Calle Ocho

Calle Ocho

Latin American Restaurant, Breakfast Spot, and Cuban Restaurant$$$$
Upper West Side, New York
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  • Danielle F.
    Danielle FSeptember 1, 2011
    Unlimited Sangria @ brunch. Server is aloud to cut you off so it usually caps at 3-4. Don't be fooled tho, these puppies are 20oz of deliciousness and they have a wide variety of whites and reds!
    Upvoted Jan 8
  • kris g.
    kris g.June 10, 2016
    The food completely changed after almost 3 years. 1st & 2nd times the food was great. Now the only thing good is the bread which you can buy at a Colombian bakery. Also flank is not skirt steak. 😟😔
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan ScottAugust 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Book your brunch reservation at least a month in advance. Sangria keeps coming in as long as you're not sloppy and have food on your plate. Visit the nearby dog park after to satisfy your buzz.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiSeptember 19, 2016
    Love their grilled octopus tapas. The paella is good for two people to share if you are not too hungry. The bill comes down to around 30-50 per person
  • Andrea D.
    Andrea DudzinskiJune 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The best brunch in the city!! Really tasty Cuban eats for cheap and free sangria during your meal - and not just red and white! I recommend the Cuban Sandwich and the Fresas sangria. Cheers!
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroNovember 30, 2014
    Come here for your next boozy brunch. The vaca frita will not disappoint and the portion is huge! Wash it down with 3-4 glasses of the blanca sangria. Trust me, you'll leave boozy!
  • Rewan P.
    Rewan PartiMay 25, 2015
    One of the only places in NY where you get bottomless sangria complimentary with your meal. Try the tropical and samba. Also do order the skirt steak with egg. It is delicious!
  • Robin Z.
    Robin ZNovember 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Come for weekend brunch. Delicious food and all you can drink sangria (8 different flavors!) for about $25 each. Make a reservation in advance, this place is very popular!
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DavisAugust 21, 2014
    Best bottomless brunch deal in town -- make a reservation ages in advance if you want a spot! Delicious food at a great value with amazing service - the trifecta!! A gem.
  • Jordan M.
    Jordan MSeptember 20, 2011
    Amazing weekend brunch - $15 for an entree and all you can drink sangria. Definitely get there early (they open at noon and get packed quickly)
  • Evan C.
    Evan ChenJuly 27, 2014
    The food was great and the price is right for the amount of food you get. Try their Paella...it's amazing and delicious!
  • Herve L.
    Herve LarrenFebruary 28
    Had a great experience here. You do have to make a reservation about a month in advance, but the table was ready and the waiter brought out different bread/bakery samples which was nice.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupNovember 14, 2011
    Go for brunch and enjoy complimentary sangria during your meal. Try the Currito Sucio or the Frita Cubana. If you stay too long (or drink too much), they will ask you to leave.
  • Kate G.
    Kate GomesMay 2, 2015
    One of the best meals I have had in a long time. Everyone is right about the bread - but don't worry it arrives automatically. Try the date appetiser - blew our minds!
  • Joon P.
    Joon PakMay 18, 2015
    Came here with a very large group for a birthday party and was not disappointed. Excellent service, excellent food and overall great time. Will definitely be coming back.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauDecember 22, 2013
    Try the Vaca Frita Al Caballo - Cuban style skirt steak, Latin pork fried rice, fried egg and avocado. So good.
    Upvoted Jan 8
  • Patrick
    PatrickFebruary 8, 2015
    It's not truly Cuban food. Really more pan Latin if that's a thing, but it's still amazing. I'd recommend the Harlem Sangria. All of the entries I've tried are terrific as well.
  • Lydia P.
    Lydia PerezMarch 7, 2013
    IF you get here right as they open with a small party they will usually seat you without a brunch reservation on weekends. You can also sit in the lounge without a reservation.
  • Lady B.
    Lady BlackMarch 21, 2013
    I miss the larger space, but the intimate atmosphere makes up for it. They bring you your sangria now. No more waiting in line/ silently raging because someone is pouring their sangria wrong.
  • Tracey C.
    Tracey ChurrayApril 13, 2014
    Very very good brunch. All you can drink sangria bar comes free with your entree. The Latin Benedict was amazing. Make a reservation, they fill up fast!
