About Esperanto Restaurant

Esperanto is a lively Brazilian Latin restaurant, featuring live music and free events. Esperanto is a unique to NY representation of the cultures and places of South America and the Caribbean. Our menu is a highlight of diversity, having brought delectable, exotic flavors from all walks of life to the Lower East Side since 1999.

145 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Latin American, Brazilian, Caribbean

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 11am-4:20pm
Lunch: Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm
Dinner: 5:30pm-12am Daily
Late Night: Friday & Saturday Midnight-2am

Cross Street:
on the corner of 9th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 505-6559

Website:
http://www.esperantony.com/

Entertainment:
Esperanto offers a free live music performance every night of the week.

Public Transit:
Esperanto is accessible from the L train, first avenue station and the #6 train,
St. Marks street station.
You can also take the #9 bus to the 9th street stop.

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We'd love to host your special event! Contact our restaurant to learn more about booking your large party : 212.505.6559

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Details
Sun 5:00PM - 6:30PM 9:00PM - 10:30PM

Mon - Wed 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 4:00PM 5:30PM - 7:00PM

Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 4:00PM

Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 4:00PM 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Sat 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Esperanto Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Happy Hour (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
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Fun (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Casual (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Live Music (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Healthy (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

On a busy Saturday night, the loud music made it necessary for everyone to raise their voices to carry on a conversation to the point where we wanted to finish our meals quickly to escape the din. While the grilled salmon was delicious, the feijoada was disappointing, as the broth was thin and the beef was tough. The ceviche appetizers were tasty.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Wonderful tastes of Brazil- and music adds to ambiance. Kind & competent staff get everything right!

Tags: Healthy, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great food and ambiance. We happened to be there during the Colombia vs. Peru soccer game, so it was super festive and service was not as attentive because of the crowd, but it was full of excitement and energy. The live music was awesome and the food always delights. A must if you are in the E. village.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Very laid back cute good food and good Bloody Mary.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great food and nice people. Flamenco dancer on Thursday nights!!!!! Fun place

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Super friendly staff. Very accommodating with great food and good drinks. Had the kale salad with grilled chicken for brunch would definitely love to stop by again. Such a good deal.

Tags: Quick Bite
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Went for brunch with my husband before going to a local theater. Restaurant is run-down looking. Brunch was ordinary. Service was just ok.

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The restaurant is not the vibrant scene it used to be.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants in the city, their food and drinks are always delicious and the service is great.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Brunch, Live Music, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Lovely service and fabulous food! We had the brunch special and it was probably the best brunch I've ever had.. would definitely recommend!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The food was amazing! the ambience was great !we had such a great time! are waitress was not pushy. she knew we just wanted to chat.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Outside seating in a great corner with creative dishes and good specials.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Bad food. Empty. Dirty. Miserable decor/ ambiance. Service was good though and they have outdoor seating which is great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

This spot was really good down in alphabet city. I had the chicken quesadilla which was amazing. They have unlimited mimosas, sangrias and other drinks unlimited for an hour and a half. The servers were great and they always asked us if we needed anything to make sure we were comfortable. The server over charged one of my friends and they accommodated us with a special drink for the table. Overall, this is a great spot to enjoy brunch In the city.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Not worth the bottomless drinks since they don't refill for the longest time

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 28, 2017

It was the perfect setting for my 30th birthday boozy brunch! Great all included package for drinks -- excellent time and the service and ambiance were fantastic!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The service wasn't great. It was painfully, painfully slow. We had what seemed to be a very genuine waiter but we constantly needed to remind him about items on our order... drinks we're excruciatingly slow to come, if at all. It appeared that the hostess was doing what she could to remedy the issue.

I've had some really nice meals there in the past but I think we all came away from that brunch with much disappointment.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

great mother's day- or any sunday brunch
too bad their tasty mojitos are not part of brunch specials 🙃. A few on a hot summer's afternoon would brighten the day!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We went here for Mother's day brunch. The ambiance wasn't as energetic as I was hoping it would be. The food was great! I love the place for dinner, since I've been here before, but not for brunch as much.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Great service, food and ambiance. Celebrated my 30th bday dinner here and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Thanks!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Drinks are amazing. Mussels are the best ever!
It's the only restaurant that happily gets me to the LES
Not much for ambiance but the place is fun and the staff is amazing!!!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on March 5, 2017

One of my favorite spots in the city!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Fun atmosphere and very friendly staff. The food was delicious and portions vey generous, great for an informal, fun get together.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

a wonderful meal & great atmosphere, live music & terrific bar-- reasonable prices, early happy hour specials & super service too. What else could you want ? Loved the garlicky chicken lime special & the always reliable Brazilian fish stew.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Casual, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2017

