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Yerba Buena Cocina Latina

23 Ave. A (E. 2nd St.) Send to Phone
212-529-2919 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Order Now! | Menu
Elevated Latin fare in the East Village.

Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late
  • Dress code: Business casual
  • Reservations suggested

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Yerba Buena Cocina Latina, New York, NY

Yerba Buena Cocina Latina Restaurant Review

: Julian Medina’s contribution to the East Village restaurant scene seriously upgrades the quality of Latin cooking in the area. Inside, the restaurant appears bigger than it is by tucking tables away around a corner and by keeping the design touches down to the bare minimum. On the menu, what impresses most is how Medina effortlessly combines Peruvian, Cuban and Mexican cuisines into a frothy whirlwind tour through the culinary highlights of each region. A traditional Cuban sandwich goes open-face and presto! It’s a pizza. Even the shrimp soup gets a dash of the now ever-present aji amarillo. You can also go to town with dishes like oxtail, noodles, scallions, piquillos, peas and quail egg; barbecue beef short rib arepas with cabbage slaw and pickled jalapeños; or a tender rib-eye steak with aji panka, yucca fries and avocado salad. Special mention must also be made of the cocktails, which dodge the syrupy sweetness present at so many high-end Latin restaurants---try the gin with jalapeño and cilantro and a pisco sour with organic egg whites. Don’t miss the addictive churros for dessert.
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