Everything at El Cid is prepared for a family of giants, but it’s also delicious. From the sangria to the pallella, you can tell that the restaurant’s recipes are passed down through generations and prepared with love. You need not dress up, but you will not be out of place if you choose to dress for dinner.
This is not a cheap meal out, but it’s more than worth the heftier price tag. I’ve never had a bad meal there, but my favorites are unquestionably the prime rib and the lamb chops.
The lamb chops were perfectly prepared and seasoned, and are always accompanied by fresh side dishes. The dish is enough for one person to have a generous meal, or to be split by two with a couple of smaller side dishes.
The prime rib is famous. Either go to the restaurant with at least 5 people who like their steak prepared the same way you do, or make room in your refrigerator for leftovers that could easily last a week. No, this is not an overstatement. It’s yummy at the restaurant, and perhaps even more delectable the next day sauteed in butter and garlic, or the day after that grilled with a side of veggies. It’s so large that I would recommend getting it a little less cooked than you generally like so that you can prepare it exactly as you like the next few days.
There are some things that should be known before you go to El Cid. It may not be a place that children would be happy. The tables are close together and, at least every time I’ve been there, all filled with boisterous conversation, drinking and eating. Service can be slightly slow but has always been professional and authentic for a Spanish restaurant.
You may also want to consider taking a cab or having a designated driver… the bar is fantastic, the drinks are not watered down, and unless you abstain completely, you will likely not be in any position to drive home.
I’ve never made it to dessert, and wish you luck if that’s your intent!