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El Born

651 Manhattan Ave., New York, NY 11222 40.724339 -73.951338
nr. Bedford Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
347-844-9295 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Spanish/Tapas
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

elbornnyc.com

Hours

Tue.-Thu., 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5 p.m.-midnight (bar until 2 a.m.); Sun., 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Mon, closed

Prices

$6-$21

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Outdoor Dining

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

El Born is named for the hip Barcelona neighborhood that Catalan owner Elena Manich says is not without its similarities to Greenpoint, an area previously devoid of a modern tapas joint like this. Through the glass entrance on Manhattan Avenue, a marble communal table turns into a stool-lined bar opposite three small high-top tables against an exposed brick wall. And in the back, a large, semi-private booth and three more tables sit under a neon-pink light. To start, a stone slat arrives at the table with sliced toast topped with raw tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil, and sprinkled with sea salta kind of pan con tomate. You should move on to order the shareable dish of four croquettes: They’re lightly breaded, full of rich goat cheese, and served on a sweet apple compote. Another nice starter is the skin-on baby potatoes with two contrasting peppers: atop a green padrón sauce, beneath a spicy red piquillo vinaigrette. In one salad, fennel, endive, and white anchovies swim in a date-based dressing, and for a main dish, order the quickly seared tuna, crusted with an olive-and-mustard mixture and served on a bed of sautéed Catalan white beans called Ganxet. Even better: Soft discs of Hudson Valley foie gras melt in your mouth alongside the sliced quince, balsamic reduction, and thin toast with which it’s served. To round out the excellent food, order a glass of wine from the all-Spanish list that offers 29 bottles, including six cavas.

Recommended Dishes

Croquettes, $8; semi cru de tonyina, $16

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