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It may not be new or cool anymore, but we’ve always loved this East Village Latin establishment.

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About 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!

23 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Latin / Spanish, Cuban, Peruvian

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

Cross Street:
Between 1st & 2nd Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 529-2919

Website:
http://www.ybnyc.com/

Public Transit:
F & V subway lines to 2nd Avenue.

Executive Chef:
Julian Medina

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please call us (212) 420 1919 to inquire about private events.

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Yerba Buena Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.4

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4.3

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4.2

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (7)
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Bar Seating (5)
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Great for Brunch (4)
Cozy (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Romantic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined 3 days ago

A must when we visit NYC! Love the service and food is exceptional.

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·Dined 6 days ago

The experience was overall amazing. The food and service was great.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was amazing, but it's such a small restaurant. I recommend making a reservation. Don't expect it to be too comfortable.

Drinks were okay, I had the pisco punch, but it was alright. I

Tags: Fun, Gluten Free Options, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The food was great. The table we were seated at was under a speaker. Our waiter could not great us and messed up our orders 3 times. Also, the wait staff hovers a bit too much. With that said, I would go back anytime...Just wouldn't sit at that table.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Awesome food, amazing drinks, and the staff is very friendly and easy going. All around a great time for a start to a night out.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Fantastic food with a great vibe. The food is very modern, clean and really flavorful. Try the Sangria it is wonderful.

Tags: Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

As always a special experience, amazing service and atmosphere, excellent food, drinks and wine.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Had a really great experience . Food was amazing and our host was incredible and very accommodating. Will come back soon!

Tags: Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2017

This place is a really fun joint on the lower east side. As soon as I walked in, I got a warm feeling of the space. The staff was friendly and let me tell you, the drinks were s-t-r-o-n-g. Order the Yerba Mate Cocktail. It's herbal, slightly sweet, and well balanced. Something I could have continuously sipped on all night. But I didn't because after I got up from one I realized how strong it was. The food was delicious as well. I had the carnitas which is served with a nice amount of tortillas. My friends had the steak which, to their words, "was cooked almost too perfectly". Bottom line, try this place out. It's small, but it's fun.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great time everytime. A little louder than usual on weekends though but the food does not dissapoint.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great food and great service at a reasonable price. Good wine choices. One course did arrive a little cold. But it was still mighty tasty. And I'd still go back. There a few restaurants in Manhattan I've hit more than once or twice because there are so many. But Yerba Buena is one.

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

Nice place for Latin food. Appetizers and ceviche are very good. Nice drink selection and the service was great. Plan to return soon.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

Great place for a date night or dinner. I was surprised how quiet and cozy it was (but maybe we just got lucky) the cocktails were sublime and the food really tasty. Chips and guac are great, totally worth the hype. Our server have great attitude and knowledge about the food and cocktail menu.

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Came on a Thursday evening and was surprised at how quiet it was since it always seemed packed on days I've walked by. Sat at the bar for dinner even though we had made reservations. The bartender was nice but not super attentive. We ordered the gin and jalepeño cocktail which tasted really fresh and had a strong, hot kick to it. The food was also good. Shared the salmon ceviche which was more like a carpaccio, but had a great flavor. We both ordered the cod with Peruvian corn which was also good. It was flakey with a nice crisp skin. The corn was a bit greasy but not too bad. One man who I think was the general manager came over twice to ask if we enjoyed everything. Overall the experience was good. It was a nice place to check out but it probably won't be a place I go regularly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Super cool spot when in Condado, San Juan for Cuban cuisine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, People Watching, Casual, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

We were greeted very kindly and warmly by the manager, and the entire staff couldn't have been nicer - service was outstanding. The food was also very tasty and plentiful (we had paella - very good! and scallops w/pork belly - very good!). You must also have the watermelon fries - nothing like them anywhere.

The entire experience was excellent.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

No name outside of the restaurant, which made it hard to find. Their pineapple juice was purple. Had to raise my hand to get attention from my server after sitting there unattended to for over 20 minutes. The food was good though

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Everything was great. From the service to the food we couldn't have asked for a better place for a nice date night. We will definitely be back... and often.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Spectacular meal. Hamachi ceviche, smoked brisket tacos and the empanadas were all standouts. Great place to share small plates. Excellent choice of cocktails and charming, attentive service.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Food was great service was great. Though there was a sudden leak above my boyfriend and we were there celebrating his birthday and his nice dress shirt got all wet on his back. Who knows where that water came from...

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Took amazing care of us on my b day

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on July 8, 2017

This is my favorite brunch place. Bottomless has very good cocktails and great food.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Amazing food, extremely attentive staff, intimate space - the perfect neighborhood Latin place

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great food and staff

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Good service, and the bar atender was very friendly.

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

Great place to eat. Had brunch and was very impressed. Service was great and the food was excellent. Plan to return soon.

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

Great date spot

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2017

The food was exceptional and innovative, the service was exceptional and the staff was very friendly and helpful. A must try.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 17, 2017

This is a fun very authentic neighborhood place with really good food. The Pisco sours were great. We couldn't help ourselves and order the Parilla meat dish for two. It could have fed four but was very good. The place is cozy in a very nice way. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Went for the unlimited drinks brunch - one of my favorite places to do so. Always great service and very reticent to leave glasses empty.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Excellent every time. They consistently remember their repeat patrons. Cocktails and cuisine are always solid.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Tapas, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The service was great, the food was not what I was expecting. I've visited their other location in the past and their food and drinks were amazing. I am disappointed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Wonderful brunch with the best power hour of bottomless cocktails!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 15, 2017

This is our go to place. Wish i could eat here everyday.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Absolutely love this restaurant, definitely one of my favorites in NY. The food is delicious and well prepared and the service is friendly and excellent. Try the guacamole, it's amazing. And the churros for dessert are unbelievable.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Everything was so so except the main dishes took almost an hour to come out.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 7, 2017

Great find! We decided to try a new locale and are delighted we did. Juan was our server and he recommended cocktails and dishes, all of which were wonderful. We loved the guacamole, tuna tacos, calamari and the spicy drink (can't remember the name). Only reason we didn't give higher marks is that the paella was a bit dry. Nevertheless, still highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Great food, excellent service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 4, 2017

I always love coming to Yerba Buena. It's always a thrill to be so warmly greeted when you walk into the restaurant. Will definitely make trip to this spot again soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Giovani the host and our waitress were awesome. The food and drinks are amazing.

Tags: Authentic
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