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Esperanto Restaurant, New York, NY

Esperanto Restaurant

4.3
4.3
212 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
Esperanto is a lively Latin fusion restaurant. We feature seasonal outdoor seating, 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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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Latin American, Brazilian, Caribbean
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed 4:30 pm–8:15 pm Thu, Fri 12:30 pm–8:15 pm Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:30 pm–5:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (212) 505-6559
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    We'd love to cater your next special event! Contact our restaurant to learn more about our catering: Phone: 212.505.6559 Email: esperantony@gmail.com
  • Private party facilities
    We'd love to host your special event! Contact our restaurant to learn more about booking a private party : Phone: 212.505.6559 Email: esperantony@gmail.com
  • Neighborhood
    East Village
  • Cross street
    On the corner of East 9th Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Esperanto is accessible from the L train (1st Avenue Station) and the 6 train (Astor Place). You can also take the M9 or M8 buses to the 9th street stop or the M14D to East 11th and Ave C
  • Entertainment
    Esperanto offers a free live music performance every night of the week.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 212 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 2.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

212 Reviews
  1. Blbrunch

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Esperanto’s food was exceptional. I will absolutely return to try dinner as we were there for brunch. It’s very casual, so don’t go for the ambiance. Truly my only complaint is they didn’t have AC and it was very hot outside. Otherwise, really wonderful!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cocktails, great entrees, great ambiance. One of my favorites.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome as always

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  4. ErikE

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great! We loved it. Can’t wait to come back.

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  5. David

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The eggs benedicts with the spicy souse and home fries area amazing! The bloodies also have a great kick to them. Such a great brunch spot!

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  6. Iselala

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We came for happy hour ann sat indoors. Started off with calamari, sangria and passion fruit mojito. The drinks were great. Calamari had no flavoring needed to be paired with the dipping sauce. The grilled salmon with spinach and rice was delicious. My friend had had hanger steak and really enjoyed it. The waiter was pretty attentive and provided good service.

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  7. JessicaS

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Cute brunch place in a quiet area downtown. Great food and good drinks.

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  8. ChelsEATS

    New York City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I love the steak with the chimichurri sauce, that's always been my favorite dish there!

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  9. Edwards

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Support your local restaurants! We came from Jersey because the food and ambiance is always amazing. I have been coming here since its opening. It is my favorite and my forever place to have fun and eat and drink well.

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  10. Idrimi

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were delicious! Well proportioned servings, neither too much nor too little. Service was friendly and attentive. Price point was excellent, especially for Manhattan.

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  11. IsaiahR

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This seemed like a great hidden gem. 5 of us went here for lunch on a Saturday. The reservation process was easy, the server was extremely accommodating even though a few people were late, and the food quality was great for the price. I recommend the waffles with eggs and chorizo. & the 2 brunch cocktails for $15.

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  12. Naama

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My group and I had a really great brunch here! I highly recommend - it was good atmosphere, good food, and really reasonable pricing. We each got 2 brunch cocktails and an entree and somehow ended up paying less than $30 (before tip). The cocktails were made to perfection, and my steak and eggs were super tasty and flavorful. I'd definitely come back again. I have also been here for dinner and a similar caliber of excellence was met.

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  13. VincentF

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  14. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  15. Shozi

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  16. CassandraL

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  17. Davidcnyc

    New York City

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was outstanding We will go back.

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  19. Davidcnyc

    New York City

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a fantastic place. Thank you! We will be back.

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  20. TomNYC

    New York City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch spot. Great service

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  21. MaxD

    Stuttgart

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  22. EricaB

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious and delightful. I look forward to coming back!

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  23. marthaa2020

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent restaurant - good food - good service - all waiters and the owner very amicable

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  24. EricaA

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  25. BrunchMadame

    New York City

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very attentive, good food, and didn’t feel rushed out

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  26. DSilb

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  27. CatM

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Ton of fun!

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  28. zeket

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Way too expensive given the portions and quality of the food. Food took forever to come, very lackadaisical service.

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  29. KathleenD

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great relaxed vibe, cool interior decor, nice sidewalk dining space

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Bar food with very subtle latin/mostly Mexican “theme” Pitchers are not great

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  32. MollyC

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  33. epicurean

    New York City

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  34. K2gator

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mosques, mussels and coconut flan were excellent. Outside is a bit quieter.

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  35. NelsonM

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience!

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  36. SophiaP

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  37. NYCgirl

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  38. GoranR

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  39. AndieM

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  40. JamesG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Esperanto! One of my favorite restaurants to go to with my girlfriend!

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Esperanto Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 212 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Esperanto Restaurant

145 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

Additional information

  • Cross street
    On the corner of East 9th Street
  • Neighborhood
    East Village
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed 4:30 pm–8:15 pm Thu, Fri 12:30 pm–8:15 pm Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm Sun 3:30 pm–5:30 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Latin American, Brazilian, Caribbean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Esperanto is accessible from the L train (1st Avenue Station) and the 6 train (Astor Place). You can also take the M9 or M8 buses to the 9th street stop or the M14D to East 11th and Ave C
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Esperanto offers a free live music performance every night of the week.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 505-6559
  • Catering
    We'd love to cater your next special event! Contact our restaurant to learn more about our catering: Phone: 212.505.6559 Email: esperantony@gmail.com
  • Private party facilities
    We'd love to host your special event! Contact our restaurant to learn more about booking a private party : Phone: 212.505.6559 Email: esperantony@gmail.com
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