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166 First Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 10th St.
Great time at Brunch!
By dmbgolf14 on 11/9/2010
I was walking down 1st ave looking for a brunch place and we happened to run right into La Zarza. We weren't sure how it would be but were blown away. $19.95 for food and unlimited drinks, it was a great deal. The food and service were good, and I will be back soon!
Battle of Staff vs. Food for the title of most terrible...staff wins
By lgeminder on 12/2/2010
My boyfriend and I have both been to La Zarza, separately, in groups for drinks and loved the atmosphere there, so decided to go for dinner a few weeks ago. We squeezed into a claustrophobe's nightmare of a table, but were by the window, so it wasn't too bad. As soon as we sat down, our waiter pretty much threw menus at us and strutted away, while chewing his gum with his mouth wide open. The food was surprisingly mediocre, which surprised me, since the restaurant gotten such great reviews. Actually, I'm being nice..I truly disliked everything I tried (croquetas, sauteed shrimp, bacon wrapped dates...which are usually my favorite...and even the steak). The corn, however, wasn't the best I've had, but wasn't too bad. The worst part, however, was the waiter, who ignored most of his tables, including us, who sat with empty plates and drinks for over 20 minutes...which we had to ask to be cleared! Then the waiter finally comes up to us with a check (and still, an open mouthful of gum)...not even offering us more drinks, desserts, bothering to ask how our dinner was...nothing! With so many great restaurants in the neighborhood, a little customer service is absolutely necessary. I will definitely not be back!
Worst Dining Experience Ever
By YvesShen on 5/25/2011
I don't judge, but I just want to describe what happened to us tonight. We bought a $50 coupon on restaurant dot com yesterday, and went to Lazarza today for dinner. It was the first time that we have been there. The taste of this restaurant was OK: it was not excellent, but remains reasonable. The desserts are good, though. Then my WORST dining experience began when we got the check and tried to use the coupon. The manager came to us, showed us a coupon, said that we gave him that coupon and it was not valid. The coupon he showed to us was apparently not valid because it does not even have a full coupon number, but IT IS NOT WHAT WE GAVE THEM. We argued and showed them the electronic version of the coupon with the valid coupon number via iphone, and asked them to use that number. They refused to take that number and insisted that our coupon was invalid so that we can not use it. Finally my friend had to ran back home and printed another copy of the coupon. This time they had nothing to say. However I was already embarrassed enough because I invited my friends to that place. How can that happen? Well, the manager told us that it might be a "problem of the printer". I AM JUST CURIOUS WHAT KIND OF PROBLEM OF THE PRINTER CAN CHANGE A VALID COUPON NUMBER TO AN INVALID ONE? btw,the staff is unapologetically rude. Definitely will not go La Zarza again, and I will recommend all my friends to AVOID that restaurant.
My Blacklisted Restaurant
By chipsandguac on 6/9/2011
I cannot fathom how this restaurant possibly has a critics pick or so many good reviews. I'm guessing there are lots of friends of the restaurant commenting here. I tried twice. The first time I went the service was horrible (our waiter disappeared for 20 minutes, we had to ask for everything at least twice, they speedily took away our food before we were done or could stop them and the manager was an asshole about it) but the food was decent so I was hopeful. I swore never again but a friend wanted to go and I couldn't stop her. And just as I expected, second time around was absolutely horrendous: the waitress didn't understand basic drink requests, it took three tries to get water, some of the food came out cold, my pasta entree came out as 3 overboiled ravioli--not what I ordered. When I pointed it out, they said I was wrong and when I showed them what I had ordered they said oh we're out of it so we thought we'd give you this. Thanks! Never a we're sorry. All attitude. The dark space is not well laid out and we were constantly getting bumped into. Downstairs turns into a club on some nights and, unless you're into trashy girls dancing to bad techno and buckets of champagne with sparklers passing through an impossibly packed crowd, stay away. Never, ever again.
Love this place
By marita32 on 8/13/2011
Recently moved to the East Village and walked by this sexy place. Nice surprise! food was great from appetizer to dessert. I tried the Tuna ceviche, amazing. I loved the combination of tuna, pineapple and ginger. For entree i choose the trout in the paper, and again really good. Very fresh and soft. The dessert was just great, panqueques with the caramelâ€¦.so good! We had a great bottle of white from Spain. Its good to move to a new neighborhood and find a cool spot!
Quality of Food/Service does not match Price
By tuannyc on 10/1/2011
$4 for half a glass of ginger ale. $40 sangria that is water down. And they automatically add 18% tip for two people. And leave a spot for "more tip" on the receipt. I was treating my wife out to nice restaurant. If the food and service match the price, no issue. I've been to Latin America, and this is average Argentinian food. Except for the crispy calamari, nothing else was memorable. The waiter was mediocre and delivered items late. We received the sangria AFTER we just finished our meal. Half the lamb was over cooked, and the other half was done correctly (medium rare). Had to ask for the standard bread and menu. While the waiter was mediocre at best, the "helpers" we good and polite. I wish they would get most of the tip. The low rating is due to the huge discrepancy between quality of food/service to what was charged, charging 18% and calling it "tip", and over all experience. I certainly would not recommend this place to friends.
By marciaclerk on 11/17/2011
Excellent place. Walked by the other night and decided to give it a try since they had Live Music and the place looked very cozy. Good decision!, the food was very good and the ambience super fun. The Tuna ceviche is to die for and the Veal Chop as well. We got a great red from Argentina, all at a very reasonable price for the quality. One little thing, as we walked in without reservations we were placed too close to the band, it was kinda loud...so next time i'll make sure to call beforehand. Will come back!
Great spot for light bite and drinks; bartender was awesome!
By NJS on 11/19/2011
Wife and I stopped in this place before meeting up with some friends at a bar nearby. It was a Friday night and there was a cool jazz/ samba band playing in the front. We weren't too hungry so we had a few of the tapas and a few drinks at the bar. Bartender was really cool and great for recommendations. Specialty drinks were very innovative and about what you would pay anywhere in Manhattan. They certainly didn't add gratuity on our bill so not sure about that comment from another review. Overall, great place if you're looking for Latin/ Spanish in the EV.
By veronicanata20 on 1/4/2012
The food in this place is awesome. You must try the Datiles(stuffed dates wrapped in bacon), Tuna ceviche, the corn on the cob!, the risotto with meatballs and the parrillada(assortment of meat). For dessert the panqueques and churros. I can't believe we ate so much, lol. Everything was good. Service is attentive and the live music was an excellent touch. Coming back soon!
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