Rayuela-mothers day brunch
Food was excellent but service is super slow. The place wasn't even busy when we dined.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Every dish on the Mother's Day Prix Fixe menu was phenomenal. I especially enjoyed the spicy scallop ceviche and shrimp dishes---it left me wanting more! I cannot wait to return to the restaurant to try other dishes. The decor was pleasantly modern and I really enjoyed the modern music. The service was also good.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Little Latin Gem
Great food, scene and ambiance for a last minute trek across town. Def worth the food, service and friendly, greeted by Stephen and followed by the manager Alyda (so sorry, I butchered her name).
Great place, friendly staff and waiter.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great time
A group of us gathered for a special occasion and it was a great experience. Food was great - though odd in a casual restaurant that we couldn't order appetizers and then think of the next thing we wanted for an entree - had to order all at same time. But atmosphere was great, seating arrangement was perfect and most importantly food was delicious. Staff was attentive too and we didn't feel rushed to leave - we had a leisurely 2.5 hour dinner.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Why hadn't I been here before? The food is interesting and beautifully presented. I'll definitely return.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went on a Saturday for dinner. We were running late and they were extremely welcoming and understanding. When we arrived they had us grab a drink at the bar until our table was ready. The host came over when we were about half way through our drinks and said the table was ready when we were. Did not rush us at all. The service was impeccable. Our waiter (Arturo) asked how our meal was and my friend mentioned that the lobster was a little chewy but still amazing. He brought over champagne and explained that this was not an excuse but rather a thank you for helping to make their restaurant a better place. The manager apologized and took the lobster off the bill (not necessary but much appreciated). I will DEFINITELY be going back soon!
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything we ordered was delicious, from the amazing guacamole with crab to start, to our entrees. My boyfriend loved the duck - I'm not really a duck fan so I can't attest to this. I got the scallops, which were well prepared, but I tend to like mine a little bit over-cooked and dryer/flakier - not extremely, but just a little bit so. They were moist and delicious though.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
I always enjoy the food here. All of the ceviches were very good. Also, the paellas are so good. The sauce in my scallops were so tasty. I would order that again.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'll be back!
The friendly, light decor was matched by a highly attentive staff and delicious food. We shared a number of appetizers for the table and they were all excellent. I had the duck and thought about getting a second helping! The atmosphere was energetic around the bar and yet it was not overwhelming, especially int the upstairs dining room. I am not so certain about the diners who sat downstairs. Definitely an address to come back to.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a rhumba-rific meal here
Had a rhumba-rific meal here with our friends. Food, music, ambiance all were excellent! A favorite of ours.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
For my 9th anniversary with my fiancé, we pondered over going to a new restaurant or back to Rayuela, which had never disappointed us before...it took all of two seconds for us to decide on — you guessed it, Rayuela. There were new things on the menu we didn't see last time, and so we felt like we were still trying something new. Everything was delicious, and the service was outstanding. The evening was romantic and wonderfully memorable in all ways, thanks to the company, food, service and decor. I simply cannot recommend Rayuela enough. It's now officially my favorite NYC restaurant.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing service and fit for foodies
I loved this dining experience!!! 4 of us ordered the tasting menu. It was supposed to be 5 courses and it felt like 10! The waiter brought out complimentary foods for us to try along the way in between each of the courses. The food was phenominal!
Absolutely fresh and tasty!!! I will rave about this experience for the next month and always recommend it. We each got a different type of dish instead of sharing the same meal among the 4 of us. Always, interesting!!! The scene and ambiance was also very, very, well done. We sat upstairs at a comfortable table with privacy curtains.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice Latin restaurant
This was a good restaurant option for a weekend night with no reservations. Both Friday and Saturday night, it looked as though reservations could be had. The shrimp guacamole was outstanding; a must-have. I had a lobster dish that was good. The ceviches that I saw looked good, but we did not have one. The vast majority of the menu is seafood. The atmosphere and decor was quite nice.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just make the reservation
Tasting Menu is delicious and fun if you're willing to share.
Reasonably priced wines
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I think we just got a lousy
I think we just got a lousy waiter and it seemed to me that the service at Rayuela was generally quite good. But we felt like our waiter had forgotten all about us and he really screwed up the wine-pairing menu, we ordered. The wines were not served with the food and I am pretty sure the wines weren't right either - I didn't really appreciate drinking sweet white whine with steak, I must say. The food and the atmosphere was amazing, though, so though I had a somewhat bad first experience there, I would definately go back!
