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Rayuela
Latin American Restaurant$$$
Today 5:30 – 11:00 pm
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165 Allen St New York, NY 10002
165 Allen StUSNYNew York10002
(212) 253-8840rayuelanyc.com
$$$Latin American Restaurant, European Restaurant
Latin American Restaurant
European Restaurant
Spanish Restaurant
Lounge
Cocktail Bar
Today 5:30 – 11:00 pm
Monday 5:30 – 11:00 pmTuesday 5:30 – 11:00 pmWednesday 5:30 – 11:00 pmThursday 5:30 – 11:00 pmFriday 5:30 pm – 12:00 amSaturday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, 5:30 pm – 12:00 amSunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, 5:00 – 10:00 pm
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Estilo Libre Latino cuisine by Chef Maximo Tejada in Manhattan's Lower East Side.
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Latin fusion fare & Spanish tapas are served in a swanky bi-level space with an olive tree.- Google
People talk about ceviche, appetizers, guacamole, sangria and paella
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Meg Smith
reviewed 4 months ago
Ruyela frustrated us. Food was quite good: ceviche is more akin to thinly sliced sashimi, gnocchi are rich and smoky, lamb is nicely executed, and halibut is perfectly light and tasty. The service, however, is abominable. Our waiter acted as if his previous experience was at some obscure one-star restaurant; he was pushy and unpolished and lacked the ability to read his diners. A simple martini had to be ordered three times before it was relayed to the bar correctly; a special gin drink of the evening apparently prohibited us from ordering anything else with gin in it. The space is modern and handsome though far too loud. Screaming at the top of our lungs to be heard is obnoxious at dinner; my ears were still ringing in the morning.
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B. Walker
reviewed 5 months ago
Went here for a friend's birthday, in a group of 8 people. We had reservations for 8:30 pm. The restaurant has 2 floors, with a bar on each floor. The interior was very nicely decorated for autumn with lots of candles, gourds and pumpkins. There was also a small waterfall over rocks on the lower level. The bathroom, in the basement, is very nice as well and is Unisex. The restaurant was very crowded. The upper level is a lot quieter than the bottom level, however, because the bar on the second floor is farther away from the dining section. We ordered a variety of appetizers and entrees. I had the filet mignon for dinner. It was perfectly cooked, had a nice sauce, and was a good cut of meat with no grizzle or fat that needed to be trimmed. I was very glad I ordered it. It came with asparagus tempura which was an added bonus. I did not try any of the ceviches, but our table ordered the trio and the people who ate it really liked it. They served a birthday cake that one of our friend's had brought to the restaurant. We did have to wait over an hour and a half for our food to arrive, but the waiter was very apologetic and comped several significant items, which was nice. Overall, it was a good experience and I would return.
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Sandra Ordonez
reviewed a year ago
Me gusta! The decor of this spot is completely different from your average restaurant, they have a tree growing in the middle of the dining area, and the food screams Latin fusion. Cool spot for a weekend date.
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Christopher Westendorf
reviewed 4 months ago
They have amazing mezcal and tequila drinks. This place would make for a great first date spot. In fact I was recommend this place from a girl that was taken on a date here. It definitely has a comfortable feel to it. I didn't have any food other than the typical chips and guacamole so I can't say too much beyond this.
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Amber King
reviewed 10 months ago
Kind of a spur of the moment pick that turned out to be a great time! The bar area was packed when we walked in, and the vibe was very sexy and sophisticated with the piece de resistance being a tree growing in the middle of the restaurant. I had eaten before I got here, so I was going to just stick to drinks, but the menu was far too enticing. Our bubbly waiter was the best! So nice, and taking the time to talk about each dish and going over any questions we had. We actually ran into him later that night, and he was still super friendly. I started off with the watermelon-flavored Sake cocktail, which was delicious, and the best drink I had there. The Vodka cocktail with pear undertones was good during dinner because its mild flavor didn't take away from the food itself. I also had the Tequila cocktail with yuzu and aperol, which I wasn't really a fan of as it was bitter for my tastes. It was the first time tequila let me down! I also tasted my companion's Rye, which was so spicy, my lip and tongue were burning several minutes later. As for the food, we started off sharing the seafood guacamole with shrimp and crabmeat. Really good, but not the best guac I've ever hard. They also served us complementary biscuits with a parsley, garlic and olive oil sauce. We shared the tuna rellena, which isn't something I would normally gravitate to, but was a great starter dish and, mixed with the guac, was quite good. I got two side dishes for dinner, the first being the Panza la Fuego Lento, aka pork belly with beans in a sweet sauce. The bean sauce was the unexpected star of the dish, giving it a nice hearty distinction. I also had the Plátano Relleno, which I ended up eating at home as I was so full, had a great savory flavor from the beef mixed with a sweetness from the plantain and the apples stuffed inside. Dessert was a Top Chef-worthy dish of glazed peach slices with a basil foam over a graham cracker crust. Unusual but thoroughly delicious. I'd definitely come back with friends to drink at the bar (I believe Foursquare has an offer for a free wine at check-in!) or for dinner on date night. Good times.
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Cho Wu
reviewed a year ago
Some of the most delicious food I have ever eaten. It is a bit expensive, but definitely worth it for an occasional meal. The truffle butter is astounding. Even the bread is noticeably above average.

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