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Jasmine J.

8 September 2019

Went there for Brunch with my girlfriend, despite the fact I reached 30mins late and you have to make reservations months in advance the hostess were amazing

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Lilian M.

31 August 2019

Love this place! Service is always good, food is always amazing. It's a little bit pricey, but worth it

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Lexie F.

14 August 2019

I wish they never went to a fixed price. My fav, pollo ranchero, was like $19.99 at one point.

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Bianca P.

8 August 2019

Nice happy hour menu/ drink deals. The bar is gorgeous and the atmosphere is friendly and modern a little Miami. Really enjoyed the full dinner too but the tostones needed more seasoning.

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JT T.

5 August 2019

A little late on the review, but noticed that they're moving to a new location.  This is one of my top brunch spots that I you'll hit up or recommend to all my friends considering an entree includes bottomless sangrias!  It's definitely one of the cheaper options when it comes to AYCD brunches and I'm hoping it stays that way when they reopen.  For the bottomless drinks, there's 8 different sangrias to choose from and you can try all of them in one sitting if you dare!  They come in pretty large glasses so they'll fill you up pretty quick!  Food has never really disappointed myself or any of my friends.Definitely a good spot for large parties if you need, but I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for this place when it reopens! More...

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Maddie N.

4 August 2019

Such a great place for brunch! The Havana Banana sangria was delicious. Food and service was excellent. Constantly making sure everything was good and refilling our glasses. One of the best boozy brunches I've had! Highly recommended :) More...

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A G.

20 July 2019

Beautiful  place, for $35 brunch n complimentary  sangria? Give me a break!!! Went to cilantro, Dallas bbq, Arriba Arriba , no body has the same deals that u guys had, sirey for being so cheap and demanding,,,,,,, once I took xtra care of a waitress n she was very attentive,,,, xtra sangria of course!!!!went out with cheap friends that made me look so bad!!!! $2 dollars tip for a check of $40 give me a break!!!! So I decided to choose my friends wisely! I promise  that when u open will take care of u even better!!!! And just there are 3 bathrooms  for women, so if u have to go, better go otherwise  do not complaint  about the line,, it takes forever when u have to go, otherwise  drink less,,,, good suggestion! I wish this place was like Burger King! My way! But is not!!!! So if u go there be nice to the crew n they  will take care of u!!!!! Of course if u are broke stay home! More...

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Ann S.

10 July 2019

This is an incredible place. Very appealing to the eye and then great Service and even better food. They were on time for our reservation and there was a lofty lounge area for us to wait as we arrived early. The food was excellent and the price was just right. I took my father there for a retirement dinner and it did not disappoint. They had something for every age group and every palate. They are temporarily closed but I look forward to going to their new location once they reopen in October. More...

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B G.

30 June 2019

We had my daughter's 30th birthday surprise dinner celebration at Calle Ocho.  The food was delicious and plentiful.  The drinks were outstanding.  Several friends ordered the Mojitos, which were made perfectly.  The service was excellent.  The party was in their back room, which was pretty, and we were able to add finishing touches with loads of balloons and orchids for each table. Overall, a spectacular evening! More...

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Larry B.

26 June 2019

Good service and very good traditional Cuban meal.  Enjoyed small rolls bread basket with black bean dip and shared the traditional Cuban ropa vieja with plantains, black beans, and rice.  We shared two desserts: traditional flan and chocolate layered cake served with dulche de leche ice cream.  The restaurant is inside the Excelsior Hotel and we did not happen to stay there.  I normally would have not considered a restaurant without direct access but we both enjoyed the experience. More...

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Jonathan F.

22 June 2019

So I found this place in Yelp, had good reviews and I decided to give it a try for my partners birthday. Made a reservation. The location was a little hard to find being its located inside a hotel but we arrived and were seated at our table. Ambiance was nice, dim.we ordered our food and drinks and during our wait time received a nice variety of buns, so good and warm. The drinks were a little on the weak side nothing to go crazy about. The food didnt take too long to arrive and it was definitely worth the wait. Great portion and it was so so good my partner and I had to walk it out in a nice stroll by the park lol. I would definitely recommend this place. I will suggest the bartender works on the drinks though especially for the price your paying but aside from that comfortable place to go have a nice dinner for any occasion. More...

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Olivia P.

20 June 2019

One of my favorite brunch places. The food and sangria are amazing and you can't beat the price. Bonus points because its in a nice hotel and in a fun area with lots to do after you eat.

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Ladyfawcette F.

17 June 2019

Awesome brunch spot and the food is great. I like the red sangria they taste a bit stronger then the white sangrias. I ordered the stake with rice and fried egg it  was so good, the stake was juicy. I would come back again to try the rest of the sangrias they offer you at brunch for the set price of 35.99. More...

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Adrienne M.

10 June 2019

My first time at Calle Ocho did not disappoint. My friends and visited on Memorial day for their bottomless brunch. This brunch isn't like regular brunches where your timed an hour or two for bottomless, this brunch is throughout the duration of your meal.  I made my reservations on Open Table and was seated immediately so reserving is suggested.They have a good handful of white and red sangria's to choose from during bottomless as well as a drool worthy menu. The sangria's are poured in a good portioned glass so you feel like you're getting your moneys worth for sure. To start off our meal they gave us free mini corn muffins ( I think they were corn) and a strawberry spread. They were so good, a different touch on the regular free appetizers at restaurants. There were some vegetarian options such as Puerto Rican Coquito dipped french toast (YUM), salmon, omelettes, home fries and more. Of course, you can opt out of adding meat on dishes as well.I ordered the Cachapa Con Salmon which was two sweet corn pancakes topped with salmon, scrambled eggs, cucumber salsa, avocado, pickled onions and lemon caper cream. I thought the sweet corn pancakes with salmon would be weird but it was satisfyingly delicious.  My friend ordered the Gallitos which is a platter of soft tacos, scrambled eggs, chorizo, lettuce, salsa, avocado salad and home fries. That platter was huge and could be split between two people for sure. I loved the ambiance of the place as well as the music that was playing in the background. The waiters were attentive and made sure we always had water and sangria which was a plus. The bottomless brunch will run you about $34.95.I was able to fit in 4 drinks throughout the duration of my meal which was good since every glass of sangria was like 2 glasses in one. Will be back to try the Puerto Rican Coquito french toast! More...

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Elizabeth S.

9 June 2019

My favorite restaurant in NYC. I come here often and order the vaca frita with a mojito. Also this place makes the best mojitos!

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Becca S.

2 June 2019

Greta brunch spot. Definitely suggest making a reservation, as it gets pretty crowded. I got the Ropa Vieja and it was delicious! The bottomless Sangria options are also great. More...

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Chenyue Q.

29 May 2019

We had a good meal. The best part is the paella, which is both filling and tasty!  ^^

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david l.

25 May 2019

A really good Cuban, Latin restaurant hidden inside the Excelsior Hotel on the Upper Westside. It would probably be more diners if you can see it from the street. The food is really good and the service even better. Portions are big so you will go home with food. More...

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Helen Y.

14 April 2016

Seems like a Fancy place. I had paella and my bf had vaca frita. They were both really really tasty. Out waitress was friendly too! But after all we end up spending a lot more than we expected. More...

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Anne-Marie G.

14 April 2016

Loved every minute of it... Cocktails and mock tails with my son and his grandpa (my dad.) sexy space, lovely service... We'll be back (for sangria brunch!!) More...

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Adi V.

11 April 2016

Great place for brunch! Over 8 flavors of Unlimited Sangria for as long as you have food on your table. The food is good, we ordered the Ropa Vieja which was delicious- highly recommended, and the Pollo rancheros that was good, but not as good as the Ropa Vieja.Definitely a place I would recommend :) More...

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Laura C.

11 April 2016

Ever since I moved back up to New York having lived in South Florida for so many years I've been a bit skeptical about the Cuban food here in NYC. However, my friend and I were craving some delicious Cuban cuisine.  So of course I used Yelp to help me and we found Calle Ocho.  I was shocked to see such great reviews and figured it had to be amazing. So we decided to give it a go.  I can't believe that as a huge lover of the Museum Of Natural History that I had no idea this place was so close! Or even existed for that matter.  It's inside the Excelsior Hotel just to the right hand side as you walk in.  The decor and ambiance is pretty nice.  We started with the pineapple mojitos which were great.  My friend who doesn't even like mojitos loved it. I ordered the lechon which tasted very good and exceeded my expectations.  It was served on the bone and just fell right off. Juicy and full of flavor. My friend ordered the Vaca Frita al Caballo aka skirt steak. She and I both agreed it lacked flavor.  It was a bit bland. The great thing was it wasn't dry at all.  Juicy for sure but lacked in taste.  Instead of dessert we drank our calories and ordered more mojitos! More...

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Diana E.

10 April 2016

Love this place! The food is always delicious and The rolls with homemade wine butter are so good they melt in your mouth! Who can beat the unlimited sangria! Worth the wait More...

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Andreina M.

10 April 2016

Love this place! I have been here three times already. My boyfriend and I have made it a monthly tradition that we go here for their unlimited brunch. The wait time to get seated is usually about 15 minutes (with a reservation), which I don't mind waiting because I know I will enjoy my time there. The wait staff is always friendly. So far I have had the latin Benedict, the rope vieja and the arepa con salmon and all three dishes were delicious. I have tried all of their sangrias and they are all awesome. Oh and their breadbasket with the strawberry butter is the best. I could go there just to eat their little breads they're so yummy. More...

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Stanislav G.

10 April 2016

Loved that place. Great food, but most importantly, fantastic service: we just left the restaurant and already walked about two blocks away , when I heard somebody calling my name. It was our waiter who was running with my credit card in his hand, that I forgot there. His name is Gio. When I thanked him, he responded " I'm only doing my job". More...

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Dan F.

9 April 2016

This place is awesome for brunch. Unlimited Sangria as long as you are eating.Arrived with a party of 4 and was told they had no seats for walk-ins, so we sat at the bar. Bartender came to us within 5 min and we had our sangria not too long after. All of the sangria options were really good, especially the Spanish Harlem, a red with cinnamon and the Havana Banana, a pineapple/coconut white with lychee.They brought us a bead basket not too long after the first round of drinks and all of the options were really tasty - the honey wheat (I think) rolls with the strawberry butter were a really great snack for sangria drinking.We ordered the food, and everything was good. The ropa vieja I ordered though, was phenomenal. Really flavorful and perfectly seasoned. My gf's pollo rancheros was good, but she agreed that mine was the best of the bunch. I don't think you could really go wrong with any of the brunch entrees though.Calle Ocho is really reasonable for 4 people considering the quality of food, service, and the fact that you can literally sit and drink their various sangria for a couple of hours - we had 3 each and were feeling pretty good after.Definitely a place I would recommend. I would recommend reservations (the earlier the better), but if you get there a little before noon, you shouldn't have trouble getting a bar or lounge seat. More...

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Sarah F.

6 April 2016

Absolutely love this place! I went a few years ago but recently went back for Easter brunch and I cannot believe I waited so long to go back. We had a large group and our waiter was super attentive and made sure we got all the attention we needed. The bottomless sangria is very tasty and such a variety that left everyone at the table happy. They come in large glasses and the staff is quick to get you a refill. The food was on point, I ordered build your own tacos with eggs and chorizo and did not regret it one bit, the tortillas were fresh and made for a great brunch. More...

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Sophia W.

4 April 2016

This place bomb diggity awesome!1. Unlimited sangria with any entree. Did I mention that they have over 8 flavors? And they pack a punch?2. Fluffiest and most delicious bread basket. Not sure what they are called or what they are made of, but the little nugget is GOLD. I couldn't stop munching on them. My friend and I literally ate the whole basket (which had ~10 pieces of bread/brownie, but go for the bread).3. Food was alright but I am overlooking for the drinks and the bread. We got the Vaca fritas (steak and fries) and a side of yuca fries. They came a little cold. Most people around me got this so I assume it was one of their best sellers. However, I am going back again this saturday. That's how much I miss the bread/drinks.Tip: if you have a small party, maybe can snag a seat or two at the bar/lounge area without reservation, but anything bigger than that, call ahead. Also, if you plan to take public transportation there, GO EARLY. The train will most likely delay you for more than 20 mins... (that's how we lost our reservation). More...

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Joselyn E.

2 April 2016

The Bistec was delicious very juicy and perfect size. So far the best Piña Mojito I've ever had and you could actually taste the alcohol. Very pleased with Calle Ocho, two thumbs up !! More...

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Sarah H.

28 March 2016

good paella (seafood) basically seafood and fried rice..liked the calamari salad on top..drinks ok-..flavor of sangria can be better. mojitos good..a lot of sugar though. love empanadas and guac. skip dessert not worth it..solid 3.5. More...

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Stephan H.

27 March 2016

Food is decent...paella has great seafood on what is basically fried rice. Empanadas are flavorful..drinks pack a punch definitely but I have had better sangria. Skip dessert..not worth it.

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Austin K.

27 March 2016

My friend and I planned to get lunch here on a Sunday afternoon. Knowing how busy it was, we called ahead and surprisingly they told us that there were still some seats, so we decided to go. Definitely recommend calling ahead unless you have reservations (I couldn't get any until May).I got there around 12:30 and snagged 2 seats on the bar, but there was still lots of seats in the lounge area. This might just have been a rare case though since it was very cold randomly this Sunday in March. My friend was late by 20-30 minutes, but despite getting busier, the bartender never felt made me comfortable about saving the seat for my friend. I wasn't allowed the unlimited sangria though until I made the order, which makes sense since it's only for 2 hours apparently.I got the Ropa Vieja, while my friend got the Latin Benedict. Both were good, but the Ropa Vieja has a bigger portion size, which I wanted (and needed) because of the unlimited sangria haha. The eggs went well with the hash, and it was the tiniest bit on the drier side for my taste, but I'm not the biggest meat person and I always tend to think meat is dry. Still I enjoyed it, and my friend also enjoyed the Benedict.Now to the sangria, I had 3 glasses: Tropical, Spanish Harlem, and Punta Cana. My friend got the Havana Banana - accidentally twice, so make sure to ask the bartender or waiter to get you a different drink or they might just refill it. I personally liked the Spanish Harlem and the Havana Banana the best. The Spanish Harlem has a nice deep red wine taste, while the Havana Banana was refreshing with still the creaminess without going over to the extreme cloying milky aftertaste. The Tropical and Punta Cana were nice as well, but these drinks felt more watered down, when the fruitiness should have been a highlight. But you get what you get for unlimited sangria.And yes, the sangria is pretty strong served to the brim in wine glasses. More...

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L Q.

15 March 2016

Caught a comedy show nearby and walked over for dinner. We had the arepa with ropa vieja and calamari as an appetizer, it was soooo good! We had the vaca frita for our entree and it was delicious! They also serve these yummy small pan de bono breads with a black bean spread that were amazing! Would like to return and try their brunch! More...

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Delta N.

15 March 2016

Unlimited sangria! I love this place. The empanada gave me life! So delicious. The service was excellent and the decor is really modern and romantic. Due to the construction outside the hotel, it's a little hard to find but very worth it! More...

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Margarita Y.

14 March 2016

I don't usually go back to a restaurant, being in New York and given the fact that there are so many places to try out. But I've made the trip to Calle Ocho a few times for brunch and dinner because the food is just that good and the staff is very friendly. Definitely come here for brunch if you have to choose. There's unlimited sangria and you only pay for the entree. There are around 8 flavors to choose from and they come in giant glasses. The ambiance is very lively with latin music. It does get crowded but I've always managed to find a seat at the bar with my boyfriend.Dinner is quite intimate. It is quiet and less crowded. There are more food options to choose from. Oh, and the creme brûlée is to die for :). More...

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Mike W.

11 March 2016

My girlfriend and I were in Flatiron for an event and afterwards we were starving. She suggested Calle Ocho as she had been there before. I was a little reluctant to travel 60 blocks, but I trusted her. I will never question a decision of hers again! She had something with steak in it and I had the Paella! OMG, it was so good and they give you so much food! I had it for lunch the next day as well. The Sangria was great too...and I'm not a wine drinker at all. The service was perfect too! Nicely done. More...

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Rickey P.

10 March 2016

Delicious food. I felt adventurous so I ordered a combination platter of four items I've never had minus the calamari. Everything from the bread was amazing! On top of the amazing food and quality service, it was a lot cheaper than what'd you normally expect to pay for that kind of  experience.  5 stars hands down More...