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came here for restaurant week.
Came here for restaurant week. The food was great. We tried the Trout Ceviche and a shrimp dish for an appetizer; the lobster and the skirt steak as an appetizer. Everything had good flavor and the presentation was clean and colorful. Would definitely recommend a romantic night out.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
From beginning to end, the food was delicious. The Vodka Martini with the sage was fabulous.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top 5 for me....all time!!!!
I started with the Trout Ceviche, jalapeno sauce and plantains....stupendous, my wife had the gnochi...another outstanding choice. For our entrees, I had pollo y marchilla, the taste sensations were like nothing I had ever had before....in a great way. My wife had the Bacalao, tender, flaky and delicious, the deserts were scrumptious as well. The service was second to none. We had the best Mojitas either one of us had ever tasted and the bartender was so gracious about our compliments that he gave us a free round. Sparkling water with our meal and we were in heaven. Important to note it was a Thursday night, I'm sure that the same level of service would be impossible on a weekend. Highly recommended to anyone!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was fabulous!
Tried the 5-course tasting menu which was shared by 4 people (whole table) and each dish was better than the next! Service was attentive and friendly but not in your face. Would go back again and hope to soon!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The decor was great and the
The decor was great and the service was fantastic as well. I knew it was a pan Latin fusion restaurant but the restaurant week menu did not have the dishes that I was hoping to try. Nevertheless, it was delicious. I especially loved the salmon ceviche! I would definitely come back again.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really tasty except the dessert
A really good restaurant. Appetizers and entrees are really tasty and fine. Really high level cuisine. But I was desappointed by the dessert that was not aat the same level as the appetizers ans entrees. A lack of creativity and taste research on it! But I really recommend for all the other sides! Also a really beautiful decoration!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a lovely suprise
I picked this restaurant as my first restaurant week choice and I am so happy I did. I tried food that I've never had before and was beyond satisfied with the choices. Its a beautiful place simple in décor with a nice range of latin music to fully indulge in the ambience. I'm always in this neighborhood and didn't notice what I had been overlooking the entire time. Drinks food and service were amazing.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
unique restaurant week menu
Rayuela offered a very interesting restaurant week menu, with each course offering at least one dish I had never heard of (or at least the average diner has never heard of), so I was particularly excited to try it. It turned out the food options weren't the only highlight, but the ambiance of the dining area relaxed even the most stressful day, the quality of the food exceeded my expectations, and the service promptly refilled our glasses and brought our dishes. I have no complaints at all about coming here and hope to find some of the restaurant week items in its regular rotation (maybe they are, I haven't checked), specifically the gnocchi, trucha, and quayaba.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Come For Ambience, Stay for Food
Our party of 4 had a great time at Rayuela for restaurant week. The hostess, receptionist, and waiters were extremely friendly, although, they got a little swamped as the night wore on due to an influx of diners. The ambience was really laid back and eco-modern, as befit the cuisine. Did I mention there's an olive tree in the middle of the restaurant?!
My favorite appetizer was the tomato confit whose spanish name I struggle to remember. All the entrees, specifically the stuffed chicken, steak, and cod were delicious with equally appetizing accompaniments like forbidden rice. Their choclatey-flan rounded the meal off nicely.
Overall, Rayuela is pleasing in aesthetic, personality, and tactile sensation.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Service. Great Food
From the time you walk through the door you know your at a special place. Upstairs dining is the best!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ask to sit upstairs, less
Ask to sit upstairs, less noise more spacious seating
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cool scene. Great food
Took my niece there for her birthday and they treated her like an adult. She loved it
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
There were four of us for brunch during Restaurant Week. We ordered from the prix fixe menu, and every dish we had was wonderful. Two had the salmon first course, and two had the french toast. We were delighted with both! There were four options for entrees, and each chose a different item. The meals were lovely. Perfectly cooked, beautifully presented, and at just the right temperature. Desserts were not too heavy, and had a wonderful flavor combination.
Bottomless sangria with blackberry, guanabana, and peach options are offered; you can alternate between flavors. For some reason the peach sangria was overpowering in its peach flavors, but blackberry and guanabana were refreshing and not overly sweet; definitely the better options.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was pleased that the Restaurant Week dinner menu offered vegetarian choices.
