Rayuela

Rayuela

(Now Closed)
Latin American Restaurant, Spanish Restaurant, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
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  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMarch 31, 2014
    This could definitely be our new favorite boozy brunch spot. Order the Arepa - easily one of the best brunch dishes we've had in a while. The $15 unlimited sangria can't be beat, get the passionfruit!
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkJune 27, 2013
    This cozy, freestyle Latino eatery aims to put a new twist on traditional dishes such as tapas and ceviche. The olive tree in the center — which extends to the second floor — adds an organic ambience.
  • Veronika S.heart icon on user image
    Veronika SonsevNovember 10, 2013
    This place is amazing. Our favorites were the crab guacamole, octopus with potatoes and rabbit appitizer. 4 appitizers and a ceviche made a very nice meal for us, giving us an opportunity to sample.
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SMarch 1, 2013
    I have been here so many times and am never disappointed. Had a group dinner here (yet again) and the service was terrific (as usual) - food & wine...fantastic (as usual). Love this place!
  • Anna K.heart icon on user image
    Anna KhanJune 14, 2014
    Delicious tapas style restaurant with wonderful ambiance. Ask to be seated upstairs! Order the meatballs, kale salad and short rib sliders. Ask for hot sauce on the side. 🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • Vinti B.
    Vinti BhatnagarFebruary 2, 2013
    The Eggs Benedict is great, but if you're torn between savory/sweet the Ecuadorean Humita is it! The sweetness of the corn tamal paired with the flavorful kale and soft scramble w salmon is lovely.
  • Scott F.heart icon on user image
    Scott FriedbergMarch 10, 2013
    Had a mojito cubano to drink, ostras santiago for appetizer, vieras con calabaza ciitrica for entree, and chocolate cortazar for dessert. Despite the small portions everything was delicious.
  • Tavonna M.heart icon on user image
    Tavonna MillerDecember 23, 2013
    Took some friends here last week to celebrate and we had an AMAZING experience! It was sooo beautiful, the food, service, drinks, ambience was EVERYTHING I imagined!!
  • Claire S.
    Claire SextonDecember 1, 2012
    Had a great brunch here with a large group. $11 all you can drink speciality sangria, but they didn't treat us or anyone else like cattle like some all-you-can drink brunch places. Food was very good
  • Elyse E.
    Elyse EstradaOctober 21, 2012
    Trio of ceviches never disappoints. Fish is prob the way to go because my medium rare skirt steak was well done. But the rye cocktail is legit and all alcoholic beverages are phenom.
  • soulatino
    soulatinoJuly 23, 2012
    Living up to its playful name meaning hopscotch, Rayuela creates a vibrant and inviting mix of sabores from over a dozen Latin American countries to form a revolutionary style of cuisine. Read more
  • ** soulsinger**
    ** soulsinger**April 30, 2011
    Coming up roses drink is awsome rose water... .rose petals???? unbelievable. Try their shrimp guacamole, the beet rissotto is wonderful. Paella delish.....i can go on and on. I will def go back for m
  • Gabrielle T.
    Gabrielle TabakDecember 29, 2011
    Everything on the menu is amazing, from the amazing cocktails down to the avocado cream dessert....very romantic/whimsical atmosphere, make a reservation in advance!
  • soulatino
    soulatinoMay 22, 2012
    As a starter try the Langosta Revolución, an addictively succulent ceviche with chunky pieces of lobster and shrimp infused in fresh coconut water, lemongrass, and ginger. full review link: Read more
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineApril 20, 2011
    This pan-Latin spot serves traditional sangrias and mojitos as well as estilo libre ("freestyle") cocktails. These combine unexpected ingredients like ginger, jicama, pineapple and mezcal.
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CerdaApril 9, 2012
    If you enjoy some brunch-time savory/sweet juxtapositions, order the arepa con huevo: pancake-style sweet corn, eggs sunny-side up, light chorizo, covered in deliciously melted manchego cheese
  • Rosario F.
    Rosario F.April 29, 2012
    fantastic food, the squid ink tamales, the avocado cream dessert and the mate icecream all delicious. The caipirinhas are pretty good too.
  • The Spark Group
    The Spark GroupMarch 27, 2012
    Gorgeous bar, superb atmosphere, funky cocktails, and creative (& extremely delicious food) put this place at the TOP of our list!
  • !:gem:!
    !:gem:!April 6, 2013
    A restaurant phenom. Sure to please my tastebuds every time. So what will it be tonight? White wine butter poached lobster or ribeye with chimichurri? Ahhhhhh
  • Erin L.heart icon on user image
    Erin LaneFebruary 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Paella de Concha = delicious. The Paella de Coco (not currently on the menu) is also amazing. Love this place, have yet to have a bad dish here!
