Esperanto is a lively, feel good latin- inspired restaurant located on Ave C in downtown NYC. Live music and entertainment including flamenco dancing are part of the experience. The cocktail menu strongly focuses on Caipirinhas, as it should, because it is a brazilian/south american restaurant.
The food is a fusion of Latin American cuisine. Our dinner began with chips, pico de gallo, and guacamole a house favorite and a must try. Followed by a ceviche trio that was very flavorful mixing seafood, red snapper, was our favorite, with heavy lime juice, citrus, and mango.
The most popular entrees are Feijoida, a traditional pork and black bean stew served with white rice and sautéed collard greens ($22), the Moqueca, a brazil seafood stew made with a choice of snapper or shrimp or both with coconut milk, ginger and cashews served with white rice ($24).
Our favorite was the Carne Grelhada, a marinated hanger steak, cooked medium rare, chefs choice, served with rice/ beans/guacomole and chimichurri sauce ($26).
Esperanto 145 Avenue C and 9th street. New York, NY 10009 (212)505-6559