  • MeCritic.com
    MeCritic.comNovember 26, 2011
    Probably my favorite restaurant in the city. Great food, creative drinks, and an amazing dining room make this a place must visit. http://www.mecritic.com/places/place/4823/Calle-Ocho
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronMay 30, 2012
    Nice place good food and good decor lounge area is really cool if you dont want to eat. Inside of a hotel so u know it's fancy, had better spanish but a nice first date spot
  • Terrell
    TerrellJanuary 7, 2014
    Deal: Latin fusion entrées are roughly $15 and includes unlimited sangria. The drink special lasts until you finish your food. Bonus: It’s located right by Central Park.
  • soulatino
    soulatinoMay 22, 2012
    The Huachinango ceviche, with snapper, mango and cilantro, is light and delicate; conversely, for an appetizer, the Arepa is dense and a meal in itself. Full review link: Read more
  • Melanie M.
    Melanie MenaApril 21, 2015
    amazing brunch , they have a great selection of sangria , try the tropical !!! Can't get any better than this place !
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneFebruary 12
    Share appetizers and a pitcher of sangria $42. Ceviche micro and lobster poached then crispy calamari and side of rice and beans. Skip the grilled octopus.
  • Edward C.
    Edward ChristmasApril 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Dulce appetizer, and Vaca Frita are hands down two of the best dishes on the menu. Eat them Now!!! While tour waiting chew on some sugar cane, from one of there awesome Mojitos!
  • Lala L.
    Lala LopezSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite Upper West Side Drunch Spot. Cheap & the sangria keeps flowing throughout the duration of your meal. The food and portions aren't the greatest but cocktails make up for it.
  • Dee Phunk
    Dee PhunkDecember 6, 2010
    No other spot in Manhattan tops Sat / Sun brunch here. All you can drink w/ meal purchase. EIGHT SANGRIA OPTIONS. Starts @ noon. Last call around 3pm. Maximize your time. Oh, the food's good too. Read more
  • Kailin V.
    Kailin VillamarFebruary 28, 2015
    Had an amazing 25th bday celebration at calle ocho. Amazingly good food and great service. Plus who doesn't love 12 types of sangria?
  • Henry D.
    Henry DannerOctober 2, 2011
    Atmosphere is ultra swaggy. AYCD sangria is def live!! I recommend the Spanish Harlem. Price was pretty cheap to 35 bucks for a party of two. Can't beat that!
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BlackmonJune 23, 2013
    The mini bread basket is amazing! And the food was relatively decent/inexpensive ~$18 for an entree and an unlimited variety sangria!
  • Bonnie H.
    Bonnie HeymanJune 27, 2011
    The rolls are delicious and different than any other place. The self serve sangria bar is great, but be prepared to buy a meal if you want it. Cool atmosphere too!
  • Shannon O.
    Shannon OttoFebruary 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The best food I've ever had at a place with unlimited drinks. Go early and eat your food slowly for the most sangria for your buck
  • TheMobileBroker
    TheMobileBrokerApril 12, 2012
    Love the new location in the lobby of a luxury doorman building off CPW! Great food and sangria! Weekend brunch here is the bomb!
  • Cee Cee W.
    Cee Cee WApril 10, 2011
    The bar and lounge areas are first come first serve so grab the first available seats you see! Bottomless sangria for Brunch, choose from a variety and white and red
  • Anissa
    AnissaDecember 3, 2015
    Good bread, brunch and sangria! If you don't have a reservation, try sitting at the bar!
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WoodDecember 7, 2013
    Brunch: Latin fusion entrées are roughly $15 and include unlimited sangria. The drink special lasts until you finish your food so eat slowly!
  • Jackie T.
    Jackie ToddOctober 18, 2016
    Pollo Ranchero was delicious. 2nd time here and both have been great. The sangria does not disappoint. Worth the early reservation.
  • Renee B.
    Renee BarrettAugust 17, 2013
    Try to get a seat by yourself if you can-ridiculously noisy...but...the bread and the unlimited sangria make it worth it to sit Any damn where
  • Brigitte P.
    Brigitte PerezMarch 24, 2015
    $5 mojitos every Monday from 5:30pm-10:30pm. House bread is AMAZING! Their black bean spread for it oh god!
  • Makeda J.
    Makeda J.February 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Spot. Delish food...Awesome decor... Wonderful service.... Fun music... Sundays Unlimited Sangria...All Day!!!!!!!!!
  • Kamaria M.
    Kamaria MionDecember 5, 2016
    Latin Benedict was delicious. Portions are a little pricey for their size but more than made up for by the very large complimentary sangrias.
  • Obinna A.
