Yuca Bar NYC (East Village)

IMG_6277I discovered Yuca Bar NYC approximately three years ago, while dining with a friend in the Wast Village. I absolutely love the food  and it may be in the running to top my list as my favorite restaurant in NYC.

The Crowd: Yuca Bar NYC is a great place to interact with a fun young professionals. This restaurant definitely caters to the younger after-work crowd.  The restaurant unfortunately gets too loud to have good, networking type conversation or serious interactions. However, if you have someone looking for a good time and an even better happy hour, take them to Yuca Bar immediately!

The Food: For starters, the happy hour is pretty darn good; $6 Sangria & Wine, $4 Beers and a host of Margarita’s and mixed cocktails for $7, Monday thru Friday 1-8 pm.  Yuca bar also runs daily food specials, so it’s worth it to see which daily deal sparks your interest. Tuesdays are ½ price tapas, paired with happy hour until 8 pm; by far the best night of the week to visit! I will warn you, this place gets packed! So get there early or be prepared for the crowd!

During my last visit, I ordered all my favorites. For starters, I ordered the Espresso BBQ Costillitas, which are juicy (falling off the bone) baby back ribs with a delicious and lightly sweet Latin espresso, coffee inspired BBQ sauce. (pictured above). This is by far my favorite dish at Yuca Bar NYC.

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My second favorite dish is the Platano Relleno; which the perfect combination of savory and sweet; the dish is a perfectly sweet plantain stuffed with an abundant  portion of slow roasted pork, drizzled with creamy sour cream. (Yummy)

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I also tried something “new”, the Fish Tacos. My friend who is obsessed with fish tacos , specifically the ones she’s had in LA, even cosigned that these were in fact amazing. These fish tacos are served “baja style” topped with a delicious spiced cabbage.

Something else that I enjoy at Yuca bar that I didn’t have room for during this visit was the shrimp ceviche. If you have room, you should definitely give that a try!

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Ash Renee

Ash Renee, is a practicing real estate attorney & broker in NYC. Ash loves exploring the NYC restaurant, fashion and social scene. When Ash is not practicing law or writing on her blog, she can be found immersed in a good book.