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Esperanto

145 Ave. C, New York, NY, 10009
at 9th St.
212-505-6559

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5
Food: 6
Service: 4
Décor: 6
"Mixed Reviews"

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44% would go back.

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Horrible service, mediocre food.

By esferraz on 8/13/2011

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

So, I went to this place in a group of 10 people for dinner. They have a nice prix-fixe menu for $15 until 7:30PM. 8 of us ordered the prix-fixe dinner menu, except two people who arrived a bit later, around 7:20. The waitress took a while to come back to the table, and when the other two people tried to order the same prix-fixe menu, her reply was: "It's five minutes past the time. You can't order that anymore." I will refrain from going on about the details here... in all, horrible service (with attitude problems). Being Brazilian certainly doesn't qualify me as an expert, but their "brazilian" food is, simply put, mediocre. The place does have cool decoration and atmosphere, too bad the service and the food leave so much to be desired.

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19 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

pretty good

By michasgrosek on 3/4/2011

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

NY reviewer was right on with the bread and oil dip (hard to resist!). We ate light and got a good deal early on a thursday night (special price). The special of a tomato soup with ginger and hot peppers and probably a bit of lemon was perfect: worth keeping on the menu. A salad of grilled calamari was very satisfying. The main dish of shrimp in a "spicy" tomato/coconut sauce was unbalanced, but had potential--the shrimp were fine and there were some nice flavors in the sauce. But it was not very spicy and lacked acidity. Moreover, the hearts of palm were tough. The service was fine, although they were not that busy at that hour. I would try it again based on the reviews of good drinks. If we had time, I would have sent the shrimp back.

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31 out of 60 people found this review helpful.

Cheap caipirinhas?

By fleurdunil on 9/6/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I went to this place being a huge fan of Brasil and truly loving Saturday afternoons at Miss Favela in Brooklyn and Wednesday night Forro in the Dark at Nublu. We came for dinner, while the food was good, it was frustrating as they wouldn't make room for a group of 6 on the patio so we were stuck in an awkward back corner of the restaurant as the music in the main room was too loud. The crowd is boring and decidedly not Brazilian. A friend and I got up to dance when they played a light samba and we got weird looks from people! I like a more authentic Brasilian party vibe and recommend Miss Favela in terms of ambiance if not food. Also, the caipirinhas were weak! We got two pitchers and about 3 glasses each and barely felt them. The caipirinha pitcher at Favela is 40 bucks and I promise two of those caipirinhas and you feel it! Miss Favela's caipirinhas are also much better tasting.

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41 out of 87 people found this review helpful.

Great restaurant to go to with friends!

By timothy86 on 3/30/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I was a little nervous after hearing mixed reviews about this place but decided to try it anyway. It was great! I had a 730 reservation and they seated us right when we got there. They quickly filled up. The manager isn't the nicest person in the world but the waitress made up for it. The food is amazing! I had carne asada that was really tender. Also, the caipirinha's are the best drinks they have and only $6! Try them, you will like them! I would definitely go back. The place looks really nice inside too. Great for hanging with friends. The prices were really reasonable.

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76 out of 137 people found this review helpful.

AWFULL SERVICE

By LOPEZM02 on 9/18/2008

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

The unfriendly greeting from the hostess was the first turn off. The server was kind but it took a long time to just get anyone's attention when we were trying to order. The food wasn't good at all. Will not go back even if they pay me.

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61 out of 119 people found this review helpful.

Sunday Samba

By Lauren Salazar (NY MAG) on 3/19/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

There's not much better ways than to start out a Sunday then with brunch, bloody marys, and the samba band. Service worries aside, this place is gr8.

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57 out of 118 people found this review helpful.

Terrible Service!

By brianz on 5/28/2007

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

I agree with the previous review re: the manager. I had high hopes for this restaurant, but I was sorely disappointed. When I arrived with my party, they refused to seat us on the terrace though it was nearly empty. They took 20 minutes to take our appetizer order. While the food is a passable, it is not close to authentic Brazilian cooking. Our entrées took another 30 minutes to arrive once our appetizers were cleared. We had to ask four times for the most basic things like water and bread. We asked several times for our check. While we were waiting for the check--which took another 20 minutes to arrive--the hostess came over to ask us to hurry up so she could seat another party. When we told her we had already asked for the check several times because one of our friends felt sick in the stifling heat (he had recently undergone chemotherapy, which I tried to mention discreetly to the manager), she asked us to leave. Once we got the check, we left immediately without comment...or tip. I would never go back here.

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262 out of 501 people found this review helpful.

Take a vacation on Avenue C

By eastvillager7 on 11/9/2004

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

YUM. Best mojitos I've had in the city. The service may be slow, but you can just pretend you're on vacation somewhere in South America. The fish dishes (especially the ceviche -- to DIE for!) are my favorite. The caiparhinas are also too yummy...the tapas plate is also delish and if you don't leave here a little tipsy and full and happy, you didn't order right! Yum, yum, yum...best kept little secret!

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