of prosecco with dessert that was $9 on the menu but when we got the bill it was $11.

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k
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brought my 82 year old stepfather, here for his birthday with my mum and younger brother and it was a total win. We went early on a Sunday and avoided the crowd/noise. The wait-staff was attentive and informative about how much to order without hovering. Each dish was better than the last - the crispy Brussel Sprouts was the best with the Octopus a close second. Had a great bottle of Cava, dessert and all the food we could eat and didn't break the bank. Definitely a hit.

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NR
New England
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, good service, awesome cocktails, nice ambiance. We went with a party of 8 and they made us order the chef's menu, although the open table confirmation said that it was only mandatory for parties of 10 or more. We ended up getting way more food than we wanted or needed and ended up leaving a ton of food behind at the restaurant. Did not appreciate being upsold. Would recommend for a date, but not for a group dinner.

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CJ
New England
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Born was a nice experience. Our reservation was at 9pm and it took almost 15 minutes to get seated because the previous party was lingering over a glass of wine. The hostess welcomed us to sit at the bar while we waited, which was nice, but of course added an extra drink to the tab. We were seated at the front table so we could watch people walking by outside. The sangria was delicious, as were the tapas we ordered. The price was excellent between 3 people for 4 tapas. I would recommend it for a date night or a casual tasting menu. The noise was a little loud, the acoustics amplified voices and they had music playing in addition, so if you're looking for romantic and quiet, probably not the best place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great brunch,we went for the unlimited brunch but were glad we ordered a couple extra tapas. Service was great and the drinks were easy to come by. Only thing that could have been better were the portions.

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Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El Born was fantastic — very accommodating to our large group, and the chef’s menu was incredibly generous and beyond delicious. The seafood paella was truly next level.

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EH
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! I will recommend to everyone and will come back.

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OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous service and food!! The chef selection took the guss work out of ordering and it was totslly worth it.

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e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful experience there on NYE. Food especially the seafood paella was absolutely delicious. Am excited to go again another time.

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W
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great small plates!

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a group of 10, sat at the long table by the bar and had great food and service the whole time. The employees were all helpful and sweet, offering suggestions for different wine and food pairings. We were there around 6:30, so we got to enjoy the happy hour specials for a bit as well, so the bill at the end of the night was surprisingly low. The paellas were all great, as were their signature gin and tonic drinks, which I recommend highlt.

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2015
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was inconsistent, some plates good, some horrible.

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KA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

For my second time at El Born, I booked a table for 10 for my birthday dinner. The restaurant was very flexible with our numbers and seated us comfortably at the extension of the bar. The table was great, as the birthday girl, I could easily speak to all my guest. That said, we did feel a bit in the way of the bartenders, who needed to pass behind us throughout dinner.
The food at El Born is always excellent. This time our usually rare tuna came out a little over cooked. Additionally, our server, who's english was not perfect, did not tell us the specials. He did not hesitate to make recommendations, however, for dishes, and in some cases put in orders for specials that we had specifically said we did not want to order. That said, we were 10 and the dishes are tapas/appetizer size, so we welcomed the additional plates that we had not ordered. The same conundrum occurred with drinks. Some guests received new drinks without ordering them, and sometimes without having even finished their current drink!
I however had a great time and as usual, enjoyed the food immensely. I will definitely return again to El Born, but with a smaller group that may be seated with servers and not bartenders who were extending their service to our bartop table.

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b
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great brunch here and they have a menu true to Barcelona and Catalan food. Loved their brussel sprouts, fideua, and escalavida. Definitely great for a group.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent tapas, great happy hour and very attentive service.

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J
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great customer service and food from start to finish!

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FD
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very nice place with attentive service. Food was seved at a very good pace alowing for the dishes to be eaten as they were placed.
Restaurant tables are small and very tightly placed. Much better for a tapa then for a full dinner. Paella was undercooked. Croquetas very good.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was absolutely delicious, we ordered 4 plates and all of them were outstanding. The service was very good as well, the waitress was very helpful regarding recommendations, pairing and quantities.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

This is definitely an appetizer and drink spot. Many of the food options were not appealing. I had the chicken meal and it was very bland. The same can be said of the octopus. The sangria and filet minion appetizer were awesome!!!

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2014
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Bartender congenial. Apps were very interesting and delicious. The three of us each had different versions of the paella. They were ok, but only just ok. Oh almost forgot the best, our waitress provided her recommendations based on her favorite dishes. Then later informed us that it was her first day as her reason for forgetting to order one of our entrées, and mistakenly billing us for three deserts by accident. Had to wind up taking one paella home.
All in all a big YAWN!!

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D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was great and the servings are generous for tapas but not quite an entre. oh, and did I say the food was delicious.

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Y
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.... like in Barcelona. Super kind staff. Cool ambiance.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've never reviewed a restaraunt before but this place was so good I felt compelled.

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