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Calle Ocho

45 W. 81st Street, New York City, NY 10024-5130 (Manhattan)
(212) 873-5025
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Ranked #655 of 11,654 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $11 - $80
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Cuisines: Latin, Seafood, South American
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: Between Columbus and Central Park West
Transit: 1 at 79th Street and Broadway and B & C at 81st Street and Central Park West.
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English first
MIAMI, FL
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

it is located at the lobby of the Excelsior hotel and it becomes your main option for "room service" but I think they take advantage of that attribute and it translates on the pricing. The quality of the food is ok but not great and the menu options are limited.

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Rockville Centre, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I had not been to this restaurant in over 3 years, since before they moved to their current location. It was always one of my favorite spots, but I was underwhelmed on this visit. The food was good, but nothing great. The presentation was lovely, but the flavor just didn't match up. We were there for Restaurant Week, so I... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Ok, New York City Upper West Side, Biggest Full Moon of the year;, Dinner with a new friend and a walk in Central Park after dinner. Calle Ocho is located in the best place for all the above to come off without a hitch. Not only is the food spectacular, but the service and the decor of this restaurant make... More

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Oradell, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I had a wonderful meal here with a large group of friends last night. The appetizers; calamari Frito with a surprising touch of honey,and a rum glazed shrimp were a great start. The salmon was beautifully done and all of our portions were generous. Service was excellent and we will certainly return.

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Olympia, WA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I like Cuban food, in Miami, but Spanish food in NY?-not so great. I find paella among the most boring dishes possible-in this case, seafood was ok, but a raft of gummy Spanish rice, not much different than the 50's variety? It's not really worth the $$. The Cuban steak was ok, but not a great cut of meat. Listen,... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Great atmosphere, friendly bar tenders who make great cocktails and seriously brilliant Sangria, which if you are not carefully will torture you the next day. The food Cuban, spicy and very delicious. They have a black bean dip that looks awful but tastes amazing. Their tasting plate is a really good cross section of the menu and is hearty. Very... More

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Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant was in our hotel so after 2 tiring days walking around we decided to eat in & had an amazingly good meal. A lot of new things we hadn't tried before served by friendly staff, washed down by wonderful Mojitos which on a Monday night are a mere $5 apiece, a bargain! Definitely go if you're in the... More

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New York City, New York
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160 reviews 160 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great location just off central park, across the street from the natural history museum. It's in the bottom of a hotel - the look & feel is quite dated. Service is efficient but without any warmth - on the evening we went, the men's room had neither toilet paper nor soap - which for a saturday night is pretty poor.... More

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San Francisco, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We came here on our second night in New York and the food was incredible and the service was too. I had grilled cod, and I can tell you it was the best I have ever had. This place really took us by surprise and was always asking how everything was and filling us our glasses. This place made our... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The food here is gorgeous. Priced at about mid range I think. The Sangria tho is really awesome. You must try it! We had a few to many, just to make sure we really liked it. We did but our heads didn't next day. Great place!

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