Yerba Buena

Yerba Buena

Latin American Restaurant and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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  • Olessya K.
    "Black cod or short ribs are the way to go!"(9 Tips)
    Kate Y.
    "Try the hamachi ceviche and fish tacos for dinner."(4 Tips)
    Shawn S.
    "... and they have an all you can drink deal too."(7 Tips)
    ThisGirlCanEat
    "order the guac. Paella and arepas"(9 Tips)
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  • Daniel C.
    Daniel ChvatikMarch 3
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is excellent and it's tough to go wrong, everything is delicious! But the true star of the show are the mixology cocktails. The service is very friendly. One of our favorite places!
  • Giovanni D.
    Giovanni D'PalmaJanuary 17, 2015
    Mind blown! The suckling pig is divine. I tried the Cubanano sandwich for brunch and started with the ceviche. Both were so delicious, my girlfriend had the arepas, also delicious. Great brunch spot!
  • Lauren R.
    Lauren RouzaJune 10, 2013
    After three brunch visits, I have yet to have a bad experience. Staff is more than welcoming and food is just as good. For brunch get the Pan Dulce (amazing take on french toast) or the Fish Tacos.
  • Julia J.
    Julia JewellApril 20, 2015
    Went here for brunch and absolutely everything was amazing. The whole staff goes above and beyond. The food and drinks are very fresh. Definitely a must go place.
  • Jorge O.
    Jorge OrtizFebruary 16, 2012
    Come for dinner with a close friend. Get some cocktails, the hamachi ceviche, the heart of palm fries, and the black cod. Split everything. Wrap up with the tres leches cake for dessert. Leave content
  • Dení G.
    Dení GloriaDecember 29, 2012
    The food is AMAZING! Get ceviche, arepas and the calamari. The lobster is great too. But the best thing about this restaurant is the service, everyone is great. Thank you for a great experience Gio!
  • Walt W.
    Walt WalkerJanuary 20, 2015
    One of my favorite brunches in the city. Great latin fusion food (I inhaled the cubano), and a $15 unlimited sangria/mimosa special. Nice folks there. Can't wait to return for dinner.
  • Paras S.
    Paras ShahJune 23, 2012
    Everyone talks about the great service here, and now I know why. The staff is amazing. The poquito picante and whiskey smash are dope. The jicama salad, empanadas, and suckling pig were delicious.
  • Mary C.
    Mary ChuOctober 25, 2015
    Very friendly staff - small, but quaint place with amazing food. The arroz con pollo (chicken & rice) was delicious. Also loved their cocktail menu!
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BenettiFebruary 7, 2015
    Everything here is so good, my wife and I love this spot. One of the few places I feel safe ordering blindly off the menu. No dish has disappointed so far after multiple visits.
  • Laura V.
    Laura VitaroNovember 6, 2013
    Actually the best service I've ever had, and some of the best food. Short rib arepas. Arroz con pollo. Churros with chocolate & dulce de leche. All perfect flavors and textures.
  • Janey P.
    Janey PDecember 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my all time favorite restaurants in ny! Get the guacamole, ceviche mixto, Costello, lechon and tacos. Make sure to reserve an order of the churros. You won't be disappointed!
  • Ron C.
    Ron CabreraNovember 21, 2014
    Holy mother...went here and had the huevos rancheros, I gotta tell ya they were delicious, also try the water melon sangria yummy! Look for David he's the cooooooolest.
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa St. FleurNovember 6, 2011
    Came during brunch and our server Claudia from Barcelona is great. Super sweet and attentive she came to my rescue when I was deciding between dishes. ASK FOR CLAUDIA and get the gauc!
  • ThisGirlCanEat
    ThisGirlCanEatApril 29, 2011
    Love this place! Definitely order the guac. Paella and arepas are fantastic and the papa rellena with truffle jalapeno sauce- a flavor explosion that I will undoubtedly be dreaming about for a while!
  • Brian S.
    Brian SantMay 11, 2012
    Order two of everything here. Especially the fish tacos and the oxtail. And have at least three cocktails of your choice. Amazing food here and the service is top notch.
  • Rafi R.
    Rafi RomeroNovember 3
    for cocktails, go straight for the Azteca (like a margarita, but boozy, so perfect). skip all the rest. if they have the salmon flower special, i highly recommend it.
  • Mel
    MelMay 23, 2011
    Great service with Katie the waitress. Loved the machueca (sp?), the Brazilian paella - recommend ordering this to share bet. 2 ppl and getting a few apps unless 1 of u is a big eater
  • Aditi
    AditiNovember 4
    The truffle ceviche is unexpected and delicious. Also try empanadas and meat platter (they say for 2 but it's for at least 4). Great cocktails as well!
  • Bullfrog & Baum
    Bullfrog & BaumJanuary 24, 2011
    Yerba Buena takes your palette for a ride with the ingredients used in Chef Medina's dishes. Start with Guacamole or a ceviche, and then try the Suckling Pig or Arroz con Pollo to really satisfy your
  • Armando
    ArmandoSeptember 25, 2012
    Lower East Side and West Village – $12 added to your meal for all you can drink sangria, mimosas, bloody mary and margarita (meal varies from $8-$14)
  • Gabriella R.
