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Calle Ocho

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45 W. 81st St., New York, NY 10024 40.782849 -73.973619
nr. Columbus Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-873-5025 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Latin American, Spanish/Tapas
  • Price Range: $$$

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Mon-Thu, 6pm-10:30pm; Fri, 6pm-11:30pm; Sat, noon-3pm and 5pm-11:30pm; Sun, noon-3pm and 5pm-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

B, C at 81st St.-Museum of Natural History



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Kids' Menu
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Singles Scene
  • Take-Out
  • Teen Appeal
  • Catering


  • Full Bar




Who'da thunk that the West Side could ever boast a restaurant as uncalculatingly sexy as Calle Ocho? And yet how can you not be swayed by its spectacular Caribbean sunset of glazed terra-cotta; by the light filtering through its curved louvered ceiling, as flattering as a fresh tan; by the jewel-toned banquettes moving through the space like waves along the gulf, creating a grand café that beckons you to bat your eyelids, wet your lips, and get your torso to speak whatever it is you can't say? Let the staff steer you toward the flash fires of ceviches or the soothing arepas and tamales that the kitchen has devised to enthrall the neighborhood. Can't stand the heat? Get out the yucca fries, which, though tamer, deserve a Super Bowl commercial all their own. Could a Latin-tinged evening be more appealing? Yes, but until Rosario Dawson asks you to merengue, this will do quite nicely.


Sat.-Sun., noon–3 p.m.

Recommended Dishes

Cuban style steak frites, $28; paella, $32

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