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Calle Ocho

at the Excelsior Hotel
  • RatingAvg. Dinner Entrée
    $$$$$Greater than $25
    $$$$$18.01 - $25
    $$$$12.01 - $18
    $$$7.01 - $12
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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 10/04/2008

    Yummy, but a little loud

    I went here a few weeks ago and have to say that I will definitely be back. The scallop ceviche was delicious and had a very nice kick to it. The pork shank (lechon) was also delicious, if a little heavy. Some of the dishes we ordered weren't phenomenal, but everything was good (at the very least). Try the Harlem sangria!

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/14/2008

    Hot Spot

    The first thing we noticed as we were taken to our large table was the sheer size of the space this restaurant occupies. The attention to detail on the design flowed through the delicious menu items and the incredibly attentive service. Loved the evening.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/05/2008

    great food!

    A bit on the pricey side, but the food and the sangria are really delicious if you're willing to spend a little more. The place in comfortable and the service was great! Would definitely not mind going back!

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Restaurant Week Girl on 08/04/2008


    Tried this restaurant for the first time during Rest. Week. It came highly recommended by someone in my party of 8. Even though we were all late getting there, the hostess seated us right away. Our server was very knowledgeable and patient,. My only pet peeve was the sitting area where 8 of us were seated. A little too tight a space and too much traffic off the kitchen and w/waiters serving other tables. Food was good service was fast - maybe too fast sometimes (they tend to take your plate away as soon as they think your finished - if you don't stop them, it will be gone)! The Mojito's were very very good. All in all an enjoyable evening and we even received coupons towards the next visit - we will be back!

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by LoveBeingAFoodie! on 07/21/2008

    Not very good!

    I was here on Saturday to celebrate a friend's birthday. The entrance was pretty to look at but as soon as I walked in I knew it was going to be interesting. First be careful if you're wearing heels, for whatever reason they seem to have extra greasy floors which are easy to slip on. We had a party of 10 and 4 girls from our party were slipping and sliding along their floors trying to get to the table in the back room. Once we were seated, (which didn't take too long thankfully) and started ordering our drinks and appetizers we got a taste of their lovely service...our waitress had such a deplorable demeanor that it left us wondering how far and deeply embedded the stick in her rear was! Anyway, the upside thus far was their drinks, the different sangrias were very tasty and their wines were good as well. The appetizers were just ok as was their entrees. They were very quick to take our orders but our food came at a snail's pace. We all ordered something different and while some of the dishes were pretty to look at they weren't too good to actually eat. One person ordered the chicken dish which was undercooked and did not look appetizing. The skirt steak was ok, the so called escabeche it comes with was nothing more than 3 julienne style tomato slices, tons of red onion and a sliver of a hass avocado. Also the veggie paella wasn't worth the price at all. Throwing rice and beans, a few mushrooms, and a few pieces of cilantro on a plate doesn't make it a paella. A few of the desserts were good, the domino and the cocos were very good but overpriced. The flan was not good at all and the whipped sour cream was worse. Their house blend coffees were just ok. All in all everything was overpriced and not worth it....this is a good place for a few drinks and nothing more. The atmosphere seems to be set up specifically for that because trying to have a conversation over the loudness of the music isn't going to happen!

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Julian on 07/13/2008

    Still Picante!

    Went to Calle Ocho on a recent Saturday night with a group of friends. We did not have a reservation and had to wait about 15 minutes in the lounge. Bar was hoping and started the night with a refreshing mojito. Once seated we had a cute blond waitress take great care of us. Started with the calamari which was crispy and sweet and then had the sirloin with yuca fries, which was also pretty tasty. The music was loud and festive and the drinks kept flowing. Overall had a great time at Calle Ocho and will definitely return.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by foodguy on 06/22/2008

    Way down hill

    We used to love Calle Ocho, but this week had what will have to be our last visit. The once excellent food has gone way down hill. Taco platter was inferior to most cheap Mexican places, despite its premium price. The vegeterian "paella" was literally indistigushable from greasy, Chinese fried rice. I think someone in the back office is having some fun laughing at the prices some will pay for cheap, uncreative food.

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