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Tansy W.

7 March 2016

One of the best brunch places in Manhattan. I ordered the shrimp entree and it was delish!

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Trev H.

6 March 2016

Excellent place! From making the reservation to leaving the door, we had outstanding service and the food and drinks were on point. Everyone was super nice and respectful. The place is nice. Bigger than expected. Food came out in good time and hot. Very professionally presented. Came here on a dinner date. We both had a great time. Loved the music playing in the background. I will definitely be going back. Highly recommend. Only con is good luck finding parking. Found a lot around the block for $40 bucks. Suggest use mass transit or taxi. Great experience overall. More...

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Natalie M.

6 March 2016

Loved this place! Went here w the Mr. for Sunday brunch and loved it! The atmosphere is very lively, lots of Latin music and people drinking bottomless mimosas. We sat at the bar so the customer service was pretty good and the food was also delicious.The only reason I give it a 4 is the food wasn't as good as expected but I was still satisfied. Just not blown out of the park! I would definitely recommend this place for a celebratory occasion- very fun! More...

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Nyah A.

3 March 2016

The food in this place is just to die for! It's located inside a hotel and good for a romantic dinner. Their food was absolutely delicious and it's been on my mind since the day I came here. Their entrees are huge so don't go crazy ordering appetizers. The Pollo Peruana was amazing and so was the steak frites. I will definitely come back to this place. I hear their brunch is something special. More...

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Lecille L.

2 March 2016

Came here during restaurant week NYC. I got the three course dinner menu for a really good price. Food was overall good. Service was great. The pan de Bono amazing and my favorite. The atmosphere and the feel of the restaurant is very lively.I hear this place is great for brunch, which I have to come back for. There is bottomless sangria. As you can tell from previous reviews. Overall, try this restaurant! (Downside is parking depending on what time you come) More...

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Erica v.

2 March 2016

I've been here three times. 2x we just walked in [I think] and one time I was turned away because they were completely booked. I would suggest coming on the earlier side and if it's only two or three people I think you'll be good!I remember the bread being chewy and yummy. I really have hazy memories of this place because I was definitely tore up from the floor up ok !! Like my friend got so drunk she ran through Madison Park an hour later and chipped her front tooth. Like legit schwasty mcwasty. The secret here is to eat sloooowwwwlllyyyy. Leave a bite and move it around like you're on a "diet". I don't remember what the sangria tasted like, sugary? I just left a star off because I totally don't remember the food and a true fatass like me would remember a remarkable meal. All I recall was getting efficiently drunk, as the brunch gods intended. More...

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Tee D.

29 February 2016

Absolutely love this place! My new favorite restaurant to go to. People here are so friendly and not pretentious at all. The food is delicious, the restaurant looks so nice inside, you can take your family or friends there for a night out. they even have a nice lounge area. More...

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Julian P.

28 February 2016

We went during Restaurant Week in early 2016.  Great food, presentation and atmosphere.  Two thumbs up*

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T N.

27 February 2016

We were lucky to get a table without reservations at brunch on a Saturday morning! It was all about timing our drop in right after they opened, though there were already plenty of folks waiting at that point. When I heard about the bottomless sangria, I have to admit I was skeptical that it would not be worth the calories, if you know what I mean. How wrong I was! They are actually quite amazing! There is a white sangria with huge chunks of coconut and lychee that I highly recommend. We also had two of the red sangria variants and both were very good.The place is loud and energetic and seemed to be a favorite for ladies having brunch together, as at least 60% of the parties in there were female only.For the entrees: lobster salad did not disappoint! There was surprisingly tons of large chunks of meat throughout and the claw was already shelled on top. I'd say it was about a half lobster total with mixed greens and a delicious sauce with some bite to it. Lobster was cooked just right and not chewy at all.The staple pork and fried egg entree was big and delicious, and our daughter enjoyed the kids menu and blueberry muffin that came with the bread basket as well. Service was great and did not make you feel rushed so you can really take time to enjoy your sangria. There was along wait outside when we left. I recommend making reservations way in advance or getting there when they open. More...

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Kiki Z.

13 February 2016

Had dinner with my friend on a Friday night. The food and service were awesome! We couldn't stop eating the bread. Appetizers and entrees were all in generous portion with great taste. Absolutely love the place and would definitely come back again. More...

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Lauren P.

12 February 2016

There is a reason why this place is considered one of the best brunch places in NY. It simply it. First - you have space.  When you are at a table with a large group, you are not sitting on top of ANOTHER large group.  Everyone has an actual seat and elbow room.  You might be there for the boozy brunch, but you're an adult and your treated as such!Second - the service.  The staff is having just about as much fun ad you are and they get that you are there for a good time.  Our waiter was awesome - giving us great suggestions and he kept the drinks flowing. AND I didn't have to ask for a straw. Third - the food.  There are a ton of brunch options for the carnivore to the glutton free/no dairy/i wont eat anything that once had a face group (we all have one in our clique) The down side? good luck getting a reservation.  I made mine weeks in advanced for a birthday celebration. More...

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Sarah C.

10 February 2016

So you pretty much have to book at least a week in advance in order to get a table since it's such a popular place. I wouldn't say this is the best boozy brunch because the sangria there is super sugary. I couldn't even finish my first glass because it was giving me a raging headache. The food on the other hand was delicious. I ordered the Vaca Frita which contains cuban skirt steak, latin pork fried rice, topped with an avocado, and a fried egg. That was sooo delicious. The steak was so tender and just melted in your mouth. It didn't look like a huge portion but I could barely finish it. Also the bread that they start you with off was quite unique but very good. So in terms of the actual meal, I'd give them 5 stars but I was so utterly disappointed by how I could barely even finish my first glass of sangria because of how disgusting it tasted, so that's why I took a star away. The first few sips were fine but then I just couldn't take it anymore... it gave me a headache for the rest of the day. But then again, the price is pretty much unbeatable. I would go back just for a regular meal but probably not for the brunch deal. The atmosphere is nice but it does get a bit noisy due to the amount of people there. More...

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Joey J.

10 February 2016

My friends brought me here for my bachelorette party bunch. The sangrias were yummy and the food amazing. The portion sizes were perfect. I  plan on returning to try every sangria. It's a great environment for a large group that's looking to have a good time. More...

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Sydney N.

7 February 2016

I attended on 12/20 with college friends for my birthday brunch. I made a reservation for 2:15 & unfortunately couldn't find parking. My friends had already arrived & the hostess was nice enough to seat us when I arrived 15 minutes late. I believe the kitchen closed at 3 so we had to order our food quickly which wasn't a problem. After all I was late so it wasn't there fault. They have an unlimited sangria bar & they have sere all different types. The glasses are huge & the sangria is extremely strong so I doubt anyone would be able to try all of them. I had the Maiz y Camarones (a Spanish play on shrimp & grits) and the Havana Banana sangria. Both were so good! I don't eat pork & they were able to make my meal with the bacon. I should also add that I not really a fan of grits but this was great. I would eat there again anytime. The sangria was amazing. It had pieces of fresh coconut & a few lychees. I love lychees so that was an added bonus. There were 4 of us & when the bill came was only paid 30 bucks each. For NYC that's a great price for brunch. We left full & a little tipsy.  We were happy campers! More...

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Harold P.

7 February 2016

Boozy brunch is by far the best in the city. Incredibly delicious variety of sangrias to choose from while you eat. You just have to be careful, as these babies pack a nice punch. Mojito mondays are also quite a good deal. $5 coconut mojitos which are to die for. They will surely transport you to Cuba along with the salsa music played here. Calle ocho cannot be missed! More...

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Adelson R.

2 February 2016

5 star service. The waiter was very friendly. Fast service. The environment was relaxing and inviting. I ordered the paella, the presentation was beautiful. The good tasted so good. Definitely would come here again. A little pricey but you get what you pay for. More...

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Anthony W.

31 January 2016

I came to this place yesterday with some friends and this place is awesome.  If you make don't  reservation for this place, you won't have a spot until 2 months later so make your reservations ahead of time.  I had the vaca Fritas here which was the skirt steak with fried rice and eggs.  The food was very tender and delicious and I highly recommend this dish.  When you're eating your food try to eat it slowly because the sangrias are unlimited only if still have food on your plate.  I also recommend getting a reservation for an earlier time because they close the kitchen at 3 and will stop serving food. More...

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Tim R.

31 January 2016

Love this place, amazing food and great service. Had the Tropical Sangria, Ceviche Mixto, Black Beans and Rice, and Vaca Fritta. The Vaca Fritta meat was some of the best stuff I've had in a hot Cuban minute. Each and every bite brought a smile to my face.  There is a reason why this place it mad popular, busy, and is booked up way in advance. Because they are the TRUTH when it comes to Cuban food. Can't wait to come back again. Certainly going in my "Favorite New York Restaurant" list. More...

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Chey O.

31 January 2016

What a great brunch place! It's so easy to understand why it's hard to get a reservation. A few points: -Make a reservation as early as possible. They have reservations for brunch up until roughly 2pm. However, be aware that the kitchen closes at 3 and bottomless sangria ends at 330pm for dinner prep.-I highly recommend sharing the Gallitos (I believe that's the spelling). It's so much food for such a reasonable price. And friend and I couldn't even finish ours. -Make sure to grab some complimentary pastries! Who doesn't love free, sweet carbs?I can't wait to go back! More...

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Brianna N.

27 January 2016

This place was amazing. My friends and I came for brunch and couldn't of been more pleased with our meals, drinks and service. If your looking for a fun boozy brunch, this is the place. More...

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Miss Foodie M.

23 January 2016

Came here with my girls for brunch on a Saturday. We had reservations for 2:15 but we had to wait for one more lady in our party so did not actually check in until 2:40. They were very accommodating and still sat us after waiting about 10 minutes. We each had 3 glasses of sangria and I am happy to announce that these did not give us any headaches. I had the smoked salmon with scrambled eggs and cornbread. DELICIOUS! Our server Richard was very attentive, friendly, and answered all of our questions. The coconut sangria is a must! But I have had them all and each delicious in its own way. I recommend this place! More...

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Xavier M.

23 January 2016

Two words: Drunk Brunch. If you can somehow get a reservation for their brunch make sure to take the whole day off because this is definitely a LIQUID BRUNCH if you know what I mean . They have 6 different types of sangrias (red and white) that are included in with your brunch. oh and the food is good to. More...

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Mala L.

20 January 2016

Okay so at 4 stars and 1800+ reviews, clearly everyone else has already said everything that there is to say about Calle Ocho.Came here for Sunday brunch (1/17/2016) with 7 friends and we had a very, very nice time. Everything was great and enjoyable - food, drinks, service, ambiance, everythanggggg. Reservations are definitely a must (like weeks in advance!) We were seated at a round table for 8 which I like SO much better for a big group as opposed to a long table where you can't necessarily see or talk to everyone. The atmosphere was so lively, fun, festive, and the restaurant was definitely filled to capacity. It was the perfect vibe for boozy brunch.The unlimited sangria that comes with ordering off the brunch menu was AMAZING. 8 different kinds to choose from and they're actually really very good, strong, and served in decent size glasses. Our server was great and kept them coming (even after we got the bill, he brought not one but two more rounds for the table!) What a guy...The food was delicious. A lot of places that do boozy brunch tend to skimp on food quality because people are more concerned with getting drunk but Calle Ocho perfected both their sangria menu as well as the brunch entrees. I went with the Vaca Frita (skirt steak with two eggs, rice, and avocado). The steak was cooked well and so so SO tender and flavorful. Everyone else at the table enjoyed their food and we were sharing and passing things around because it was all SO GOOD. The fresh baked bread served beforehand was so warm and delicious. The strawberry butter that accompanied the bread basket was pleasantly different and really good as well.Prices are reasonable at $20-something an entree + bottomless sangria.Again with the service/rest of the staff being fantastic, were were about 20 minutes late but they still held our reservation because one person from the group was there on time and said we were on the way.ALSO, the bathroom was ridiculously clean for such a large and busy restaurant which means the kitchen's clean as well!Basically, I can't wait to return. More...

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Saira K.

20 January 2016

Thank you, Calle Ocho, for making my birthday dinner so special. I did not make a big deal of my birthday and when making reservation simply stated that I request a nice table since it is my birthday. Little did I know, the reservationist noted this down. My server, Cindia, was professional and helpful. The host/manager, Tami, was respectful and really wanted to make me feel comfortable. Luis, the general manager, took his time to walk to the tables to chat with patrons. Such a gentleman. The Colombian pandebono, their complimentary rolls made from yucca root powder and cheese, were exceptionally good, as always. Cindia and Tami made sure I got some to take home. The pandebono is served with black bean paste, which reminds me of black bean hummus, except that it was a little sweet. I had the paella, which was just great. It tastes like paella I had in Spain, except that they added some tart lemony calamari and salsa so it tasted more Latin American. Really good, and a very generous serving, with half a lobster in its shell. The shrimp were so good - not overcooked, rubbery, but just right, which is a real skill to achieve in paella. The mussels and clams were yum! I didn't have any room for dessert, but Luis, Tami, and Cindia heard me saying how much I wish I had room for the flan. The next thing I knew, they were bringing me the flan with a little candle and singing Happy Birthday! I did NOT expect that! Flan was oh, so good, with the mango mousse sauce on the side. Now, one of my favorite NY restaurants - loved this place since before its move to the West Side - will always be part of my b'day memories. The setting is gorgeous, and take a nice walk across from the museum, so nicely lit up at night, so you can see the planetarium planets. Highly recommended. More...

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Ashly A.

18 January 2016

I was super excited to go here for a long time. I've always heard the wait for a reservation was nearly a month so I tried in January and it was much easier than let's say...June. Calle ocho is located inside hotel excelsior  and is fairly easy to find because they have Signs posted outside the hotel. The look of the place is nice and its busy inside- even on a winter day! Our waitress was sweet and fairly attentive . For two hours of unlimited drinks you can order from their wide array of sangrias. I think my favorite was the fresas- the whites seemed a little more watery. I ordered the vaca Frita and was pleased with the flavoring of the steak. In past occasions when I've ordered steak, it was close to bland. The pork fried rice was also pretty great. I tried my friend's torta de pollo and it was pretty much a mediocre chicken sandwich.  Overall,  this is a great boozy brunch spot with decent food. More...

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Lexie M.

17 January 2016

Best of brunch with the amazing food and unlimited danger while eating. So many choices on the menu for food there is something for everyone and as you can tell the portions are huge. With the drinks there are at least 10 flavors for white and 10 flavored for red so here again there is something for everyone. Be prepared you might have to wait to get a table so either go early or try to make a reservation, either way the wait is still totally worth it and best $25 ever spent! More...

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Wyatt F.

16 January 2016

Sangria was fantastic, food was excellent.  Make sure to have a reservation. The restaurant id a bit loud.  Very clean, and the service is excellent.

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Kaitlyn F.

15 January 2016

I've tried a couple boozy brunch places in NYC and this is by far my favorite. The unlimited sangria comes with your meal, there's no extra cost or anything like a lot of places do. And surprisingly the food is not priced as high as I would expect. Their food is AMAZING, I always order the Ropa Vieja which has great flavor. They have a ton of sangria selections and I probably have tried them all. There's a flavor for everyone, from dry to sweet in both reds and whites.Bottom line, this is a super fun place to hang out with your closest friends. Guaranteed a good time. More...

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Tony S.

15 January 2016

Great brunch specials. Strong Sangria. However, you need reservations.

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John Z.

12 January 2016

Pretty fun spot for brunch. Reservations are a bit hard to come by on weekends and need to be made a few weeks in advance.This place looks tiny when you walk in, but is actually massive inside.The complimentary bread and strawberry butter is delicious.The regular brunch entrees are pretty average. Everything is around $20 and includes all you can drink sangria. Its mostly eggs, beans, typical mexican fare. This is not gourmet by any means.I tried the Latin Benedicts and it was ok. REALLY small portion.Also tried the Maiz and Camaronez. Its a soupy mix of eggs and grits. Tastes really good but looks pretty unappetizing.BUT, the food isn't the star of the show. The bottomless sangria is. They have 8 different flavors, 4 red, 4 white. We had a wonderful server that kept our glasses filled and got about 4-5 drinks each by the time we were done. Great serviceDefinite try this place at least once and then walk down the street for some amazing cookies at Levain for desert before passing out on the subway from your mid-day hangover. More...

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Alexa X.

