This modern Upper East Side eatery, named for the Catalonion wine pitchers adorning the walls, is a welcoming neighborhood tapas spot. Stick with small plates, like tender veal meatballs basted in a leek and crushed-tomato broth; scallops encrusted in bread crumbs and bits of bacon; or garlicky braised leeks. Entrées are less impressive—the seafood in a monkfish paella was overcooked and its promised saffron nearly undetectable. But if you live in the neighborhood, you could do worse than settling in here for a nibble and a bottle of wine, plucked from the all-Spanish list.
|Venue name:||El Porrón||Contact:|
1123 First Ave
|Cross street:||between 61st and 62nd Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun noon–11pm; Fri, Sat noon–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Lexington Ave–63rd St|
|Price:||Average main course: $21. AmEx, MC, V|