Buenavista Restaurant & Bar

4.8
327 Reviews
$30 and under
Global, International
BuenaVista Restaurant & Bar is a gourmet Latin American eatery located in Hell’s Kitchen NYC. The restaurant’s ambience, décor and cuisine will leave you feeling that you’ve been on a Latin American tour.

Our aim is to provide first class hospitality along with a memorable culinary experience. From start to finish, you will receive exceptional customer service, mouth-watering food, exotic cocktails and an extensive wine list. Your dining experience will encompass some of the amazing flavors from the Caribbean islands of Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and even some of the undiscovered regions of Mexico & South America.
At BuenaVista you can try "yucca” (or cassava) from Cuba, “barbacoa" (or pozole) from Mexico and Patagonian cuisine from southernmost South America. You'll be able to experience how the regional Caribbean and South American climates influence certain dishes.

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Dining4
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We absolutely loved our experience at Buenavista and hope to visit again the next time we go to NYC. The meals were delicious, the presentation exceptional, and the staff was most kind and attentive. Compliments to the chef! (That’s not something I say often.)

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great little restaurant. You can't go wrong with the skirt steak.

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vip3foodies
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The space was small but neither the music or guest conversation was loud. We were quickly seated and told specials before ordering. We enjoyed all three courses that we selected and were pleased by the presentation. We also were offered after dinner rum shots on the house. Service was very good through out our evening and were able to get the theatre in plenty of time for the evening show.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem! Excellent presentation and even better tasting food. Try crab and shrimp tamale appetizer, grilled octopus, duck for main dish, as well as seabass, all their specials are amazing too. This restaurant is tiny, only a few tables, so make sure you have reservations before you go.

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vipJaniceM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Octopus special appetizer and the Peruvian ceviche were spectacular; wait service very efficient and helpful

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vipFlyboy
Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the most delicious dinner! The octopus was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food is delicious in this tiny gem of a place, but the stars are the outstanding and friendly service and the resulting camaraderie which spontaneously is created due to the showmanship touches (fire!) and incredible alcohol (mamajuana!).

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JuliaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us shared 2 apps, potato stuffed with oxtail meat with a lovely sauce, and artichoke which was ok and nothing enough for 4. The potato was excellent. Mains were roast duck, steak and pork ossobuco all excellent. One person had shrimp dish, which was very good but paled in comparison to other 3. Dessert was banana pudding and flan … good but the mains outshine. Wonderful warm service. Give it a try

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was excellent and the food wow very good

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AmarilisR
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente experiencia
La comida espectacular y el servicio de primera

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vipFlushingFirstTimers
New York Area
158 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We took this opportunity to try Buenavista as it was close to a theater performance we were attending. The beautiful picture as well as the menu reflected the Spanish and Central and South American culture. We were promptly greeted and seated though we were 30 minutes early for our reservation. We began with appetizers. The Cuban Tamal with crabmeat and shrimp saffron was delicious. My companion had the special octopus appetizer, which was also beautifully presented and cooked properly. For our entree , we shared the Spanish paella, which included copious amounts of scallops, shrimp, mussels, oysters, fish, chicken, chorizo and lima beans in a flavorful sauce. We finished the meal with tres leche cake and cinnamon spears. Both were very tasty. As there were only 2 servers, the staff was stretched thin but they were as accommodating as they could be. It certainly did not detract from the wonderful dining experience.

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vipStella
Fort Lauderdale
96 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We introduced our friends who live in the city, but never dine here. They will definitely return. Thanks again for delicious food and service.
Our server Robert was awesome.

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JaimeW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The place is small and cozy, the food just great, excellent service.

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vipjjdd
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

a really underrated restaurant. Small and cozy, and the food was great. I actually didn't expect it to be that good for some reason. The drinks were also great. The wait staff was amazing. The host was a little "chatty" for my taste, but he was very nice. A very unexpected gem, only a few short blocks from Madison Square Garden, which is where we were going for a show that night.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing and their housemade hot sauce was fantastic

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vipPokey292
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You have to at least try their grilled octopus appetizer. Best grilled octopus I've ever had anywhere in the city.

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Foreignfoodie
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great tapas here and happy hour drinks

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vipSeanDougherty
Las Vegas
97 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This a hidden gem near Port Authority Bus Terminal. The menu is uniformly excellent. We are treated like family each time we dine there. Everything on the menu is excellent but the osso bucco is probably the best.