11 January 2016

Loved the Sangria and would have loved to try other items on the drink menu, which has a pretty big selection. Everything we ordered, from appetizer to entree was good. I'd definitely go again next time when I'm in town. More...

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Anya S.

11 January 2016

Calle Ocho is an awesome brunch spot! I've come here a couple of times for brunch, and everything is delicious - especially their complimentary warm bread and butter. This review is specifically for their dinner service. My friend took me out for dinner tonight and I thought everything was delicious as well. We ordered the Salmon (Spice Rubbed Salmon, Cucumber and onion, Yucca Crab Caraminola with Mango Mustard Sauce on top) and Paella (Lobster, Mussels, Clams, Shrimp, Chorizo, Chicken, Valencia Rice, Tomato-Calamari Salad) to share. The salmon was cooked beautifully and I really liked the yucca crab mash on the bottom. The paella was very filling and contained a lot of fresh seafood. The portions are huge here - we couldn't finish the paella. There's a wide range of white/red sangria depending on what type of fruits you like. The service was on point - the waitress and host were extremely friendly and attentive. More...

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David S.

10 January 2016

Awesome place. Great service. Lively atmosphere with lots of friendly people. Extremely authentic LatAm food. Enormous portions, but the food is absolutely delicious, so just take the leftovers home with you. Even the pre-dinner rolls and black bean spread are amazing. It has been on the UWS (in two different locations) for as long as I can remember, and during that time nearly every current restaurant in the neighborhood has come and gone, so you know it's still here for a reason. More...

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Sara M.

10 January 2016

Woah this food is out of this world. Ended up here by chance and I'm so glad I did. Really cool atmosphere, delicious sangria, awesome food and great service. I have absolutely no complaints at all. I had the skirt steak and I cannot say enough good things about it. I also sampled the food of the two other people I was with and everything was exceptional. It is a bit pricey but not for the food that you're paying for which is worth every penny. This is probably one of the better restaurants that I've eaten at in the city. More...

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Life Is B.

9 January 2016

Fantastic!!! There really not much more that I can say to describe this place. We have only been here for brunch. It has always been super! You would think that Calle Ocho is amazing just because of the unlimited drinks but honestly, that just one small part of it. The food here is amazing. The ambiance is fabulous and the service is outstanding!!! My favorites here are the shrimp and grits, the vegetariano and the omelet. BEST PLACE IN NYC FOR BOOZY BRUNCH!!! More...

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Angel S.

5 January 2016

Came here for Brunch this past sunday afternoon! Food, service, & atmosphere were great. Loved the décor, it was so crowded (in a good way), service was friendly, and food was amazing! Vaca Frita, Latin Benedict & the best sangria mix; Tropical! Definitely coming here again More...

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Matthew L.

4 January 2016

I've been coming to Calle Ocho for years for dinner, and finally I made it out to their legendary brunch a few weeks ago with a couple of friends of mine during Christmas weekend 2015. We came on a Sunday at 12PM, right when Calle Ocho. The wait wasn't too horrible, but this may have been because people were out of town for the holidays. Anyhow, my friends were in the mood for bottomless sangrias, and Calle Ocho definitely fit the tab and hit the spot!As mentioned before, I had come here numerous times for dinner only-- note that the brunch entree options are not served for dinner. There is no bottomless sangria option for dinner and there is no wide assortment of breads served during time either. Only one type of bread is usually served for dinner, which is akin to a sweet white dinner roll and is served with a black bean spread. The black bean spread is absolutely delectable and was something I actually enjoyed, even for me who doesn't like black beans much! As for brunch--this is where the magic happens. My friends and I both shared three entrees (each entree comes with the bottomless sangrias): shrimp & grits, ropa vieja, and mushroom paella, along with a side of plantains (combo of maduros and tostados). All the entrees were delicious, but my favorite was the shrimp and grits as it was creamy, full of flavor, and absolutely mouth watering. Brunch is served with a wide assortment of baked mini breads, muffins and croissants alongside a tasty strawberry cream cheese (?) spread that tastes good when added to all the breads that you are given during brunch!As for the bottomless sangrias, between my friends and I, we tried five of the sangrias, including the Tropical, Punta Cana, Havana Blanca, Roja and Fresas. My favorite sangria was the Havana Blanca since it reminded me of a piña colada and had a perfect balance between sweetness, fruitiness, and alcohol. Of note, the bottomless mimosas have a time limit of two hours, so pace yourself appropriately!  The servers are very attentive, noticing if your sangria glass is empty, and will ask you if you want another sangria. Awesome service!Overall, I have had great experiences coming to Calle Ocho for dinner and I'm happy that I was able to try it for lunch. Excellent food, excellent service and definitely worth the wait. I do like the bottomless sangria option for brunch, so I'll definitely be back here for some brunch and booze. Yum! Cheers. More...

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Naveen S.

4 January 2016

NYC and boozy brunch go hand in hand. This is one of the best spots to do it in Manhattan. During peak brunch hours on the weekend, it is definitely helpful to have a reservation. The sangria menu is impressive (The tropical ones are especially delicious), and the drinks are strong. Drinks are unlimited if you order off the brunch menu, and you are capped at 2 hours - perfect amount of time. Atmosphere is lively and bustling during brunch times. Venue is well-appointed.As with most boozy places in the city, the quality of the drinks surpasses the quality of the food. Nonetheless, the food here is pretty solid; I would say above average compared to similar places. Prices are reasonable. More...

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Claire F.

3 January 2016

Quite an interesting situation here. It seems on weekend brunch there are unlimited glasses of sangria. This explains the dramarama to get a reservation. When I called the night before the very kind gentleman said tables for two normally book two weeks out (!) but that if we came right at opening we could eat at the bar or the lounge area. We did and I'd recommend the bar for their appropriate seating/food placing space over the lounge area, which looked cozier but more precarious and smooshed together. Salmon, arepa omelet was great. Huge and great. Friendo had some trouble with the vegetarian options. They were nice but hilariously could not figure out that meat was not vegetarian, kept recommending "oh the chicken or the pork has a lot of vegetables" as if vegetarian meant: likes vegetables. She ended up with a deconstructed other item and was given a side salad.  Sangria is honestly not my thing. But I will say that for made-en-masse booze it wasn't bad at all. And there are so many choices! The one with açai was very strong and the banana one was light and fresh. But you have like 8 options to choose from made in huge jars. A quarter of the bar was filled with prepped filled sangria glasses of all colors. This is a smooth operation. More...

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Kywon N.

3 January 2016

5 stars for the sangria! Honestly the best boozy brunch I've been too solely for the drink. I would like to say that the food matched the drinks but I would be lying.

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May K.

2 January 2016

Went for boozy brunch! Really strong sangria! Food was mediocre but got better as we drank lolNot as good as we expected for a 4 month reservation wait.. But service was really nice and atmosphere was lively More...

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Pierre C.

2 January 2016

Je suis allé spécialement dans ce restaurant pour la paella. Elle était énorme et bonne bien que les fruits de mer n'ai pas trop de goût et soit un peu trop cuits. Les serveurs sont sympa mais l'ambiance un peu sombre. Leur sangria est très bonne et bien servie. Une suffit largement à tenir pendant tout le repas. More...

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Nini P.

28 December 2015

Absolutely love the unlimited sangrias! Punta Cana is my favorite! Reservations recommended unless you arrive early enough to grab a bar seat! Great service!

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Charles L.

26 December 2015

Well I know this place has been recommended by too many people. But I really like their Paella and appetizers. Their steak is special and I don't really like that style , which tastes like a little burnt. But in overall, it's a pretty decent restaurant on the upper east. And affordable. More...

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Sacheen M.

25 December 2015

Some co-workers and I celebrated a co-worker/friend earth strong here. Made reservations, and when we arrived, we were attended to by a friendly hostess, who checked up on us regularly. In my opinion, our drinks and food were good. We got everything we ordered. Not sure if it's because we were a large group. I also like the location and the feel of the place.For those who didn't like their time spent, sorry, maybe next time (if you do go back) it may be better. More...

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Ziying Z.

23 December 2015

I love this place.when u check in on the Yelp,u can get the one free glass sangria (red sangria or white sangria) the paella is so good!!!!

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Namel D.

22 December 2015

Went for brunch without a reservation and had no problem getting a seat at the bar. Little tip while walking thru the dinning area I notice it was a little louder then bar area which isn't a problem because it's boozy brunch, but I was happy to be at the bar because me and my friend just want to talk over unlimited sangria. The food was good, I ordered the steak rancheros and my friend ordered the breakfast tacos for two. Since the unlimited drinks consist of food being on your plate by the time I actually finished my food was cold. But all in all I had fun. The sangria was tasty and kinda strong after four all I wanted to do was sit in Central Park and not move. Great spot and inexpensive, for two people it came out to 50 dollars, can't wait to go back More...

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Vee K.

20 December 2015

I streak special was so good!!! Mushroom sauce. Yum. Garlic mash potato. Yum yum. I also tried the pork shank. It was mehh. I had better, the pork wasn't soft enough in my opinion. Their little circle bread was pretty good tho. Check in for free sangria is a pretty good deal! More...

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Jaebi I.

20 December 2015

I found a brunch locale close to her place a block away from the Museum of Natural History. She was waiting for me when I arrived and said "we just have to find a seat ourselves." So I led us to the back and squeezed in between a couple. We were really close but the place seemed noisy so I didn't care. Until we had no service. I go up and talked to a waiter and he said to talk to the hostess. She told me that I wasn't supposed to sit there. "It's not enough space for another pair, it's for a group of four." Turns out my Spanish friend misunderstood. We marched on to find a proper seat in the lounge and bar area, 30 seconds after a table of three paid their tab and left. Had I been in the bathroom 10 seconds more we would have had a 15-20 minute wait on our hand. Of course if you're not ready to jockey for position, you might wait much longer before getting a table.A group of four and up should make reservations as late as a week ahead. Perfect if you want to get very intoxicated and eat good food. More...

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Angelica P.

19 December 2015

I've never written any kind of review before but coming to this place made me just do it. Great service ! Our server Cindia was great and made the experience even better. Love the sangrias and the food. It makes me really proud to have a piece of Latin culture in the middle of the upper west side. Love the music. Keep it up Calle ocho. More...

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Allyson M.

19 December 2015

Five stars for their endless sangria brunch...and the 8 types of sangria are damn good!  All the food we have had has been tasty.  We do girls get together a here and always have a blast on a Saturday afternoon :) More...

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Lauren H.

16 December 2015

Two words. Bottomless Sangria.Given that this establishment is always booked three months out and I was able to reserve a table for nine within a three week time frame, I mean... ya gotta give your girl credit.Brunch starts at 12pm and it really doesn't look like anyone will pop in at first glance. 1-hour later, BAM, all tables are filled, the sangria is pouring, waiters are running around, and the flow of conversation comes with ease and ever so passionately.Each party is only allowed a 2-hour time frame from when they get their first 20oz drank to when they are cordially kicked out by the manager himself. "Your two hours are up, we need to seat the next party"... is basically what goes down. The way you take it in your inebriated state is all up to you.The food was pretty good, portions could have been larger given the fact it was *ahem* BRUNCH and you just so happen to also be guzzling down sangria by the liter. The bread basket is probably the best thing there, I'm pretty sure we went through three of those things (just to sop up the excess alc of course)... and sadly my friend felt the (drunken) need to take some "on the road" and stuffed them into her purse for future munchies.Rules are rules (yes there ARE a list of rules in the brunch menu), DON'T dance on the table tops or your WILL get thrown out. A classy brunch is the best brunch, and Calle Ocho is one classy, but borderline crazy Mexican fiesta you need to experience before you die. More...

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Ken T.

11 December 2015

Been back here a few more times and I am convinced neither of those times were as delightful as my first.Don't get me wrong, it's still a great restaurant and I highly recommend it. Just be wary that not every dish on the menu is that amazing.Appetizer:The Camarones: Puerto Rican glazed shrimp was pretty good... but for $14, I'm expecting more than 3 pieces of shrimp. I much rather save my money for gallito, which is much more worth it.Calamari Frito: The fried calamaris were too overcooked. It was too crunchy and did not have any texture to it at all. It was sweet and had an oriental taste, which wasn't bad.Entree:Lechon (Braised Pork Shank) - It was decent. The pork wasn't too dry and the sauce beneath it was great. I just wished they were better able to incorporate the "pickled jalapeno" in the dish. It was simply three jalapeno slices placed on top of the pork. They can do MUCH better.Pollo Peruano (Chicken stuffed with plantains) - If you enjoy potatoes, then this is your dish. There are more potatoes on this dish than chicken. Not good at all.Dessert:Crema Catalana - An excellent creme brulee. More...

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Denisa R.

9 December 2015

DISCLAIMER: Brunch Review. Extra star added after alcohol induced stupor.  I've gone back to Calle Ocho on two separate occasions to enjoy their boozy brunch on a Sunday. Now, first things first, if you're planning on coming to Calle Ocho for brunch, you should call ahead and make reservations. Otherwise, you should prepare to come early and sit by the bar or the two lounge sections available for those without reservations. I've done both and having a reservation by far is the best thing you can do. The moment you sit down, they'll place a bread basket with a pink side sauce in front of you. Don't make the mistake that I did and eat more than 1 or 2 pieces of bread. The bread is fresh and there is a little bit of variety so it's easier said than done. Also, you'll have a menu handed to you with your food options and a section with all the sangrias you can get. I fancy myself a wine connoisseur and generally enjoy red wine sangria. The 'Fresas' (red wine sangria with berries) and 'Spanish Harlem' which was also a red wine with cinnamon and run were my go to drinks. I did try the 'Havana Banana' which was a white wine, but it just didn't do it for me. The drinks are unlimited throughout the course of your meal.Food wise, I ordered the Vaca Frita which is skirt steak, black fried rice, avocado and eggs. The runny eggs on top of everything really made the dish for me. I was beyond full.Would I go back to Calle Ocho for brunch? IN A HEARTBEAT! More...

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Karalin C.

5 December 2015

Incredible Cuban food. Best service and best meal I've had in NYC. Highly recommend!!!

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Lisa E.

2 December 2015

Calle Ocho exceeded all of our expectations !!! From the warm and festive decour and outstanding service, to the delicious food and most notably, the seemingly endless goblets of various sangria.Looking for the perfect start to the holiday month, we made a reservation back in September. I figured that the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend would be a bit calmer and in fact it was. When we arrived at 12:30 pm, you could have easily walked in and been accommodated.I must have read every Yelp review and can honestly say that anyone feeling rushed or not being able to get a fast enough refill or disliking where they were seated must have visited during a very busy time because every moment of our meal was relaxing and enjoyable.We arrived to our friends already seated with their first glass of sangria. During the meal each of us sampled different flavors, averaging about 3 20 oz. goblets each.....that's almost a half gallon of pretty potent juice !! We had read the house rules and saw that there was a 2 hour limit and I must say that after at least and hour we had almost reached our limit due to our glasses being refilled so promptly ....I couldn't even imagine drinking another sip.The rolls. Ok. Let's just say that I could have made my meal could have been those little round rolls with some kind of sugar cinnamon dusting and the booze !!! Nothing else. The strawberry whipped butter I could have lived without, but it looked pretty on the table.And for the 20 something dollars that the entrees were, even just the drink and rolls would have been a bargain. So now, tipsy and indecisive, we begin to drive our fabulous server Gio, crazy with questions. Many questions. About food that is really not complicated to decipher from the menu. In the end two of us went for the Vaca Frita, an ample long plate of Cuban skirt steak, rice avacado and a perfect over medium fried egg. My favorite part of this was the finely cut tomatoe and red onion that gave a nice fresh zing to the steak and rice. I could only finish half. My friend went with the ever popular Ropa Vieja con Huevos...the crispy sweet potatoes adding a nice sweetness. Lee M seemed to enjoy his Latin  Benedict....poached eggs over pork and duck sausage with a chipotle hollandaise sauce. All perfect choices, all recommended . Without feeling rushed, we took our goblets over to a cozy nook and relaxed for a bit before heading out to the West Side. The consensus We can't wait to return !!! More...

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Kimi G.

2 December 2015

My husband and I have come here for meals on occasion. The food is very good and the drinks are ones to prepare for. I have only ever come here for brunch but man, they will knock you out! Be sure to get reservations or it may be tough to find a table. There are many delicious selections to choose from for your mail meal and they bring out these adorable pastries before hand. I recommend if you have friends in town or you want to have a group brunch because what's more fun than getting drunk on Mexican food? More...

