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Yerba Buena
Yerba Buena

Yerba Buena Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ybnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 529-2919
  • Hours of Operation: Sun & Mon 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Tue - Thurs 5:00pm - 12am, Fri & Sat 5:00pm - 1am



    Brunch: Sat & Sun 11:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin / Spanish, Cuban, Peruvian
  • Executive Chef: Julian Medina
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a 3 course menu for parties over 10. Sun - Thu $40 - Fri & Sat $50; 1 Hour Open Bar (wine & beer) $20pp; 1 Hour Open Bar Full Bar $30pp.
  • Private Party Contact: Giovanny Campos (212) 420-1919
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please call us (212) 420 1919 to inquire about private events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 1st & 2nd Streets
  • Public Transit: F & V subway lines to 2nd Avenue.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Yerba Buena
Yerba Buena presents an innovative take on Latin cuisine. Located at Avenue A in the East Village, the menu features an array of unique exquisite dishes freshly prepared by the Chef Julian Medina. He works his magic to blend exotic flavors from Cuba, Peru, Chile, Mexico, and Argentina in an open kitchen visible from the dining room.



The Cockteleria Clasica (classic cocktail bar) includes a list of signature handcrafted cocktails such as the popular Poquito Picante created exclusively for Yerba Buena by top shelf Mixologists. Owner Giovanny Campos has carefully and tastefully selected an extensive wine list from Argentina, Chile, Spain, and United States.