Tomato confit terrine with tomato sorbet was flavorful yet light and refreshing. Coco Rice with peas and asparagus entree was solid vegetarian choice and very filling. Beet gazpacho was a bit odd tasting. My husband loves his skirt steak with chimichurri sauce. Of the two dessert choices, the Queso & Guayaba was light and refreshing but the flan was overcooked and disappointing.
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
A tree grows in a restaurant
This place was great! Bartender was able to make delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, the food was delicious and the service was fast. I wish the waiter would have stopped trying to get us to order multiple drinks- it felt pushy. Besides that, it was a great experience in a beautiful retaurant.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great mojitos, and delicious
Great mojitos, and delicious meals ! I could actually hear my partner without having to yell !
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, always!
My fav spot for special occasions and splurges!!!! Worth every penny...
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for Saturday Brunch and the Sangria was amazing! love the decor and ambiance. Great place for date night.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is imaginative and
The food is imaginative and very tasty, a blend of influences from Spain and South America. We especially enjoyed the complimentary little buns made with yucca flour, served with a yummy green sauce. We dined early and it was easy to have a conversation at the bar and at our table. It might be louder as it gets fuller in the later evening. The bartender and service staff were all very attentive.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, glitchy service
There was a wedding party commandeering the upstairs space (no advance notice of this, which would have been instructive), so we were seated in downstairs bar area. We asked that extremely loud music be dialed down, which was done, sort of. That said, food was fabulous! Dessert was delayed because waiter said "chef needed fresher cream," which eventually appeared. Despite these glitches, we 'll be back!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful find. Superb atmosphere
A wonderful find. Superb atmosphere. Charming staff and manager. Food as good as I've had in New York. Admittedly I've only lived here 6 weeks but given this is New York and no-one eats at home, that still gives quite a lot of data points. We travelled most of the way across Manhatten to eat here and would do so again very happily.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rayuela has a beautiful cozy
Rayuela has a beautiful cozy ambiance and attentive service it was a perfect place to catch up with a girlfriend I have not seen in a while.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite place for a romantic
My favorite place for a romantic dinner with someone special
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service, amazing food
This was my first visit, and it's more the met all of my expectations. We were a large party so we had an opportunity to taste multiple items from the menu. Every family order was simply delicious. The atmosphere was Internet yet fun. And our waiter. David, was amazing.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for brunch, open space and nice scenery. But if you want somewhere quiet and low key this isn't your place. They have a dj during brunch and it was hard to hear each other. Food was good and sangrias were tasty
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love love dinning here, close to Brooklyn yet located in the city, the ambiance is nice, food is great, had a wonderful bartender on our visit, been here numerous occasions and it's been great, I love the watermelon saki and the ceviche , definitely would recommend this spot .
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
My overall experience was great. the food was good, ambiance was excellent. The water was a little busy and wasn't too attentive but overall it was a good night.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best food and drinks ever. I like to cook so my policy for eating out is to go to restaurants with a menu that would be too complicated to cook at home. Rayuela definitely fits that category - their combination of ingredients is amazing. In addition, best caipirinhas ever!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, but the service
Good food, but the service was poor. The waitstaff did not come back to the table on their own. It was very difficult to get drink refills.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
When I first walked into Rayuela I got a real good feeling about the place. It has a great vibe and it looks cool. I generally don't like to go to restaurants during the day because I love dim lights and the romantic feeling that the night gives a restaurant. Rayuela still has that cool, moody feeling during the day. The service was impeccable. This was my first time here and my husband and I were seated at a great table. It was crowed for brunch but the manager and waiters took care of the patrons beautifully. The food was very good and the 2 hour all you could drink Sangria was delicious. I have to say the manager ran this restaurant seamlessly, all restaurants should have a manager like her.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really a good place
I've been in this place already couple times and will come there again and again. Nice interior, nice crowd, good to go with couple of friends or have a romantic dinner. Cuisine is my favorite part there: delicious, sophisticated.. Especially for those who understand.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed our dining experience
We enjoyed our dining experience very much. We had been there before but this time we thought the food was very, very good. The wait staff was very attentive. Would return and recommend this restaurant to others
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
This a beautiful restaurant for almost any special occasion. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for great food and service!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really great food and good
Really great food and good service. Would def go back on a date or with friends for a bday or other special occasion.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my mother and friends on Saturday dec 07 at 6:30 for dinner and they love the environment and staff.
We loved our waiter Authur he was so sweet and also Joe (night manager), was kind to me and to my guests.
Thank you joe I'll see you again .
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM