Fabulous Little Place.... I came here a moon or two ago (I can't quite remember) and I absolutely loved it. What a fabulous little place. If it weren't that quaint and cozy, it would surely lose its charm. Go with a loved one. Enjoy good food. Drink great wine. Love life. :)
Best. Tapas. EVER.. I can't believe all these bad reviews I am reading. I LOVE El Cid, and have had some of the best tapas ever here. Granted, the space is incredibly cramped and the service can be lacking, but the food is to die for! I especially love the squid and shrimp dishes . . . my mouth is watering just thinking of them. I have been here numerous times and everything has always been wonderful-can't say I have had a bad experience with a dish. The sangrias are generally pretty good, although the last time I went there I thought the batch did taste a bit watered down, but the no problems previously. My only complaint is that the space is very small (but hey, this is New York, so what isn't) and it can get a little noisy when all the patrons have had a few sangrias.
The Best Tapas on the east coast!! The service is superb!!.
I've been to many places for spanish food and this is the best anywhere! You can bring your friends, family or go there for a really romantic date! The bartender is the nicest, warmest person who makes the greatest sangria's!! The service is great.
And the entrees are delicious too!!!
I highly recommend everyone to go there!!...it's a hidden nyc gem! :)
Small plates clutter small tables at this hidden destination for spicy Spanish fare..
At this bare-bones Chelsea eatery, colorful tapas take center stage over decor. Diners seeking a casual meal share plates at tiled tables or the sky blue bar. A map of Spain hangs on the wall, overshadowing dishes of squid in garlic sauce, pork marinated in herbs and torrejas, and the spot's special dessert of bread dipped in wine, cinnamon and sugar. Dinner begins with a plate of olives and potatoes with aioli and ends with a free digestif.
Very mediocre and disappointing.
Very mediocre and disappointing.
The service was average throughout the meal. However, the "highlight" was at the end after we had paid our bill. We were waiting at the table while one of our party went out to get the car. We had not been sitting at the table for more than six or seven minutes after paying our bill waiting for our care to get there when one of the staff (we're thinking it was the manager) came over to our table and asked us to leave because there were people waiting. We were shocked in general and especially considering there had been no friction throughout our meal with the waitstaff.
The food itself was bland and very mediocre. The paella was watery and bland. I don't know if the kitchen was having a bad that day or if the food is always like this. I've been to a fair number of tapas restaurants both in California and in New York, but I've never been to one so mediocre. The grilled shrimp was extremely plain and unflavorful as well - I could have grilled the shrimp at home and sprinkled some salt on it. The squid dish was also very bland - just a bunch of squid tossed in some oil and heated up.
The few things that *were* good were the sangria and the flan. The sherry was also very tasty.
The actual tapas were very disappointing though.
That word describes our entire experience there is mediocre. With a shock at the end of course.
Needless to say, we won't be going back.
Our favorite tapas place- hands down. My husband and I have tried many tapas places in the city. We recommend this place to anyone who wants a reliable yummy tapas restaurant. Their shrimp in garlic sauce is better than any other restuarant in NYC.
much better options for spanish/tapas in the same neighborhood. the staff at el cid was not attentive at all. the food was mediocre at best, much of the dishes seem to be prepared with canned ingredients (vegetebales, olives etc). if you are looking for good tapas/spanish in this neighborhood check out sala one nine or francisco centro vasco.
Wouldn't go back. Lured in by the prominent display of Zagat praise, I expected delicious food and the prices seemed reasonable, at least the food ones. Not being given a wine or drink menu was the first clue that I would be gouged for the sangria I ordered. But first, the food. I ordered a tortilla espanola which was quite tasty, but by no means complex (egg and potato). Along with the meal came some tasty bread, and a small plate of antipasto, including a delicious non-fried, cold form of patatas bravas and olives. I also ordered chorizo al vino, which was VERY disappointing. It tasted like cheap hot dogs with chorizo flavoring: it clearly lacked quality and was bought on the cheap. Now for the sangria. I ordered an individual serving, which came in a small pitcher that filled two glasses and cost $9.00. That may seem like a deal, considering the price 2 glasses of wine. However, the contents of most sangria is only half wine and half other inexpensive ingredients, AND, you can choose the cheapest wine on the shelf and it should still taste good. I agree with the other posters that this sangria tasted watered down, considering that in Spain two glasses would give you more than a nice buzz. I don't like places that sacrifice quality for money or play tricks on you by hiding drink prices till check time (everyone at the place was drinking Sangria, so that, it seems, must be the money-maker). Customer service was above average.
Dont Listen to these Morons. The food is really great and the Sangria is tasty, strong and will get you nicely toasted. I live around the corner and have been going here for 6 years. I have never had a bad meal and all my friend from out of town refuse to go anywhere else but this place when they come to visit. You eat and drink a ton and it always comes out to about $40/person. You have to know what to order because there are a lot of average tapas. Try the sweetbreads, chorizo, croquettes, cod basque style, and shrimp with garlic sauce. Those are our favorites They also make great paella.
very decent little tapas joint. Had a reservation at el cid last night with 8 people from my office. It was really fun there -- a lot of tasty food and a very nice and accomodating staff. The tapas were solid, nothing out of this world, but definitely good flavors with much variety (there were also several specials available). We drank 8 pitchers of sangria - both red and white (we liked the red better). Memorable dishes were the chorizo, the croquettes, the meatballs, the shrimp. Unfortunately, no patatas bravas, but when we asked if they could make them the chef did put in a noteworthy attempt. Everthing arrived promptly and the waiters were very quick to refill wine glasses and keep things moving along without making us feel like we were being rushed out of there. We finished the meal with a HUGE seafood paella which was completely tasty.
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