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Posted by pevandi on 06/14/2006
Room is cavernous and simply decorated, ceiling looks like an ocean wave created with wooden strips. Tables are well placed for servers to move around without bumping into customers. Atmosphere is mellow with mild caribbean music and noise level is not annoying. Food preparation and presentation is very good. I had ceviche, Puerto Rican style grilled shrimps and plantains, these were all very good. Service needs work. I was seated promptly and courteously but I noticed that wait staff was scurrying around a lot in the room but I had to wait about fifteen minutes before any one attended to me and same thing occured in between the courses. The room was about sixty percent full. I did not understand why my wait staff from the south-west corner of the room was attending to customers at the north-east corner and vice versa. I noticed this criss cross service through out the (huge) room. Overall value for the price is a little on the high side, but I liked the restaurant a lot and will go back again with some friends, soon.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/24/2006
I've been here twice, its amazing. The rolls are delicious, dinner is soo good, ther service was great both times. And coconut mojitos are delicious!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/05/2006
Went there last night for our anniversary and the entire experience was incredible. The food (especially the prawns and calamari) were great. Their mojitos and sangrias are the real deal and the service couldn't have been better. He was aptly attentive without being intrusive -- which we appreciated.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/22/2005
The food and atmosphere were incredible. The back dining room takes you completely by surprise as you walk into it from the chic bar. Like I said, the food is fantastic. I ordered the vegetarian paella, not to mention the cheesy bread rolls which come with the meal. My only dissatisfaction was that we waited for a table twice as long as the host told us our wait would be.
Posted by ccrest401 on 12/13/2005
I've eaten at Calle Ocho twice in the past year and I always wind up craving their rolls for days and days afterwards. Mmmmm. Warm and soft, almost doughy on the inside, with a crispy sweet outer layer- and the flavors are brought out evenmore by the black bean/garlic dip theyre served with. Great music, great ambience- the atmosphere makes you want to dance! On the pricey side, but I reserve it for special occasions- perfect for the festive atmosphere. If you want to impress your date, you shoudl absolutely take them here. **DEFINITELY** get the mixed appetizer- the dishes change every night according to the chef's specials and they're uniformly delcious. Entrees can be a bit one-note but when that one note's so good, it doesn't really matter.
Posted by lawgirl29 on 10/26/2005
Went here on a recommendation. The drinks were amazing (I love frozen concoctions - like passion fruit juice and delicious mojitos). Had two orders of ceviche, which were excellent. The bread that they give you for the table is amazing - it was almost like a dough pudding on the inside, and it came with a black bean spread. Yum! Entrees were very good - I had paella and enjoyed it (huge portion). Don't remember dessert (it was a few months ago) but I remember that I liked it. Atmosphere was great - a big open back room that feels like an atrium (almost like you are outside). The bar (in the front) is cozy and was really packed when we were there, but there are a few great tables right in front in the bar area that would be great if you were just going to drinks and appetizers, if you could snag one. Will definitely go back!
Posted by Sander on 10/23/2005
Delicous food, try the Calamari appetizer - excellent and food in general impressive. Great space, unusual for the Upper West Side. But service was indifferent, staff seem to have an attitude, both bar and wait staff need to add a little charm to their service.