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Posted by Shades48 on 04/11/2007
I love going to Calle Ocho with friends, it's not the most romantic place as it gets very loud, but the food is good and the atmosphere is lively with great music and good service. The menu is inconsistent, as some items are amazing (like the calamari, a large plateful that is absolutely delicious and highly recommended) and then there are other options like the tamale and empanada which are a terrible waste of money, the serving size is pathetic and the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. Same is true with entrees, stay away from the Filete, but the Vaca Frita and the Bistec are are winners. This place is hit or miss. When it is on it is superb, when it is off it is below average. Always great on Sunday brunch though!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/16/2007
food was fresh but could have tasted better.staff was slow but very very nice ; even with reservations we did not get seated until almost 2 hours after our reserved time. if you looking for a nice place to just hang out with 1 or 2 friendsand have soem drinks its great. but if youre looking for a good meal look else where. serving portions,price,and taste are not worth the bite. I work in the hospitality industry and I dont think Ill be recommending this place
Posted by disappointed on 03/04/2007
Went there with a large group on a Saturday night with 8pm reservations. Service was friendly and quick. The drinks where nice and strong but the food was average at best. Nothing really wowed us. And if you can’t find a single dish between 12 people that really stands out it’s pretty bad. Sorry to say none of us will be going back.
Posted by ny27 on 02/26/2007
Like most of the reviewers here, I agree that this is a fun place to grab dinner on the UWS--tasty food (especially the appetizers), good drinks, and a festive atmosphere in an atypically large dining room. My one complaint, though, is that we were rushed through our meal, and treated inexcusably rudely on my friend's birthday. We arrived at 6 and they didn't rush us at all at the beginning. But towards the end of the meal--and we were still eating, not taking a long time--they got really rude, and our waitress was replaced by a series of other servers who were clearly instructed to turn over our table as quickly as possible. They kept trying to take away our dinner plates while we were still eating, asked us no fewer than 3 times in 5 minutes if we had decided on a dessert, and then only gave a few minutes before trying to take away our dessert plates as well! The final straw is that they cleared our water glasses before they even brought the bill. I was about to take a sip! When I tried to stop the busboy and asked him to leave the water on the table, he actually just said "sorry" and continued to clear! I was amazed they would be so rude while we were still eating, and we hadn't even been there that long! Based on this treatment alone I probably wouldn't return to Calle Ocho.
Posted by foodguy on 12/23/2006
This is really a great, if pretty expensive, place. My girlfriend and I go all the time. My only complaints are that the appetizers are overpriced (for instance, I got three tiny, pretty average croquettes for $14). The entrees are where it's at. Try the paella if you are a fan of Spanish food. The braised lamb is also excellent. The atmosphere is great, especially for the UWS where you are unlikely to find as cool or swanky an atmosphere.
Posted by Calle Amazing on 12/14/2006
I went to Calle Ocho for a company dinner party. I had no expectations whatsoever. The Sangria was amazing and I never once saw the bottom of my glass. The waiters were so attentive but not over the top. The calamari appetizer was to die for. The complimentary bread and bean paste was addictive. I ordered the paella entre and it was delicious. The seafood was fresh as can be and the portions were very generous! My roommate even enjoyed my leftovers when I got home! MUY DELICIOSO! Can't wait to go back!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/12/2006
I went here last night for my birthday. the food was good, but it fell short of my expectations. the bread they served seemed perhaps a little stale, and the cake they served with a candle seemed, well, un-Latin. tasted more like what you would find at a fancy French pastry shop, which isn't necessarily bad, but just not what you might expect. The steaks were good, the shrimp ceviche was good, and the arroz con pollo was good, but none were fantastic. Perhaps this place has lost its passion for creating terrific food. the bar was so packed on a Monday night, maybe they take their clientele a bit for granted. the taco platter appetizer was good, too, but i couldn't help but think, hmm, i could get this for about half the price at some Cubano countertop in a less swanky neighborhood. but alas, isn't that always the case?