Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own!
I love NY for the diversity of its food and was not disappointed after eating at Esperanto, a Latin restaurant located in Alphabet City that is celebrating its 17th Anniversary. This place has a neighborhood latin café feel that I always like to find, far from the famous places where there is no soul. It is not a big place, but it benefits from having space outside for a few tables, so patrons can enjoy the last bit of good weather before winter comes. Esperanto is not a big place; it is colorful and warm, with a rustic feel.
We went yesterday and arrived earlier than planned, after seeing a horror movie close by for Halloween. At that point, live music was still playing in the bar area, filling the room with Brazilian rhythms (there is live music everyday from 4 to 6pm).
We started off with ordering some drinks. Caipirinha for me:
Sunshine RX for Jodi, a cold-pressed juice made with pineapple, apple and orange. In fact, Esperante has a juice bar (Jugo juice bar as they call it), that prepares cold-pressed juice at prices very similar if not lower compared to the the Jamba Juice and like. Definitely a good deal.
We decided to order few appetizers, perfect for sharing. Here is what we had:
Guacamole, pico de gallo and chips:
Plantain crusted goat cheese. This was served with sautéed leeks and pico de gallo. Fantastic dish, especially if you like goat cheese. I loved the texture, from the crunchiness of the crust to the softness of the cheese and the flavors paired perfectly together.
Beef empanadas: nice shell, delicious filling that was moist and tasty.
Mussels, roasted in garlic, paprika, butter and parmesan cheese. A succulent dish that I recommend.
Last was dessert. The first one was churros, served with a chocolate sauce. These were big churros and I admit that I did not need at all the chocolate sauce as they were delicious by themselves, although missing a tiny bit of sugar.
The second dessert was the banana flambées, that are ripened bananas sautéed in dark rum (lots of it) and sugar, creating a delicious coating.
We had a nice time at Esperanto, a cute little spot in Alphabet City that is worth knowing. They have interesting small plates that are perfect for sharing in a casual and relax setting.
Enjoy (I did)!
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