157 E Houston St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.722918 -73.989143
Monday - Wednesday: 5pm to Midnight, Thursday & Friday: 4pm to 2am, Saturday: 12pm to 2am, Sunday: 11:30am to 2pm
Neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Bowery, Downtown
Trendy, but food is not good – I've been to Macondo twice for dinner- the first time was so unmemorable that when a friend made a reservation only a year later I didn't remember that I had been there until I arrived. The second time the food was just OK. Most of the reviews talk about the drinks and fusion of ingredients but they don't actually talk about the taste of the food - which is not good! There were 4 of us so we tried a lot of different dishes - the pescado tacos, enchilada de pollo, and the tuna flatbreads and I wasn't impressed by any of them.
I think the reason that people go there is because it is a trendy fusion restaurant on the LES and people want to feel hip by eating there. If you are not one of those people and just want delicious food, then I don't recommend trying it!
Awesome Brunch!! – Macondo....Get. Over. There! They have this brunch special that you buy one mimosa and you get a few more complimentary mimosas with your brunch! That's unheard of in this city. Brilliant guys! And it's not just some Tropicana and cheap champagne...it's a choice of three amazing flavors..all made with fresh fruits (insane). I was so impressed. Drinks aside, the food was brilliant. The torrijas, basically a Latino version of French toast, and the pancakes with fresh blueberries, were my favorites for brunch. My friend had the steak and eggs which was unreal. The meat was so juicy and it was presented sliced over fresh greens with a sunny-side egg on top. These corn arepas also came with the dish and are officially my new favorite thing in the world.
i asked our waitress, who was so helpful and informative by the way, if we could have two more arepas and she made it happen. Two thumbs way up.
To make brunch even more fun, the bathroom walls are made of chalkboard! So you can write funny comments or draw pictures, etc. Awesome idea! Love this place.
Amazing Tapas – Ate here last night. Food and cocktails were outstanding. Interesting ingredients mixed...tough to find around the city. Nice vibe also.
At least the cooks are Latino – I could eat the Chorishrimp every day for a while. The bocadilla and arepa were whateves. It is funny to see gringos pedal fancy latin street food in a posh LES setting. A great marketing appeal none the less.
I will go back for those camarones con patacones and try a few different sides next time and a new drink too.
Go make your own decision...
Great place to party – Last Friday, March 5 had a Birthday party at Macondo. That was the best party I've ever had.
First of all, this was a theme party: Wig and Glasses. The restaurant was completely willing fully to receive a creative and fun party like mine.
We were about 50 people. The appetizers came overnight, always well served and always delicious. The variety was vast. My friends, both locals and foreigners were happy with the food and service.
Considering the amount of people, the drinks always arrive on time. Cocktails at Macondo are spectacular.
Beverage service was simply excellent. Despite the number of people, the checks were perfect and clear. Hostesses, waiters, waitresses, the staff service was excellent.
The atmosphere, the music, the lighting was fantastic. That was the best place to make a party like this
This party will be unforgettable.
Thank you Macondo for a great night.
rude waiter – our waiter was the most obnoxious waiter by far. he was very pushy from the start by trying to sell us drinks and the special of the night - the whole roasted pig ( with the face attached). keep in mind it was a monday night after work and a few girls just trying to enjoy a dinner, we did not need a roasted pig staring at us at the table. when we told him we were not interested, he immediately was so rude and unhelpful. none of us were familiar w/ the latin menu so we obviously had questions, but it was almost as if he was offended by us. this is a place that i'll never go back to. there are too many other good restaurants with the same genre of food with much better service. i've never felt so cheated from a dining experience.
Great Late Night Dining! – My boyfriend and I stumbled into this wonderful restaurant after a late showing at the Sunshine Theater. The food was absolutely delicious! We were pretty unfamiliar with the Latin cuisine on the menu but the server was very helpful with detailed descriptions and we loved everything that was recommended. In fact, the Cuban sandwich was so good, we ordered one to go and took it home with us!
I would recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a casual place to eat on the Lower East Side. Not too sceney, but hip and fun. And the cocktails are fabulous!
Great for a night out with friends~!! – Went out on a double date & had a fabulous time!! Didn't have any problem getting a table on a rainy Friday at about 8pm but the place filled up shortly thereafter.
The waitress (Charlotte i think) was enthusiastic and very attentive to every detail. We ordered an assortment of food to share & a pitcher of the tamarind tequila drink- soo good & not too sweet.
The server recommended this specialty sparkling beer drink which you use a flask to drink out of & it proved a great time for all.
The food came out one thing tastier than the other- the manager came over and said hello and even sent out a few things just because. The dessert of churros & donuts wasn't too memorable but they were a tasty way to finish the meal.
We stayed for over 2hrs and they didn't push us out or make us feel unwelcome ever. I will definitely return to try some more food items & their long tasty drinks.
Having worked in many restaurants i appreciate when i can go out and be treated well just because and for that i give this place 5 stars!!!
come on, be less obvious – As somebody else pointed out, most 5 star reviews here have one thing in common: the reviewer has never written about another place, except two people who also gave their sister restaurant Rayuela 5 stars. Sounds suspicious ?, imho rather amateurish, but unfortunately very common and easy to do on this site and others.
Let the dice fall where they may, people. If you guys at Macondo are good enough, it will show eventually, but please don't try to manipulate us with these fake testimonials. Having said that, I am going this week and will report about it. Hope Kevin Spacey is not sitting next to me, I'd prefer Benicio del Toro.
Best cocktail ever! – Loved It!
I was there last Thursday and waited for my friend at the bar while having a cocktail made with... avocado???? (a little risky I must say... some sort of frozen avocado drink mixed with a hard core Latin liquor) Absolutely amazing!!! Turned out to be that my friend never showed up and so I decided to stay for dinner at the bar. I had three to-die-for tapas including one named pastelon something made with plantains and beef and manchego cheese... Wow!
I wish my "friend" would've been there with me. We're trying again next Friday. It's been a while since I've been to a place where I go for the risky options (I'm addicted to the flavors I know) and leave the place more than satisfied.
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