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RomuloN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Entire staff was extremely nice and friendly. Food was delicious.

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JeremyK
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was really surprised by the quality of the food, the creativity in the menu, and the wonderful service from our server. They had Latin American inspired tapas (they have entrees too, we just did not order them) in a very tight and intimate little restaurant. The octopus was delicious as well as the craft cocktails. And the prices were very reasonable, especially for NYC. We had two teen daughters there and they did not complain at all. Great hidden gem. Our server really made us feel special.

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Mary
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all, wonderful service by Sterling! The food is phenomenal, would highly recommend it. Every dish (and we ordered a lot) was good!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We used the pulsed coupons for brunch on a Saturday. Restaurant staffs were very friendly, and they explained on the phone about them having two different pulsed coupons. One is for Sunday ONLY, and the other one is for lunch on weekday and brunch for Saturday. Once we arrived, our server explained and asked again to make sure we have the correct coupon. Foods were amazing, and the drinks were served very quickly. Overall, I would come back again!!

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vipDrron36
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love this place. When you first walk in it's not particularly impressive. Long and narrow, with a nice bar area on the left, a relatively small seating area beyond with a few 2-tops o the left and , and a banquette that runs along the right wall, with comfortable cushions, with a few table of various sizes in front of it. There are many colorful framed photos on the walls of sites in Central and South American countries

The beauty in in the food, service and overall vibe, which is helped by catchy Latin American music, not too loud for good conversation. The servers are warm, seem clearly proud of the food and are eager to accommodate you. And the food is amazingly good, not what you would expect on first impression when you walk in. The Mexican Guacamole with chilaquiles and green plantain confit, served in molcajete (stone) shell is delicious and visually beautiful--homemade, with long, rectangular tortilla chips. I had the squid ink linguine with seafood. My main was Calamari Ink linguini sauteed with scallop, shrimp, and spinach in a lemongrass creamy Alfredo, sprinkled with picorino and micro purple basil. It was outstanding! A bottle of delicious Albarino rounded out the meal. I give 5 stars relative to expectations. Fine dining in a mid-range setting!

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JaimeW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time there, small but very clean and cozy great service, the food tasty they got a very good chef. good drinks also.

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CesarJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food portions were very small , service was ok because they were short staff .
They could be more generous with the food considering the price.

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ChicagoFoodie123
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Everything was fresh, and you can tell the chef takes pride in his work. Great cocktails as well. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing !!! I don’t know the waiter’s name but he was AWESOME ! His vibe and energy literally made us have the best night

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great food and very good service. The staff was amazing, and they fully bilingual (Eng/Spa). I had the rib-eye and was delicious!
Absolutely recommend it! Two thumbs up! 👍🏻👍🏻

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MylesG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find! Food was delicious and portioned just right.

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vipElsaR
Fort Lauderdale
13 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurant in NY. The food and drinks were creative, beautiful and delicioussssss. Chef Alex Alvarado makes espectacular combinations of flavors. We loved everything from appetizers to desserts. Also great service and ambiance. 100% reccomended.

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patriciab
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Restaurant is cute and cozy, staff was nice, dinner was okay. Appetizers were good better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and outstanding service! Fabulous birthday dinner

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CHRISTINAG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing. From appetizers, main course, and sides. Delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Oh my goodness. If you haven’t been, you need to go today! The food is incredible and so fresh and the cocktails are amazing. Their happy hour is great and well worth its value. We were seated right away and the server was very attentive despite having many tables to care for. The outdoor seating is very cute. Overall, highly recommend!

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AlvinF
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is some of the best food I've EVER eaten. It was absolutely AMAZING.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Food! You must try it!

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MarkF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible spanish restaurant, one of the best in the entire city I would recommend to a friend or visitor.

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Yokarina
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

First time visiting this restaurant and I love it!

The music was not loud, the food was very tasty and the service was excellent. I simply love this restaurant and I will definitely comeback.

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lisettejt
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious & the waiter was very pleasant!

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vipJosePD
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outstanding European/Iberian Peninsula/Latin American fusion cuisine at moderate prices. Excellent service. Very strong recommendation.

FAQs

Buenavista Restaurant & Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Buenavista Restaurant & Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 388-5040.

Buenavista Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 327 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.