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Jason V.

30 November 2015

The food was delicious. I am a huge eater and they had plenty of food for my black hole of a stomach. The bread and spread was delightful as we waited for our entree. The restaurant was bigger than expected and atmosphere was very nice. Being so near central park and museums, this is a great spot to sit and re-energize after a few hours of walking around. I'd definitely come back. More...

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Jenna C.

25 November 2015

What a fun place for a weekend brunch!  During a New York trip, my gracious host recommended Calle Ocho for brunch for 6 friends.  She hyped up the sangria, but even without the sangra, I think this place is a win!  It is HUGE inside!  There is a huge list of sangrias to choose from.  I just ended up with one glass, and I enjoyed it.  It can be a little hard to get refills, so if that's what you're here for, be persistent!  The rules are pretty funny and entertaining to read.  The most popular dishes at our table was the Vaca Frita and Ropa Vieja Hash.  I shared both with my husband and we were more than pleased!  What a great spot for brunch with friends. More...

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Sean m.

25 November 2015

The grilled pulpo is delicious for an appetizer.  The paella is delicious. Good food in a great atmosphere. Music is a little on the loud side.

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Karen F.

25 November 2015

Calle Ocho was on my "need-to-do" bucket list while I was living on the upper west side last summer as an intern. Unfortunately, with their crazy reservations I was never able to get a table that fit my schedule. That all changed this year when I scored a table for 4 at 2:00pm on Halloween.My friends and I got there at 2:00pm on the dot and after a few minutes of waiting, the hostess sat us down. It took awhile for the waiter to come with menus, but he took our orders for sangria right away while we continued looking for what we wanted to eat. The bread at the table is PHENOMENAL. No wonder people talk about it and the strawberry whipped butter is delicious too. My friend said it tasted like frosting. The breads are very sugary too, but still nonetheless great.Food: Gallitos (for 2, for $32). What a steal! So much food, it can easily feed 3. But it wasn't very good. The corn tortillas were thick which made it hard to make breakfast tacos. In the end I just started mixing the chorizo, guac, eggs, together and eating that. If I could have a do-over I would pay more to get an individual meal. My other friend got the smoked salmon on top of eggs which looked divine. I would definitely go with an individual meal next time I come because it just looked more appetizing.Sangria: Let me preface this with the fact that I LOVE sangria. Ehhhh, the white is definitely better than the red. I got the Punta Cana (Peach/orange/pineapple), tropical (mango/pineapple/lemongrass), and ended with a fresas (raspberries/strawberry). All of it tasted like incredibly sugary cheap wine, which did not sit well with my system. Service: While our service was a little slow, our waiter was very friendly and helpful. He gave us a description of what types of sangria there were each time we placed an order and gave recommendations of his favorites. Around 3:30 when everything was shutting down he asked us if we wanted another round and my friends happily obliged. Afterwards, we hung out in the lounge upfront while we finished our sangria!No doubt in my mind Calle Ocho is the most affordable unlimited boozy brunch in the city. Everywhere that I have been the prices have been $30+. Would I come again? Of course! But I won't be the one putting in reservations... More...

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Olivia E.

22 November 2015

Always a yummy time when we go.  Get there early if you can't get a reservation... Sit at bar! The Vaca Frita is always my go to and the bread basket is warm and delicious!  Of course the unlimited sangria is a winner! More...

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Allison P.

21 November 2015

Great food accompanied by a great atmosphere!  My office had a party here over the summer. The restaurant was able to accommodate 25+ people and no one was without food or drink at any time. The wait staff was very attentive. Great place to have a small or large get together! More...

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Matthew E.

15 November 2015

Calle Ocho is far and above my favorite place for brunch in NYC. Located in the Upper West Side, you cannot go wrong for brunch here  (except not making reservations months in advance). Yes, it does get busy here but it's because of how awesome they are. Great food, unlimited sangria, where can you go wrong? Beat the rush and look for spots at the bar or in the lounge. Don't expect to be seated at a table (especially with a larger group) without reservations on a Saturday or Sunday.But seriously, finishing up my meal now after feeling treated like a king. Everyone from host to server to runner is making sure you're having an A+ experience. My girlfriend and I love trying new places for brunch but I'm always insisting we come here. Top notch place. More...

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Adwoa B.

15 November 2015

Calle Ocho treated me right! I came here for a friend's birthday dinner. To start, the space is beautiful. Great for pictures, if you're into that. Secondly, we had to wait for a bit at the bar, and the bar staff was friendly, funny, and helpful. Once we sat, our waiter gave us these delicious bread balls. Literally had like 4 of them, they were so good (and I was starving, so it's definitely a good appetizer substitute if you want to get straight to the entree). I ordered the skirt steak with avocado, Latin fried rice, and a fried egg. It was DELICIOUS. it was also a huge portion, so I didn't even get to finish it all. I literally Have no complaints. Calle Ocho also has different varieties of sangria, and we tried the tropical, Blanca, and Harlem nights (delicious). If you're into Latin cuisine, this is definitely a great place to try. More...

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Dave G.

14 November 2015

Been in NY just under a year and have tried many restaurants...this place is now in my top 3!!! Food was amazing and we only did tapas. We had 4 dishes together...the rock shrimp chicharroh, was the best dish of the night...amazing!!!! the pulpo, my girlfriend n I debated if this was better than the shrimp...she liked this one better bc it was healthier...very spicy and also amazing! Next was the huachinango which is a red snapper ceviche...tangy lime and cilantro flavored...also excellent, fresh n flavorful! Lastly was the dulce...empanada with goat cheese...my girlfriend is more of an empanada fan and she loved it, I thought it was a little gritty but still very good. We had two red wine sangrias...the Spanish Harlem n the fresas...both were very similar, large glasses n tasted good, but not your typical sangria more tasted like wine then sweet.  Overall an amazing dinner! Great Ambiance n service as well... Highly recommend this restaurant... Highly recommend this restaurant... once again, Highly recommend this restaurant! More...

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Brunch And The City ..

10 November 2015

From Spanish Harlem to Punta Cana (which also happens to be names of their specially made sangrias), Calle Ocho has some of the BEST sangrias and cocktails ever tasted in NYC .. Stop here for authentic Latin cuisine as they play salsa that matches your heartbeat! Located inside the Excelsior Hotel, come in during the week for happy hour or reserve two to three weeks ahead of time for the weekend, as brunch spots go very quickly! Steak lovers! Their vaca frita is perfection and a must-have! Delicious drink and Latin cuisine will satisfy the tastebuds, and for the unlimited option, your wallet will also feel amazing as this brunch will run you anywhere from 30-35 dollars! Pointers:* Their sangria is served in 20 oz glasses so drink up!* Continue your brunch with a little brain food! The American Museum of Natural is located right across the street! * Still feeling thirsty? Visit the many bars located on Amsterdam Avenue only two blocks up More...

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Spencer H.

9 November 2015

Fantastic UWS Brunch spot. Great food. Great drinks (both sangria & margaritas) I haven't tried their dinner service, but if it's anything like brunch, I can't wait to try.

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Alice L.

7 November 2015

I hosted the rehearsal dinner for my wedding last month in Calle Ocho's private dining room.  It was WONDERFUL!  I honestly cannot say how wonderful it was!  I called pretty much every restaurant on the Upper West Side, and determined that Calle Ocho was without-a-doubt the most reasonably priced (I think it was $60 per person for a three course meal with 2 options for each course, including wine, beer, and sangria.)  Each and every dish was heavenly - people are still raving about the food a month later!  The waiters were fantastic, and there was never (never!) and empty wine glass.  Just ask my Mom, who does not drink much, and had a major headache the next day as we were preparing for the wedding!  The waitstaff was not only attentive, but assisted us in setting up the projector for a slideshow as well as running to turn off the overhead music whenever someone stood up to give a speech.  Further, in the months leading up to the event, the managers were very responsive via email and open to special requests (vegetarian and kosher options, for example.)  This is the number one place I would recommend having a wedding reception, or any private dinner, on the Upper West Side! More...

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Jem S.

6 November 2015

Calle Ocho has bottomless sangria with an order of an entree. The wait for a walk-in can be very long so try to make reservations. The food is pretty good; typical Latin American options. They have a pretty wide assortment of sangria flavours, both red and white, so that's the draw here. As long as one has food on the plate, one is allowed to keep drinking. Try to get the waiter's attention for a refill right before you take your last sip of sangria because service can be a bit slow since there are so many patrons.I highly recommend Calle Ocho for a group brunch since there's a lot of space, but definitely try to make reservations beforehand. More...

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Elizabeth T.

5 November 2015

Came here for a friend's birthday brunch.  This place is HUGE.  There is lots of seating available but it was still pretty packed.  Unlike other brunch places there is no time limit for how long you can have unlimited drinks but once you are done with your food no more drinks!  However service to fill up is slow (at other brunch places I usually never see my glass empty).My favorite sangria was havana banana, it comes garnish with slices of coconut meat and a lychee!  The bread came with a raspberry butter which was very tasty and unique.  I had the vaca frita which was very tasty and tender but it was more like a grilled skirt steak.  I had the flan for dessert which was small but came with a great mango sauce.I prefer sangria over mimosas/bloody marys so I would definitely return! More...

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Jay N.

1 November 2015

I recommend booking a reservation to avoid the wait, coming with a group to taste all the sangria blends, trying anything with their crispy rice and walking it all off at Central Park!

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Kerby L.

31 October 2015

I loved Calle Ocho!! The steak with eggs and rice are amazing! I got the seafood Palle and it was everything I thought it would be! Hot, steamy, spicy and the seafood cooked perfectly. The pitcher of Sangria wasn't that strong but the experience was still great! More...

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Nancy H.

27 October 2015

Your mission is in 1 hour and 45 minutes to enjoy as much sangria and cheesy bread and also pick an entree to wash it all down with.I made a reservation 3 weeks in advance since I wasn't visiting New York for awhile and it was like set it and forget it. When I got that reminder, that call to confirm my reservation I was so excited! The boyfriend and I arrived a few minutes after 12 and was promptly seated in a two person booth. Great music in the background, sweet sweet statues every where, and a nice sunset orange on the walls. Immediately we got water, a cuban cigar tray filled with cinnamon, walnut, blueberry muffins and warm cheesey bread with a side of strawberry butter, and also offered our first glass of 20 oz wine. In the end we had tried the Spanish Harlem, a red, had a deep red and fruity flavor, rather heavy to drink a lot of. The Punta Cana, a white, was light a fruity, while the Tropical was strong with rum and hints of peach. We ordered the Vaca Frita, salty, flavorful, a good contrast to all the sweet, sweet wine, the rice was a bit dry, the meat was plentiful and tender, the egg, perfectly over easy, the avocado ripe, and the tomato/red onion mix was great. The ropa vieja con huevos was a bit too saucy to my liking, that the potatoes pretty much soaked up all the meat stew, so it would have been nice had it been rice and beans instead of potatoes.  After two glasses each, countless cheesy bread rounds, and an entree, we were more full than drunk from the brunch. The service was great, atmosphere upbeat, food decent. For about $22 per person not including tax or tip, it was a great deal for a Sunday brunch. The bathrooms were clean, it's located in the Excelsior hotel, the Museum of Natural History is right across the street, oh and if you still have room to order dessert I would eat it for you. Thanks! More...

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Emmanuel M.

20 October 2015

"Calle Ocho" is named after a landmark in the "Little Havana" neighborhood in Miami. The menu here is a combination of Little Havana and New York City. They're very well known for their complimentary unlimited sangria offering during brunch.Having worked in the neighborhood before, I have been to Calle Ocho for dinner before, but this was my first time visiting for brunch. Note: if you want to have brunch here book a reservation way in adavance. I would recommend at least a month in advance. They're very popular, and when my friends and I arrived you could tell how busy they were from the the crowd at the entrance. Service was good. Once most of our group arrived we were seated. The waiter was efficient, and the food was brought out in a timely manner. My favorite part of the meal was the complimentary bread that came out before the entrees. They give you a mix of rolls, & muffins with strawberry butter. They were all delicious, and I would go back just to eat those again. I ordered the Ropa Vieja con Huevos. It was delicious, and the protion size of meat was decent. My only complaint is that I wish there would have been more crispy potatoes included. It came with only a few. The sangrias were good, and they did and excellent job of refilling our glasses without having to be asked. I also got the Domino cake for dessert. It had good flavor, but the cake itself was a little dry. My favorite part was the Dulce de Leche ice cream that came with it.Calle Ocho does an awesome job of giving you a taste of Little Havana. Their unlimited sangria offering is how they attract you, but their food delivers and completes the overall experience. I had a pleasant experience, and would definitely go back again. More...

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D S.

19 October 2015

Went there for brunch and it was so good! Unlimited Sangria after a day at work is just what I needed! Had the steak and although they serve it well done, it was was so soft. Definitely coming back! Waiter Gio was awesome too! More...

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R B.

18 October 2015

Great fun!  The Ensalda de Langosta was perfectly delicious, along with a very tasty assortment of breakfast breads and strawberry butter.  But who can beat unlimited Sangria with brunch and eight different types to choose from. More...

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Cheryll R.

12 October 2015

Visiting New York and staying at the Excelsior Hotel where the restaurant is located. Ordered the Beet & Goat cheese salad appetizer for a late night snack and it was delicious.  The service was also excellent.

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Liuyi Z.

12 October 2015

I will definitely give 5 stars!!!Firstly,I love the location it's pretty convenient if u come here by the subway(B/C line)it's nearly 1-2 minutes walking. Second,love the decor and atmosphere here along with the Cuban style background music(I guess it should be)cause it made u felt like at home and very cozy! More importantly,we searched online and wanna try sea food fried rice-Paella and steak,so we ordered Paella and Cuba Skirt Steak for entrees. They were pretty yummy!!! Especially the Paella,it's too big for just one person I think... A good deal! We were also satisfied with the services here. Definitely come back again! Maybe I'll back on weekend for brunch! More...

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Max R.

11 October 2015

Well worth a visit. Great atmosphere, very good Latin food, and I enjoyed the drinks too. I'd come back.

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K A.

9 October 2015

Great brunch deal including bread, tasty sangrias, and select dishes. No wonder it is hard to get a reservation because a lot of times it gets crowded.

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Iris O.

5 October 2015

Love this place. The bread basket is amazing and I believe it was free. Not sure. I love the steak for brunch. It has a nice location, great place to go after visiting the museum. 4 sangrias or 5 per day, not as strong as you might want them to be but ok. More...

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Aries G.

4 October 2015

would have got 5 stars if it wasn't for the female at the reservation booth. looked like she didn't want to work or be there and couldn't find my reservation when i made it on open table . even finding it she didn't say nothing but follow me . i'm a gm of a hotel . i would have got rid of her or switch with someone more friendly and upbeat . Drinks where excellent . music was a tad low so you can hear everyone convo or just chirping and i caught myself wanting to hear the songs i could hear a little of . i can say the waitress was def on point with it being my first time there and telling me about each sangria and meal . never felt cut off when i asked questions . she was attentive and like that with everyone . she looked like she had the whole room under control ( lily) . food was excellent . servers were working hard . love the vibe and everyone seem to be happy or maybe it was the drinks. lol. regardless this place is great and made me want to tell my guests and family to come back here and experience the enjoyment and good quality . lily ! thank you for being a great waitress. i will def be coming back again. ( just gonna avoid the the lady at the reservations booth). lol managers on duty great job !!! More...

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Rachel S.

3 October 2015

Tip: You'll need to make a reservation pretty far in advance.  But it's worth it.What I've tried: ropa vieja con huevos, bites of torte de pollo and vaca frite.. many sangrias.Story: Obviously you come here for the unlimited sangria that accompanies the brunch.  There's 4 different red and 4 different white options to choose from.  They are all amazing.  I love the Havana Banana for a fruity white sangria and the Spanish Harlem for a warm feeling red.  But on top of the sangria the food is actually REALLY good. You start off with an assortment of rolls and muffins with strawberry butter. Delicious. I got the Ropa Vieja Con Huevos from a recommendation from the waiter. It didn't sound too great from the description on the menu, but it is DELICIOUS. The hash is just a mound of steak and potatoes and other deliciousness and its topped with eggs, guacamole, and sweet potato crisps. My friends' food was good too, but they were all jealous of my dish. The restaurant has a nice and festive atmosphere and it's perfect for a boozy brunch! More...

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Isabella V.

