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Posted by v$ on 01/21/2009
I have been a regular ever since I was brought here after my move to NY. The place is excellent - cheap, delicious, and in a good setting. It's not big, but that's part of the charm - just wait out your turn in the bar next door :) The service is friendly and they take care of you. Maybe, if you do the earlier sitting, you may be asked to wrap up so that the later diners can come in, but as part of the late crew, I have never felt rushed to finish and have rather enjoyed the food and BYOB option till the wee hours of the morning... Ropa vieja = excellent, so is the Churrasco steak...
Posted by Anonymous on 11/07/2008
So first of all every single post stating the service was subpar is wrong. Sure, it's a tiny joint and you will have to wait, and it is slightly under staffed, but the hostess and waiter and everyone was awesome. The food was AMAZING. I vowed to become a regular and plan to systematically work my way through everything on the menu. Take it easy on the people working there. They are people too and not being maliciously rude. It's a small place. People are demanding. Give them a break. Maybe they had a tough day. It's not all about you.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/03/2008
We were a happy group of 10 looking to enjoy a cozy Sunday dinner with a few bottles of wine. Unfortunately, we were not informed of the corkage fee when we made the reservation. As we calmly questioned the corkage policy, the female host was increasingly rude and told us that if she did not inform us on the phone- well, it was written on the menu and that was an opportunity for us to leave. A male host also showed up and told us, repeatedly, that the door was there and we could leave if we liked. We paused for a moment because the menu sounded good and it was cold out but we decided that the waitstaff attitude was so obnoxious and unnecessary- especially on a Sunday night when they were empty!
Posted by Lydia on 09/06/2008
Although we had a reservation we had to wait an hour and 15 minutes! The hostess was kind, but made no effort to provide updates or check in with us. But when we finally sat down we were floored by the food! Atmosphere was equally cozy. They compensated us for our wait nicely. Must have the chimichurri steak med-rare! Insane.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/05/2008
A friend had been raving about this place for weeks and finally took me there. The best service, I have ever experienced in NYC, the food was amazing. I had shrimps that sat on a bed on fried plantains and white cheese...I was to die for! Can't wait to go back. Only downside to the place is that it is a bit small...but that gives it it's quaint ambiance.
Posted by a local on 06/26/2008
I bring my friends here all the time when they're around. This place is one of my favorites! delicious food, friendly and attentive service, warm atmosphere, and its byob. recommend skirt steak and empanaditas.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/18/2008
Hidden treasure...you can't beat this BYOB cuban oasis. Took my gf there last night, we ordered the Yuca fries, Grilled Skirt Steak (which was the best i've ever eaten), Chorizo, and Salad with flavorful shrimp. The service was above par and the value was even better. Highly recommend this place...definitely going back.