Poco
Poco

Poco

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.poconyc.com/
  • Phone: 2122284461x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 12:00am,
    Thursday - Friday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
    Saturday: 6:30pm - 2:00am
    Sunday: 6:30pm - 12:00am
    Brunch: Friday 11:30am- 4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Abe Lopez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: We offer a full catering menu that is available on our website at www.poconyc.com. Please call with any questions or inquires.
  • Entertainment: Music changes as the night changes. Relaxing jazz and low keyed tunes at Brunch and before 9 pm at night. Although no dancing is permitted, the upbeat rhythms will keep you moving in your seat as the night goes on.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd Street
  • Public Transit: Poco is 4 blocks away from the "F" stop on Houston and 2nd Avenue. If you ride at the front of the train you will get off at 1st Avenue and Houston. Walk East 2 blocks and turn left and walk North 2 blocks. You can transfer to the F from the 6 train on the East Side and from the A,C, E, 1, 2, and 3 on the West Side.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is permitted but often difficult to find. Save the environment and come by transit or cab for a quick and easy arrival.
A word from Poco
Less is always more. Restaurateur Sara Grizzle (formerly of Redemption Grill and Essex) and Food Network’s award winning chef, Abe Lopez, have teamed up to create a bright new spot in Manhattan’s East Village with the best Tapas ever plus other small dishes. The menu offers a taste of everything and accommodates every food preference, meat eaters and vegans alike. Serving Tapas lets a group mix and mingle. With a great wine list, a good selection of tap and bottled beers, as well as some of the most interesting cocktails around (try the Ginger Mojito), Poco is the perfect spot for a quick drink and appetizer, dinner, or a place to wind down after a hectic day.
The food is original and fantastic (Mac & Cheese & Lobster) and as well as a good price performer appealing to budgets of any size.
Everyone at Poco looks forward to serving you. Sara, one of the owners, is usually there and stops by each table to meet our guests. See you when you arrive.
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Poco reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (23)good for groups (16)great for outdoor dining (14)neighborhood gem (11)hot spot (10)fit for foodies (7)late-night find (6)great for lunch (6)special occasion (3)vibrant bar scene (3)romantic (2)Show More
  • Great place
    brunchboy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food was great. Drinks are strong and good. Only complaint is that they don't accept credit cards which may be inconvenient and caught me off by surprise. Otherwise a great brunch place in the city!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Booze brunch on a weekday
    cecefood
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I had a friend in town and was looking for a place that had bottomless brunch on a Friday. Difficult to find in NYC, but Poco fit the bill. For an hour an a half - bloodless bloody mary's, mimosa's or sangria. They let you switch between the drink choices. We both got the eggs benedict -- good, not super filling. Staff was very friendly -- we sat outside and they didn't forget about us. We ended up staying a little past the 1.5 hr bottomless time limit and they kept coming around with refills!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Asilryan
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    great brunch option for a group who are looking for a fun boozy day
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing tapas!
    MMMPNYC
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Flavorful and filling! You must try the steak lollypops and the lobster Mac and cheese. Amazeballs.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey without alcohol
    Brunches
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Seems like a nice place - however if you choose to have brunch and not do the aycd-option - which seems fun! - then the a la carte menu is overpriced in my opinion. The food is good but not amazing, and the serves are not huge. Would possibly do again but not without drinks which is I guess where the value for money is in.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Faith Renewed
    brucnhrocks
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    We entered the restaurant at the end of the brunch shift. They no longer had one of the meals that were ordered. Our order was also not brought down to the kitchen and it took about 45 minutes to realize this. Another 10 minutes later, they told us the meal still wasn't brought down to the kitchen. Poco employees brought us a free appetizer and took 50% off the menu for these inconveniences which made the trip much better than how it began. Love the food here and would go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sb3339
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This wasn't my first time at Poco but it took way too long to seat us, even with a reservation. People did not want to leave their tables, even after their 1.5 hours were up. It was pretty discouraging and annoying considering we were starving and had to wait an hour past our reservation time to be seated. Other than that the food is great and so are the drinks. Hopefully they work something out because one should not have to wait so long with a reservation to be seated and other customers should be more mindful. But Poco has a great atmosphere, good music, and it's fun to go for brunch. Their steak, egg, and cheese sandwich with an avocado spread is to die for. One of my fav on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Partayy
    AlexandraVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I had a surprise party here for my best friend. Morgan the coordinated was awesome. She helped me with everything I need and the price was very reasonable. They saved a section of the bar for us an the drinks were awesome. We were all having such a great time they kept the bar open later for us. The bartenders and managers were respectful and nice. Definately would plan another event!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 434 reviews are from the Poco reviews archive.
