Ideya Restaurant

★★★★☆

About Ideya Restaurant

Hours
Monday 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Thursday 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Friday 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Saturday 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sunday 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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I love Ideya restaurant. The simple decor is cozy even when its busy. The service is great, the waiters and bartenders are always consistent. The food is delicious.

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★★★★★

I love Ideya restaurant. The simple decor is cozy even when its busy. The service is great, the waiters and bartenders are always consistent. The food is delicious.

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I really wanted to enjoy this place, having read some good reviews. Our group of 4 came in for a Saturday brunch to a surprisingly empty restaurant.

The food was horrendous. Everything tasted like it was cooked a week ago and warmed up in the microwave for our order. The empanadas were the worst I have ever had. The tasteless tres leche cake was swimming in milk. The only dish that was liked was the eggs sunny side up, and come on, that is really hard to cook incorrectly. Especially for $10. Most of us didn't finish our food past the first bite, and we told the waiter who just shrugged like he's heard it a million times and brought us the check for the full amount anyway.

I would have to be crazy to go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I really wanted to enjoy this place, having read some good reviews. Our group of 4 came in for a Saturday brunch to a surprisingly empty restaurant.

The food was horrendous. Everything tasted like it was cooked a week ago and warmed up in the microwave for our order. The empanadas were the worst I have ever had. The tasteless tres leche cake was swimming in milk. The only dish that was liked was the eggs sunny side up, and come on, that is really hard to cook incorrectly. Especially for $10. Most of us didn't finish our food past the first bite, and we told the waiter who just shrugged like he's heard it a million times and brought us the check for the full amount anyway.

I would have to be crazy to go back.

Pros: none

Cons: food

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There's absolutely NO reason NOT to go to this hip Cuban-fusion SoHo storefront. Get a table in front of the mid-restaurant bar, get the mojitos (light or dark rum, both terrific) and ceviche started, and chill. It's not flashy, or overly atmospheric - they're not trying THAT hard. Gets crowded on weekends, if you're into that, but weeknights are mellower. The food ( I happen to LOVE Cuban, growing up in SoFla) is very good - most iems being updated versions of Caribbean classics.

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★★★★★

There's absolutely NO reason NOT to go to this hip Cuban-fusion SoHo storefront. Get a table in front of the mid-restaurant bar, get the mojitos (light or dark rum, both terrific) and ceviche started, and chill. It's not flashy, or overly atmospheric - they're not trying THAT hard. Gets crowded on weekends, if you're into that, but weeknights are mellower. The food ( I happen to LOVE Cuban, growing up in SoFla) is very good - most iems being updated versions of Caribbean classics.

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Ideya is an interesting little place... A little expensive, but tasty food. If you crave an empanada,

2
★★★★☆

Ideya is an interesting little place... A little expensive, but tasty food. If you crave an empanada,

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A few weeks ago, Ideya was an amazing way to spend money like it was going out of style, and it was worth every cent. The mojitos were UNBELIEVABLE, the food, flavorful, piping hot and with excellent service, especially if you ate at the bar.
I went last Saturday. The Mojitos, weak and BITTER. If the mojitos just two weeks ago were a perfect ten, they're now about a 3, maybe a 4. Even the flavored ones couldn't be saved, the mango mojitos tasted bitter like you can imagine nail polish remover tasting, YUCK! The food was dry, especially the tostones rellenos (the whole, dish, not just the plantain) terribly disappointing as I was really looking forward to recreating my last wonderful meal there. Service was not even passable, even when the restaurant emptied out, I had to hail my waiter every time we needed something, which was everything: drinks, water, food, bring out the cake, could I have a spoon. Each time we ordered a drink (even when the restaurant was empty!) it took him forever to get it, I remember waiting 25 minutes for my first mojito. Water, something that any good waiter knows to have on hand for his guests, our entire table had empty glasses of water for over 20 minutes before I had to, yet again, flag him down to bring us water. One member of our party ordered a simple hard liquor, neat, and was brought some other hard liquor that was obviously wrong (like rum instead of scotch, what!?). Our plates were empty, again like the restaurant, for about 15 minutes before he came to pick them up. For some reason he could not be found before then. The only time he actually came to our table to check up on us was when he asked if we wanted the bill. I had asked for everything at this point, so for him to offer the bill seemed like he was eager to get the tip he clearly did not earn. Thank god we were just under the 8-ppl party limit or else we would've been charged a 20% tip. I still tipped 15, having been a waitress myself but he deserved 8.