3 October 2015

I would highly recommend this as a brunch spot with friends. The sangria pourings are generous, do not underestimate them. Make reservations early.

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Cheryl K.

2 October 2015

What a lovely, lovely, tres lovely experience.Made a reservation here for a friend's birthday dinner on a Friday evening hoping it'd live up to the hype about weekend brunch.  I was blown away.The entrance is in the lobby of the Excelsior Hotel.  I was a tad early and the hostess was warm and welcoming.  I told her I wasn't sure if we were going to be a party of 4 or 5 and she (as well as another host) reassured us telling us no problem, they'll accommodate.We sat down and were immediately impressed with how spacious the restaurant was!  I love the set-up and the decor too.... warm oranges and reds with booths along the perimeter and tables in the middle... and the lighting was just dim enough!  Lighting is something I always take notice of when I go somewhere new.  Calle Ocho had it just right.Everything we ordered was mucho delicioso (can't remember, I blame the food coma and the fact that I am finishing this review 2yrs later... =X) and overall we had a great experience! More...

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Anne L.

1 October 2015

I came here for brunch with two of my girlfriends and I can't stop thinking about all of the delicious foods they have. From the bread basket to the ropa vieja and all of the amazing sangria options they offer. I tell everyone about this place and I will be returning very soon. It's a very busy restaurant so make reservations well in advance. More...

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Courtney M.

29 September 2015

Firstly, my group (5 people) and I did not have to make reservations and were seated pretty quickly so don't let the reviews stating you have to make reservations months in advance scare you. I'm pretty new to the brunch game but I enjoyed myself. The sangria (four whites/four reds) is unlimited so long as you're still eating and you get about 1.5-2 hours. I'm not a huge sangria girl but the tropical was my favorite. The Havana banana does not taste like bananas at all, much to my disappointment. I also liked the red one with the acai and the blueberries, I can't remember the name. Maybe Samba but whatever. I only had like three glasses and I was feeling pretty nice. They give you a complimentary bread basket with some type of pink butter and there's some bread in it that looks like it has raisins, surprise, it's freaking chocolate chips and it's delicious. My actual food was pretty good, I ordered the vaca frita. The skirt steak was awesome but I thought the rice would have some more flavor, it tasted a little over cooked. Overall, I enjoyed myself and our waiter was really attentive. Also, it was NOT expensive. It came up like $30 per person which is great considering the quality of food and alcohol. I would definitely recommend to any brunchers. More...

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Jana P.

28 September 2015

Let's get to the point here. A month in advance for reservations is utter BS. It's good but it's not THAT good.Let me be gentle first. The food is good. However, I ordered shrimp and grits and I swear they gave me a tablespoon of grits and a cup of sauce. I was so annoyed so I actually told the waiter who said he'll tell the manager and nothing happened. I wasn't upset enough to complain even more I guess because the delicious wide variety of unlimited sangrias had me in a care free mood. So to compensate for my lack of grits I ordered a side of yuca fries. That was pretty good as well.This place is nice. You get boozed up by really good sangria mixes that don't taste like straight sugar, you can definitely feel the wine. The food is very tasty and the price is great. A month in advance reservations though I still can't get that to sit right with me. Like get over yourselves...Oh and yes!!! That complimentary bread and that butter is the reason why you should consume all your calories of your calorie free diet in this one sitting hunnay! (At least that's what I did ;-) ) More...

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Natalie V.

27 September 2015

I would eat at this place every night if it were a possibility. Came here for my birthday with a party of 5. We had reservations and were promptly seated after receiving a warm welcome from the host. As we entered the restaurant, we realized how the ambience was so inviting and romantic with sexy Latin flair. Our waitress was very friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable about EVERYTHING on the menu. She answered all of our questions and gave us suggestions about what we would like based on our preferences. I wish I had pictures of the food and drinks to post with this review, but we honestly devoured everything so quickly. The food was great and the drinks were even better; large and potent. They also serve little complimentary Brazilian cheese breads as a starter (very appetizing). To recap: Amazing food, large drinks; marvelous service. I will definitely be back; next time for brunch which I hear is a real hit! More...

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Lindsay S.

26 September 2015

Now this place knows how to go hard for brunch, no joke. A little too hard. The key is the unlimited sangria, which comes in so many flavors. Delicious booze infused flavors. I was in a sangria coma by the end of the day lol. This place is incredibly hard to get into. I had to make the reservations almost two months in advance. Totally worth it though. We went for a friends birthday. They start you out with a delicious basket of breads with an amazing strawberry cream cheese? or something strawberry flavored. Anyways it was good. I started pounding down the alcohol at this point. By the end of the day, I had 5 sangrias lol I got the shrimp and grits. It was pretty good. It may not have been the best that I have had in the city, but then again this wasn't a Southern restaurant, so you can't really compare the two. The nice part about it was that after we had eaten and technically the restaurant was closed, we moved to the bar area and had one more drink. Good times. More...

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Melinda T.

24 September 2015

UNLIMITED SANGRIA (with a purchase of a meal during brunch for 2 hours).I mean that's all you need right? There are about 3-4 different flavors of reds and whites, so there is plenty to choose for everyone ranging in sugar/dryness levels.The food came out really quick, but my friend and I got two of the most popular dishes so I'm sure they kitchen is just preparing them like a machine back there. We got the pollo rachero and the vaca frita. I like both of them equally, but I think I'd lean more towards getting the chicken again because I felt like it had more flavor. Also, I didn't love the spanish rice that came with the vaca frita. It had a smokey taste to it, and that's not usually my thing, but it might be wonderful for those who like a smokey flavor! The waitress we had was ok on the attentiveness, but I understand the place is super busy so I don't fault her too much as she did come in to check on us about twice or so. We didn't feel rushed even though we had a 2:15pm reservation, and their brunch ends at 3pm. Though the manager did kindly ask us to move to the bar to finish the sangria, and that was no big deal. Overall, a solid spot for brunch. Good food and an even better array of sangria. :) More...

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Jin H.

24 September 2015

The brunch was amazing, the ambiance was pretty lively and the unlimited sangria's were awesome.

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Benny V.

23 September 2015

Like everyone here, I am reviewing Calle Ocho's brunch experience. This place is incredibly popular and if you come at prime brunch hour, you may be hard-pressed to find seating. Fortunately for us, we came just a little after the rush, so seating was not an issue. This place is much larger than how it looks from the outside. The inside is modern and vibrant, which makes it the perfect spot for a fun group brunch. The bottomless sangria also help out with that.The wait staff were very accommodating and our glasses were never left empty. The food was also very tasty. I ordered the torte de pollo, one of my friends ordered latin benedict and another ordered ropa vieja con huevos. The chicken that I ordered was very succulent and juicy and made for a hardy brunch menu item, I was very pleased. The benedict, I was told, is a popular item here and by the way it looked, I can definitely see why. Very fun and positive experience here, would definitely recommend. More...

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Shreya M.

23 September 2015

This spot gets just about everything right! Complimentary YUMMY assorted bread.. Check. Strong, but tasty drinks.. Check. Reasonable prices.. Check. Delicious authentic food.. Check, check, check.A group of four of us stopped by for Sunday brunch around 1:30pm. We didn't have a reservation and arrived prepared to wait close to an hour to be seated. To our surprise and expert hawking skills (and probably good timing), we snagged four seats at the corner of the bar within 15-20 min. We were initially apprehensive if we should wait for a table, but I'm so glad we stayed put. Being seated at the bar, we had more attentive service and it was so much easier to flag down the bartender for our second, third, fourth, and yes, for one of us, FIFTH glass of sangria. On that note, the selection of sangria is great and they definitely pack a punch- so be careful! For my entree, I tried the Maiz y Camarones aka shrimp and grits and all I can say is: wow! This dish was packed with flavor! As a huge fan of yuca, I was super excited to see that they offered it as a side on the menu. The bartender recommended two orders for the four us, which actually ended up being too much in addition to our individual entrees. Either way, the yuca was pretty tasty and I couldn't get enough of the smokey tomatoey sauce it came with.The only downside of our whole experience was that this place was super busy; so service is slightly rushed and stretched (and not to mention, it was a bit loud in there). But I mean, I can't really blame them for being so popular. I'm just glad I got see why for myself. More...

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Yani R.

22 September 2015

Love this place! I like coming here at nigh, mid-week, especially when off from work the next day. We have dinner, drinks and stay at the the Excelsior Hotel! Food and service is good.

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Sepide N.

9 September 2015

Be still my beating "food heart". Ah yes I can still taste what I had for dinner. This place is an absolute gem! You won't see it unless you actively look for it.  This restaurant is inside the excelsior hotel, ground floor/lobby. The atmosphere of this place (heightened by the Latin music background) is inviting. We started off with their freshly baked complimentary bread which was heavenly.  That, of course, was just a teaser. Our appetizer, which we decided to share, was the Langosta (poached lobster with grapefruit).  Its a delightfully interesting take on the usual ceviches I've had before. The serving is barely good for one, by the way...lesson learned the hard way.I had the lechon for my main course. It was not spectacular but it was above average. Yes the meat fell off the bone easily but I'd say that it's a little bit salty for my taste .  Plus beware the pickled jalapeños. That duck breast though...that duck breast was outstanding! It had smoked bacon and sweet plantain purée. You can taste them individually but they're perfect combined!And one of the best mojitos I've had in a long time.Was a way to end my Manhattan journey. More...

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Alberto D.

7 September 2015

I went here during Labor Day weekend in 2015. The location is perfect because it is next to the Central Park and almost in front of the east entrance to the Museum of natural science, so you can combine both things with a delicious meal.The most amazing thing is that they have on Sunday the unlimited Sangria deal, so you can choose at least 6 different types and drink over and over. Also food is awesome. The Grillitos, which is my favorite, it is for 2 if you are starving but I think it will fill well 3 people. The Omelet and the Eggs Benedict are also delicious.It might be packed sometimes so make sure you get reservation, you never know.Ps. If you don't go on Sunday, no problem! Check in on yelp so you get a free sangria drink! More...

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Kristina M.

6 September 2015

Sometimes you need a little Cuban food. Or a lot. After 6+ hours of the Met, it was time for a well earned dinner. A quick dash across the park brought us to this cozy and dimly-lit restaurant. The corn empanada appetizer was out of this world. A pitcher of the berry flavored sangria, and the gallitos rounded out our meal. Oh- and or to be forgotten, were the delightful, tiny, sweet bread rolls with black bean humus. Hiphiphooray for a helluva meal fit for two starving art lovers! More...

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Joori K.

5 September 2015

Great portions for sharing. Staff were great and responsive. Humongous paella. Unlimited pan de bonos!:) Will come here again

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Gabriela R.

5 September 2015

Came here to celebrate a friend's birthday and the food was delicious!!I ordered churrasco (it came with yuca) the meat was delicious and well done! The yuca was also great a bit pricy but it was worth it... My friends were all satisfy with their food!Great atmosphere, great people! Overall great experience!Ps. If you check in on yelp, you get a free sangria :-)Enjoy!!!! More...

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Luoying A.

5 September 2015

goood place for friday night hang out with friend

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Ollie S.

4 September 2015

Excellent food, beautiful restaurant. Surprisingly interesting list of  wines available by the glass. One star off for service. Servers kept changing and needed to be flagged down for every little thing. More...

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Tennessee E.

30 August 2015

Love this place..  Good food and we had great service.  My wife has a large food blog so we thought we would try it.  Not disappointed.  She will post about it soon.

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Jennifer H.

30 August 2015

Do yourself a favor and order the grilled octopus appetizer. So tender!! Second tip: pass on the paella and order one of the other super well prepared dishes such as the cuban skirt steak (You could cut it with a fork...I mean come on!!). Yes the paella looks impressive with shellfish sticking out and whatnot but it is sorely missing some components of a good paella. First of all once you eat the one lobster claw, handful of mussels and clams, and a few pieces of shrimp and calamari you are left with this GIANT bowl of rice. Great if you like rice, especially kind of bland rice. Not so great if you are looking and your hubby's amazingly tender skirt steak wishing you had ordered that instead. Did I mention you should probably pass on the paella Still dreaming about that steak! For dessert order the bread pudding thing with the apple ice cream. Way better than the dry chocolate domino dessert. Oh, and drink lots of sangria! More...

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Shah Q.

29 August 2015

Great authentic Latin food! Service is good and prices are decent. I had a very good experience here!

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Alex P.

28 August 2015

Calle Ocho is the best place that I've had brunch at in New York City. (Source: I've lived in the city for 4 years and brunch was a weekly routine.)First of all, if you want to eat here, make reservations in advance. I mean like a month in advance. This place is really popular and is constantly overbooked.The highlight of their brunch is the unlimited sangria. They have different flavors in both red and white wine. You should try them all. Note: There is a time limit of an 1 hour and 45 minutes so make sure you drink as much as you can/want in that timeframe.They start you off with a box of bread. It literally comes in a wooden box. They also give you some delicious butter to use. I really liked the cornbread. The cornbread's secret ingredient is probably crack.The food is amazing as well. I ordered the Duck Sausage Benedict. I'm not really a fan of eggs benedict, but this was amazing. The sausage was so flavorful, and the egg was poached to perfection. That hollandaise sauce though. Damn. It was amazing. My fiancee ordered the Ropa Vieja con Huevos and it was really tasty too.The food isn't too expensive, considering the excellent service, top notch service, and ambiance. I highly recommend going to Calle Ocho for brunch. More...

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Cynthia W.

25 August 2015

The bread is soooooo good! Cannot stop eatingCompared with the amazing bread, the entrees didn't impress me a lot. The paella is very special and full of flavor, with chorizo and generous portion of seafood. Multiple choices of sangria!

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Tryphena D.

23 August 2015

I wanted our last evening in NYC to be a memorable one. How else do you do that without dining at a great restaurant? I finally narrowed it down and decided on Calle Ocho. LOCATION: Inside the Excelsior hotel. You go down the stairs and the restaurant is to the right.SETTING: Very dim lighting, which works for a romantic date night, however, the space is large enough to accommodate bigger groups. Booth seating & tables available. Cumbia & Salsa music playing in the background. SERVICE: Our server was knowledgeable and gave his honest opinions about the menu items. We liked that a lot! Both our sever and the busboys were attentive and fast. DRINKS: Mojito- strong, flavorful & tasty!! Highly recommend. FOOD:**The Ceviche Mixto was great! Strong citrus flavor, without being overpowering, (no puckered face following a bite of this plate). The base to the ceviche was creamy. The seafood was very fresh. **The Paella was excellent!! Lots and lots of seafood here. A big lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, chorizo and chicken were loaded on the plate. We didn't feel short changed here. The rice and tomato salad were good accompaniments to the dish. **Vegeteriano- it was just ok. I wouldn't get this again. The mushroom paella wasn't flavored well, in my opinion. It was too chewy, also. The Guatemalan green bean salad that topped the dish was very flavorful, but the dish itself left a bit to be desired. **Domino Cake- I'm not usually the biggest chocolate lover, especially not chocolate cake, but this was delightful! Dark chocolate cake with a Dulce de Leche ice cream center was a perfect ending to an overall great meal. OVERALL: One item might not have gone over famously, but that's ok. The others made up for it quite well. When I'm back in NYC again, I'll be making my way back to Calle Ocho. More...

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Ken G.

20 August 2015

I had a really good experience at this spot...the food and drinks were good and the atmosphere was lively and fun.I had the Ropa Vieja con Huevos and it was a nice, tasty and satisfying way to enjoy brunch...everything was flavored well and arrived nice and warm.The sangrias were great too...I love that you can enjoy a variety of different drinks and eventually find one that's perfect for your palate.I'd definitely recommend this spot...get here early since the place gets packed quickly! More...

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Anneliese E.

20 August 2015

Had a very pleasant experience. Food is extremely presentable. As a woman (typical stereotype) I love my food to look... Well, pretty! With that being said,let's start in order. Wait staff... Really polite and really sweet. Appetizer... Got the Calamari... Amazing! There is no complaints! Everything was perfect about it. Now, the drinks... Got a pitcher of white sangria that had apparently lemon grass..pineapple.  Etc and it just tasted like water downed whine...not happy there. Main entree... Peruvian chicken.. Really well presented...but did not taste as good as it looked, regardless it was edible..had to take it to go. And still trying to figure out what was Peruvian about it. Regardless, ambience was really nice... Staff was great! Definitely coming back for the appetizers! More...

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Raymond A.