We invite you to join us for a memorable and a one of a kind experience!
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Diner Reviews
  • "I rarely write reviews, but felt like I needed to. We had a 9PM reservation for 4 on Saturday night. We got there to find that half of the dining area had been cleared out because the ceiling was leaking. I had called before we got there to say we were a minute or two late, and there was NO mention of the issue. We stood around for 15 minutes before we were finally seated. You'd think that they'd fall all over themselves to make it up to us, but we saw the waiter no more than 4 times the whole night. The manager did come and apologize, but given we racked up a $300+ bill, I think it would've been reasonable to expect at least one round of drinks comped or something. Very disappointing overall; I'll stick to the Perry St one."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We were celebrating our anniversary and decided to go to Yerba Buena. From the moment we entered, we were treated so kindly and the management staff were so personable. The manager came over to ask how we were enjoying our meal and thank us for choosing to dine with them. I also noticed they went to other tables to greet other diners as well. Our waiter, along with the manager came out to wish us happy anniversary, with a flare candle in one of our desserts. Why I am rating this resturant 5 stars- not only was the service amazing, but the food was cooked to perfection, delicious and creative. My husband and I dine out frequently and I have never enjoyed every aspect of my dinning experience as I did at Yerba Buena."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My friends & I had dinner here for restaurant week & we couldn't be happier! The host at the front was so nice & attentive, our waiter was on point, the servers were funny & our overall experience was great! I'd definitely go again for the rest of the menu."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Yerba Buena is a little long in the tooth. Design-wise. The room is a bit cramped, full of table and seating choices that harken back to an earlier long forgotten East Village day. That aside, everything else about our meal was fantastic. The service was attentive and friendly, from the hostess to our server to the manager - everyone made sure that we were happy, well cared for and enjoying the food. Which was fantastic. Homey classics with an obviously well trained hand crafting them into toothsome satisfying plates. We had a great time. We'd definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Waiter gave us an extra round of mimosas at brunch for no reason other than out of generosity. Food was flavorful and interesting, while still being filling. Highly recommend this East Village gem."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This restaurant is a real find! The food is both flavorful and well presented. We loved each dish from the delicious house salad, pork entre, and salmon. The service was especially attentive and we were made to feel like VIP's. Our birthday celebration for a friend was a real hit and we will definitely make the long trip from our UES neighborhood to the Lower East side many times again to try all the delicious menu item."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This is my second time eating at Yerba Buena & I loved it! I made a reservation for two with my boyfriend. The food was delicious and our waiter was extraordinary. Perfect date night restaurant. I will definitely come back!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This east village Peruvian/Cuban fusion eatery has outstanding service, great food and delicious cocktails. The menu is not extensive but the variety is strong and each of the dishes are just right in every way, presentation, taste and portions. Try either the Sucking pig (think pulled porch) or the Black Cod. Great sides are fried avocado, fried watermellon, brussel sprouts. But even before you start to eat, try one of their cocktails. The bartender enlists servers as auxillary shakers as these wonderful rum, gin or tequilla concotions are deightful and act as the perfect introduction to the ambiance and meal. One thing that stands out is the fact that service is excellent from waiters to busboys, and the manger is present throughout"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "YOU MUST GO! You will love this place. I came here to celebrate my birthday last Tuesday. I booked the reservation the same day and just hours before arriving, I decided to move it an hour up. I called them and they had no problem with it! I arrive there and was greeted in a friendly and respectful manner. Our server came immediately to us and introduced himself. The place is cozy, elegant but with a modern vibe to it. The service was great and the food-phenomenal. As a born and raised Puerto Rican: I had the arroz con pollo and it was delicious. The manager was beyond amazing: attentive and helpful absolutely loved my birthday celebration and was glad I chose this place. I would recommend this restaurant in a heartbeat. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We had to wait 40 minutes to be seated, the food was ok but the restaurant is very loud"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The drinks were amazing but the food is just okay if not disappointing. When they opened the food was great..........what happened?"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My favorite fish tacos around. Super fresh and a little spicy and delicious. Their drinks are wonderful. Their cod is the best entree. I had the flan and it was amaaaazing. Not too sweet and very firm and flavorful. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My wife and I had heard good things but had never been here ourselves. Glad to say it was well worth the hype. Food was excellent, the servers went out of their way for us and we were not rushed at all despite the fact that it was a busy Saturday night. Would absolutely go back!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Love it. Best customer service. Great food. Love that the owner was there "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "First time dining here was an awesome experience. It was a first date and the owners and manager gave us a table in the back that was private and very romantic. Only reason i gave a service three stars was because the waiter took a long time to take our dinner order after apps. Food was amazing. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Food was amazing and the service was top shelf! Giovanny was very helpful and guided us to a great wine. David, our server, took care of every detail with precision. The Guacamole is delicious. We shared the Empanadas - very tasty. Our entrees included Black Cod and Salmon - both signature dishes and expertly prepared. Definitely will go back - again, and again..."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "the setting is nice, very vibrant, can feel the energy as soon as you walk in. loud latin music, drum beats, just gets you in the mood. food wise was so-so, but my friends who referred me think they are good. different people have different tastes, personally, i'm not a big fan of heavy sauces on my steak, and it was a bit overcooked when I ordered medium rare. great place to hang out, can be fun with a date, but definitely would be hard to talk if that's what you're looking for."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "My friend and I went here for dinner for her birthday! They were so hospitable to both of us. Recommended us on what to eat and the choices were good. We will be back!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I love coming here - the food is delicious, the staff is warm and welcoming, the cocktails supreme, the vibe great - this is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Went on a date here friday and couldn't have been happier with the service. Was given an incredible table and 5 star quality service. The manager took our jackets, checked in on us throughout the evening and really made the evening great. The only reason for 4stars is because they only had a Passover menu which I wasn't expecting to be the only choice but still the food was excelent. Excited to go back and try their latin cuisine."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This place is a neighbourhood gem whereby the staff make you feel special each and every time you arrive."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The food was amazing, especially the arepas and the steak! Service was also great with a very attentive and friendly waiter, host, and manager. They gave us complimentary dessert wine with our dessert which was delicious. I will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I've been to the one on Perry street so thought this one on in East Village would be at par. But I was disappointed. Food and ambiance were just average."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I'm always looking for the gems of New York - not just the best restaurants in a neighborhood. My friend was looking for an adventurous experience. This was definitely it! Cuisine, presentation, ambiance, and staff were first-class!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "as always.... love getting the brussel sprouts, croquettes, tuna ceviche and just recently tried the paella!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "the staff are really pleasant to deal with. love this place."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "amazing food and exceptional service! Highly recommend - warm and inviting!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I've walked by a 100 times and now I am so happy that I went in a finally had a meal. The food is excellent and the service is top notch. The bar makes incredible drinks and I will be returning again very soon."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We had a large dinner reservation for 8 people on a Friday night. The staff was very accommodating with our requests to order in waves and to add an additional diner to our party. They were very attentive and well-educated on the menu. We enjoyed all the food, especially the brisket arepas and the spicy fish tacos. The veggie empanadas were also delightful. I'm very glad YB is in my neighborhood"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This used to be a solid spot, but now the food seems like it's being phoned in, or thawed out. Oxidized guacamole, everything drowning in sauce, meh."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Service is outstanding everyone is nice and takes care of you. But disappointed by the food and the ambiance. Cocktails are good. Not sure I will go back."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "This was the hands down the worst place I've been to in NYC. I've never sent a drink back in over 4 years in NYC but this was the first time I have had to. Foood was equally awful. Could t have left fast enough. Wouldn't recommend to anyone"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "it was delicious, but a little noisy. wonderful staff who made the evening special"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "It's highest rated for a reason. Each dish is at least a little special, the staff is friendly, the prices are reasonable. It's a winner."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "Excellent food, service and hospitality. I enjoyed all of the unique food creations and the lovely atmosphere. Would def recommend this dining experience to anyone."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Arroz con pollo was delicious, and for dessert I highly recommend the churros!!!"
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "I've been going here since it opened and it's still one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Keep it up guys"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The food is absolutely dynamite - you will never have better fish tacos in your life and my salmon was to die for"
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "Was in NY for my birthday weekend and this restaurant was recommended. Not only did the staff take the time to acknowledge the note I put in my Open Table reservation indicating I was from out of town (yes, they read my random note) but the warm welcome from the bartender, to the manager, to the servers and the person busing the tables was really appreciated. The food was awesome and the drinks were divine. Please try the 'Poquito Picante' and don't let the ingredients of this spicy drink deter you from a wild taste bud treat!"
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "I do not live in NYC but every time I go to the City I eat at Yerba Buena, specifically the Alphabet City location. The fish tacos are by far the best I've ever had anywhere - even outside the States. The slaw has a fantastic chipotle smoky flavor that is not too strong but just right, and the fish is fried but not overly battered or greasy. Everything else I've had there is fabulous as well, particularly the margaritas and guacamole. This visit my companion had the paella and loved it. The service is always superb and the ambiance romantic yet lively and great for dining with friends. I realize this review probably reads like it has been planted, but I honestly love this place!"
    Dined on 9/30/2013