0
★☆☆☆☆

A few weeks ago, Ideya was an amazing way to spend money like it was going out of style, and it was worth every cent. The mojitos were UNBELIEVABLE, the food, flavorful, piping hot and with excellent service, especially if you ate at the bar.
I went last Saturday. The Mojitos, weak and BITTER. If the mojitos just two weeks ago were a perfect ten, they're now about a 3, maybe a 4. Even the flavored ones couldn't be saved, the mango mojitos tasted bitter like you can imagine nail polish remover tasting, YUCK! The food was dry, especially the tostones rellenos (the whole, dish, not just the plantain) terribly disappointing as I was really looking forward to recreating my last wonderful meal there. Service was not even passable, even when the restaurant emptied out, I had to hail my waiter every time we needed something, which was everything: drinks, water, food, bring out the cake, could I have a spoon. Each time we ordered a drink (even when the restaurant was empty!) it took him forever to get it, I remember waiting 25 minutes for my first mojito. Water, something that any good waiter knows to have on hand for his guests, our entire table had empty glasses of water for over 20 minutes before I had to, yet again, flag him down to bring us water. One member of our party ordered a simple hard liquor, neat, and was brought some other hard liquor that was obviously wrong (like rum instead of scotch, what!?). Our plates were empty, again like the restaurant, for about 15 minutes before he came to pick them up. For some reason he could not be found before then. The only time he actually came to our table to check up on us was when he asked if we wanted the bill. I had asked for everything at this point, so for him to offer the bill seemed like he was eager to get the tip he clearly did not earn. Thank god we were just under the 8-ppl party limit or else we would've been charged a 20% tip. I still tipped 15, having been a waitress myself but he deserved 8.

Pros: Mngr sent shots for the Bday girl, Thanks!

Cons: Bitter, weak Mojitos, HORRIBLE service, mediocre food (food is usually fantastic), would've been good for groups but unattentive service

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Crowded friday nights..Loudy music dining..great mohitos (coco mojo is the best)..Special latin menu, not americanized..good food (salmon was delecious)..great atmosphere to get drunk with yoour friends..I enjoyed my food and atmosphere on friday night. The music was bit loudy and the service was bit slow but it worths.

2
★★★★☆

Crowded friday nights..Loudy music dining..great mohitos (coco mojo is the best)..Special latin menu, not americanized..good food (salmon was delecious)..great atmosphere to get drunk with yoour friends..I enjoyed my food and atmosphere on friday night. The music was bit loudy and the service was bit slow but it worths.

Pros: mohitos, people watching

Cons: slow service

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This past weekend my boyfriend and I were walking around Soho and decided to grab brunch somwhere in the neighborhood. We had been into Ideya once before on a Monday night and such a great time listening to the salsa band and having mojitos so we thought we would check it out. We were not sure what to expect for brunch, but were so glad that we stopped by. The restaurant was busy so we were prepared for usual hour long wait for NYC brunch but they were able to seat us within 10 mins. The food was great and the atmosphere perfect-bright with a beachy feel! We will definitely be back!

2
★★★★★

This past weekend my boyfriend and I were walking around Soho and decided to grab brunch somwhere in the neighborhood. We had been into Ideya once before on a Monday night and such a great time listening to the salsa band and having mojitos so we thought we would check it out. We were not sure what to expect for brunch, but were so glad that we stopped by. The restaurant was busy so we were prepared for usual hour long wait for NYC brunch but they were able to seat us within 10 mins. The food was great and the atmosphere perfect-bright with a beachy feel! We will definitely be back!

Pros: Brunch, Mojitos, Live music, We felt like we were in the Carribbean:)

Cons: None

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My friend & I went for drinks & dinner on Friday - 10/19/07. Considering it was Friday night in Soho and was around 8:30, we walked right in & were seated promptly near the window - great for people watching. Water & plaintains with a homemade salsa were brought promptly to the table. We ordered the grouper fingers that came with a mayo based dip as an appetizer - they were very good. I had the braised beef & my friend had the pork chop. We ordered a side of braised kale. Everything was very tasty, although the kale could have used a little more salt to overcome the natural bitterness of kale. I had 2 of the grande dark rum mojitos made with fresh mint. It was probabloy one of the best mojitos I've ever had - & I've sampled plenty in my time. My friend had one of the flavored margaritas, which he really enjoyed as well. The portions were reasonable, albeit a bit expensive. Then again, you are paying for atmosphere & prime Soho location. The atmosphere is festive & the wait staff were attentive. Overall, this is a restaurant I would recommend trying at least once. I will be back again - the menu is seasonal.

2
★★★★☆

My friend & I went for drinks & dinner on Friday - 10/19/07. Considering it was Friday night in Soho and was around 8:30, we walked right in & were seated promptly near the window - great for people watching. Water & plaintains with a homemade salsa were brought promptly to the table. We ordered the grouper fingers that came with a mayo based dip as an appetizer - they were very good. I had the braised beef & my friend had the pork chop. We ordered a side of braised kale. Everything was very tasty, although the kale could have used a little more salt to overcome the natural bitterness of kale. I had 2 of the grande dark rum mojitos made with fresh mint. It was probabloy one of the best mojitos I've ever had - & I've sampled plenty in my time. My friend had one of the flavored margaritas, which he really enjoyed as well. The portions were reasonable, albeit a bit expensive. Then again, you are paying for atmosphere & prime Soho location. The atmosphere is festive & the wait staff were attentive. Overall, this is a restaurant I would recommend trying at least once. I will be back again - the menu is seasonal.

Pros: Great mojitos, prompt seating, attentive staff, lively atmosphere

Cons: A bit pricey

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I was there the other night with a freind and as nice the server was and as kool as the music and the decor was the portions were super tiny ,and overpriced .We tried ordering from the selections but they were out of 2 or 3 things.I would they would get at least the freaking mojito right and even that was watered down with some low budget rum.Man what a shame......

