Monday, September 2, 2013

Esperanto Latino Cuisino

Friday night I was invited for dinner with what was supposed to be my very closest friends. Of course someone cocked it up and invited half or Outer Brooklyn and all of a sudden I was squashed in between mostly strangers by the open windows of Esperanto in Alphabet City; which as I think about it is actually one of the best places I could be.  I am a big fan of this alphabet city hang; it's definitely been around for a while, it's interiors are Latino flavoured, they have a cocktail bar which makes gorgeous twists to Cuba cubannah classics and the food is reliable. What more they are always totally happy to accommodate large groups, even fairly last minute, even when all of a sudden out of the blue another four people show up; but it's never empty either. Worthwhile I would say by almost anyone's measure.

Happening atmosphere; fun people:

I started off the evening with an unnamed drink ; which true to form I actually held on to for the rest of my dinner. It was a twist on a normal Mojito and it had a slightly spicier twist to it, which was extremely delicious.

I then did something unprecedented for me at Esperanto: I ordered their hanger steak. It arrived hot on the plate, pink in the middle; with guacamole, black beans, salsa and rice. It sounds so simple and good; but I know how difficult it is to get right. 

I suppose I ordered it exactly because I know how quality esperanto is about it's fairly basic menu; I feared that I had perhaps overreached in this case but honestly the steak was better than I could have possibly hoped for. The meat was cooked to perfection, the guacamole was creamy and fresh, the rice and beans were basic yes, but deliciously tasty all the same. The salsa, lastly, added just the right amount of spice. 

Unexpectedly favourited:


Ultimately, of course, it was the prime, succulent steak that made the meal for me. It was so good I wondered when I had last had such a nice piece of meat out? I actually couldn't tell you. Alas this dish is definitely worth a recommendation. 

So this time I have to just thank Esperanto for providing the perfect context for another relaxed evening with friends and another delicious meal. 

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