No trip to New York City for me is complete without trying a new restaurant, especially since I am the Finance Foodie! Since I had only had one fashion week show to attend on Saturday, I utilized the opportunity to break free from the tent at Lincoln Center and head east that night....in fact, waaay far east into what is known as Alphabet City in Manhattan. On the corner of 9th and Avenue C, I stepped into a lively little Brazilian restaurant called Esperanto.
Already packed with what looked like an very eclectic crowd (a large group of young Spaniards in the corner, a table of Ferragamo-loafered bankers by the bar), I was super glad I had reservations when I showed up at 8pm. When I was settled in, I was even more glad to see an exotic cocktail menu! Never mind that I had been indulging in wine the entire afternoon at the tents, I ordered the Guava-rita (a margarita made with guava juice) to start. This was a great choice, as the drink tasted fresh squeezed and organic (I could taste the little flecks of guava pulp in the drink -- no guava concentrate in this drink!).
Esperanto is truly a down to earth hidden gem, a refreshing break from a big city filled with big names chefs and their even bigger egos. I plan to go back again for sure -- but next time, I'm taking a cab!
145 Ave C
New York, NY 10009