Calle Ocho

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Calle Ocho
Upper West Side
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Locals sardine themselves into this vibrant joint with Cuban-themed collages to enjoy inventive Pan-Latin food, as well as excellent homemade sangrias. The harried waitstaff delivers a starter round of velvety goat-cheese empanadas and rum-glazed shrimp without much more than a stressed smile, but the mouthwatering appetizers soon make up for the coldness. A pumpkin-seed–encrusted mahi-mahi has the sultriness of a Havana summer night, while thin sheets of rosy, tender tuna tiradito are dressed with roasted pineapple, avocado and jalapeños. Coconut sorbet in a luscious chocolate shell, and peanut butter–drenched cheesecake are the best part of an already buena noche; don’t worry—you won’t hear your conscience over the peppy salsa music anyway.
Venue name: Calle Ocho
Address: 45 W 81st St
New York
Cross street: between Central Park West and Columbus Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 6–11pm; Fri 6pm–midnight; Sun 11:30am–3pm, 5–10pm
Transport: Subway: B, C to 81st St–Museum of Natural History
Price: Average main course: $25. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Dani T

Came here at the tail end of Sunday brunch and had to make a reservation a month in advance. The place was a mob scene and the service was terrible. Our waiter ended his shift in the middle of serving us and didn't tell us... Then nobody took over for him. The food and sangrias were good, but the subsequent food poisoning certainly left a lasting impression. That being said, we will not be returning.