19 August 2015

I came here on a Tuesday night with my family and it was surprisingly pretty busy. They start by giving a bunch of free, warm bread. Then, we ordered a pitcher of roja sangria and also redeemed a complimentary glass by checking in. As for appetizers, we had the ceviche mixto and calamari. The portion of ceviche was fair and the presentation was nice. The calamari had an interesting twist. It was glazed with honey and topped with cashews, sesame seeds, and sprout salad. Our entrées took awhile to arrive but they kept refilling the bread in the meantime. We ordered a variety of entrées. First and foremost, the paella was a huge portion. The seafood was a bit dry but it was still tasty nevertheless. Each of the meat entrées we ordered (Vaca Frita, Lechon, Pato) was very tender and perfectly seasoned. The Mar y Tierra only came with two pieces of shrimp but the delicious steak made up for it. There was also a special for the night, a Mahi Mahi entrée. The portion was a bit small and they didn't have the red quinoa that they said it came with so I was given the option to substitute with whatever side.I rarely dine in upper west side, yet alone inside a hotel. However, my family and I enjoyed our experience here. We would return again if we're ever in the area and craving some good Cuban food. I also would like to come here for brunch with a group of friends. It also seems like a great spot for a date. More...

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Susanna W.

18 August 2015

This is a really fun place to go to for small groups or dates. It has a very cozy atmosphere with mostly red decor and dim soft lights. We went for dinner, and used the free sangria check in offer, and were pleasantly surprised with them! They have a wide variety of sangrias ranging in sweetness level which was nice. The bread baskets are also awesome here, I think the bread may be made from corn? They're slightly sweet, but very soft on the inside with a nice crust, and come served with some sort of bean paste. We got the Gallitos as an appetizer for the table--basically a build our own taco platter with spicy chicken, beef, shrimp, guac, sour cream, etc. The beef and shrimp were awesome, the chicken a little dry and lacking in flavoring. I got the salmon which came with a mango chutney and lobster mashed potato. Each component was pretty good, and they'll ask what temperature you'd like your salmon to be cooked to, but I found the mango chutney to be unnecessary. The rest of the table got the Mar y Tierra (steak & shrimp), the paella and the Vaca Frita al Caballo (steak/fried rice/egg/avocado) and were all very happy with their meals too. The service was really great as well, and we will be back again! More...

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Ao H.

18 August 2015

What's better than unlimited cocktail at brunch? The brunch here is a great combination of Western food and South American food

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Joseph P.

17 August 2015

Huge fan of this place.  I don't often go back to the same place twice because I want to try so many restaurants, but I have been here over 15 times.  Always bring visitors to the city to this place.  I have only had two bad experiences, which brings it from 5 stars to 4 stars.  The first time the waiter was not responsive at all.  Manager stepped in and saved the day after we brought it to his attention.  Other occasion new waitress argued with someone in my party about what she ordered (vs. what was brought) and also because she called me cheap because I mentioned my favorite dish was taken off the menu (and was a less expensive than the new menu), and not in a fun joke manner.  By no coincidence we have not seen her at Calle Ocho since.Great value at this place and 8 fantastic sangrias. More...

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Quin S.

16 August 2015

this may be about my 10th time here-- I like it. The setting is nice for friends, a date or even if you wanna dine alone. The decor is a unique combination of home and entertaining lounge. The Sangrias made me smile...a lot. And the food is always hot, fresh and reminds me of my own kitchen techniques. Taste like real food, mildly seasoned and not processed.  The staff is friendly, attentive and our bartender surprised my gf w/ bday cake and a shot. my 11th time will be soon. More...

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Charles K.

16 August 2015

Good food and great brunch. Such good vibes for their brunch. You will need reservations though because the brunch is super popular and walk ins are a bad idea!

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Richard P.

16 August 2015

Sangria, sangria, sangria. Went with friends and shared a ton of apps. Wonderfully attentive staff. The food came out in minutes and was so delicious. Great atmosphere. Can't wait to return and taste more of the menu. More...

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Diana C.

15 August 2015

My husband and I love this place! The food has never disappointed us! We have been here several times... The salmon is out of this world! I love the drinks...I had my birthday dinner here and all of my guests had a great time. The ambiance is perfect... More...

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C P.

14 August 2015

There is rarely a restaurant in New York City that makes you feel welcomed and exceeds expectations! We celebrated my mothers birthday and Daniel, our server, and the Manager, Luis, made our night to remember! Food is amazing! Thank you!

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Diana B.

14 August 2015

Went here for restaurant week and had a really nice time!  The sangria was awesome! Therefore, I cannot give you too many details about dessert lol.  All I remember is it was all really good!  The bread at the beginning is yummy and so was the meal!  Latin food that is quality over quantity.  I would return here for a nice group dinner. More...

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Stephanie H.

12 August 2015

One of my favorite places to get drunk brunch! Make sure you get a reservation a month in advance.. this place is popular. Unlimited sangria with my meal, yes please. I have to say that hands down my favorite sangria was the Fresas. I also enjoyed the Tropical and Punta Cana. If you check in on yelp, you get a free sangria but, of course, I saved that for later with this visit. As far as the food goes, I love the bread with strawberry butter that they start the table out with. This time for my meal I decided to go with the recommendation of the waiter which was the Vaca Frita. The skirt steak was cooked perfectly and I loved the avocado. My boyfriend got the Arepa con Salmon and that was delish. Overall, the service was great and I highly recommend this place!Make sure you follow the rules so that you and your table do not get cut off! More...

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Shari D.

11 August 2015

Really good, interesting tapas. Excellent classic red sangria and a huge glass for only $10.

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Virginia M.

11 August 2015

It's been....YEARS....since I've been able to eat the bread placed on the table before a meal. Years. We sort of stumbled into Calle Ocho on our way back from the Met to the tube, and we weren't quite sure what to expect. It was late, we were ravenous, and so anything remotely palatable sounded like a good plan. Luckily, Calle Ocho is so far above "remotely palatable", we almost couldn't handle it.You enter the restaurant through the adjoining hotel lobby, which is....a decorative treat. Velvet and mirrors and gold and that feeling of "this was probably a decadent space back when it was first furnished". Now, the lobby feels old but inviting... (kinda like how your wacky grandma's house feels. You know, the one who hoards her costume jewelry and has a plastic cover on her 1980's white sofa, and an exotic cat she named Clementine who should've died three years ago but now she just sits on - or might actually be stuck to - the plastic sofa licking the last of her fur while Wacky Grandma feeds her flakes of fish food while singing old 50's ballads). Anyway. The restaurant itself is a complete 180 from the hotel lobby. Low-lit spaces, a lovely contemporary/latin mixture of decor, instrumental background music. The whole place feels like you've been invited to a high-end nightclub that's been temporarily transformed into a restaurant for the evening. Service was impeccable, Richard F was our waiter. He was kind enough to bring this Celiac TWO helpings of the Pan de Bono (because I had basically said "f*ck it" and proceeded to stuff myself til the seams bulged like Wacky Grandma's sofa cushions). The bread is made with precooked cornmeal and Queso Fresco so it's soft and chewy and sweet and tastes like ACTUAL bread. Not to be outdone, the Dulce Empanada on the appetizer list is a thing of culinary mastery. I can't even begin to do it justice in an explanation. Just....order it. If you're in this neck of the woods, please do yourself a favor and make your way to this wonderful restaurant. You'll leave feeling like you've been sitting on soft velvet, petting a kitten, while listening to your grandmother hum lullabies. Or something... ;) More...

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Zein M.

11 August 2015

In brief, my wife and I met up with friends there.  We had a huge group there for tapas and drinks.  Every single appetizer was amazing, and I'm very picky with my Latino food.  They exceeded my expectations many times over.  Speaking of which, I have to make an appointment there and soon! More...

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Chiara P.

5 August 2015

Great brunch spot! Friendly staff, excellent service and awesome sangria. The ropa vieja needs definitely a try. Not too good for kids since the music is a bit loud, but just great for a fun brunch.

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Gabriela L.

4 August 2015

Came for dinner Friday night and thoroughly enjoyed the meal with my group of 4. Our waiter was at our beck and call with the blink of an eye. The rest of the waitstaff was polite and made sure our table was clean and our drinks were always full. The bus boys even asked to refill our alcoholic drinks and our waiter brought them over shortly after, which was great. All the food was pretty good. Below are all the items we hadComplimentary Bread & Bean Dip: Loved, the bread was warm and the bean dip was really good.Pulpo Cevice: Good heat, but definitely not big enough to share with more than two people. A lot more tomato than octopus Camarones Appetizer: Very flavorful, definitely get the sweetness from the rum glazeAvocado Salad: This isn't a salad at all, it's just guacamole with plantain chips. Our vegan dinner had ordered this for a personal appetizer and ended up just sharing with the rest of the table due to the poor descriptionPaella: Good, plenty of seafood and enough to split between 2 people. Not wow, but good. Lubina (Sea Bass): Well cooked and deliciousVegeteriano (Mushroom Paella): Very, very good and substantial vegetarian option.Overall, the appetizers are pretty small to share with more 2 people so if you're a group of 4 definitely get a couple. Most of the entrees were good, just not outstanding. Would definitely come to try brunch and the unlimited sangria. More...

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Ainsley H.

4 August 2015

Went for brunch (for the second time) on Saturday. This place is as good as it gets! Bottomless sangria (white, or red!) with the purchase of a brunch item. I am in LOVE with the Ensalada de Langosta. Its a lobster salad with avocado, greens, in a lime-citrus dressing. Its amazing. The amount of lobster is substantial, I left both times from Calle Ocho very full & satisfied! Great place for a boozy brunch, not too pricey for what you get! If you go with just a party of two- try the tacos. Friends said they were wonderful and are meant to be shared! More...

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Lewis S.

2 August 2015

I went to Calle Ocho a week or two ago and absolutely loved it. I went with my best friend for brunch just to hang out and eat some good food. The location and decor were wonderful. It has a latin upscale feel to it without the crazy prices. The food was sooooo delicious. I got the pollo ranchero and loved every bite of it. The unlimited sangria was so great too. They have different flavors to choose from and I tried about four of them and loved everyone of them. I undoubtably recommend this place to everyone. The service was also great. The waiter was nice and attentive. He had a great sense of humor. More...

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Darlene R.

1 August 2015

Went for restaurant week and had a fix menu really good food. Just didn't like the cerviche but everything else was really delish. Nice atmosphere drinks are good but very expensive. Go have a good dinner and enjoy More...

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Bridget B.

30 July 2015

Review for brunch only. This place is amazing - that is if you can actually get a reservation. I've looked for up to months in advance and they are booked solid on the weekends for good reason. It's all you can drink sangria with delicious Mexican entrees. The hotel is also a nice ambience. A word of caution that you WILL get heavily intoxicated without even realizing it, so don't plan to do much for the rest of your day. More...

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Vivian H.

27 July 2015

Over the past few years, I've heard nothing but good things about Calle Ocho from my NY Native friends. I finally went to check it out a couple of weeks ago with some friends for Mojito Monday and I am inclined to agree with the natives. I've had the mojitos and sangrias at Calle Ocho, and they are strong and definitely worth raving about. Luis is an amazing bartender. :)As far as food is concerned, I've only had the avocado salad (guacamole) with fried plantains as chips. I have to say, if the guac is an indication of what the food is like, this place is probably about as authentic as it gets. More...

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Rory W.

27 July 2015

Came to Calle Ocho for a business meeting. Staff was super helpful, great table placement, and the booths are spacious. The ambiance were perfect in creating quick rapport and aiding privacy. The food was delicious as was the wine pairing. Listen to the waiter. They were well informed with what went will with each entree. More...

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Jerry Y.

21 July 2015

I've heard making a brunch reservation here is almost as hard as ABC Kitchen! Thus, I've never tried. I can't tell you my secret to getting in but this place deserves all the business it gets. While the food here is 3 stars, it's the bread/muffins and bottomless sangria that tack on an extra star each. You might also spend the afternoon at AMNH if you are still standing. More...

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Linda E.

17 July 2015

So great. Loved our appetizers, the dolce epinada was especially good.  I loved my salmon entree and my sons skirt steak with a fried egg, tomatoes and avocado and special rice was perfect for a hungry teenager. Noisy atmosphere but we had a booth for 2 against the wall so could talk without  a problem. More...

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Elin H.

15 July 2015

Fantastic meal!  We had the tuna ceviche, bacon wrapped dates, paella, and sangria. Everything was delicious! Highly recommend.

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Jose M.

12 July 2015

I love this place. The decor is excellent and the food is great. I love the unlimited sangrias - they are all delicious. Be sure to make reservations as there is often a long wait. More...

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Shifteh S.

11 July 2015

If you love sangria, and unlimited sangria with your food.... This is the place to be! Get a delicious appetizer and unlimited sangria! Perfection !

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Greg T.

5 July 2015

This is an excellent restaurant on the upper west side. I had the red snapper wrapped in crispy taro, it was phenomenal, the flavors were bright and balanced. My wife had the salmon, and it was a wonderfully unique take on salmon I have not yet sampled. Truly enjoyable all around. The Ceviche Mixto was also truly excellent!  An explosion of citrus flavors mated with three types of fish, impossible to ask for more. More...

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Brenden D.

28 June 2015

Awesome brunch. Really we were just in the area going to the museum and saw the great reviews on yelp and so we went. Bottomless sangrias were the perfect thing before museum exploring. Was so busy (Sunday early afternoon) so we sat in the lounge because there were no tables available. Ordered the sangria first then the food. Good was excellent just not as hot as I'd like (most likely due to the lounge service not to the restaurant as a whole). Had three drinks each so we got to try lots of flavors and the food was great(not the booze talking) will definitely come back and probably get table service not lounge. More...

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Diana G.

25 June 2015

The food is probably 3-4 stars but the service was impeccable.  From the hostess to the waiter, they were attentive and friendly.  I had a great time celebrating my brothers birthday.  We used a Groupon and checked in on yelp for a free sangria but they didn't treat us any differently.  The atmosphere was lively with numerous birthday celebrations happening around us.  I had the paella which was gigantic.  I literally had enough for 3 meals.  Everyone enjoyed their entrees as well.  I wasn't a huge fan of the ceviches (tried the mixed seafood ceviche and the lobster), but I tried the shrimp chichurron which was fried shrimp in a mayo chipotle-esq sauce and this was tasty. More...

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Robin J.

21 June 2015

We ate there last night---a party of 7. The food was delicious along with the sangria! My son has celiac disease...the bread was gluten free and a lot of the entrees were gluten free. The food was delicious and we all had a great time. They were so accommodating to my son. The best bread ever!!!We will be back! More...

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Jamie L.

18 June 2015

I love their bread. Soft inside and taste really good with the sesame sauce. And there appetizer is surprised me! All the dishes has different flavor. Must try!!

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Hiral D.

17 June 2015

I had the calle ocho omelet and it was delicious. The potatoes on the side were well seasoned. You can't go wrong with the complimentary sangria that comes in eight different red and white flavors. The latin vibe made it fun with the sangrias in 20 oz. I was definitely very happy. More...

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Nick E.

16 June 2015

We as a society, and especially people who live and yelp in this here beautiful city, are experiencing the definitive twilight zone of the concept of brunch that we have come to know and love. Dark times loom in the months and years to come. It's not that brunch as a whole will ever really end, cuz brunch is classic. It's that Brunch™ has mostly been ruined by the masses. We, the IG-posting, the bottomless-drink-pounding, the eggs-benedict-ordering fuccbois...it is our fault. This is when I should volunteer for tribute for Brunch Games, where a bunch of soccer moms with strollers, wealthy white college girls, and foodie fuccbois have to battle to the death in order to grab the last free mimosa on the planet. Alas, I will not.Anyways, I've been wanting to try Calle Ocho for years, predating my living here even. Finally did it, and I know now that I should always trust my gut. The food was awesome, prices low for what you get/the area, and they had 6 different kinds of sangria. The sangria was...complimentary. Where the fuck they do that at? The food was great, but honestly if they would have brought me a plate of rotten oranges that they let a baby wolf chew up, I still would've been impressed. This might be the best deal going in NYC, no lie. I had 1 rojo, 2 Spanish Harlems, 1 of some other red (notice how I began forgetting at this point), and 1 Punta Cana. I feel like my first paragraph was so much stronger stylistically than this one, but basically, just go here. More...

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Charlene E.

