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Calle Ocho

at the Excelsior Hotel
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  • Latin American, Nuevo Latino
  • 45 W 81st St, New York NY10024 40.783467 -73.974379
  • (Btwn Columbus Ave & CPW)
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  • (212) 873-5025
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User Ratings (Based on 96 reviews)

Food 3.9 Value 3.5
Service 3.9 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
Brunch, Dinner
Accepts Credit Cards, Catering, Good for Groups, Online Reservations, Private Parties, Take Out, Wheelchair Accessible

User Reviews

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/01/2004

    Very good

    This place is great. Exceptional service and atmosphere. The bread rolls are amazing, and the food is very good. Go for the galletas (appetizer for 2) which can serve as a good dinner for 2, and only 22 bucks!

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by David Capote on 04/05/2004

    Lime, Lime everywhere

    I had dinner at Calle Ocho on Sunday, April 3, 2004. Our waiter was wonderful, the atmosphere was terrific, but the food was absolutely awful! Everything...and I mean EVERYTHING from the cocktails to the appetizers to the entrees and dessert were completely DRENCHED in lime. Bitter, acidic lime! I couldn't taste anything else. Was the mojito good? Dunno...could only taste the lime. Was the crispy pork yummy? No idea, all I tasted was lime. Was the appetizer platter for two dreamy? Coulda been...if it wasn't overdone with...wait for it...LIME! I wont complain about the dessert being a lime-stravaganza...I guess that's the way it was supposed to be. Clue to Calle Ocho: Lay off the lime. I live two blocks away and will not be back. Too bad, really, as I have about two dozen guests visiting NYC over the next six months and would love to take them to a restaurant with such great service and atmosphere. If anyone from the restaurant reads this and can figure out who our server was, he was marvelous...give him a bonus!

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by redhead on 01/18/2004

    Great drinks & atmosphere!

    This is by far one of my fav places on the UWS. the best traditional mojito I have had in the city. The food is a little pricey but delicious and amazing. Plus, the atmosphere is "downtown" without having to make the trek. A great place for a dinner date or to meet for drinks at the bar. The fried yucca root is every bit as good as when I've had it in Costa Rica, as are the plantains, rice and bean taco platter.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Das on 11/12/2003

    Over rated

    Good, but not great.. not by far. Good atmosphere, food is strictly okay. Drinks are good --- go to the bar and have dinner at Rain.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by UWSGirl on 11/11/2003

    Great new find!

    A friend recommended this place to me and I am so glad that he did! This place is a real find. The front bar is small, and you'd never guess the huge dining room lies behind it, but suddenly there it is. The staff is knowledgable, and no matter how busy the dining room got my server was still there every time I needed her. When the food came I was shocked at the huge portions, and left stuffed after a great meal and sweet dessert! Can't wait to go back!

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