I’ve been cutting back on Restaurant Week lately and have been choosing to do just one or two dinners to not go too overboard with my wallet. This week, my friend and I tried Yerba Buena in the East Village, a restaurant featuring Latin cuisine. Wish I could tell you how we ended up here but I had my friend Yael in charge of the reservations.
The service was great at Yerba Buena, considering it was Restaurant Week. A friend forgot about the reservation and we didn’t receive any attitude for having less than the number in our party – instead the manager commented he was glad we made it. We also were presented with the special Restaurant Week menu immediately, so no awkward interaction where I had to request the menu.
The cocktail list was extensive and everything sounded delicious. I went with a Dark ‘n Â Stormy – ginger beer and black rum – and this was spot on. Provably one of the better ones I’ve had in the city. Cocktails were $12 – which isn’t cheap if you are broke but standard at a nice place.
Yael and I shared our appetizers. The tilapia tacos with a mango slaw were very light and refreshing. The arepas (which are little sandwiches) were short ribs and had a great sweet BBQ type sauce. Both were so good that I can’t even name my favorite.
For dinner, I had the skirt steak. It was in a sauce and was cooked well. Someone next to me said their steak was chewy, but mine was fineÂ - I ordered medium rare. The avocado and tomato salad had a strong citrus flavor, but it was welcomed on a hot summer night. Accompanying the dinner was crunchy yucca balls, which tasted like they were in a panko coating.Â While the sides were small, I got two good pieces of steak, and I left feeling full.
For dessert, I went with the chocolate flan. It tasted like a mousse but my favorite part was dipping it in the raspberry sauce-yum!
I haven’t been overly impressed with Restaurant Week in the past. But tonight at Yerba Buena, I may have become a Restaurant Week believer again.Â The Basics Name: Yerba Buena Location: 23 Ave A (near 2nd Street) Who to Bring: Date, Friends Price: $$$$ It’s Restaurant Week Overall: Fabulous experience. 5 Stars. Â