El Born

Restaurants, Spanish Greenpoint
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El Born
Photograph: Courtesy El Born

Catalan-bred owner Elena Manich updates the tapas of her native Spain at this Greenpoint small-plates spot, outfitted with a marble bar and vaulted ceiling. Inspired by Barcelona's hipster-baiting El Born district, the 50-seat restaurant offers shareable dishes like octopus legs a la piedra (cooked on a stone) with potatoes and pimentón. A mix of Spanish and local wines are also available.


Venue name: El Born
Address: 651 Manhattan Ave
Cross street: between Bedford and Norman Aves
Opening hours: Tue–Thu, Sun 5–11pm; Fri, Sat 5pm–2am
Transport: Subway: G to Nassau Ave
Price: Average entrée: $20. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Ashleigh B

I often find it really hard to find Spanish food that's not drenched in oil, so I was pleasantly surprised when the tapas at El Born was fresh, creative and authentically Spanish. The space is airy but still cozy and it transported me back to my travels through Spain. We ordered four small plates and every one of them was outstanding. The mushrooms with pieces of salty Iberico jamon sprinkled throughout were a standout, as well as the pork ribs which were melt in your mouth goodness. I highly recommend checking this unassuming Greenpoint local out!


We went there for New Year's Eve and were blown away. Tastefully designed space and outstanding cuisine. We understood that the chefs are Spanish and it shows. I lived in Barcelona for a while and always missed that kind of amazing food in NYC. Well, in Greenpoint it is. Highly recommendable.


We live really close by and wanted to try this place out. We only tried two things but it was really delicious tapas and great service. Greenpoint doesn't have tapas so this is a great addition and it'll be nice for a casual pop in and a proper evening out.