Yerba Buena Perry

Restaurants , Latin American West Village
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Flounder ceviche


Mixed grill


Mixed grill

Witnessing a packed Yerba Buena Perry on a recent weeknight, a casual observer would never guess that we’re in the midst of a recession. The sexy scene at the Pan-Latin hit’s second location—gorgeous young things chatting at the antique bar and squeezed into white banquettes—seems exempt from the scourge that’s destroying so many other restaurants. Perhaps it’s the superior drinks and excellent, assertive food (from chef-partner Julian Medina—the menu here is almost entirely original) that account for the party vibe. Brisk yet capable servers brought out one memorable dish after another. Tiradito was a vivid ceviche of thinly sliced flounder with mild aji amarillo pepper, lime juice, red onion, and the unexpected addition of earthy sweet potato and fried corn kernels (maiz cancha). The kitchen also excelled at fancified versions of humble dishes that were well-worth-it delights, not overpriced duds. A luscious lobster taco special ($17) featured poached meat sauted with butter and arbol chili, balanced with an aromatic mix of avocado, cilantro and fresh salsa. A tres leches dessert, meanwhile, incorporated the milk-soaked cake into a parfait with pisco panna cotta and Mexican chocolate mousse that was both intriguing and gratifying. A mixed grill for two also showed touches of refinement, with buttery rib eye, toothsome New York strip and house-made chorizo complemented by a dainty arepa filled with blood sausage. You’ll need the heft of a steak to absorb the highly alcoholic cocktails—you should have at least one, and we recommend the classic pisco sour, a dangerously smooth blend of pisco, lemon juice, egg white, simple syrup and bitters. It’s all a bit rich for the current economic climate, sure, but for some reason at Yerba Buena Perry, it’s easy to suspend your disbelief.

Venue name: Yerba Buena Perry
Address: 1 Perry St
New York
Cross street: at Greenwich Ave
Opening hours: Mon 5–10pm; Tue–Thu 5–11pm; Fri 5pm–12:30am; Sat 11:30am–3pm, 5pm–12:30am; Sun 11:30am–3pm, 5–10pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St
Price: Average main course: $25. AmEx, MC, V
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Moriah S

Yerba Buena is FUN. Very high energy brunch due to their killer boozy brunch special. I was hesitant about the food because places with that boozy brunch crowd are typically after watered-down drinks and flavorless food but the food was amazing. We split the Dan Dulce french toast and the Cachapa Benedict - yum. The benedict was with sweet corn cake - the stuff that arepas are made out of and it had this amazing hollandaise sauce that must be their own recipe because it was baller. Also split the brussel sprouts - because you know, healthy- and they were very tasty. Very reasonably priced too!

Maria M

Yerba Buena is a classy American twist on Latin food. From ceviche and guacamole to arroz con pollo and paella, the food is worth splurging and trying all different dishes. My recommendations include the chicarron de calamar (blue corn mean crusted calamari), the empanadas, and the paella. You'll save some money if you go during happy hour, when drinks are half off - who doesn't love a great happy hour deal like that? You'll even find some unique cocktails including one with egg whites. You can't go wrong with any drink, but for those who love spice, try The Royal Passion or The Sun-dia.