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Calle Ocho

Ok, word of warning, this blog post is awful! (I know, I know, not a very good way to start a blog post)! But I do have an excuse, and it’s three words:

Bottomless. Sangria. Brunch.

Yep, you heard correctly. My girlfriends and I had a lot to catch up on, so we planned brunch at Calle Ocho which is known for, you guessed it, bottomless sangria brunch!

I was planning on taking the blog pictures I always do, of the front and inside of the restaurant. But then bottomless sangria happened, and I failed miserably. So here are some pictures of us, and you can kind of see the restaurant in the background…

Calle Ocho - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

Calle Ocho - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

The menu lists the available food (unimportant) and the available types of sangria (very important). Calle Ocho has four white sangrias and four red sangrias to choose from, and if you really make an effort you can taste just about all of them!

Oh and did I mention the best part? The sangria is FREE with your meal!

But there are rules. You can only have one glass at at time, and you only get free sangria from the time you sit down until you eat the last bite of food on your plate.

So… take your time… there’s no rush when bottomless sangria is at stake!

Calle Ocho - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

We sat down and ordered our first round of sangria, mostly based on their cute names. Havana Banana or Spanish Harlem, anyone?

I was planning on taking pictures of each type of sangria later on in our meal, but then bottomless sangria happened and I ended up with no pictures of sangria whatsoever! And at a restaurant known for its sangria! Worst blogger ever!

So… here’s a picture of the bread basket instead…

Calle Ocho - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

For food I have no memory of who ordered what, but at least I know what we ordered!

This is the Vaca Frita, with Cuban skirt steak, latin pork fried rice, avocado and fried eggs.

Calle Ocho - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

I selected (at least I remember what I ate!) the Maiz y Camarones with sautéed shrimp, bacon, manchego cheese grits, peruvian corn, a poached egg and chipotle hollandaise.

Calle Ocho - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

And we also had the Torta de Pollo which is grilled chicken breast, caramelized onions, manchego cheese, bacon and chipotle aioli all on toasted Cuban bread.

Calle Ocho - New York City dining - Wanderlust in the City

Was the food good? Yes. Would anything have tasted good after countless glasses of sangria? Also yes.

Rest assured, even though there are no sangria pictures there was still lots of sangria! In fact, we ended up hanging out at the restaurant for five hours, talking, laughing and sharing stories. And though the restaurant may have cut us off at one point (not for bad behavior, I promise!) we still were able to have sangria for most of that time. And we ended up paying less than $30 each!

So even though Calle Ocho made me a really bad blogger, bottomless sangria brunch made it all worth it.

Grab your girlfriends and make a reservation here. It’ll be a brunch you’ll never probably forget.

~A

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