Esperanto

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I've been frequenting Esperanto for years and it always brings a smile to my face. This East Village Latin restaurant is always full of vibrabce and energy. It is brightly colored with rich yellow, green and red paint. No matter the time of day, they have lively music as the soundtrack to your meal. 

The menu has ample selection of Latin fusion dishes, taking influence from northeastern Brazil.  The empanadas are hot and flakey, the ceviche is cold and perfectly acidic. Their version of Moqueca (Braxilian stew) is rich and I still dream of it. For brunch, try the tostones or fried yucca which are both slathered with garlic and not at all greasy. Much of the menu is designed to share. Wash it down with any number of fresh fruit cocktails pressed daily. If you need a pick-me-up, this is your spot. Here's what we had:

Tostones with black bean dip

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Fried yucca & guacamole

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Ovos Rancheros - Fried egg on top of a crispy corn tortilla, fresh pico de gallo & black beans

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Eggs Benedict - Poached eggs on a toasted English muffin served with Brazilian ham & Esperanto's signature hollandaise sauce

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Esperanto Burger - Lettuce, tomato, onion, cheddar, bacon, avocado, egg & french fries

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Address: 145 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

Phone(212) 505-6559

www.esperantony.com/