I came here for a nice get-together dinner with a group of girlfriends on a Friday evening, and we cannot stop talking about how much we loved this place!! Starting with the ambiance, this place is an adorable neighborhood find on Avenue C, great atmosphere, music, and environment. Every bite of food we tried was absolutely delicious! We were so overwhelmed with all of the incredible options on the menu and felt as if we wanted to try everything. We ended up having two rounds of appetizers because we couldn't get enough! Also, the margaritas were great, and our service was wonderful as well. This meal was the talk of our weekend, and we are already planning our next visit! :)

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Outstanding Value, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Fun, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Esperando is absolutely awesome for brunch! $29 gets you BOTTOMLESS breakfast drinks (mimosas, screw-drivers, and/or Bloody Mary's) plus an entree meal. Often times with bottomless, I am willing to skimp on quality of food a bit: I realize I am paying not a lot for a lot of alcohol and the food can be not the best. That is NOT the case here. The brunch was absolutely delicious. I had the veggie egg-white omelette with shrimp; excellent. My friends had the breakfast burrito, eggs Benedict, quesadilla, and another egg dish and they were all fantastic. Each came with a side of spicy, baked breakfast potatoes which were surprisingly out of the world, and a side salad.

Let's talk bottomless. When they say it, they mean it. The alcohol flowed as much as we wanted. No skimping, or slow service, or small pours. Our server, Storm, was THE BEST. Ask for Storm. She kept the drinks coming, was funny, friendly, responsive, and even brought us a complementary flan dessert at the end. As well, she let us know when 2 hours was about to pass and offered to bring out two more rounds before our time was up! At that point 2 more rounds and we would have been on the floor, but I appreciated the offer.

One of the best brunches I have had in NYC.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

I have been to Esperanto for brunch and lunch. Cute, cozy, friendly, atmosphere. Corner cafe that views two gardens. In the warm weather can sit outside. Interesting food options.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Have always liked this place for its cool vibe and good food. You step in and forget it's 32 degrees in NYC.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Cozy, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2016

I ordered their specialty (a seafood stew) which was good but a bit rich for my taste. The service was great, I asked them to delay the entree course so that my friend and I would not feel rushed. They were more than compliant. One small complaint: no coffee available at meal's end.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2016

Always a treasure & a treat! Great neighb spot for flavorful feasting: love the Brazilian seafood stew for a cool night's warming! Very nice bar selection, especially mojitos , capiriras (forgive spelling). Music when live can be a joy too-- single guitar to dance duo or bigger band adds a festive touch!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2016

We came for a big group sunday brunch and loved it! We did the bottomless and the service was great with the drinks. Everyone got a different entre from the bottomless menu and everyone was very happy with their food!

The inside decor is very cute and the vibe is a lot of fun. Definitely would recommend Esperanto.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2016

Overall very pleased with the service, ambience but the food was delicious. Me & my date loved it. They were very attentive and good drinks too. We didn't want to leave.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2016

Funky East Village Brazilian restaurant with a casual atmosphere that delivers a varied menu of good food....we ate the hangar steak and the waitress- recommended fish stew...and were pleased....served by an amiable and attentive wait staff...neighborhood gem celebrating its 17th anniversary nd definitely worth a visit after visiting the nearby art galleries.....music nightly to enhance the ambiance...my first visit but definitely not my last.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2016

Just terrific , service was a xcellent, the mgr. was a diligent the food was a treat
And the music was great

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Fun, Cozy, Live Music, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2016

Fantastic food. I ordered the steak medium and it was phenomenal. Both of my friends enjoyed their meals- one was the seafood medley coconut soup and the other was the porkloin black bean soup. Al the flavors were down so well and were so fresh!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2016

The staff and servers are always very cheerful and make all feel welcome. The fried calamari is great, and the hangar steak with chimichurri is delish! The music is very energetic and fun, though sometimes borders being too loud.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2016

always a great experience, food is amazing, live music was awesome and the service outstanding... I really like Esperanto for any occasion, group, b-day, brining friends from out of town, etc etc.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (London)·Dined on April 28, 2016

I went with my boyfriend and my best friend and we had a lovely time. there was live music by a well-known Colombian musician, Nilko Andreas, who played Latin music and livened up the ambiance. The combination of great music and good food was perfect! Also the service was wonderful and food delicious!! Will definitely return!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2016

I stumbled upon this gem in summer '10 and have been coming ever since. The hearts of palm salad and snapper ceviche are my favorites.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2016

Wonderful tastes of Brazil, with fine casual cuisine choices. We enjoyed the mixed seafood stew, with all the fixings. Keep it mild, or spice it up, your choice!
Excellent bar offerings - especially flavorful or classic mojitos. Ver y special happy hour & fab brunch too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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