    Gabriella RossiMarch 31, 2015
    The juevos rancheros was simply amazing. The unlimited drinks is great- the service is a bit slow but they make them so slow that it's probably a good thing.
  • Eric L.
    Eric LJuly 14, 2013
    This was one of my first bars/restaurants when I moved to the city. Still such a great spot - enjoy the cocktails. Best pisco sours in the city.
  • Hannah Y.
    Hannah YangJune 21, 2010
    tacos de pescado: SO delicious, once you pop, you can't stop.. (no really, we had to order more!) the black cod and lechon are also super flavorful, YUM. this location is 1000x better than perry st.!
  • Nikki S.
    Nikki StadniukApril 4, 2013
    The service was excellent, everyone was so friendly. I will for sure be back. I suggest trying the Empanadas, and Short Ribs- beyond tasty
  • Mike N.
    Mike NietoMay 19, 2012
    The short rib and cod are two of the best dishes. Also try their ceviche to start. Nicest staff of anywhere I've been in the East Village
  • Jenna O.
    Jenna OdettSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    book your reservation using savored.com to save 30% off your bill, order 1 (or a few) poquito picante cocktails, don't miss suckling pig, service is phenom
  • Daniela S.
    Daniela SalazarDecember 22, 2013
    Love the service! Try the desert rose drink...perfect blend of tart and smoothness...I love the rose pedal detail in the drink!!
  • Eric W.
    Eric WagnerMay 24, 2011
    This is the kind of place where it's hard to go wrong. Everything I've ordered so far has been phenomenal. But if you want one rec, get those fish tacos. Read more
  • Beka O.
    Beka OuyangFebruary 23, 2012
    Everything here is delicious! I've tried the short rib, paella and the lechon and still can't pick my favorite! Service is also excellent :)
  • Helmy L.
    Helmy LavezzariSeptember 8, 2013
    Best appetizaers ever to pair with Casa Dragones Tequila. Tuna Tartar, Tacos, toasted empanadas and the best entree the pork...Amaazing
  • Peter V.
    Peter VermeulenSeptember 21, 2014
    The owner is extremely friendly and so is the staff. I truly enjoyed the food too : arroz con polo , seviche , the cheese croquettes , ...
  • Vivian L.
    Vivian LiAugust 19, 2013
    Slightly prefer the other location. There are many slight differences between the menus, but this location is Amex only & no watermelon fries available at brunch (the best part).
  • Erica H.
    Erica HawthorneSeptember 21, 2013
    The french toast is amazing. The unlimited drinks for an hour are EVERYTHING. It's cute and I loved it!
  • Claire J S.
    Claire J SongJuly 17, 2015
    Tack on an additional $14 ($17 for the West Village locale) for an hour of unlimited cocktails, margaritas, mimosas or sangria.
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroSeptember 27, 2014
    They keep the drinks coming during boozy brunch. Try the chicken tinga arepas - a smaller portion, but very good!
  • Marina T.
    Marina TsipenyukOctober 25, 2011
    Service here is amazing. The calamari and potato croquettes are delicious. There is also this amazing dessert there called the panqueque.
  • JR N.
    JR NewJanuary 4, 2015
    Avocado, watermelon and heart of palm fries are pretty interesting. Also can't go wrong with miso black cod.
  • Denise C.
    Denise CarlonJune 9, 2012
    This is the greatest restaurant. They make all the patrons feel like VIPs, and the food and cocktails are delicious.
  • __TR3V
    __TR3VMarch 19, 2013
    Arroz con Pollo. The chicken was incredibly tasty and succulent. Can't comment on the rice. Didnt taste it.
  • Amr E.
    Amr El-BasharyFebruary 14, 2015
    The Croquetes de Queijo and Toro Taquitos are amazing. Great service and atmosphere. Highly recommended.
  • dori g.
    dori goldmanOctober 19, 2013
    amazing service and mouthwatering food. get the tuna tartar to start. you won't regret it.
  • Amanda
    AmandaNovember 24, 2013
    Really good drinks. Poquito picante is spicy and tangy! They're skimpy on the $10 guac though...
  • Will A.
    Will ArnoneAugust 13, 2013
    Anything with fish here is terrific - tilapia, sea bass, you name it. Viva South America!
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceSeptember 14
    Very good brunch. Much nicer inside than I imagined when looking from the outside. Very nice.
  • Jamie W.
    Jamie WFebruary 19
    Calamari, empanadas, arepas, all UNBELIEVEABLE. Probably one of the best meals I've ever had!
  • Grace G.
    Grace GAugust 9, 2010
    I recommend getting the Costilla (braised short ribs). Will definitely be going back for the Lechon. Really friendly from the waitstaff to the manager.
  • Krista S.
    Krista SaundersApril 13, 2014
    Service is bar none! Churros are excellent as is any ceviche on offer and the short ribs.
  • Natalie K.
    Natalie KJune 21, 2011
    definitely try the poquito picante - best drink ever. also try paella & the ceviche special of the day!
  • Kara G.
    Kara Gallagher CromackAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is amazing! Giovanni will take care of you! For brunch, try the french toast or ceviche.
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