Get directions | 145 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009
Hours | Sunday 10am-12am, Monday 11am-12am, Tuesday 11am-12am, Wednesday 11am-12am, Thursday 11am-12am, Friday 11am-, Saturday 10am-
There are some restaurants that just have a special juju. You know: good
vibes, good energy, the types of spots with a contagious spirit you want to be
a part of. Esperanto is one of them. This Latin-inspired restaurant has been
keeping the Ave. C crowd hydrated on Caipirinhas since before Ave. C was a hot
place to hang out. Part of the beauty of Esperanto is that it’s actually
authentic – they host flamenco dancing here two nights a month. Need we say
We’ve been coming to Esperanto for over a decade, and have been impressed with
how it has held up over time. The Esperanto experience hasn’t changed much
since we first reviewed it way back in 2009. While it has never really been
about the food here, the food has always been really damn satisfying.
Consistent, too. The ceviches are tremendous, as are the Brazilian stews and
the mango salsa they put on pretty much everything. The price is right too:
most of the entrees are under twenty dollars. You can come to Esperanto and
eat a hearty meal, and throw down multiple drinks for under $40 or $50 a head,
which is not easy to do in this town anymore.
It’s important to always keep Esperanto top of mind because it’s Perfect For
lots of things. Have a big group in need of a fun spot for dinner on Friday or
Saturday night? Check. Want to sit outside and enjoy some fine Ave. C air?
There’s a table waiting for you. Or maybe you just want to grab some snacks
and drinks before bar hopping on Ave. C for the
night? This is
where you start. Esperanto, it’s always there when you need it, waiting with
APPS & SIDES
PAO DE QUEIJO (BRAZILIAN CHEESE BREAD)
TOSTONES W/ BLACK BEAN DIP
GRILLED CORN (ADD CHEESE $1)
CHIPS, SALSA & GUACAMOLE
GRILLED CHORIZO OR SHRIMP
EMPANADAS (BEEF $13, SHRIMP $14 OR VEGETABLE $12)
BOLINHOS DE BACALHAU (FRIED POTATO & CODFISH CAKES)
MUSSELS (ROASTED W/ GARLIC, PAPRIKA & PARMESAN CHEESE
(One refill included)
ORANGE, MANGO OR PINEAPPLE JUICE
AGUA FRESCA/ VIRGIN BLOODY MARY
Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale, Ice Tea, Lemonade, Diet Coke, Club Soda
2 BRUNCH COCKTAILS
3 BRUNCH COCKTAILS
PITCHER OF ANY BRUNCH COCKTAIL
Mimosa, Diablo Verde, Bloody Mary/Maria, Screwdriver, Sangria, Mojito, Margarita or Caipirinha
Back to the Brunch
All brunch entrees above are served with home fries & mixed greens
Fried eggs on top of a crispy corn tortilla, fresh pico de gallo & black beans. Served with home fries & mixed greens.
Poached eggs on a toasted English muffin served with Brazilian Ham & Esperanto’s signature chipotle hollandaise sauce. Served with home fries & mixed greens.
Sliced grilled chicken, served with a side of black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, salsa roja. Served with home fries & mixed greens.
STEAK & EGGS
Sliced hanger steak, toasted English muffin & eggs any style. Served with home fries & mixed greens.
Monterey cheese, roasted red peppers, onions & chorizo. Served with home fries & mixed greens.
Goat cheese, kale, onions & roasted peppers (Substitute egg whites for $3). Served with home fries & mixed greens.
Eggs scrambled with black beans, green peppers, Monterey cheese, onions & a side of sour cream. Served with home fries & mixed greens.
Monterey cheese, beans, tomato & salsa roja in a flour tortilla Add to Burrito or Quesadilla: Chorizo, Egg, Peppers, Chicken, Avocado $2 each item Bacon, Ham or Steak for $3 each item). Served with home fries & mixed greens.
