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Posted by John on 05/09/2008
We finally made it to Esperanto and I must say that the dinner was disappointing. Both my snapper (whole fish) and my wife's pork tenderloin were both slightly overcooked. The tapas appetizer was OK but not worth the cost. The place is not cheap for Avenue C and while the service was great and the staff very helpful I would not go back. The place is always packed so perhaps it was just a off night.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/04/2008
Fun atmosphere and great food. A wonderful place to meet friends and bring visiting family. If only there wasn't always such a long line to get in!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/27/2008
I went here recently for a friend's birthday-the food was not good. Our goat cheese appetizer was fine, but then I ordered carne asada. The meat had no flavor and was just burned. The rice lacked taste as did the sides. I told the waiter who apologized and offered to get me something else. 25 min later (as the rest of my party was already done) I received the salmon-surprise, surprise, no flavor! The fish just tasted burnt. The "saffron rice" was also tasteless. And each entree was like $17?! Give me a break. Yes, the drinks are cheap ($6 mojitos). But thats cuz the glass they put it in is TINY.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/12/2008
The food was amazing but we were in and out within 45minutes. We sat down as soon as we got there but they got the food out so fast we werent even done with our appetizers and then they promptly got us our bill. too bad bc i would have gone back ..
Posted by foodie on 02/24/2008
My husband and I love this restaurant we've been going for years. The food is reliably good, with one of the only salmon dishes in the city that we're actually willing to eat. The mixed vegetables are great, as is the shrimp dish. For appetizers, they make fantastic tuna ceviche and the fried yuca is perfect. We also like the goat cheese appetizer. Order the chocolate souffle for dessert you won't regret it! :) Their mojitos and caipirinhas are strong and first-rate. Recently, they've had a really friendly hostess who has been helpful and made us not feel like herded cows, unlike some other crowded restaurants we've been to. I hope she sticks around.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/07/2007
Haven't had dinner here but they have a great and reasonably priced brunch with coffee and beverage (mimosa, blood mary) included. It's a great place to take out-of-town guests because of the colorful atmosphere, al fresco dining, and live Brazilian music.
Posted by Amanda on 09/06/2007
We had high hopes for this restaurant, however, the website makes the restaurant look much nicer than it actually is. The atmosphere is extremely casual. The website also says they open at 5:30, but the kitchen doesn't open until 6:30. Some of the servers were also very inattentive to their customers. The inside is connected by open windows to the outside as well, which allows all the smoker's yuckiness to float on inside while you're eating. The food was delicious, but we won't be returning.