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Calle Ocho

at the Excelsior Hotel
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    $$$7.01 - $12
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  • Latin American, Nuevo Latino
  • 45 W 81st St, New York NY10024 40.782849 -73.973619
  • (Btwn Columbus Ave & CPW)
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  • (212) 873-5025
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User Ratings (Based on 95 reviews)

Food 3.9 Value 3.5
Service 3.8 Atmosphere 4.3

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 873-5025
(212) 873-0216
Take Out Catering Private Parties Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc
Dinner Mon-Thu: 6pm-10:30pm Fri: 6pm-11:30pm Sat: 5pm-11:30pm Sun: 5pm-10pm Brunch Sat-Sun: 12pm-3pm
Dinner, Brunch
Group Dining, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Carol on 08/06/2005

    Absolute dining expeience this summer

    I decided to treat myself to dinner one Saturday evening and chose Calle Ocho, I'd never been there before but my dining experience was absolutely the best. I was not sure what to get and requested a suggestion from the Exec Chef who no only obliged but cooked for me the most fabulous chicken dish I had ever had. Being a creature of habit and probably the biggest mouth when I discover something great, I retuned the very next weekend to be thrilled again by Chef Alex Garcia but this time with friends. Trust me, you will enjoy it!

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Oscar on 06/24/2005

    Solid restaurant Experience

    The concept is well developed with good execution. The bartenders are attentive and not pretentious. The menu is entertaining and has a good variety of dishes taken from many Latin American and caribbean countries. Decor goes well with the idea of the place. My party and I had a good dining experience. Lastly, I wish people stopped using cliche phrases to describe the food and this restaurant. Please no more "hot tamale", "off the hook", "awesome" come on people expand your vocabulary.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Elle on 06/23/2005

    Great Food & Awesome Atmosphere

    The food here is incredible. The presentation was gorgeous and the combination of flavors was outstanding. I had the pork tenderloin and my bf had the bistec...both were so tender and tasty. The drinks are not to be missed! The mojitos are perfect and the sangria is excellent. The atmosphere and design of the restaurant was also very modern and chic. Definitely a place for the 20 or 30 something crowd. I honestly don't know how anyone could say a bad word about this place. The only mishap was our server forgetting our side dishes...we cancelled the order after we were almost finished with our meal and they still served it to us on the house! Very accomodating staff and well worth the money for the food.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Anonymous on 06/17/2005

    Hot Tamale

    Great food, service, and atmosphere. I have no issues with this bright, open, colorfully space. Enjoy!

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by ck on 03/21/2005

    Not recommended

    The appetizers were bland. We had the tuna ceviche and the camarones. My paella was not good at all and too salty. I wouldn't recommend this place. It is terrible value for the money.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by gerardo and lois on 03/20/2005

    I dug it the most

    Latin is muy caliente and not about to fizzle out. The caipirinha is as good as any I had in Punta and the cuban streak absolutely mouthwatering. The bread and bean spread was simply incredible. Service was most attentive and casually fun. We asked to move our first seating and was accommodated without "the attitude." Having just come from Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic the contrast in music was fabulous. Go to this restaurant, just trust me.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Anonymous on 02/16/2005

    A great date restaurant

    This is a great restaurant to go to with friends or on a date. The ambiance is fun and exciting. The crowd is pleasant and everyone looks to be in their 30's. I saw that some people in other reviews complained about the music. I say to them: "Get a life!" The music is great. The food is inventive. The service is good when they make it over to you but they seem distracted. We had four different waiters in one meal - but they were very kind and helpful. My husband and I ran into two friends at the bar...it was nice to run into people we like there. The couple at the table next to us couldn't finish their huge picture of sangria so they shared it with us. The decor is beautiful. All in all, you should go, try it and enjoy!

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