    Obinna ArizorOctober 15, 2012
    Ordered the "burrito sucio" aka dirty burrito. The portion size was good but it was flavorless and tasted like a pita wrap with just eggs and beans. All of the sangrias were awesome. They were strong!
  • Shyla D.
    Shyla D.February 21, 2011
    Come early for the free sangria and don't be afraid to double fist. Last call on Sangria is around 3:30 so budget your time to sample all 8. Food is meh, come for the sangria.
  • Theresa R.
    Theresa RoldanAugust 21, 2014
    All the hype around brunch - yea, that's all true. If you can manage to squeeze onto the long wait list, it's definitely worth a trip to the upper west side
  • Yolanda Shoshana
    Yolanda ShoshanaSeptember 21, 2010
    The Spanish Harlem Sangria is so fabulous. I heart the whole sangria bar. Great brunch! Perfect for a brunch date with friends or your boo! Wonderful energy in this place.
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaJanuary 16, 2013
    Get a free glass of sangria when you check in on either yelp or foursquare!
  • Colin L.
    Colin LeeJune 26, 2016
    Come early (before noon) if you don't have reservations. Gallitos (tacos) is a good option for 2 ppl to share an entree
  • FROactiv S.
    FROactiv SolutionJanuary 8, 2011
    All you can drink sangria is included as part of your brunch. And the brunch options are slammin'. Get a side of maduros and a side of black beans! Heavenly.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BordasApril 6, 2013
    The best place I've been for a weekend brunch! Good food and all the sangria you want in many different flavors!
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuOctober 22, 2016
    Best AYCD brunch sangrias. The cheesy bread is the best I've ever ever ever had. I can eat those forever
  • Erin G.
    Erin GleasonAugust 10, 2011
    If you're up for a trek to the Upper West, this is the place to go -- unlimited sangria bar w/ your meal. Don't mind if I do!
  • Anechka M.
    Anechka MenzerskayaNovember 15, 2015
    Mmm great Latin American flavor. Love the attitude and service as well!
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BalkanFebruary 18, 2012
    The vaca frita is good (not amazing) but it's more like brisket than skirt steak. The quesadilla doesn't have much cheese and is just ok. I loved the bread and sangria (tropical and monito)
  • Elle F.
    Elle F.October 11, 2016
    Excellent Complimentary Assorted Breads with Strawberry Butter. Free Bottomless (Large Variety) Sangria During Brunch.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatMay 15, 2012
    Great Latin fusion restaurant. Try it out for an original South-American brunch, complete with yummy sangria!
  • Malcolm O.
    Malcolm OngJuly 2, 2012
    Go for brunch on the weekends for all-you-can-drink sangria. Plus they have an awesome bread basket!
  • Nancy H.
    Nancy HeOctober 10, 2014
    Cheesy bread!!!! Also all you can drink brunch. Sangria is tasty so be careful...a couple will get you drunk.
  • E M.
    E MurrayMay 8, 2014
    Highly recommend a walk in the park after your unlimited sangria.
  • st
    stDecember 21, 2013
    best bang for the buck all you can drink brunch. amazing food. vaca frita is amazing.
  • George
    GeorgeJune 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    First time at Calle Ocho? Check-in and receive a free Sangria to go along with the great food
  • soulatino
    soulatinoJuly 23, 2012
    Ambiance and amazing service are Calle Ocho’s greatest strengths. Order wisely and you may just be blown away. Read more
  • Michael F.
    Michael Fox-RabinovitzOctober 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Solid neighborhood staple Latin food, the cheesy bread is the best part, sangria great too
  • Elena B.
    Elena BaggaholicAugust 30, 2010
    Please ask my favorite bartender Luis to mix one of his poisonous solutions for you. Bet he will have you wasted before you finish your first drink! :-) tell him Elena sent you! Muah!
  • Alberto S.
    Alberto SimonFebruary 23, 2016
    Great sangria and tasty dishes. Also great flan.
  • Mayra R.
    Mayra RodriguezJuly 20, 2014
    Cute for a 1st date. Sexy but not too intimate/awkward. The "dulce" appetizer is AMAZING!
  • Kaity C.
    Kaity ChanFebruary 28, 2015
    Awesome service, server very attentive. Food is large portioned but good and so are the desserts
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauDecember 22, 2013
    Try the Gallitos - A huge platter of soft tacos with grilled beef and chipotle chicken.
  • Amy L.
