7. Calle Ocho

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The stunning and stylish Calle Ocho may be a surprise to most West Siders, although it’s been in the neighborhood (first on Columbus Avenue) for sixteen years. Now located in the Excelsior Hotel, which is surrounded by scaffolding, you might pass it without noticing it. Yet it may be the best Latin restaurant in the neighborhood, serving what New York Magazine describes as “flash fires of ceviches and soothing arepas and tamales that the kitchen has devised to enthrall the neighborhood” plus Yucca fries. Mondays are $5 Mojito Madness days.

Calle Ocho, 45 West 81st St, 212-873-5025; Sat & Sun brunch, Mon-Thurs 6:00 PM-10:30 PM, weekends open until 11:30 PM but check web site.