Restaurants , Latin American Lower East Side
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The spring-break vibe at this casual offshoot of nearby Rayuela is fostered by potent cocktails and a Caribbean beach-bar decor. The menu of shareable tapas suffers a few pitfalls (the shredded-chicken tacos are too timid). Better choices include the white-corn tamale with huitlacoche and thick slices of Spanish blood sausage, and a crisp flatbread covered in melted blue cheese and steak. Selecting a dessert is more straightforward: There are just three choices, among them a fine orange-scented warm chocolate cake.
Venue name: Macondo
Address: 157 E Houston St
New York

Cross street: between Allen and Eldridge Sts
Opening hours: Daily 5pm–midnight
Transport: Subway: F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average small plate: $10. AmEx
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4.5 / 5

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On the Lower East Side, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a spot that offers bottomless brunch. And it can take some trial and error to sort through the clutter. Macondo is definitely one of the better options in the area for a few reasons.

1) Creativity of drinks. Not only do they deviate from the "bloodies or mimosas" archetype that most brunch places adhere to, but they deviate FAR, in  the form of 3 flavors of sangria that includes blackberry mint, orange vanilla, and...guanabana elderflower?

2) Grub. Latin food may very well be my favorite drunk brunch pairing. Whatever you order, make sure it includes chorizo. If it doesn't, order a side of chorizo (who am I kidding...if it DOES, still order a side of chorizo).

3) Vibe. Really casual spot, super laid back and appropriate for a variety of occasions (group birthday, date, um...random Sunday when you have nothing better to do?)

I will however knock off one star for their strict adherence to the rules. The sangria is delicious, but it's your only option and can get old fast. And regardless of what time it is when you sit down, your "down the hatch" timer starts the minute your reservation does. Pro tip- make the reservation yourself and tell the girls you're with that it was for an hour before it actually is. Works every time. 

Patricia M

Amazing brunch spot!!

I love Latin food so by the way the reviews were looking, I knew the food would be great.
Flavorful bread and butter was served prior to our meal. I don't recall the flavours of the butter, but they were kitschy & extremely tasty. I ordered the French toast which was amazing & filling! 


Stopped into Macondo for a quick brunch. There was no wait to be seated, but we ate at the bar and enjoyed watching the chefs in action. My brunch move in general is to always get anything with chorizo in it and at Macondo, you really can’t go wrong. Don’t forget to order patatas bravas as well. Overall, the place has a hectic atmosphere, but fantastic food. Brownie points for the Gabriel Garcia Marquez / Hundred Years of Solitude reference. For more by these guys, check out their Taco Bono stand at Broadway Bites near Herald Square for a bandeja paisa-style taco.