15 June 2015

Free bottomless sangria paired with Cuban food, what else could you want for brunch?I ordered the Vaca Frita - the skirt steak was perfectly tender and paired well with the pork fried rice. It was filling and I couldn't finish it all, which was perfect because you get bottomless sangria as long as there is still food on your plate! My boyfriend ordered the Ropa Vieja - the crispy tortilla strips complimented the hash and avocado. The strawberry spread was delicious with the bread!I like that they have a selection of eight sangrias to choose from - four white wine and four red wine sangrias. They're listed with the stronger sangrias at the bottom. I was definitely feeling it by the third glass. Due to the sangria, lines to the bathroom were long!You will need to book well in advance but it'll be with the wait! Calle Ocho is a must when in New York. More...

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Ping F.

14 June 2015

Bf was able to book 2 days instead of 2 months in advance.  (I'm assuming someone cancelled their reservation.) Complimentary bread basket - omg I can just dine on this alone!  I ate 3 of the 5 yuca breads while everyone was deciding on their dish.  The strawberry butter made the delicious bread taste even better. The bread had a chewy texture, instead of the typical dry texture. Entrée: Vegetariano Paella - delicious! $18 Mushroom paella topped with tomatoes. We order this dish every time. Maiz y Camarones (Shrimp and grits) - savory! Not sure if it was worth the $23 price tag. Small shrimps, creamy sauce and grits with 2 poach eggs. A little salty for my taste. Sangria:To be honest all of the Reds tasted almost the same.  Maybe a slight different flavor note between each.I prefer the white sangria.  Havana banana has lychee.  Punta Cana had chopped up orange pieces. Dessert menu was offered to us at the end of the meal, but who has room in their stomach after all the drinks? Overall I will return just for the sangria and ambiance.  Great restaurant to catch up with friends.  Wish there were new items on the menu. More...

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Shelbi P.

13 June 2015

Went here for a large girls brunch and it was amazing ! The staff is so attentive and the food is delicious. I got unlimited sangria (Havana banana is so yummy) and the cheesy bread they serve is great. Definitely a must for upper west side brunch!!! More...

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Theresa C.

13 June 2015

Boozy brunch for the win! Great place for unlimited sangria across a wide selection. I liked the tropical and blanca sangrias. As for brunch options, can't go wrong with the Vaca Frita (also in their dinner menu) and Ropa Vieja. Will be back! More...

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Pamela M.

12 June 2015

Best brunches ever. I've never been disappointed with the food, the 6 different sangrias & the amazing pan de bono bread! Love love love

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Ebie F.

12 June 2015

Delicious food. Our waiter was very attentive. Sangria was out of this world. The arepas are awesome.  My duck entree rocked. And pretty much everything that isn't fried is gluten free. More...

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Sheila D.

9 June 2015

I really liked the ambiance of place, the food, the drinks, & the service. Since the first time I came to this place I keep coming back. Their Pan De Bono is delicious & my fav entree is the Vaca Frita! More...

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Danielle T.

6 June 2015

Huge restaurant ! No complaints. The food is good. Ceviche could be better. It just seems like a large cruise ship restaurant but food is decent :)

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Syyu C.

3 June 2015

Calle Ocho has an unlimited-sangria brunch with 8 kinds of sangria complimentary throughout the course of your brunch entrée. Entree prices are around $20-25. One of my favorite things about Calle Ocho is the most amazing complimentary bread basket you get at the beginning of the meal! The bread is phenomenal - a variety including cheese bread, muffins, rolls etc. - all come out delicious and warm with a delicious strawberry butter and, also a bean dip that both goes perfectly with the bread.   The brunch entrees are great as well - The Ropa Vieja con Huevos (with fried egg and potatoes) as well as the Latin Benedict (with Pork and Duck Sausage) were both very flavorful and authentic. However, the most important thing to note is the... Unlimited. Free. Sangria. Enough said. The staff was also very attentive and accomodating.  My friend thought her sangria was too sweet, and the waiter came back with a less sweet drink immediately. The restaurant is fun, lively and energetic. The ambiance is great without being too loud or overly crowded. Great Sunday Brunch. More...

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Anchal S.

30 May 2015

This place is great for brunch. Unlimited sangria with great flavor choices. All are super tasty. The food is also good. The vegetable paella is one of my favorites.  The atmosphere is very lively during brunch and the music is very good and fits the Latin theme. This is definitely one of my favorite brunch spots. Just beware that this is not good for brunch if you are looking for sweet items like French toasts and waffles. This place has more savory options! More...

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Sheryl L.

30 May 2015

We've been multiple times since our first visit and the service and food has been excellent every time.  This place gets very busy so make reservations in advance and get ready for a terrific meal.

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Danielle D.

27 May 2015

I went to Calle Ocho with a few friends after a reservation someone had literally fell into our laps. We had a great time as the atmosphere is fun and the Boozy Brunch is all the rage. Starting with the sangria options, there were enough to try a few and still have some left to look forward to next time. The whites were lighter and easier to drink than the heavier reds, but overall they were all very good. The service was unusually slow, but I do attribute it to the fact that they don't seem to have zones and seemed perpetually understaffed. For the entree, I split the chorizo taco spread with a friend. The eggs were overcooked, but the chorizo was delicious and the fillings were given in generous portions. They gave us a healthy serving of tortillas and between the two of us, we barely finished! They did let us prolong our meal a little bit while taking advantage of the sangria with no complaints. More...

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L V.

24 May 2015

Great service, delicious food, and great music. I highly recommend this place. Went with our two kids and  everyone had a great time. By the way the complimentary cheesy bread is one of a kind! More...

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Jonathan H.

23 May 2015

I have been here a few times during my trips to New York.  Every time I am here, I find new reasons to be impressed with this place.  Of all the restaurants I have checked out in Manhattan, this easily ranks somewhere in the top 5% in quality.  I love the ambiance of this place!  It has a good combination of Cuban and New York City feels to it.  It is chic; yet, it has a good casual feel.  Every time I am here, I feel comfortable.  The employees appear to do a great job at keeping everything clean and organized.  I have never once had a problem with sanitation and cleanliness.The employees there are friendly and helpful when needed.  They are great with suggestions.  They are also great at carrying a conversation on their slow times, even though they are busy most of the time.  The food quality is superb!  I do not know their secret ingredients to such good quality food, but I hope they maintain it.  My favorite dish is their Cuban skirt steak.  The prices are reasonable, considering the plate sizes and the food quality.Anytime I am in the area, I will continue checking this place out.  I look forward to more delicious dishes from them in the future.  Anyone looking for a good Cuban restaurant should check out this place. More...

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Jerome T.

20 May 2015

We are staying at the Excelsior Hotel and decided to try this in house restaurant. It turned out to be a very good choice. I had the Lechon. (braised pork shank) excellent dish, also tried the calamari fritte. Very good appetizer. Service was fast and friendly. Definitely will go again. Checked in with yelp and got a free sangria. More...

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David O.

19 May 2015

We look forward to many things when visiting NYC, and Calle Ocho is always on top of the list. Warm, and colorful, with great music, great customer service, great cocktails, and delicious food! Cozy bar, with attentive service... Requests are gracefully accommodated. From the house Mojito, to the Sangria Bar, to the great appetizers, and entree's, Calle Ocho never disappoints. The only negative is their move from around the corner in a stand-alone address, to sharing a lobby with a too-stuffy aloof Hotel. Eat at Calle Ocho... Just don't stay in the host hotel. More...

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Cassie B.

18 May 2015

The dulce (goat cheese empenada) was unreal. The cheese melted in your mouth...I would say this was our favorite dish but the bacon wrapped fig was just as good. Both dynamite dishes. The sangria was strong, low lit & romantic environment. All around wonderful meal. We stumbled in when in the area for comedy show. More...

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Matthew F.

15 May 2015

Really nice Latin American restaurant right by the Natural History museum. Very festive and lively  atmosphere and somehow was still good for kids. The waitress was very nice and knowledgeable. The food itself was fantastic and very tasty. More...

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Minna S.

14 May 2015

I liked their last location more, now located in Excelsior. Whatever I end up ordering here always comes out good. I recommend this place if you want good food.

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Mabel H.

11 May 2015

We came for the sangria! Yummmmmm!  More please. The food was great too!  Only downside is you feel a sense of being rushed which is no Bueno when I'm trying to enjoy a great meal with great sangria with great friends. Overall, we'd all come back.

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Eirene Joy C.

10 May 2015

Came here to try the well-known brunch & (bottomless) sangria bar. Ended up beating the brunch rush & got seated right away in the lounge; has really small tables but it worked out fine (for 2). 8 different sangrias to try: 4 red, 4 white. Stuck with the Habana Banana (white wine, coconut rum, creme de banana, fresh coconuts, lychees). Drinks were good & the fresh coconut is a nice touch, but seemed slightly watered down in flavor, though the glasses are pretty big. For food we both ordered the shrimp & grits, and shared a side of yuca fries. Food flavors were really good, but grits were way more runny than I am used to. Service was good and super fast. For the price, you can't go wrong. Will likely come back soon. More...

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Greg W.

10 May 2015

Good fish dishes - I had the Red Snapper wrapped in Malanga and my date had the Salmon with Mango Chutney - both were excellent. The Mojitos were also excellent.

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Ed G.

8 May 2015

Calle Ocho's Monday night happy hour is one of my favorite stops. $5 Mojitos and Picada. Order Picata at $48 and you get 5 appetizers (i.e. normal appetizer portions) for the price of 3. Substitutions are permitted. The regular mix includes - * Calamari Frito (Crispy Calamari, Dominican Honey, Cashews, Organic Sprout Salad)* Datiles (Bacon Wrapped Almond Stuffed Dates, Hearts of Palm, Cabrales) deceptively tasty and definitely the dark horse in this mix.* Langosta Empanada (lobster filled pastry shell) normally not otherwise on the menu.* Arepa (Sweet Corn Cake, Ropa Vieja, Creole Salad, Crema Nata)* Camarone (Puerto Rican Rum Glazed Shrimp, Avocado Salad, Crispy Onion)Though there is much to choose from, I would replace the Camarone with this recent addition ...* Pulpo A La Plancha (Grilled Octopus, White Bean - Garlic Puree, Chorizo, Safron Aioli)This decadent combination will fill 2 or more people.Before I discovered Picada, Monday meant "Mojitos y Gallitos" (Platter of Traditional Costa Rican Soft Tacos with Grilled Beef, Salsa Verde Shrimp & Chipotle Chicken) which serves two. Galitos still make a good backup. More...

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Rachel R.

5 May 2015

Had a great time at Calle Ocho, mostly because of the upbeat setting and, obviously, their infamous boozy brunch special that offers unlimited sangria with any entree. There are a lot of sangria choices, both white and red, but I would recommend the Punta Cana or Blanca (delicious!). They serve Sangria until you finish your meal, so we tried to prolong finishing our food to take full advantage (as I'm sure most people do). On top of that, the service was actually pretty slow. For my entree, I had the Arepa con Salmon. The smoked salmon was great, but I wasn't too impressed with the dish overall. Regardless, I would definitely go back to Calle Ocho. It's a great spot to enjoy with good company, and the sangria selection is killer! More...

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Laura E.

4 May 2015

Went with a few friends a few weeks ago and we had a blastthe sangria selection is beyond AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! Wish I was there right now.....

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Ashley M.

3 May 2015

This place is definitely a hidden gem. Anywhere where I can purchase an entree around $20 and get complimentary sangrias for the duration of my meal is where I need to be on the weekend! I ordered the pollo ranchero which had scrambled eggs, ranchero sauce, black beans, chicken and escabeche on a tortilla. It was good, it didn't rock my world, but it was appetizing and I ate all of it. My date ordered the torte de pollo which was a standard chicken sandwich. It was good, and they had just enough sauce on the sandwich. What stood out to me was the ambience of the restaurant, very nice boozy brunch atmosphere, and the sangrias. The Spanish Harlem sangria was damn good and they are huge! The service was also great! I shall return! More...

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Krits R.

1 May 2015

Went here for a friends birthday and I would recommend it. Its a pretty large restaurants so great for groups. The drinks were potent and not shy on the alcohol. they start you off with a fresh bread made of yuca flour. The paella is not the best I have ever had but the appetizers and including the ceviche and the shrimp were really really good. I would go here not for the most authentic cuban food but more a nice place for a big group/ celebrations. Its in a hotel, close to central park so i's imagine it makes it tourist friendly too. More...

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Sally C.

29 April 2015

$5 Mojitos on Mondays...amazing deal!LOVED LOVED LOVED their veggie paella. Only downsides: 1) The place is a bit pricey. 2) Decor/ambiance is so-so.

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Gabriella S.

28 April 2015

I loved everything I had for dinner. I had the churrasco and my boyfriend had a surf and turf. Everything was seasoned amazing and the sangria was absolutely delicious. I came here on first and would definitely recommend it More...

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Diana P.

26 April 2015

The food was absolutely amazing!! I am cuban and i can say its definitely not 100% cuban food, its a fusion of american/latin but the food is delicious! I had the yuca ball and steak and it was tender and flavorful. I also had the tropical sangria which was also really good! The actual restaurant is very romantic, dim lit and cozy. I want to go back for brunch since they have unlimited sangrias. More...

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Shenae O.

26 April 2015

The service was great! Out son actually asked to go back because the server was awesome. The Sunday brunch menu didn't have as many choices as I would have liked BUT the vegetarian dish was amazing! Quite busy too. Sangria was good. Would have preferred slightly seeeter but all in all I would definitely go again! More...

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Cristina L.

25 April 2015

I went here a few weeks ago with a large party of 15. The restaurant was very accommodating for us and true to our reservation. I went not knowing what to expect. I was very happy with the out come, as was the rest of my party. The drinks were great and the food was delicious. It's a nice place to come by for some drinks or to have a nice sit down dinner. It is in the same building a s a hotel I believe, but I don't think they are necessarily associated with each other.,however once your inside you wouldn't really know it. I highly recommend you give this place a try. More...

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Jessica K.

24 April 2015

Just had an AMAZING meal at Calle Ocho. The arepa's are out of this world, but all the food we ate was really delicious. We had the dates wrapped in bacon and the gallitos platter. The staff is extremely kind and attentive, without being too-involved. Really enjoyed our dinner here and would love to try their brunch out. More...

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Vivian C.

23 April 2015

The restaurant is pretty beauty, fancy, and comfortable, but the price is reasonable. I checked in using Yelp and got a free cocktail.We ordered Chicharron (crispy shrimp), Daily Appetizer Special (crab cake and soup), and Vaca Frita Al Caballo for two people. They all are awesome!- Chicharron (crispy shrimp): The taste of shrimps is a little sweet and suitable to Asians in my perspective. - Daily Appetizer Special (crab cake and soup): The crab cake is so delicious~~- Vaca Frita Al Caballo: The skirt steak is juicy and the taste is great!! - Others: Also, the free drink is so large, and the bread is very good and special.I must recommend people come here for dinner! The entree can be shared (can feed two people) so that you can order more awesome appetizers! The service is nice and atmosphere is good. It's a good place for having dinner and chatting with friends, so I rate it 5 stars. More...

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Gelena C.

23 April 2015

Visited this restaurant after an 8 pm Broadway show and received prompt service as soon as we walked in.  Dinner was ready in no time.  They serve large groups very well.  The food and drinks were so delicious, I was salivating for more the next day.  There are lots of great options, variety on the menu.  Definitely recommend. More...

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Jess G.

23 April 2015

Delicious food at a decent price with an awesome unlimited boozy brunch. Yes, they offer an all you can drink brunch deal. How it works: As soon as you order your food the unlimited sangria starts. The unlimited sangria ends once your plate is taken away from you. Very simple. People take their time eating in order to take advantage of the deal but the glass serves a large portion which is also very heavy in alcohol content. Just two glasses is enough to make it a boozy brunch. Also, it gets beyond crowded!! I suggest always having a backup spot bc unless you make reservations it is not guarantee that will snatch up a seat. We ended up having brunch by the bar and my bf had to stand for a while until a chair became available. I liked eating by the bar bc we got more attention from the bartender. Since there are so many sangria flavors, he explained how we don't need to finish an entire glass if we don't like the flavor we picked. We had the option to switch flavors whenever we wanted. He also gave us complimentary shots since we were celebrating our friends bday. Clearly, the staff is beyond friendly! Just note that the entrance is inside a hotel which makes it seem a little weird to enter but once inside you can't miss it. There are signs everywhere! More...

