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Posted by bone on 10/24/2006
Tight food, tight service, tight (in an ironic sense) atmosphere. I went there for a special occasion with some out-of-town family members and we were all blown away by every aspect of this joint...especially the creatively tasty food. We didn't partake, but the sexy bar scene up-front looked like quite a dish itself. For a downtown snob, this is one uptown place that is worth the cab fare (or, if you're frugal like me, a subway ride).
Posted by enstranged on 10/04/2006
The food at Calle Ocho is an upscale cuban delight. The atmosphere is cavernous and trendy, while the mojitos are some of the best in the city. The bread and bean paste is GREAT..........
Posted by Jess on 09/11/2006
An Absolutely wonderful place...I arrived with reservations for a party of 4 and was promptly seated. Service was great; we had a friendly and upbeat waiter. The BREAD is out of this world! It's soooo good, it;'s worth going there just to taste it! Great drinks!
Posted by Pevandi on 08/31/2006
I commented on 6/14/06 that service needs improvement and on my repeat visit on 8/30/06 I was really impressed to notice a marked improvement in the service. The wait staff was not scurrying around the room, as I commented in the last visit. It is encouraging to note that the restaurants pay attention to the comments in these columns . We were promptly seated to a table of our choice, and received prompt and attentive service from the wait staff. We ordered the lobster ceviche, and tamal as appetizer and Paella and Lamb chops as entrees. The food was excellent, precisely prepared to our order and very artistically presented. The only suggestion I would offer is to trim the extra tenticles from the lobster because that would render the Paella more pleasing appearance within the serving plate. The Merlot wine suited our pallate well with the food.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/02/2006
You would never expect looking at the front what it looks like inside. A small lounge/bar area up front then leads through a hallway to a huge high ceiling open dining room. You do not feel like you're dining in NYC. Great food, very creative and good pairings. Service was great.
Posted by Maria -Bronx on 07/23/2006
I have been to Calle Ocho about 8 times and each and everytime has been better than the first and different Alex the Chef is very personable and you can see he love what he does and it shows in the food presentation , flavor and awesome taste. The mojitos best in town-coconut mojito WOW! Have taken numerous friends and they have all loved the atmosphere. The bar is jumping great cocktail area with colorful sitting arrangments and great latin music booming! Yes, the rolls are special and delicious and a great way to start the dinner courses. The room is spacious and tropically colorful. The patrons are of all types, families with kids, friends and lovers. I recommend this restaurant hole heartly. Great place to impress a date, to have great drinks and good food. Great for special occassions. If, could afford it , I would eat there every week. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.
Posted by ForkInTheRoad on 07/15/2006
This is our neighborhood spot to sip sangrias and martinis... without feeling like we need order anything else... but if you don't what a mistake! Having spent 10 years in Los Angeles... we haven't been able to find real baha tacos... until now. The huge tray ao grilled chicken, shrimp, pork and beek arrived with a stack of freshly made mini corn tortillas and all of the sides.... at 22 bucks, it ain't cheap, but this was easily a dinner for two... a lot of food, and absolutely terrific.