357 West Broadway, New York 10013
Btwn Broome & Grand Street
Food: With the exception of the house guacamole($12) served in authentic iron mortars, our foodlacked presentation. Sauteed Shrimp with Garlic Sauce($19) was standard and the accompanying rice andbeans were bland. Argentinian-Style Steak withChimichurri Sauce ($25) arrived with a tastygarlic-spinach mix and sausage w/potatoes that lackedsalt. Mexican Corn Salsa and Shrimp Salad ($10) wasnothing special. Sofrito Shrimp ($19) was again servedwith rice and beans but not enough shrimp. Fordessert, the Sweet Plaintains w/vanilla ice cream ($7)were borderline ripe/unripe.
Drinks: Cocktails ranged between $11 - $13. Exceptionally weak, my lemon caiprihini tasted more like lemon-aid. After six rounds of margaritas and bellinis, we didn’t even feel buzzed.
Atmosphere: As we entered the staff were attentive and welcoming. After a space-wasting coat-check, the bar leads into a quaint, mid-sized room adorned with Mexican tapestries. Candlelit tables created a relaxing vibe. Slightly louder than necessary, the DJ seemed to concentrate on 80’s classics. A New Jerseyesque crowd lacked the class you’d expect to find on West Broadway. During our visit, the 50th birthday party taking place consisted of an older, cornier, less sophisticated crowd than we anticipated. Tables were always available while the place remained somewhat full. This is an adequate place for groups and dates – but not a first date – because you’ll leave satisfied but unimpressed.
Feels Like: Most of the people around you are there for their first time. The place doesn't know if it wants to be trendy or authentic. Relaxed.