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Shushu C.

21 April 2015

If you decide to come here, expect nothing to get done the rest of the day. Nothing I tell you. After I visited this place I went home and took a 3 hour nap.My friends and I could only get through 2 of the Sangrias each before we gave up. The sangrias are HUGE. The fruit mixes (red or white)  are extremely good so if nothing else you should try those. They start you off with delicious cheesy biscuit looking bread and strawberry butter (yums). The ropa vieja was also delicious. I would definitely come back to try some more of everything here when I get a chance. I took a star off because they kind of rush you out when 4 o clock comes around. I think they are also pretty understaffed/disorganized. They do need to get ready for dinner but it was unnecessary to turn the lights off (they could have told us nicely and left the check). More...

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Stephanie C.

20 April 2015

It was such an amazing place. My husband and I went there to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we just didn't want to leave. I would definitely go back to this restaurant and the staff super friendly. Too bad we had to rush to a concert because we would've stayed longer. I have to stay best coconut mojito. More...

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Svenja W.

11 April 2015

That was a great evening!First of all the service was fantastic. I unfortunately can't recall her name, but she was quick, enthusiastic, knew so much about the food and could answer each of our questions and made amazing recommendations.The food was very delicious. We had the mixed starters and the Gallitos. That was a lot of food and everything was just very tasteful. We had no room for dessert but we will definitely come back. More...

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Praba B.

11 April 2015

Calle Ocho gets a gold star for BOOZY BRUNCH EXCELLENCE. As soon as we were seated we were asked for our sangria drink orders. Choosing from among the many delicious options was easy because I knew I'd be able to sample soo many. Erring on the side of adventure, and because why the hell not, I was able to sample every white wine sangria on the menu. All of them were fantastic, but my personal favorite was the Tropical. The strong punch of hard liquor infused so well with the fresh mango, mandarin oranges, and pineapple. Once our group was good and tipsy, a platter of round pastries was brought out with strawberry butter. The pastries were amaaaazing, perhaps my favorite part of the meal...their slightly crispy exteriors contrasted beautifully with the dense, almost creamy interior, and the beautifully colored strawberry butter added a perfect richness that left me wanting to finish the entire plate by myself. But before I could ask the waitress for another plate of pastries, our entrees were brought out. I ordered the Vaca Frita. The skirt steak was cooked surprisingly well!! It was tender, flavorful and the portion was generous. The steak was nestled atop a bed of equally flavorful pork fried rice and accompanied by a slice of avocado and 2 fried eggs. I found the eggs kind of flavorless and unnecessary for the dish...but I ended up being glad they were there because as they sat on my plate throughout the meal, they allowed me to continue to order drinks, per restaurant policy. I'm so sad I'll be moving away from the area and probably won't be able to experience this cornerstone of New York brunching culture anymore, but if I ever get the opportunity to in the future I'd jump at the chance! More...

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Bernice N.

11 April 2015

Dangit those Sangrias were yummy!!!! Just reading the house rules made me laugh;-) we were seated quickly. Hint for drivers...take the MTA!!! Hard to find parking. Oh yeah... make a reservation! There were plenty of people waiting to be seated and this place was packed! Food was delish. Happy with all:-) will definitely be going back again for brunch time happiness:-) yaaay! More...

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Justin S.

8 April 2015

Delicious food and beverages and a fun ambience. Really excellent. The service was very attentive (up until the moment it was time to pay, when our server could not be found).

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Seika K.

8 April 2015

I am in LOVE with this place!! It's mostly not crowded and the service and food are both amazing. They have many options from sharing plates to individual entrees. The servers are also great because they don't pressure you to order too much because the sharing appetizers for two are VERY big! Overall I always have a great experience at calle ocho. More...

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Francisco T.

2 April 2015

Great ambiance. Great food. But most of all, delicious sangria. The Spanish Harlem one especially. I love that they let switch up the flavors. Service was a tad bit slow, but the place was packed when we went on a Sunday afternoon. Not enough to detract from all the other points, however. We're gonna make this a monthly stop! More...

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Ness F.

31 March 2015

Best bang for your buck you can get at a Brunch in NYC. I typically hated on brunch because i felt like i could make the food at home. But this place has good food and enough drinks to put you to sleep in no time. And they drinks are all complimentary which is very nice. You have to reserve early but it's always worth it. More...

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Tiara V.

26 March 2015

The bread itself will bring me back here. So good so fresh so doughy. The food was good too. We ordered 3 entrees, the salmon, plantain chicken and bistec. All were very good except the lobster mash that came with the salmon. The mash tasted bland and watery which was a disappointment because it was what intrigued us to get the meal. All in all great experience and the free sangria with check-in was awesome too. More...

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Chrissy S.

23 March 2015

What a fabulous place this is!!! Been here a few times and each time it gets better if that is even possible. All of my friends have different food issues ( lactose, vegan, vegetarian) . Choices for all of them are astounding which is unusual in other places. Service is superb. Fran the owner is a stAr! Everything was delicious! Cannot wait to go back. More...

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Alexander S.

21 March 2015

It was tough to get a table on a Sunday, but we were able to squeeze into a small table near the bar.  The backroom was raucous, but the bar area more subdued.  My dish was unbelievable - Ropa Vieja con Huevos - SPECIAL.  The sangria was horrible but that's just because I find sangria generally to be disgusting - my girl thoroughly enjoyed her sangria drink.  But the food, the eggs, - it really was fresh and delicious. More...

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Lamar O.

21 March 2015

Had a great time! Had a wonderful waitress named  Cinda !! Endless sangria! The food was pricey and they gave really really small portions but I had a great time and the food was good! The place was beautiful inside and definitely upscale! I will definitely come back! More...

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manny A.

21 March 2015

Great area and ambiance. Spanish music in background nice touch. (Old salsa and merengue) Peruvian chick was good a bit to sweet for me and the lubina (sea bass) was fresh n tasty. The cammarones and chicarron where good. Will be back for brunch and unlimited sangria. More...

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Jay L.

15 March 2015

Went here recently for a group of friends of mine annual holiday dinner. Only had a few appetizers here which is not like me because I eat...A LOT. But was a little low on funds that day so I just spent within my range. The empanadas that I had were very good though and had a specialty drink that Calle Ocho's had. Enjoyed much of what I had and of course the company I was with and this place was not crowded nor overbearing as far as trying to get us out considering as usual with my group of friends we were the last ones to leave the restaurant.Definitely a nice restaurant for a medium size group of friends or a date night. Will come here again to take part in entree hopefully sooner than later. More...

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Willie B.

14 March 2015

I LOVE ME SOME CALLE OCHO!! I was here years ago for a bday party, and had a blast. So I came back last Friday March 6th for another bday dinner . I was originally considering a different establishment for the birthday dinner, but I had such a horrible  experience trying to book a reservation. So I thought of Calle Ocho, and God knows I'm glad I did. The woman who answered the phone was extremely courteous and professional. She answered every question I had, and even let me know that the day I was requesting was the last day of restaurant week. That meant my group was able to take advantage of the restaurant week prix fixe prices. I had a few special requests since it was a surprise bday dinner, and they accommodated my every need. We all had an amazing time. Our waitress was great, my Paella was outstanding, and that Spanish Harlem sangria?!?!?! LAWD!!! I have no complaints with Calle Ocho at all!! I'll definitely be visiting more frequently. I keep hearing about how amazing their brunch is. Continue doing what you're doing guys!! More...

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Quandra T.

14 March 2015

I've been here before but didn't remember the experience. And no, it's not because of the unlimited brunch sangria, because I remember barely finishing a glass since I don't like wine much. Fast forward. This time around, my friend was elated that she managed to score a reservation with 2 day notice (apparently it usually takes 2 months) for her birthday brunch. The second I sit down, our awesome waiter Tico is offering me a glass of Sangria before I can check out the menu. Uhh err uhh ummm SURE. I asked for the fruitiest one (Tropical) and nursed the magically refilling bottomless glass. Fun breadbasket on the table had chocolate-chip rolls and yummy buns.I got whatever the dish is with the skirt steak and was not disappointed. I think I dug into it before my friend was able to snap a shot for Instagram. OOPS. Tender, juicy, deliciously seasoned on a bed of tasty rice. I'm almost upset I didn't take the leftovers to go.There must've been about 4 other tables there celebrating somebody's birthday today! Every 10 minutes another group was singing! So I pull Tico over like "We gotta get in on this! We're here for this girl's birthday!" After our plates are cleared the embarrassed and surprised birthday girl is presented with a chocolate Tetris-looking cake slice and scoop of dulce-de-leche-tasting ice cream goodness. With three spoons so we could all get in on the fun. So I'm writing this review now before I forget all about the greatness a second time. Good stuff, Calle Ocho. More...

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David G.

12 March 2015

My first time at Calle Oche was a few years ago with friends I hadn't seen in ages so although I remember the food, the drink, the service being great it wasn't very high on my priority list that night. Fast forward to this past weekend, after spending the afternoon at the Natural History Museum we decided to go across the street to this spot in the Excelsior Hotel because we figured we wouldn't have a problem getting a table on a Sunday evening - it was early and the place was only about a quarter full. We decided to go heavy on the small plates and order one entree between the 3 of us. Everything was amazing. Highlights: The Dulce - sweet, creamy deliciousness; The Arepa - probably could eat that at every meal for the rest of my life. Their guac with them plantain chips - dang. Even their take on calamari was close to perfect. Service was great, dude was attentive without being overbearing. More...

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Anthony L.

11 March 2015

Don't be put off by the stodgy hotel lobby before you get to the restaurant.  Calle Ocho is a fun, fairly noisy spot with latin fusion cuisine.  Better for boisterous groups that want to start with a pitcher of Sangria, rather than a romantic dinner for two.  The colors and background music are a bit too much, but the menu has a good selection and  the kitchen executes it well.  We went during restaurant week and the prix fixe was a great value at $38 for three courses.  The appetizers are the strong suit of the menu.  My duck confit was especially tasty and a sizable portion. More...

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Emaa T.

10 March 2015

Went to Calle Ocho for brunch  with  some friends and we had a wonderful time. The food was OK but the drinks was strong. Oh my the Sangria's was plentiful. The drinks are very strong. I have to say the drinks was a little bit much for some people because when we walk in  some woman who couldn't handle her drinks puke all over the place which was gross. I'm not sure if she had alcohol poisoning but an ambulance had to be called. I'm like wtf if you can't handle your alcohol don't drink that much. There was also another chick who was also very drunk and her friends had to carry her out. Overall we had a great time. More...

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Dee Y.

8 March 2015

Definitely a must visit. Fantastic location to walk off your boozy sangria filled brunch in Central Park, and the atmosphere was lively and fun filled. The place was packed.The food was ok, not amazing, but come on, you're coming here for the sangria. Never had such a delicious assortment of both white and red sangria. More...

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Miguel M.

7 March 2015

Went to Calle Ocho last night with a group of 6 friends and we had a great time. This place is located right next to the Natural Museum of History inside of the Excelsior hotel. It was easy to get to and find and great ambiance to the place, very nice yet felt casual. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. The hostess and wait staff were all great. My group and I were sort of loud at time and we were never asked to keep it down. They just nicely said oh you guys are having a good time huh. Which is polite talk for shut the hell up already. Lol It was restaurant week in NY so some of us had food of the prefix menu and others had food from regular menu. From the appetizer to the entrée and desert, everything was delicious. Not one person had a complaint. I had the patacon appetizer, with filet mignon entree and the Pudin desert. All were delicious. My steak was great though I would have liked it a little more rare.   Overall, we all had a great experience at Calle Ocho and I would be there again in a heart beat and recommend all to try it. It's somewhat on the expensive side but nothing crazy. For 6 of us we spent about $580 with tip. But we had about 8 bottles of wine as well. Great place. More...

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Joey O.

4 March 2015

Calle Ocho is a hit with me. My Latin roots are instilled in the amazing decor and restaurant that serves Don Julio tequila the way it's suppose to be served. The food has the flavor of the special Sofrito blend for the meat dishes which makes me happy. Loved the appetizer menu with a nice selection of fish and portion size, is like a meal in its self. The music is my kind of music. Salsa a todo queda and other Latin grooves. A very comfortable place to chill with your significant other or a small party of six. Service is on the money and on point. My entree selection was a pan seared cod perfectly cooked with a saffron mash potato purée and herb sauce that complimented the dish perfectly. The purée gave me a small kick of heat but not over bearing. Calle Ocho might be my favorite spot for a while. My only issue with Calle Ocho is its pricing. A bit on the high side. All in all, I will always come back for my Latin cuisine at Calle Ocho. More...

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Yasmin H.

1 March 2015

Went here with a group of friends for a birthday. Great Food,drinks,environment, great place. Recommend for romantic dinner or a group dinner.  And it wasn't really expensive either !! Our server was Amaro, He was great and made sure we had a good experience. More...

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Rachelle A.

1 March 2015

So far the best bottomless booze brunch in NYC. The service is excellent, food is great and the sangrias were yummy. They come in different flavors, make sure you try all of them. Hard to get a reservation but well worth it. Great place for groups (can get super loud). More...

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M H.

26 February 2015

Great food, drink and service.  And the best bread you will ever eat!

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Cheng X.

23 February 2015

This place is awesomeeee. Very loud and lively atmosphere, and the waiters are very attentive and quick. I was especially impressed with how strong the drinks are (and the 10ish varieties of sangria)! The food is also delicious and filling but I barely finished my meal because I ate so much of our bread basket which was to die for (and also had this incredible strawberry butter that we couldn't get enough of). A NYC gem for sure! More...

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Tara D.

22 February 2015

Yum ! The best brunch I ever had! Unlimited sangria during your meal! For my full review check out my blog! wp.me/p4DZ17-fP

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Courtneé C.

21 February 2015

Went here on a Friday night with a date and the setting was perfect. It has a very intimate feel, with an attentive (but not overbearing) and friendly staff. The food was amazing too...so good that I dove into the leftovers as soon as I got home!! They gave me extra Yuca bread, which I was very much thankful for. Had to look up the recipe because I need that in my life on the regular. Yum. Make your reservations now! More...

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Crystal A.

21 February 2015

BEST BRUNCH IN NYC! The only place where you can spend $30 including tip while getting drunk off a delicious selection of various tasting sangrias! I always like to order the vaca frita - it's a Cuban skirt steak with pork fried rice, avocado and fried eggs. The ambiance of the place is amazing! It's classy and decorated to feel like you are having a dinner in a Latin American country. Romantic enough to bring a date. I have been here numerous times for brunch and always left tipsy with a big smile on my face. Any restaurant that plays salsa, merengue, reggaeton or bachata music in the background while giving you an unlimited amount of refills of sangria and has good food is 5 stars in my book! Always make sure you also get the bread and mini muffins with the cream cheese/cinnamon dipping sauce. They give it free as an appetizer to all of the guests. Try an make reservations early if you can! If not if its only you and a guest you can still possibly just show up and squeeze yourself a seat at the bar or lounge. When I haven't had reservations the longest I waited was about 30 minutes until a few seats opened up. Enjoy! More...

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franchesca d.

20 February 2015

Excellent restaurant. The ambience is very classic. The food and cocktails were delicious. I recommend the strawberry mojito.

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Anna L.

17 February 2015

Came here with friends on a Monday night. Their sangria was good. They have a bunch of different kinds on their menu. I ordered the Fresas. It was just how I like it- Sweet and fruity with no alcohol taste. I ordered the bistee- NY strip steak with yucca fries and the steak was cooked medium rare as ordered. However, it was nothing special or out of the ordinary. I would come back to try out the other dishes. The ambiance is very chill, good lighting, and can be nice for a romantic date. More...

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Carol F.

14 February 2015

My boyfriend and I had dinner there last night. The food was delicious the drinks were just ok. We had the chicharron  shrimp and enpanada  for appetizers which were delicious. The skirt steak and churrasco and lobster were to die for. Our waitress Natalia made our experience there even better. We will definitely ask to be seated in her section when we go back. Very charming and attentive. Thank you Natalia! More...

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Anj G.

14 February 2015

MY FAVORITE BRUNCH PLACE IN THE CITY. Amazing sangria- and its free with your entree! And they serve the most amazing bread. And it's location is perfect- what better post-boozy-brunch activity than strolling around Central Park? More...

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T A.

14 February 2015

Very very very nice the waitress was awesome. The drinks are good I got the tropical sangria and the stuff chicken is so delicious.

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Alyssa L.