    Amy LNovember 12, 2011
    Amazing sangria, one of the best and cheapest brunches in NYC, make a reservation far in advance!
  • Christine L.
    Christine LFebruary 16, 2012
    Everything is soooo good and they employee took great care to make sure that my kids were happy!
  • Jeff T.
    Jeff TaiFebruary 2, 2014
    They're awesome and offer complimentary lunch sangria. Don't abuse it and ruin the offering for everyone else
  • Soul Society 101
    Soul Society 101May 20, 2012
    This breeeead. Lawdamercy. These drinks are epic. My new favorite spot (and the food didn't even come yet!)
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauDecember 22, 2013
    Try the Bread - These rolls are incredible. The black bean spread is great.
  • John G.
    John GrahamAugust 22, 2015
    The appetizer bread is to die for. Delicious, big-portion sangria too
  • Y L.
    Y LiDecember 11, 2016
    Love it!!! Salsa music and Sangria + good appertizers! People are very friendly
  • Omar Q.
    Omar QariFebruary 17, 2012
    When you get the fresh hot bread, ask for the complimentary black bean dip along with it
  • David C.
    David ChungMarch 1, 2012
    All about them tapioca balls. I got the shank which you can never go wrong with. But I've had better.
  • Natalia Q.
    Natalia QuinteroJune 14, 2012
    Great spot for drinks (especially sangria). Try their corn arepa its great!
  • Howcast
    HowcastJuly 28, 2011
    Sangria is sweet & refreshing--a perfect complement to your latin cuisine. Why not try making your own batch at your next fiesta! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzJqoqveSdo Read more
  • Lisa S.
    Lisa SosaAugust 19, 2012
    If you love mangoes, you will enjoy the tropical sangria. It was my fave.
  • Katie D.
    Katie DiehlJanuary 28, 2015
    Can't beat bottomless sangria!! Great for groups and special occasions!
  • Jason H.
    Jason H.March 26, 2016
    For dinner - in my opinion overpriced. The paella was good and the appetizer was ok....but I wouldn't race back to have dinner there. I guess the brunch is the way to try this place.
  • Nami K.
    Nami KimJune 21, 2011
    Hands down the best weekend brunch with excellent Cuban cuisine and unlimited, complimentary sangrias!! Read more
  • Pamo
    PamoDecember 30, 2012
    Galletas is sth u can consider for a main for two (not hungry)... Simply delicious
  • Claire J S.
    Claire J SongJuly 17, 2015
    with entrées like arepa con salmon ($22) or maiz y camarones ($23)
  • Zhann J.
    Zhann JochinkeNovember 30, 2013
    The Passion Fruit sorbet is amazing... Intense flavor and a great palate cleanser.
  • Emily D.
    Emily DoongJuly 17, 2014
    Come for the sangrias and the ceviches! I'd skip the entrees and just order appys
  • Nicole Y.
    Nicole YaleNovember 9, 2013
    Complimentary sangria is served throughout your brunch, but they kindly ask you don't sit for an excessive amount of time, which is apparently somewhere around 3hrs.
  • Uchenna A.
    Uchenna AbramsOctober 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The best weekend brunch in NYC! Unlimited Sangria-8 different kinds. Fun & elegent.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauDecember 22, 2013
    Try the Domino - Dark chocolate cake and dulce de leche ice cream
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchneiderAugust 31, 2014
    Go for brunch and try any of the red sangrias - avoid the whites (esp the Tropical).
  • Conrad G.
    The atmosphere was even better than the chicken, especially by the bar.
  • Sean G.
    Sean GallagherOctober 26, 2011
    Amazing sangria and delicious food! Go with a group! Amazing experience.
  • Cheapism
    CheapismMarch 1, 2011
    Tango in & try NYC's best cheap sangria. Enjoy the music, service & a matchless weekend brunch deal: Entrée & endless sangria for $15. Read more
  • Brandi W.
    Brandi WashingtonJuly 8, 2012
    You must get the Pollo Ranchero for brunch!!! It is Sooooo good!
  • Janey P.
    Janey PAugust 15, 2010
    chimichurri fries that come with the frita cubana are amazing! 8 types of freeflowing sangria, what else can you ask for?
  • Ari G.
    Ari GoldsteinMay 15, 2012
    Try everything! There is not a bad item on the menu. Always amazing!!!
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole ChecoSeptember 5, 2015
    Their food is so yummy. I loved it! And whos not happy when you have unlimited sangrias brunch?💜
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