Dulce Vida Latin Bistro

4.7
59 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin American
We have revamped our menu and completely remodeled our restaurant to make the dining experience even better. We are still serving the best Colombian cuisine in New York City along with some new Latin-inspired dishes.

Specials

Happy Hour Lunch

Enjoy $7 cocktails and Wine
12:30 PM - 6:00 PM Monday - Friday
Ask your server for Happy Hour Menu

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 28, 2019

Ends: January 29, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:30PM-6:00PM

What 59 People Are Saying
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New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food wad delicious! Came here for date-night on a Monday. It was very quiet and the waiters were very attentive. We ordered the ceviche, arepas, a red bean casserole with beef, and the cornish hen. All of the food was very good. I would definitely go back!

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dulce Vida was AMAZING! From the excellent service to the tasty food, everything was phenomenal. Prices are great and so are the food portions. The place is a little small but the experience is fantastic.

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OT
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared tostones, the empanadas, arepa ceviche appetizers they were all excellent!!!!! The dishes are nicely presented and the condiments on the table including the guacamole were tasty and diverse, The service was also wonderful.
Our neighbors were complimenting the soups, in particular, the ajiaco.
The place has a new feel and a fresh look. The atmosphere is nice.

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EP
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful little bistro with delicious food, great atmosphere, and impeccable service.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My third time there. I'll keep coming back.

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R
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dulce Vida has a great staff and amazing food. The Churrasco is a solid choice for either lunch or dinner. The steak is always prepared exactly as I request and the chimichurri sauce completes the dish. We also like to ask for ahi, their spicy sauce, and add a bit of that to any of their dishes -- it makes the food taste even better. The Tostones Cubiertos is delicious and if you're not very hungry, the portion is large enough to have as one meal instead of an appetizer to share. Also, their sangria is potent enough without sacrificing taste. This Latin restaurant is definitely a must-visit if you're in the neighborhood (and even if you're not)!

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CT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner was hospitable and attentive to the guest. The staff was friendly. The food was amazing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, chic space!

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EK
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a fantastic and quiet spot, great for a date. loved the food, especially the ceviche and ajiaco.

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DM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh and delicious. Very attentive staff. Hopefully location will be able to expand one day.

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and everyone who works there is so nice! We will be back again soon.

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L
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cute, homey, small place. Nice staff and good, reasonably priced food.

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R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant
I can’t wait to go back!!

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IC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very nice atmosphere and great service. went for the Valentine's prefixe and looking forward to coming back for the full menu

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

All was good. Seems like a neighborhood place. However, be aware that they automatically add in 20% service charge (we were a party of 4). We didn’t realize this, and added another 20%. Since we are out of state, we wrote them a letter about this oversight and left several message, but have yet to hear back from them.

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a
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Terrific cozy neighborhood restaurant. Service professional, pleasant. All food flavorful, well-prepared in generous portions. Will be back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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U
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a nice evening. Good food and good service.

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m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is warm and cozy and authentic and nice. Food could have been served hotter but overall it was lovely and yummy

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AF
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love Ropa Vieja and this is why I took my family here. The only mild criticism is the temperature in the restaurant - because it is so cold out (obvi not their fault) when one whole wall is made of glass panels that open, it gets freezing in the half the restaurant. Bring an extra sweater if you go (you should go) in the winter!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came with a Colombian friend who was visiting. He was very excited to see many of the items on the menu. Great food, will definitely be back!

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AM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always great

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Houston
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks and food were great!

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GW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Really good food sangria was exceptional ( no sweet). Very small venue . Close to the Met

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CE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is really great. They have a small number of colombian dishes, but all delicious and authentic. The service is low key buy pleasant. It makes me wish I lived in the east side, but for me it is worth going to the other side.

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JP
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We were a party of four on a Sunday evening and made a reservation shortly before arriving as it was a foul night weather-wise and didn't want to roam far. Dulce Vida is a small neighborhood place with a friendly staff and gave a warm welcome in from the cold rain. Familiar Latin dishes were all quite good (my rice and bean stew could have used a bit more heat) and all enjoyed. Full bar with a small but adequate wine menu. Prices moderate and all agreed it was a good value. Tables filled up and seemed some were regulars. Nothing fancy and comfortably casual. Would recommend.

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e
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, authentic Colombian restaurant with friendly service. I have been for Sunday brunch, weekday lunch and Friday night dinner, great dishes include the eggs with arepas, empanadas, ropa vieja and arroz con pollo. Soups are a highlight. And tres leches cake is the best way to end the meal!

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t
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, music and service:)

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CV
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for colombian cuisine. The flavor is really authentic... you need to have the sancocho, the ajiaco or the cazuela de frijoles

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M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. First time having Sancocho in the United States and it did not disappoint!

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S
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic and authentic Columbian cuisine 10 mins walk from The Met and 5 mins from the Express subway at 86. A refreshing alternative to the cookie cutter French or Italian bistros which is all you seem to get upper east side. Friendly staff, a menu with something for everyone and upbeat vibe. A neighborhood gem.

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HP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small but pleasant place. Very good food. Colombian food is meat and seafood oriented so vegetarian options are slim.

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f
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very tasty Colombian food. The very tasty chicken soup is a meal in itself. The food is well priced.

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CV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First time here. Cozy dining room with nice ambiance. Loud party of 6 made it difficult to hear after they arrived. Service was good, especially before it got crowded.
The food was delicious and fresh. I would highly recommend this restaurant & will return.

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OT
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to! As a foodie, I’m always looking for something new and amazing. This place, although super intimate, had big flavors I’ve already recommended this to friends and coworkers. This is going to be one of my favorite go to spots when in New York.

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PC
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Quiet and intimate, friendly staff, the dish "tostones cubiertos" is very good! Remarkable!

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EN
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent fish specials. Really nicely prepared. Low key place. Friendly service.

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A
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve eaten here several times and never been disappointed. The food is consistently delicious and the menu is interesting. Had the salmon most recently and it was perfectly cooked and delicious. Highly recommend.

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QN
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Cute place, very friendly service. Latin American appetizers were tasty as were the plantains. Beet salad was great. But the rice and shrimp dish was underwhelming with bland rice, a few shrimp and frozen peas & carrots. Really disappointing. Maybe we just ordered the wrong dish. Drinks are great!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Camarera atenta y simpática. Muy paciente a la hora de explicarnos todas las preparaciones. Las arepas y empanadas riquísimas. La carne muy buena y bien hecha. Y la ropa vieja, sencillamente espectacular. Con una camarera tan encantadora y una comida tan rica, recomiendo 100%.

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