Dining out is essential if you want to taste fresh, gourmet food or if you mangled all of your forks trying to fish an heirloom ring out of the garbage disposal. Drop what you're doing and dine out with this Groupon.
$79 for a Prix Fixe Latin American Meal for Two ($160 Value)
- One shared plate of empanadas stuffed with lobster, ropa vieja, chipotle chicken, and mushrooms
- Two appetizers, such as sweet-corn arepa with braised short ribs
- Two entrees, such as grilled hangar steak with grilled vegetable salsita
- Two desserts from the dessert menu, such as lemon cheesecake
- View the full prix fixe menu
This Groupon is only valid Monday–Thursday.
New York food critics seem to have fallen in love with Calle Ocho—or at least in lust. Hai Rubenstein of New York magazine described the eatery as "uncalculatingly sexy," and the same publication's William Grimes once referred to Chef Alex Garcia as "a very sexy chef"—speaking of his food, of course.
Although Calle Ocho's softly lit environs simmer with sunset-colored booths and glazed terra-cotta mosaics, it is the menu of Latin American-fusion plates that keeps things hot. Under the direction of Consulting Chef Garcia and Executive Chef Rodney Mitchell, the kitchen staff drizzles saffron-pineapple sauce over lobster empanadas and mixes red snapper and thai chili into ceviche to create sharable plates for two people stuck in the same large sweater. For entrees, they top braised pork shank with pickled jalapeños and pair spice-rubbed salmon with lobster mash and mango chutney. Weekend brunches showcase such Latin-inspired plates as Costa Rican tacos with eggs and chorizo and Cuban-style burgers with chipotle ketchup.