Esperanto Restaurant

4.5
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220 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
Esperanto is a lively Latin fusion restaurant. We feature seasonal outdoor seating, live music, drinks, daily mouthwatering meals and weekend brunches. Esperanto is a unique representation of the cultures of Central and South America and the Caribbean. Experience the multi cultural charm of New York City with our exotic and authentic delectable plates and our craft cocktails. We take pride in our present and past, having served in the Lower East Side since 1999.

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Complimentary specials

3-Course Prix Fixe Special

Try our $23 3 course prix fixe special Sunday - Thursday for dinner. Start with a salad, followed by your choice of appetizer and an entree.

Happy Times

$8 House Cocktails, $7 Wine Glasses, $5 Beers!

Wine & Dine!

20% off any bottle of wine.

What 220 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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VincentF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been eating here for years. A very colorful and happy restaurant. The food is good and the Sunday brunches are the best. One of my favorites.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

There used to be live music there and that’s why I booked a table there. But sad to find that there’s no music anymore. I will not go again.

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Shozi
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was pretty good - server extremely attentive. It was a little loud (came as a couple and there was a large + loud group nearby). There is no live music (this was a Friday) and that was something advertised online. I wouldn't necessarily name this as my favorite new restaurant but a solid choice in the lower east side area.

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CassandraL
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love visiting Esperanto and bringing friends! The staff is always so wonderful and the food is delicious. Looking forward to our next meal here!

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vipDavidcnyc
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Esperanto. It is one of our favorite restaurants. Thank you for always making it a good time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was outstanding We will go back.

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vipDavidcnyc
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a fantastic place. Thank you! We will be back.

TN
vipTomNYC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch spot. Great service

MD
MaxD
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Brazilian food and cocktails. Nice atmosphere, sometimes a bit loud, however.

One thing that was missing from the menu was feijoada - but that's not a requirement, just nice to have...

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EricaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious and delightful. I look forward to coming back!

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marthaa2020
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent restaurant - good food - good service - all waiters and the owner very amicable

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EricaA
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was awesome and the waiter was very accommodating to us when we requested to mov our seat due to the rowdy and loud birthday brunch next to us. Great food, great mojito pitcher and a great value for an NYC brunch!

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BrunchMadame
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive, good food, and didn’t feel rushed out

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DSilb
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Charged $50 for a pitcher of mediocre sangria for two people. Didn't bother to tell us how much it would when we ordered. Chips and guac were very mediocre.

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CatM
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ton of fun!

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zeket
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Way too expensive given the portions and quality of the food. Food took forever to come, very lackadaisical service.

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KathleenD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great relaxed vibe, cool interior decor, nice sidewalk dining space

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Bar food with very subtle latin/mostly Mexican “theme”
Pitchers are not great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Cons— Chose this place for a dinner with an old friend based on the reviews on Open Table, but ultimately I wouldn’t recommend this place. The service was slow and inattentive, so much so that we spent more time waiting for the check (and reminding the waiter to get the check many times) than we did eating or ordering. It was also quite muggy and hot inside because the windows were completely open and there was a hot summer thunderstorm, so we felt kind of icky. The weather obviously isn’t the restaurant’s fault, but it would be nice to have some sort of fans or air conditioning in the summer.

Pros— The food was decent, the vibe of the restaurant was cute, and happy hour goes on til 8pm.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was good, but the brunch pitcher of sangria was so weak. Even after they added more alcohol kindly for us, it still tasted like cranberry juice.

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vipepicurian1
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fantastic time as always at Esperanto! Still one of my favorite places in all of NYC. It’s truly a neighborhood gem. Just bring the feijoada back please!

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K2gator
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mosques, mussels and coconut flan were excellent. Outside is a bit quieter.

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vipNelsonM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience!

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SophiaP
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the perfect spot for my friend's birthday dinner!! Great atmosphere and strong drinks, super lovely staff. Can't recommend this place enough.

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NYCgirl
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Esperanto does not disappoint! They have the Yuca Fries which are so good and must have when you go. It's a fun place to go with friends or even a fun date spot!

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GoranR
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice restaurant and the food was quite good but not remarkable. Very tasty guacamole. The volymer was to high for conversation with morse than one other person

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AndieM
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

It didn't matter that we had a reservation, they had no seats available for us and were kind of rude about it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review