New York, NY 10009
Village Voice's Description
The food and music of Brazil is the focus of this funky Alphabet City spot, although several other South American countries get their due. Walk past the tiny tables set up on the sidewalk and into a dining room painted a brilliant array of blues, yellows and greens, complemented by quirky lamps and bric-a-brac. The special prix fixe menu, which includes both an entrÃ©e and an appetizer, will save you couple bucks; choose from entrees like the moqueca (seafood cooked in coconut milk and served over rice) and the feijoada (a hearty stew made of different types of pork and black beans) and appetizers such as fried calamari and the house ceviche. Order a passion fruit or mango caipirinha, or choose one of the South American wines, which are all half-priced on Mondays. Most nights you'll also find live music ranging from tango and samba to Latin funk and Brazilian forro music.âKeith Wagstaff
love the mojitos
love the mojitos
Esperanto used to be a hidden gem (still is, sort of) when I first discovered it. It's a small place, but very well laid out so they fit lots of people in there. The cuisine is considered "pan latin", mainly consisting of Brazilian, Cuban, and other latin dishes. I've tried basically everything they have to offer, and it is all delicious! Favorite dishes for me include the... More >>
Esperanto used to be a hidden gem (still is, sort of) when I first discovered it. It's a small place, but very well laid out so they fit lots of people in there. The cuisine is considered "pan latin", mainly consisting of Brazilian, Cuban, and other latin dishes. I've tried basically everything they have to offer, and it is all delicious! Favorite dishes for me include the salmon, Moquecas Bahiana, Camarones de la Feria, Carne Asada and the Pollo de la Casa. It's hard to pick favorites since everything is so good (including the appetizers). They have a great brunch menu as well. I believe brunch is on sat/sun. They also have live music often. I believe most nights, as well as brunch. This is a great place to take a date or a small group of friends or family. The service is very friendly, but you might have to nudge them sometimes to get a bill, but I think that's mainly because they want you to hang out, enjoy the tunes and chill. BTW, there's also outdoor seating in the spring and summer.
Tips from foursquare
Not to be confused with Esperanto Cafe (mediocre is euphemistic) this is the best brunch deal in Manhattan. $9.99: extra spicy Bloody Mary, unlimited coffee, huevos rancheros. Yum.
My favorite brunch in the East Village, even though they don't give you unlimited drinks like they do at Sunburnt Cow down the street. Order the vegetable omelette.
Awesome place for strong and tasty Caipirinhas, Tapas, and Feijoada. All bottles of wine are half price on Mondays.
Best brunch in the village, if you're not looking to get hammered. Must order the huevos rancheros. If you ARE looking to get drunk, order a pitcher of Caipirinha's and you'll be trashed in no time.
Get a table during a night where there are live performances, order yourself as many of their cocktails as you can, and enjoy. Also, get the mussels. Now.
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