(Now Closed)
Latin American Restaurant, Spanish Restaurant, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
  • The experts at Food & Wine and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
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  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroJanuary 4, 2015
    Sexy spot for a drink. Love the decor here.
  • 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.
  • Anna K.
    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. 🔥🔥🔥🔥
  • Katherine F.
    Katherine FJune 2, 2014
    Verde and Rodizio paellas are excellent!
  • Natalie R.
    Natalie RJune 2, 2014
    Highly recommend the rodizio paella
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Maya J.
    Maya Jimenez 😬March 24, 2014
    The food is delicious here! Make sure you're not stuck with a bad waiter, though.
  • Ginger S.
    Ginger StanleyMarch 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Must have drinks: Sangria & Coming Up Roses!
  • Ginger S.
    Ginger StanleyMarch 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Must have apps: Guacamole, Salmon Rellano, Chicken & Chorizo
  • Gabby D.
    Gabby DMarch 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Everything is Coming Up Roses is Everything!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BenderJanuary 19, 2014
    bottomless sangria in three flavors tho...
  • Cesar A.
    Cesar AnJanuary 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great happy hour !!!! Come see me at the bar Mondays n Tuesdays!!!
  • Tavonna M.
    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!!
  • 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!
  • Veronika S.
    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.
  • Nicole Y.
    Nicole YaleNovember 9, 2013
    $15 for bottomless sangria and punch.
  • Afiya H.
    Afiya HostenNovember 8, 2013
    I wouldn't come back here. The food was good nothing to write home about and the sangria SUCKED. No alcohol. At all.
  • Ria
    RiaNovember 3, 2013
    Passion fruit sangria!!!
  • Aparna M.
    Aparna MOctober 22, 2013
    Try the Yuca Gnocchi - With English peas, bacon + cream.
  • Nik N.
    Nik NadolskiOctober 5, 2013
    Decent food. Great atmosphere. Unlimited sangria. Definitely brunch-speed service.
  • 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.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HilaryJuly 21, 2013
    wonderful ceviche spot. great for a summer dinner.
  • 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.
  • !: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
  • Scott F.
    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.
  • Oscar D.
    Oscar DominguezMarch 9, 2013
    I recommend everything and starting with the lobster shrimp quac and spice margarita!! Place rocks!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BarryJanuary 19, 2013
    Coffee and soda refills aren't free - and they won't tell you that.
  • Cisco S.
    Cisco SanchezDecember 5, 2012
    Some of the best drinks around! Try the Rye and the Aguaardiente cocktails. Legend...wait for it, dary!
  • 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.
  • Bhaskar M.
    Bhaskar MurthyAugust 28, 2012
    Great place for brunch.
  • Stef S.
    Stef SoksJuly 24, 2012
    Amazing food, great staff. And awesome ambiance.
  • 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
  • Valentina M.
    Valentina MonteJuly 23, 2012
    shrimp ceviche changed my life.
  • Food Republic
    Food RepublicJune 4, 2012
    Spring for the paella, you've never seen so much beautiful seafood on perfectly al dente rice
  • 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
  • Gary
    GaryApril 30, 2012
    For the paella pulpa, ask for extra crispy and less salt and mayo
  • 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.
  • Dom G.
    Dom GoodrumApril 22, 2012
    Lobster ceviche. Baked oysters. Monkfish. Wow.
  • Andrew C.
    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
  • 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!
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WilliamsMarch 17, 2012
    $11 bottomless mimosas FTW
  • Susan L.
    Susan LohMarch 17, 2012
    Benedict for the win
  • Yvette D.
    Yvette DiazJanuary 20, 2012
    Tasty Sage Vodka Mojito
  • M. Silver Associates
    M. Silver AssociatesJanuary 11, 2012
    Best cocktails!
  • 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!
  • Nigel C.
    Nigel ChiwayaDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The drinks here are amazing. Try the sherry.
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchneiderNovember 19, 2011
    The brunch service is terrible
  • Marya T.
    Marya TriandafellosJuly 21, 2011
    Don't come here hungry
  • Jessica N.
    Jessica NealJuly 16, 2011
    Been here a few times last year and loved it...tonight, not so much. The hostess was condesending, waiting 45 min btwn apps and entrees and everything was bland AND salty. Never again.
  • Jessica N.
    Jessica NealJuly 16, 2011
    @Edward.. Dude that girl has been hoeing it up for the past 3 hours. Think she might working the streets.
  • Yesbelt F.
    Yesbelt FernandezJune 28, 2011
    The white sangria is very refreshing and yummy! Read more
  • Rino Z.
    Rino ZeccaMay 28, 2011
    Get the paella verde and make sure you're hungry.
  • ** 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!!!
  • ** soulsinger**
    ** soulsinger**May 7, 2011
    Love this place!!!!!
  • ** 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
  • Mucho v.
    Mucho von der GoltzApril 28, 2011
    Great ceviche. Red snapper with soy sauce is just great at all times.
  • 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.
  • Elena V.
    Elena V.February 26, 2011
    Love the Rosasa sangria; peach/strawberry/mango in huckleberry vodka + cava rose!
  • Erin G.
    Erin GleasonFebruary 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!
  • Marshall H.
    Marshall HNovember 28, 2010
    The rye cocktail has an awesomely sweet bite, and it's a must-have.
  • Kym P.
    Kym P.November 17, 2010
    get the guava sorbet. it's the simple things, done well.
  • Dan H.
    Dan HanleyNovember 14, 2010
    Pisco sour is nice, but sweet. Not for everyone.
  • Libbytime
    LibbytimeNovember 6, 2010
    get the pisco sour...so Peruvian! :)
  • Giampietro M.
    Giampietro MarfisiSeptember 27, 2010
    I've been there last year. It was good, but not that good. I had some fusion rice. A bit expensive, well not that expensive for Manhattan...
  • Anne L.
    Anne LacSeptember 26, 2010
    Pros: Ceviche is fresh and delicious, lump crabmeat & shrimp guacamole amazing, but service was poor. Waited 25 min b/w apps & entrees. Be sure to tell manager if your service is bad.
  • Edward
    EdwardJuly 22, 2010
    Soooooooo much food! I had to take half of it home!
  • laura s.
    laura schwartzJuly 7, 2010
    Go for the pina agave but make sure to ask for it not too sweet. Best summer drink.
  • 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.
  • Jeremy G.
    Jeremy GoldsteinMay 17, 2010
    Amazing caipirinhas!
  • Jeannette J.
    Jeannette JakusApril 18, 2010
    Love coming up roses and the complex flavor of the pear vodka cocktail
  • Amy M.
    Amy MarksMarch 19, 2010
    Growing up roses cocktail is so lovely with rose petals flowing in it! I feel like I'm being pampered here!
  • Kaz N.
    Kaz NakamuraMarch 17, 2010
    What's good? Absolutely everything!
  • jared z.
    jared zlotnickOctober 31, 2009
    sit upstairs - great spot Read more
  • 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.
  • Bianny P.
    Bianny PouerietJune 1, 2012
    Try the Brochetas De Ternera Pimientos Y Cebolla Morada - #wow
  • Carolina P.
    Carolina PulecioDecember 26, 2011
    Empanadas.... Cocas :) patatas bravas.... Tacos WOW
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