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Rayuela

165 Allen St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Stanton St.
212-253-8840

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 8
Service: 6
Décor: 9
"Recommended"

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58% would go back.

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Must work on the service!

By seagerl on 9/17/2012

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

Went to brunch yesterday (11:30 reservation). There were only 3 tables total in the entire restaurant, and yet the service was horrible. It took well over 20 minutes and asking 3 times to get a cup of coffee. My friend ordered a dish without chorizo, as she is a vegetarian, but the kitchen added it anyway and the server didn't catch the mistake. We ordered a bread basket and corn muffin - neither of which came out until well after the food had been delivered and after asking about it several times. The food and cocktails really were delicious, the decor and ambiance - fantastic, but the service was beyond unacceptable. I understand slower service when the restaurant is short-staffed or extremely busy, but during our visit it was neither. I'd like to give this place another chance, but only if they overhaul their wait staff.

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39 out of 67 people found this review helpful.

The service totally ruined the experience

By vinogal on 6/30/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

there last night with a party of four (no res) but the place seemed to have a low noise to it..no one standing around and the bar had seats. We head to the bar and noticed tables getting cleared during out drinks. After the reset, they just stood empty until someone from our party asked about them. The tables were for us, but no one bothered to tell us. The bartender seemed to be in a very intense and amusing conversation with another guest without even seeing her scan the bar to make sure the other patrons were ok..or maybe choking...OR MAYBE PAY OUR CHECK LIKE WE DID. It wasnt until my friend has to yell out for her, we got her pause and we finally got our check. We sit down at a THREE TOP. Trying to explain to the hostess, who I do believe was actually getting paid by this establishment, that there were FOUR people standing in front of her. She says "but it can sit four". anyway she didn't even bother to get the extra setting and the imaginary "4th" position she sat my friend in was so tight in her space because the corner of the table was pointing directly in her chest. A"presence" was there only to swiftly walked by my girlfriend, who had placed the drink menu beside her on the floor, with it leaned up against her seat, and ask "are you done with this?", grab it, and continue to walk. I wouldn't go back unless I was starving and standing right in front of it with a pair of stilletos on that were hurting too much to walk across the street.

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60 out of 112 people found this review helpful.

Excellent choice

By Jason772 on 10/12/2009

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

From the moment you walk into Rayuela you are struck by the attention to detail. The ambiance is breathtaking with the live tree and beautiful bar. The wonderful smells eminating from the kitchen just add to the sense that you are about to have a wonderful experience. Once the food arrives you realize that the surroundings are just the window dressing of an amazing assortment of tastes. The dishes are beautifully done and taste excellent. The drinks are excellent with a nice assortment of wine. Expect to pay for all this wonderfulness as the cost is typical of NYC, but the cost cannot be to overwhelming as there is always a line, so make reservations.

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70 out of 144 people found this review helpful.

A good pick for visitors, or a nice night out.

By nycdoll on 7/1/2009

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

This place is very visually interesting. It just is. It's pretty. The drinks are delicious but a bit pricey so be prepared. We had a party of 5 and ate upstairs. Food was great. A little on the small side but that's the kind of place it is. It's a good pick for a dinner before going out to get more drinks or a special occasion.

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73 out of 152 people found this review helpful.

Go with time

By Ceeuy on 7/12/2008

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

True to their Latin American culture, the staff at Rayuela take their time. We waited to be seated (even with a reservation), we waited for our order to be taken, we waited for drinks, food, and the check. Basically, too much waiting involved. The food is delicious though, and if you decide to go, try their ceviches.

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86 out of 162 people found this review helpful.

horrible

By xmjx on 5/12/2008

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Con(s): Long wait to be seated even with reservations. Long wait for the server to take our orders. Long wait for the food to arrive to our table esp. the entree. Service is awful even the manager was rude. Entree are bland. Dessert is terrible! Pro(s): Drinks are great! Ceviche are good. Atmosphere is nice. I do not recommend this place but if you just want drinks and ceviches those are the only things i recommend. And if you do not mind waiting for more than an hour to be seated even when you are on time and have reservations!

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86 out of 172 people found this review helpful.

not worth the wait

By nycmdubs on 5/4/2008

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

made reservations for a birthday dinner with a bunch of my girls. we had to wait an hour past our reservation to be seated. then we had to wait another 2 hours to be served. the rest of the night was ruined because dinner took so long. the food was not even exceptional - just average. the worst part of the night was asking the waiter to bring dessert for the birthday girl... the dessert arrived with no candle and was just dumped in front of her. she looked confused and just looked at us. what an awful experience!!!

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79 out of 154 people found this review helpful.

A Ray(uela) of Light on Allen Street

By lichi1244eva on 4/24/2008

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

I met a friend there last night-she said she has been to Rayuela several times for their amazing brunch and wanted to try their dinner. We weren't disappointed. Loved the decor-modern yet earthy at the same time. Our waiter was kind and attentive and his vokda cocktail recommendation was tasty and refreshing. The Hamachi ceviche special I ordered was very well prepared and tasty. The entree special (scallop w/beef tenderloin) was pleasantly light, but otherwise not especially exciting. My only minor disappointment was the chocolate dessert, which reminded me of a Yodel snack that we used to eat in elementary school. Overall a good experience, a bit pricey, but I would definitely go back again.

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84 out of 157 people found this review helpful.

Delicacy and duende at Rayuela

By Sandy MacDonald on 1/4/2008

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

Maximo Tejada's artful pan-Latino cuisine finds a perfect match in Jun Aizaki's mystico-natural setting, with its play on grids (the restaurant's name means "hopscotch"). Geometrically niched candles provide a romantic glow, flowing muslin dividers just enough visual privacy (though stereo and neighbor noise can be a problem). All is forgotten once the servers start unobtrusively dropping off little dazzlers: nine variations on ceviche (viva la "Langosta Revolucion"!). We were only sorry that, only being two, we could only try two entrees, both -- the duck (with confit, foie, and an arepa as juicy cushion) and rack of lamb -- hearty winners. LES is a trek from where we sit, but we can't wait to go back.

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183 out of 348 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing

By nyc08uws on 11/27/2007

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

1. The wait for tables is an eternity 2. It is incredibly loud and you will have a hard time hearing someone sitting right next to you 3. The food is not much better than a run-of-the-mill Mexican joint 4. You will leave feeling ripped off 5. This place is nothing but hype 6. Awful choice for a date 7. Oh, but guess what? The $15 drinks are delicious

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157 out of 332 people found this review helpful.

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