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Posted by S.C. on 01/29/2015
Very sad experience indeed! Came in on a Friday evening, dinner for two. Promptly seated. Ordered the croquettes, cauliflower gratinada and veal short rib. Asked about the best bottles for our meal and sampled a couple - served two glasses, but left with the bottle without us noticing. Tried several times to get our waitresses attention to ask about the bottle - took our food getting served to have a chance to ask. After a lot of back and forth with a language barrier, we figured out they served us by the glass. We tried to argue to no avail, she just kept saying she'll get us a new bottle. Frustrated, we ordered 2 more glasses. Ended up paying more for 4 glasses than we would have for a bottle - this made my face flame. The food - croquettes were amaaaazing, spinach and cheese, wow! The cauli was a deep dish of bechamel sauce, topped with bechamel sauce, with some cauliflower. Totally bland and way too rich. The short rib was the biggest disappointment - dry dry dry, listed as being served with a green tomato chutney, spicy cheese and pickled jalapenos. There was NO chutney, but some quartered red cherry tomatoes with some juice from the short rib. I was most upset about the chutney, asked the waitress, and she returned from the kitchen stating that the chef had "mixed it in this time" - WHAT? They must think we're blind and stupid. At this point I was ready to scream, so we got the check and hightailed out of there. For $60 a head, I expected a far better experience. Never again.
Posted by Bricabrac on 09/03/2014
Not sure why no one has reviewed El Born yet, but I'm happy to be the first. If you told me when I moved here in 2001 that one day a tapas place would open in Greenpoint, I would have laughed. My wife and I took our kids there on a summer weeknight when I noticed that they had a garden. Usually a table with kids are pariah in certain parts of North Brooklyn, but we were treated very well, with extremely attentive service. The food was great - my kids tried pretty much everything and enjoyed most of it. Wine selection is decent, cocktail list is great. Overall, it was a meal that makes not living in Manhattan totally worth it. We will likely go back without children so we can eat all of the grilled vegetables this time.