Greenpoint is like...Barcelona? Not exactly, says El Born owner Elena Manich, but she can find some similarities between the Spanish city and her new tapas restaurant's home.
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"The neighborhood the restaurant is named for is like Greenpoint in that it's evolving — but the old and the new exist together," says Manich. "Like, you can get breakfast for three dollars at Peter Pan, or spend hundreds of dollars on dinner at Luksus."
El Born skews toward the stylized latter. It oozes Catalan chic, from its long marble bar to the not-trying-too-hard-but-ridiculously-attractive staff to the circular neon pink installation-slash-light-source that provides a welcome break from Edison bulb mania. While cozy, it's a neighborhood restaurant that feels big-city in the outer reaches of Brooklyn.
Dipping hunks of rabbit — coated in chestnut flour and then fried to a golden crispness — into a dense, lemony aioli was our favorite part of the meal ($14). Served in a brown paper bag strewn with herbs and garlic, the dish is sort of like the restaurant itself: a little rustic, a little modern and very cool.
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