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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 40.782849 -73.973619
  • (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
Dinner, Brunch
Group Dining, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by paulette on 09/18/2007


    My friends and I randomly ended up at Calle Ocho after a stroll in Central park last Monday night, and had an experience that felt like a dream. To our surprise, even though there wasn’t much traffic outside, the bar was packed by some pretty good looking crowd. We then found out that they serve $5 Mojito and daiquiris every Monday, with complementary Tapas of all sorts, all night. We were there for hours eating and drink the best Mojitos we’ve ever had, and only spent a few $$...The food was so delicious and they just kept bringing more and more…Loved it! I can’t wait until next Monday.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/07/2007

    not good

    I had their dinner special, red snapper, as main course. The fish was not fresh. At first, I thought it was just my dish. But the guy sitting at the table next to me had the same problem with his snapper. For the price they charge, they should at least use fresh ingredients. My sugeestion: stay away from their specials. They are specials for a reason.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by YJ&RR on 08/27/2007

    Where is the Ropa Vieja

    Went for dinner, food was great, service was great and the music was great. The only thing I cant believe is that they did not have Ropa Vieja as a meal. A Cuban place with out Ropa Vieja is not a Cuban place.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by shm on 07/26/2007

    very impressive

    Wow. My roommate and I ended up here on a whim, but were more than pleasantly surprised. They have 5 types of red sangria, 5 types of white, 5 types of mojitos and a bevy of other delicious-sounding cocktails... (Plus, on Mondays- they have $5 mojito night w/a free tapas)... Anyways, the food and atmosphere inside was lively and great. Don't come here if you want a romantic quiet evening... But the food, drink, vibe - all great.

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Lisa on 07/22/2007

    Birthday Success Story

    For my recent birthday I stopped by for a few drinks, after sitting at the bar on a Friday night for about an hour we decided to stay and have dinner, the place was packed, but I was surprised that with NO RESERVATION the hostess was able to seat us within only 15 minutes. The ambience is awesome, all that was missing was a dance floor to go with the great selection of latino music. Though we were not wanting 3 course meals because of having filled up on tapas (gambas and baclao-AMAZINZG) and drinks the adorably sweet server was super accomodating and understanding with us just ordering a few appetizers...but I must say, though the food was great, (calamari and goat cheese empanadas, to name a few) the service is what made me write a review...i was just short of asking him to sit and hang with us, he wasn[t uptight or obnoxious, and though we knew he wazs busy with other tables he made a point to come by as often as he could to have a few laughs with us! I must go for any group outting,or a couple just looking to have good food and a good time!

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Rafton on 07/21/2007

    This place is a winner

    After living in New York City for decades and worked in the restaurant industry for ages, the constants feeling of deja vue or bumping into overrated joints have become more than a pandemic reality for foodies like me. There’s one word that could rate best my yesterday night experience in Calle Ocho: Amazing! The ambiance was almost illusive, the food succulent, specially the crispy calamari. And these people really understand the concept of customer service. This place is a winner!

  • Calle Ocho

    Posted by Disappointed on 05/20/2007

    overpriced and slow

    Went there for brunch with a few girlfriends; had some overpriced drinks at the bar. Brunch featured unlimited sangria from a choice of about 10 white and red sangrias which you can get up and take as much as you want. It took about an hour from the time we ordered to get our food, while we sipped our sangrias and chatted patiently. The food finally arrived and some of the portions were extremely tiny (such as the crabcakes) which looked like a "Barbie-doll" portion on a big plate, but were very tasty. The skirt steak was soft like butter but was served without the avocado slices and the staff failed to advise they ran out of it, but did try to accomodate us with some freshly made guacamole after we complained. The staff was friendly despite the understocked kitchen. The atmosphere is light and lively with salsa music in the background and plenty of seating.

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