Battered challah bread topped with seasonal fruit & powdered sugar (Add 1 scoop of ice cream for $2, 2 scoops for $3)
Rice, black beans, guac & pico de Gallo, with choice of 1 CARB: Tostones , fried yucca or fries 1 VEG: Sautéed spinach or corn (w/cheese $1 ext ra), Add chicken ($5), steak or shrimp ($7)
Lettuce, tomato, onion & french fries (Add $2 each: Fried Egg, Goat/Cheddar /Monterey Cheese, Avocado) (Add bacon or ham for $3.00)
Diced mango, avocado, toasted almonds & shaved parmesan with our house dressing (Add chicken $5, steak or shrimp $7)
WAFFLE & EGGS
Belgian style waffle served with eggs any style & grilled chorizo (Add a scoop of ice cream for $2, 2 scoops for $3)
Crispy corn tortillas, tomatillo sauce, sour cream, parmesan cheese and topped with 2 fried eggs
Fresh coconut & tres-leche Caribbean custard, topped with caramel & powdered sugar. (Add a scoop of ice cream for $2, 2 scoops for $3)
CHIPS, PICO DE GALLO & GUACAMOLE
Homemade tri-color corn tortilla chips served with pico de gallo & guacamole (Extra tortilla chips $3)
Fried calamari, served with our homemade salsa roja
Plaintain-crusted warmed goat cheese medallions on a bed of sautéed leeks, topped with pico de gallo & a side of cilantro pesto
BOLINHOS DE BACALHAU
Fried potato & codfish cakes, served with a side of our chipotle mayo
3 corn tortilla tacos, topped with chopped onions, parsley, pico de gallo, and our homemade salsa. Your choice of chicken ($10), steak ($12) or chorizo ($11)
Spanish style meatballs. Served on a bed of cilantro rice and topped with our signature adobo sauce topped with parmesan cheese
Three filo-wrapped empanadas. Choice of beef ($13), shrimp ($14) or vegetable ($12). Served with a side of adobo sauce and mixed greens.
Mussels roasted on the half shell. Baked with garlic, paprika, butter & parmesan cheese.
Grilled octopus and warm yukon gold potatoes with red onions, capers & parsley, tossed in a red wine, jalapeño, & citrus dressing
Apps just not cutting it?
Add chicken ($5), steak or shrimp ($7) to any salad
Diced mango, avocado, toasted almonds & shaved parmesan. Topped with house dressing
Onions, tomato, palmito, orange segments, cashews
Avocado, palmitos, mint, red onions & clementine segments, in a cilantro-citrus dressing
Served with homemade plantain chips
Tomatoes, red onions, cilantro and scallions soaked in a citrus marinade. Served with homemade plantain chips
Diced mango, avocado and scallions soaked in a citrus marinade. Served with homemade plantain chips
Corn, peppers and onions soaked in a citrus marinade. Served with homemade plantain chips
Try them all!!!!
Time to fill on up.
A Brazilian stew made of coconut milk, ginger, cashews, tomatoes & peppers. Choice of snapper, shrimp, or a combination of the two. Served with a side of white rice.
Grilled salmon fillet, topped with our homemade mango salsa. Served on a bed of sautéed spinach & white rice
FRANGO DE CASA
Pan-seared chicken with a cumin-coriander adobo sauce, topped with jalapeño buttered corn & side of cilantro rice
Penne tossed in a mild, medium or spicy salsa roja, topped with sliced peppers, onion & parmesan Add chicken ($5), steak or shrimp ($7)
Pan-seared market fish topped with a cachaca cream sauce, served on a bed of mashed potatoes and a side of sautéed spinach
House-ground, grass-fed beef, pickled onion & chipotle mayo on a toasted brioche bun with hand cut fries (Add $2 each: Fried egg, Goat/Cheddar/Monterey cheese, avocado) (Add bacon for $3.00)
Rice, black beans, guacamole & pico de gallo, with choice of 1 CARB: Tostones, fried yucca or fries 1 VEG: Sautéed spinach or corn (w/ cheese $1 extra), Add chicken ($5), steak or shrimp ($7)
Grass-fed marinated hanger steak, with rice, beans & chimichurri sauce
CHULETA DE CERDO
Grilled pork chop on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes, served with a side of smoky bbq sauce & roasted corn topped with jalepeno butter
FISH TACOS PLATTER
Guacamole, beans, tomatillo sauce, queso fresco and spinach
PAELLA DE MARISCOS (FRI & SAT ONLY)
Spanish style rice, topped with mussels, calamari, shrimp, and snapper
Fresh coconut & tres-leche Caribbean custard, topped with a caramel drizzle & powdered sugar
Warm flourless chocolate molten lava cake, topped with raspberry puree, powdered sugar & a scoop of ice cream
(Chicken, Steak or Chorizo)
GARLIC MASHED POTATOES
(Add Cheese $1)
PAO DE QUEIJO
(Brazilian Cheese Bread)
CILANTRO OR WHITE RICE
TOSTONES W/ BLACK BEAN DIP