Recently I had the opportunity to visit and photograph a wonderful venue, the recently relocated Calle Ocho restaurant on the upper west side of manhattan. Calle Ocho has been a fixture of the New York restaurant scene for many years and those who frequent it know about its famous Sangria selection.
Calle Ocho’s new digs are impressive to say the least, still maintaining their overall aesthetic of Cuban/Latino inspiration. The walls are clad in references to Cuba and the Latino culture in general. Due to the inviting staff and welcoming ambience you forget this space is located in the lobby of the prestigious Excelsior Hotel, steps from the Museum of Natural History.
Let’s face it though without the food this would just be a great place to be seen. Let me say that the food is equally as impressive as the new space. Some of my favorites are the bacon wrapped dates with shaved almonds (appetizer), arepa con ropa vieja (appetizer), costillas (entrée), vanilla flan (dessert). This combination of dishes was full of flavor and completely satisfying. Portions are adequate and presentation makes your mouth water. While Calle Ocho is recognized for its sangria selection, I preferred the mojito, which was expertly created.
I will let the images speak for themselves. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed my fare.