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Map & Directions 165 Allen St.
New York, NY 10002
  • Latin American, Spanish, Tapas
  • Mon-Thu 5:30pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-12am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Private Party, Wheelchair Accessible, Prix Fixe
  • Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Accepted
  • No Parking


Village Voice's Description

Named after a Julio Cortazar novel, this Lower East Side spot serves pan-Latin American cuisine with a healthy helping of downtown cool. The first thing you notice is the olive tree growing right in the middle of the restaurant, spotlights illuminating the trunk as it climbs through the first story roof into the second story dining room. Cushy green banquettes, separated from each other by translucent curtains, sit groups of designer-clad diners, surrounded by glowing light boxes and exposed brick. Executive Chef Máximo Tejada prepares dishes from all over Latin America and beyond, like halibut wrapped in banana leaves, a baby pork chop marinated in tamarind and covered in an Oaxaca mole sauce, Chilean papaya stuffed with lamb barbacoa and more. Latin American specialty cocktails include pitchers of sangria filled with mango, strawberry, peaches and Cava, as well as other drinks with ingredients like agave nectar and sage leaves.—Keith Wagtaff

Member Reviews

  • Lion of Senate wrote a review for Rayuela
    on 05/09/10

    Had the best Duck Confit of my life here. Went back, wasn't as good (didn't have Duck on menu this time) but I would try it a few more times based on strength of 1st experience. Good service, excellent and lively dinner atmosphere. Long drink menu with many original drinks. New York has more than its fair share of high priced, impressively crappy restaurants, here you get good... More >>

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  • Food & Wine on 04/20/11

    This pan-Latin spot serves traditional sangrias and mojitos as well as estilo libre ("freestyle") cocktails. These combine unexpected ingredients like ginger, jicama, pineapple and mezcal.

  • Ryan W. on 03/17/12

    $11 bottomless mimosas FTW

  • Cesar A. on 01/06/14

    Great happy hour !!!! Come see me at the bar Mondays n Tuesdays!!!

  • Susan L. on 03/17/12

    Benedict for the win

  • Erin G. on 02/18/11

    Paella de Concha = delicious. The Paella de Coco (not currently on the menu) is also amazing. Love this place, have yet to have a bad dish here!

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