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$$ - $$$Latin, , Caribbean
145 Avenue C, New York City, NY 10009-5302
+1 212-505-6559
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good58%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (7 reviews)
“huevos” (2 reviews)
“great drinks” (2 reviews)
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Latin, Brazilian, Caribbean, Spanish, Cuban, South American
$$ - $$$
145 Avenue C, New York City, NY 10009-5302
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Reviewed December 29, 2017 via mobile

Good food, great drinks! Caipirinha = top Live music! You should absolutely give it a try, it‘s definitely worth it.

Thank kjffuchs
Reviewed October 16, 2017

The people are real, the food authentic and the ambiance gives you the feel as though you are in Colombia. A must visit for lunch or dinner if you are in NY.

Thank Byron H
Amber G, Manager at Esperanto, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2017

Thank you for the high praises, Byron!

Reviewed October 11, 2017

At the suggestion of one nephew, we took another nephew to Esperanto as he was touring with his band across the country. On a beautiful Sunday, it was nice to drive down to this neighborhood from Westchester County (although FDR traffic was brutal!) but street...More

Thank YkrsNative
Reviewed September 6, 2017

Esperanto qualifies as a "neighborhood gem". We used to frequent it when we lived in the neighborhood, but it had probably been a year since our last visit before visiting for brunch over Labor Day weekend. The menu is largely what we remembered, but was...More

Thank TenoreDivo
Reviewed July 12, 2017

We loved the decor of this place! We felt as though we stepped off the streets of NYC and into Brazil. The food was also very good and authentic. We came for brunch. Not too busy, were able to get in without a wait and...More

Thank KJTravelBug33
Reviewed July 11, 2017

Dropped by for lunch and pitchers of drinks. Got a great seat outside. Fun and casual, would definitely go back.

Thank X375IEelizabethg
Amber G, Manager at Esperanto, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2017

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! Guest satisfaction is our main priority and we are so glad to have hit the mark with you.

Reviewed June 7, 2017 via mobile

Too noisy with loud music blasting. Could not carry a conversation. Poor service. Long wait for unappetizing food and to top it all, a dirty restroom.More

Thank jerryh002
Amber G, Manager at Esperanto, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2017

Although it saddens us to hear that your recent experience at Esperanto was less than satisfactory, we thank you for bringing the conditions that you saw to our attention. We take great pride in ensuring that our place of business is a clean, neat, and...More

Reviewed May 23, 2017 via mobile

I had lunch here. Loved the neighborhood and they had outside seating. Service was good and attentive. The food was fresh and tasty. I had a cubano sandwich which was very good and nice size. The side salad that came with it was good

Thank Johnny-Vineyard
Reviewed May 20, 2017 via mobile

Came here for lunch today at 2:15. Didn't seem overly busy but service was VERY slow, menu limited because Saturday and Sunday is only brunch food. The waitress didn't know the menu so couldn't answer any questions. The food was mediocre at best. Keep walking!More

Thank Mary Jane W
Amber G, Manager at Esperanto, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2017

Mary Jane, thanks so much for taking the time to share your feedback about your recent visit. We strive to provide all of our guests with quick, friendly, and attentive service, and it's clear that we missed the mark here. While we wish you would...More

Reviewed February 26, 2017 via mobile

I stopped in last night, before 6pm. I asked for a table for two. There may have been 10 customers sitting, tops. The manager said she couldn't accommodate me although the restaurant could easily sit another 30-40 ppl, not including outside seating. I told her...More

Thank Anthony W
Amber G, Manager at Esperanto, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2017

Hello Anthony. We would like to sincerely apologize for rude service you experienced at our restaurant. We prides ourselves on providing our guests with the highest level of friendly, responsive service. Making our guests feel welcome and well cared for is our highest priority and...More

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experience today thanks to a mix of locally-owned
shops, cozy restaurants, and lively bars. The scale of
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
3:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
3:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 145 Avenue C, New York City, NY 10009-5302
    (9th Street)
  • Public Transportation: Esperanto is accessible by taking the L train to the 1st Ave. Station, the #6 train to the St. Marks St. Station or by taking the #9 Bus to the 9th St. stop.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighbourhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: +1 212-505-6559
Hola! Esperanto is a fun, lively place to enjoy Brazilian and South American food and music in the East Village. Esperanto specializes in Latin American fusion cuisine while incorporating traditional, northeastern Brazilian dishes. In addition to our fusion dishes, we also offer live music every night.
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