  • Elie K.
    Elie KardousDecember 9, 2013
    The gnocchi and the grandma's rabbit were good! Great menu and service overall. the manager Joe is awesome!
  • Cisco S.
    Cisco SanchezDecember 5, 2012
    Some of the best drinks around! Try the Rye and the Aguaardiente cocktails. Legend...wait for it, dary!
  • Katherine F.heart icon on user image
    Katherine FJune 2, 2014
    Verde and Rodizio paellas are excellent!
  • Oscar D.
    Oscar DominguezMarch 9, 2013
    I recommend everything and starting with the lobster shrimp quac and spice margarita!! Place rocks!!
  • thm
    thmAugust 18, 2014
    The space is large and very beautiful. They need to work on their music selection and some snappy attitudes by one particular male waiter this past Saturday. No bueno.
  • ** soulsinger**
    ** soulsinger**May 7, 2011
    The chilean bass ceviche with sweet potatoes is delish....i ordered the tuna ceviche as well and the lobster excellent!!!
  • Gabby D.
    Gabby DMarch 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Everything is Coming Up Roses is Everything!
  • Cesar A.heart icon on user image
    Cesar AnJanuary 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great happy hour !!!! Come see me at the bar Mondays n Tuesdays!!!
  • Food Republic
    Food RepublicJune 4, 2012
    Spring for the paella, you've never seen so much beautiful seafood on perfectly al dente rice
  • Stef S.
    Stef SoksJuly 24, 2012
    Amazing food, great staff. And awesome ambiance.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HilaryJuly 21, 2013
    wonderful ceviche spot. great for a summer dinner.
  • Nik N.
    Nik NadolskiOctober 5, 2013
    Decent food. Great atmosphere. Unlimited sangria. Definitely brunch-speed service.
  • Maya J.heart icon on user image
    Maya Jimenez 😬March 24, 2014
    The food is delicious here! Make sure you're not stuck with a bad waiter, though.
  • Ginger S.heart icon on user image
    Ginger StanleyMarch 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Must have apps: Guacamole, Salmon Rellano, Chicken & Chorizo
  • Aparna M.
    Aparna MOctober 22, 2013
    Try the Yuca Gnocchi - With English peas, bacon + cream.
  • Amy L.
    Amy LukesApril 18, 2014
    CAREFUL WITH ALLERGIES!Each person in my party ordered their dish without an ingredient (due to allergies, taste preference, etc) and each order came out with the ingredient we asked to have left out
  • Rob M.
    Rob MAugust 4, 2013
    Nice place, music , ambiance , got it going on. Don't go early, they are not really open until noon ( we were here for 30 min before drinks) service could be much better.
  • Nicolette R.heart icon on user image
    Nicolette RomeroJanuary 4, 2015
    Sexy spot for a drink. Love the decor here.
  • Agent Q
    Agent QJune 24, 2010
    Small menu...and EVERYTHING on it is incredible. When I first found Rayuela, I was there 6 times in three months.
  • Analee K.
    Analee KasudiaMarch 27, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Drink: Torrontes. Appetizer: Ceviche. Main course: Pato con Arepa, or Carne a la Parrilla. Dessert: Chocolate Cortazar.Congratulations. You've entered heaven.
  • Elena V.
    Elena V.February 26, 2011
    Love the Rosasa sangria; peach/strawberry/mango in huckleberry vodka + cava rose!
  • Natalie R.heart icon on user image
    Natalie RJune 2, 2014
    Highly recommend the rodizio paella
  • Gary
    GaryApril 30, 2012
    For the paella pulpa, ask for extra crispy and less salt and mayo
  • Mucho v.
    Mucho von der GoltzApril 28, 2011
    Great ceviche. Red snapper with soy sauce is just great at all times.
  • Dom G.
    Dom GoodrumApril 22, 2012
    Lobster ceviche. Baked oysters. Monkfish. Wow.
  • Marshall H.
    Marshall HNovember 28, 2010
    The rye cocktail has an awesomely sweet bite, and it's a must-have.
  • Ginger S.heart icon on user image
    Ginger StanleyMarch 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Must have drinks: Sangria & Coming Up Roses!
  • Nigel C.
    Nigel ChiwayaDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The drinks here are amazing. Try the sherry.
  • Nicole Y.
    Nicole YaleNovember 9, 2013
    $15 for bottomless sangria and punch.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BenderJanuary 19, 2014
    bottomless sangria in three flavors tho...
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