Of all the things to do in New York City during the summer, Macondo (157 East Houston Street, Lower East Side, NYC) has to be one of the best things I’ve done on my list to-date. Granted, I am way behind and have only done seven things in a month’s time, but Macondo certainly stands out among them—right up there with my review of Qi!
Macondo is one of those restaurants that just looks cool. And for as many times as I have frequented the 2nd Avenue stop in the Lower East Side, from which Macondo is only a few steps away, I had yet to check out this seemingly wonderful venue–and what a mistake it was to wait that long.
I don’t know if it was the food, the drinks, the company or the adrenaline rushing through my body from my own perceived risk of eating food from a place in the Lower East Side, but whatever it was, my evening at Macondo was certainly one that makes me want to go back.
As I said, the food was great. I had the Carne con Yuca, a grilled steak a top Yuca fries with chimmichurri abound. The steak was grilled to my perfection and was damn succulent if you ask me. A top the Yuca fries, which are basically a flavorful play on steak fries, my tastebuds were in heaven for most of the night, but it got even better with the chimmichurri sauce.
Even though I’m starting this diet kick cold-turkey, I definitely failed to accurately assess the amount of calories that dish caused me to consume. Also not helping my caloric-intake was the fact that my friend and I got appetizers and I probably had more than my fair share of the “Mamajuana” cocktail carafe. Nevertheless, the appetizer, which was some kind of chorizo/vegetable/potato mix, was amazing, and the cocktail was equally good.
My friend had actually been to Macondo before, and thankfully, Macondo lived up to the rave review bestowed upon me prior to us choosing this place. Had we not chosen Macondo for our meeting, I don’t know when I would have gotten around to going to a restaurant in the Lower East Side–even knowing that it was on my to-do list. Not to mention, outside of my company for that night, there’s not a long list of people that would have made Macondo as fun an experience as it was.
Company included, the atmosphere there was great. The lighting is interesting, especially up front, where the sun is beaming in through the open-entrance, which has no walls whatsoever. There was always a little music playing in the background, usually of the latin genre, and it really helps give you that lounge/club feel without having to go to the lounge/club. Clientele-wise, being in the Lower East Side helps the venue attract a rather eclectic, outgoing crowd. Business was probably slower than usual since it was a Monday night, but by 7:30 when I sat down, it was beginning to fill up. Thankfully, however, I didn’t have to wait to be seated.
So if you can’t tell, I certainly do recommend going to Macondo if you have yet to check it out. I can’t believe I’ve been in this city for nine years and hadn’t been there yet. But now that I have my first taste of this fine establishment, I can assure you that it will not be another nine years before my next visit!