Calle Dao

Calle Dao

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.calledao.com/
  • Phone: 2122219002x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday 11 a.m.. - midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Cuban, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Humberto Guallpa
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
  • Public Transit: Close to all Penn Station and Times Square subways and buses.
  • Parking: No
A word from Calle Dao
Calle Dão (Knife Street) is a Cuban-Chinese fusion restaurant designed to pay homage to Havana’s once-thriving El Barrio Chino. Formerly the largest Chinatown in Latin America, El Barrio Chino is now confined to one narrow street, Calle Cuchillo – Knife Street - from which Calle Dão takes its name.

The cuisine, cocktails and décor of Calle Dão strive to transport our guests back to El Barrio Chino when it was at the height of its existence.

Step into a bygone era and enjoy a modern dining experience at Calle Dão.
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Calle Dao reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (8)fit for foodies (7)great for lunch (4)hot spot (4)romantic (4)good for groups (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (2)special occasion (2)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Food and service fantastic
    nanruz
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Food was unique and tasty with beautiful plating. Drinks were deelish. Service was attentive, friendly, and gave us space. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Appetizers were excellent, but main course was either too spicy on the paella dish and blend on the skirt steak dish. Drinks where different and delicious .....dessert was good
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Virtual Vacation!
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This is the most adorable place. The decor is so well done and welcoming - its just cool! Open windows to the street gives it a real Cuban feel. The Cuban/Chinese food is really very good...I know it sounds odd, but the flavors are fresh and the wonderful. The tiger salad is one of my favorites as is the Tres Leche dessert - its the best Ive ever had! The staff are welcoming and fun. This is just a wonderful place...feels like you stepped into a vacation for a few hours! What could be better?!?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre Food
    tc436VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The restaurant's concept is very interesting and while the decor and ambiance was very lively, overall the food just didn't cut it. Some dishes were better than other, but some dishes were inedible. We ordered the peking chicken which was one of the driest chickens that I have ever had at a restaurant. The sauce that also went with it was horrible. This was where fusion went wrong, it was the wrong mix of tangy, sweet and sour. The sauce was so awful we could not finish the rice! The paella was also made with noodles instead of rice, which is a very interesting concept but unfortunately, the mussels, shrimp and clams were much too overcooked, which resulted in a tasteless and dry compliment.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Jos23
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Received an email about this restaurant a few weeks ago, the menu looked interesting so I decided to try it out, and I'm glad I did. Our waiter was attentive and very pleased to say the least. Can't wait to try other dishes on the menu! Best tostones I've had!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great NYC Addition
    nomnomkat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The online menu peaked our interest. We were most definitely not disappointed. The atmosphere was subtle, and not over-whelming. The music was thematically appropriate, no Mile Cyrus, or light FM. The food, although not fitting into the American portion of super-size was plentiful in taste and portion. The pig ear appetizer was explosive on the palette, along with the lechon asado. As for dessert, I have bee disappointed in the past by restaurants with great food, but failed flan. I was hesitant at first to order Calle Dao's flan in fear of judging my entire experience on it. But I took a leap and went for it. My partner went for tres leche. We were NOT DISAPPOINTED. Their glorious sweetness wrapped around our tongues in the heavenly way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Growing pains but food is worth it!
    DiRe
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Let me start by saying the food was delicious. Calle Dao delivered on the Cuba meets Chinatown fusion concept. I ordered the paella which was a fideos version which was wonderfully flavorful and spicy with tenderly cooked seafood and Chinese sausage which was a genius addition. My colleague ordered the goat neck which was also impressive: falling off the bone, unctuous, well seasoned, but none of the funk that goat can get. The other guests had the peking style hen which I didn't try but it looked like perfectly crispy skinned fowl. The service was desperately lacking. We were seated nearly an hour before we received our food. Drinks took forever, if the correct drink was ever brought out. It was clear the restaurant has growing pains.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
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