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Guayoyo Restaurant
Guayoyo Restaurant

Guayoyo Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://guayoyorestaurant-ny.com
  • Email: guayoyony@gmail.com
  • Phone: (212) 979-6646
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: South American, Latin American
  • Executive Chef: Carmen Isturiz/Masanobu Ishikura/Gustavo Roldan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering and parties available to all occasions.
  • Private Party Contact: Cristina Infante (212) 979-6646
  • Entertainment: Occasionally Latin musicians.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 4th Street
  • Public Transit: Take F to Second Ave or 6 to Astor Place. Take Bus M15.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Guayoyo Restaurant
Guayoyo, located on the corner of First Avenue and 4th Street, is a Venezuelan bistro owned by chefs Carmen Isturiz and Masanobu Ishikura. Although Guayoyo bases its roots in Venezuela, it is also influenced by different cultures and offers an inspired menu that reflects the diversity of the lower east side and Carmen and Ishi's home cooking. Guayoyo offers traditional Venezuelan specialties such as Pabellon Criollo and Arepas, alongside Duck Confit Rolls, Black Bean Mojo Burgers, and anything in between.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Small cute East Village establishment. Very clean, went for brunch on the weekend. We had Huevos Benedict and Cachacas (corn arepas w cheese, all good. But it's very low frills dining and I'm a little surprised how we were nickle and dimed. I ordered a cup of coffee with milk (which came in a tiny pitcher on the side) and then a refill. They charged $3.50 for the coffee milk and $2.50 for the refill. It's unusual to get charged for a second cup of coffee at brunch in New York but why was the first cup more? Because I ordered milk. I couldn't believe they charged $1 for the milk, then more for the refill! It's a small place and they probably have high overhead. But I thought this was pretty cheap of them."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "My wife and I went to this place because it looked unique, fun, and a good value. It was all of those things. It is not high end, but the food was great and we will certainly be returning. Take the other reviewers' suggestions to try the arepas. On a value scale from 1 to 10, I would give this an 8."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "2nd time dining here and again, everything was wonderful. Food is delicious and prices are reasonable! Great place!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "The food was great and the restaurant itself is very cute. It was really dark in there, really loud and the place is small. We went on a Friday night and the place was packed. I had to practically shout to hold a conversation with my friends. There was only one waiter and the poor guy was running around taking care of everything himself....even the busboy was scarce. This made service really slow and he made a couple mistakes with our order. The drink list was pretty limited also. Overall the experience was good, I loved my food. It was delicious and proportions were very generous. I would definitely go back to eat."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Everything was delicious --- we enjoyed guac served with plantains and taro chips, delicious arepas, sweet & spicy micheladas, and yucca fries that have been in my dreams ever since. We'll be back for sure!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Food was great. Highly recommend the arepas. Servers were friendly but super slow. I didnt appreciate an included gratuity for a party of four, particularly in light of the painfully slow service. That said I would go back because the food really was good - I would just be more proactive about hailing the waitress."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "While this place is good for accommodating large groups at the last minute, the food is just so so. Arepas are mostly bland and we had to douse it in spicy sauces to bring out some flavor. I would not recommend it to a friend."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We have been here for brunch 2x now. The food is delicious and there has never been a wait on the weekends. This has definitely become one of our favorite neighborhood spots."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "We walked in on time, and with a reservation, and waited 10 minutes for a staff member to acknowledge we were even there. It took another 20 minutes for us to be seated. It was New Year's eve, and crazy, and they may have been short-staffed, but at the very least, our presence being acknowledged would've been nice. The kitchen was quick to turn out the DELICIOUS food, but the front of house is extremely disorganized, and screwed up the check (twice). You can order online, and that's what I would suggest for this place. If you're a stickler for perfect service this isn't the place for you, but if you're a foodie willing to wait for amazing Arepas, have at it. I would go again."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Authentic Venezuelan food. A rarity in NYC.. Very good."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "This is the best Venezuelan food in NYC, as well as something for anyone's discerning palate. If you don't know what Venezuelan food is, please check it out. Delicious. The people are wonderful, the service friendly, attentive. So happy they are in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "This place is a Venezuelan oasis in the East Village. The food is spot on and the ambience is perfect for a casual date or group dinners. It's tough to find tequeños and cachapas as is but I would be hard pressed to find anyone that can make them better than guayoyo. Although they don't serve liquor they it up with a slew of delicious beer and wine based concoctions."
    Dined on 11/14/2013