  • Good but reservations???
    foodie4brunch
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great music, good food, I would go there again but very early. I am unsure if there is a point in making reservations. I had to wait HALF AN HOUR after my reservation time, which makes NO SENSE. Reservations means, my table is reserved. Not wait until a table is open on the time of your reservation. I am giving it one more chance, will make an early reservation. However if the same thing happens again I am writing this place off and telling all my brunch friends. This is unfortunate because the waiting staff and food are great. But the organization of reservations and table control are not worth it if this is a staple of the place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    But it def fell off big time from last year. Our server looked so miserable, like if you want to kill yourself, so it on your own time. She just looked so unhappy to be there, it just took away from my experience. Also the rest of my table got their food about 25 mins before me, who does that? Their food was cold and gross by the time my good came and she forgot about half the order, she didn't check on us at all, and the food was sub-par at best.. Everytime I get the lobster Benedict, this time there was ZERO Lobster, perhaps a crumb of two fell from another plate... If poco doesn't shape up, we will be switching places for our annual friends brunch next year.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    food was delicious! zucchini sticks, bacon wrapped dates, skirt steak lollipops, lobster mac n cheese - all really yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice spot
    Jenny31VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Good food, good drinks. Servers were very nice. Some people in my group were running late, so we had drinks at the bar. The bartender was attentive and helpful. The sat us when everyone got there with no complaints or problems. Food was pretty good, good selection and variety. Would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LaurCool
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Loved this Alphabet City Gem! Came here for happy hour on a Friday night - enjoyed $1 oysters and a $20 pitcher of red wine sangria - ABSOLUTELY delicious. Beautiful ambiance with red curtains, wood pieces and fairy lights. Our waiter was super attentive, friendly, and made us feel comfortable just getting sangria, no pressure at all to order off normal menu. The best happy hour deal, can't wait to try out their brunch!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great time def was white girl waste
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Place was a lot of fun service was good and drinks where over flowing great spot for brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went here for dinner with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Went here for dinner with the expectation of going to another bar after, but the place had such a great vibe we ended up staying all night. Absolutely a positive experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good deal for brunch and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Good deal for brunch and the food was tasty. I had the Poco Benedict and my friend had the lobster Mac and cheese. Our server was great, but nearing (and not exceeding) our time limit we were rushed out of there. Two different people came in succession to tell us to 'finish up' when we hadn't even received our check yet and couldn't leave if we wanted to. Our server was apologetic when he finally came with the check, but the rush job at the end managed to sour my overall brunch experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster Eggs Benedict
    fitgirlVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The lobster eggs benedict was amazing! I plan on coming back here often.....the best part is they refilled my drink a lot! The food and drinks here are fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is amazing!!
    Marce44
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    We have gone to this restaurant several times and I can't believe I have not left a review. Starting with the food.. It's amazing!! The tapas are simple yet full of flavor.. I must say the lobster Mac and cheese it's just perfection. I highly recommend this restaurant for every occasion. The only downfall is the deserts.. Not as good as compared to the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster Mac and Cheese
    fitgirlVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Order the lobster mac and cheese it was amazing!!!! The only other food I got was sweat potato fries and those were delicious also. Our waiter was very nice ,and the drinks were great! Also I would highly recommend the blood orange mango mojito. This place had a great ambiance and good music.....I am planning on going back soon!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • almost amazing
    lynn29
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Place looks amazing, sangria was good, food was really good. Only downfall is that price didn't match the portion size. A tad pricey for the poco flood you receive.. Like the little portion concept but price needs to match. Other than that great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved this place, we went
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Loved this place, we went to this place for out anniversary weekend and we had a blast. The lobster mac and cheese was everything they say it is. My gf had the steak and egg sandwich and she equally loved her meal. Best overall Bloody Mary I have ever had ( not to tomato and lots of spice). Want to go back ASAP
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place
    Noodle
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Poco was a very nice place. The food was awesome especially the sliders. I could eat those everyday.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day Dining
    nudaspring
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Had no expectations when we reserved our table for our casual double date on Valentines day, but the restaurant was great!! The food was delicious, happy hour until 8 w/ half price cocktails and a selection of tapas. Casual but with a great ambiance, friendly, efficient servers. Inexpensive meal and a great time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good drink deal but that's about it
    tjdiner
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Eggs Benedict was half decent, but 'the cure' was basically chips and salsa with two eggs on top. We sat in the basement which felt like a college pad..smelled musty with a hint of bathroom cleaning products. Definitely better options in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice place in my area
    nekogamiVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    food is great (if you are picking between the drinks). it get too busy, they should hire one more person to wait
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Tapas Spot
    Mguz
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised by the great food here. It was amazing. It's a bit right in there but if you can get over that you will enjoy a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and atmosphere
    foodoni
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Food was great (I had the french toast and we shared lobster mac and cheese), sangria was a little warm because I guess we were there early and it had just been made. The scene is great -- loud and fun, but we felt that our waiter was trying to get us out asap
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Happy Hour Gem
    SMMMT
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    What a great little spot. The food is great and more than reasonably priced. The drinks are equally worthwhile and the staff were some of the best ever. Will be sure to stop in any time I'm in New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Tapas In The East Village
    Skye13VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    So happy to have discovered Poco a few months ago. They've got the best small plates in the East Village! The fried asparagus, mushroom croquettes, octopus and the lobster mac & cheese are all to die for. They also have the most amazing "house special" sangria made with St. Germain and blood orange. Do NOT pass this up. The food and service is both exceptional. A fun place to go with a group of friends or just as a couple. It's got a lively atmosphere and they've got a dj on the weekends. I highly recommend making reservations if you are going on the weekend as it tends to get crowded by 8 pm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for Brunch... Outstanding
    TeemVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Great for Brunch... Outstanding food... Excellent Service! Lobster Mac and cheese was fantastic !
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Very good food (esp. the mac and cheese), cute place, good service. Your standard, solid restaurant. Ave B is a bit out of the way for me though.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch!
    weid0089
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    I was staying a block away and found this place on googlemaps. I came for the all you can drink brunch. It was fabulous. I got there right when they opened and sat at the bar by myself. It got busy fast, so I would suggest making a reservation. The bartender was amazing. Great recommendations. The steak sandwich was delicious. But the endless mimosas were what made this place AMAZING. You can have your choice of mimosa, bloody mary, or red or white sangria.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always my go to place for
    Cris
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Always my go to place for brunch and have even stopped here for happy hour frequently
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM!!
    GVNYC
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    Have to say, although we had to wait nearly an hour (WITH a reservation) when we finally sat we had amazing service (thanks, Ashley!!) and the food was excellent!! I know sliders seem like bar food, but they do something special here....get them!! You won't be disappointed!! There are a few mac and cheese options- we got a truffle mushroom one which was so good!! All in all, the food and service were excellent, and it has a great ambiance. It just gets a bit crowded and they need to do a better job of managing their reservations.....but I would go again and highly recommend it!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another successful brunch
    jengVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    I have been to Poco numerous times for brunch. It is always wonderful, good food, good drinks and friendly service. I foresee many more Sunday's spent at Poco!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Knocked it Out of the Park
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    This place is a home run in every aspect....every dish was tasty and delicious. The staff couldn't be more accommodating and sweet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party Brunch
    nycphoto5
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    As always this place was a Good time. Ashley our server was Amazing :) We will be back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Nikki
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    I went to Poco for a friends birthday, who actually bartends here. The food is a tapas menu, and we ordered the butternut squash salad which my husband said was excellent, the skirt steak with chimicurri sauce was amazing. Very tasteful foods. I would definitely come back and try more food on the menu. The service was slow, which was a negative because it is a small place, but was very busy. But the taste of the food was so good, it made me forget how long I waited for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Claribel
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    I took my mom for her Bday dinner, the portions were pretty decent for tapas, everything was DELICIOUS! the mac n'cheese was so rich and creamy, the sliders were juicy and the Sangria was great. Id recommend this for a date night, a dinner with friends or small group
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Super friendly service complemented
    Tdooner
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Super friendly service complemented above average fare. Comfortable seating and low key/ casual vibe helped welcome a group of five (including a couple of upstaters), along with delicious "signature" cocktails (the blood orange mojito was a smash). Tapas always fun for small groups and most of Poco's offerings were a cut above.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.