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★★★☆☆

I was there the other night with a freind and as nice the server was and as kool as the music and the decor was the portions were super tiny ,and overpriced .We tried ordering from the selections but they were out of 2 or 3 things.I would they would get at least the freaking mojito right and even that was watered down with some low budget rum.Man what a shame......

Pros: good looking place for a drink

Cons: bad place to eat

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We went as a grp of 4 without reservation late afternoon.... waiter was attentive.. they had run out of a lot of food.. but made great alternative recommenddations..laid back atmosphere, friendly staff.. easy going.. good food.

satisfying.. easy date place .. or good intimate hangout with friends.. not so super trendy.. but still with it
will be back..

2
★★★★☆

We went as a grp of 4 without reservation late afternoon.... waiter was attentive.. they had run out of a lot of food.. but made great alternative recommenddations..laid back atmosphere, friendly staff.. easy going.. good food.

satisfying.. easy date place .. or good intimate hangout with friends.. not so super trendy.. but still with it
will be back..

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This spot works best for couples or small groups--it's on the narrow side. Fantastic selection of mojitos (standard or 'mojos' blended with Goya nectars). The prices are reasonable and the staff was funny, friendly and accomodating. After an RSVP snafu my party waited a while for a table but it was well worth it. Pretty tropical decor perfect for lazy cocktail drinking, with paintings for sale by local artists on the wall. Make sure to order seconds of the freshly fried plantains and mango salsa.

2
★★★★★

This spot works best for couples or small groups--it's on the narrow side. Fantastic selection of mojitos (standard or 'mojos' blended with Goya nectars). The prices are reasonable and the staff was funny, friendly and accomodating. After an RSVP snafu my party waited a while for a table but it was well worth it. Pretty tropical decor perfect for lazy cocktail drinking, with paintings for sale by local artists on the wall. Make sure to order seconds of the freshly fried plantains and mango salsa.

Pros: food, ambience, staff

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It's expensive for what you get but the food is good and the staff is nice. Fun for lunch on a sunny afternoon.

1
★★★☆☆

It's expensive for what you get but the food is good and the staff is nice. Fun for lunch on a sunny afternoon.

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With so many restaurants to try in the city, this one is worth repeating. The plantains are addictive, and I especially suggest the pork appetizer and mojitos.

2
★★★★★

With so many restaurants to try in the city, this one is worth repeating. The plantains are addictive, and I especially suggest the pork appetizer and mojitos.

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I've been there twice, and had the skirt steak and the salmon carinizado. The food was above average, it was definitely not bad, but the portions are relatively small small. (the meat portion is maybe about 8 oz's and the side 4-6 oz) The mojitos cost 55 dollars a pitcher, which came as a shock to my table after having ordered 2. That's a great markup considering that between the rum, sugar, lime juice, and mint leaves it still only costs about 3 dollars to make a pitcher. You might want to check out Monday night salsa, they have a live band.

1
★★★☆☆

I've been there twice, and had the skirt steak and the salmon carinizado. The food was above average, it was definitely not bad, but the portions are relatively small small. (the meat portion is maybe about 8 oz's and the side 4-6 oz) The mojitos cost 55 dollars a pitcher, which came as a shock to my table after having ordered 2. That's a great markup considering that between the rum, sugar, lime juice, and mint leaves it still only costs about 3 dollars to make a pitcher. You might want to check out Monday night salsa, they have a live band.

Pros: live band on monday, atmosphere

Cons: overpriced, small portions

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Went for brunch on Saturday and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere immensely. Tender cubes of cornbread were served in a cute bowl and made a nice snack while we waited for our food. I had the Tortilla Wrap filled with chunks of spicy chicken that came with a side of tossed greens. Not bad & quite filling...but I preferred the Maduros instead. Service was prompt, attentive, and our glasses of water were always kept full!

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★★★★☆

Went for brunch on Saturday and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere immensely. Tender cubes of cornbread were served in a cute bowl and made a nice snack while we waited for our food. I had the Tortilla Wrap filled with chunks of spicy chicken that came with a side of tossed greens. Not bad & quite filling...but I preferred the Maduros instead. Service was prompt, attentive, and our glasses of water were always kept full!

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We only had the space for desserts, but their special recipe of flan and tres leches cake were to die for. I definitely recommend those 2 if you're ever at this restaurant. The place itself has a very quiet and calm atmosphere. Prices are also very reasonable.

4
★★★★☆

We only had the space for desserts, but their special recipe of flan and tres leches cake were to die for. I definitely recommend those 2 if you're ever at this restaurant. The place itself has a very quiet and calm atmosphere. Prices are also very reasonable.

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Always a hip, fun atmosphere with good music and a crowd that's usually neither too hip nor too touristy. Go for lunch on the weekends and have the eggs Ideya - one of my favorite things in the whole city. Also, it is important to note that Ideya -- hands down -- serves the best Mojito I've ever had. Overall, the food is above average but not to die for -- you're going more for the drinks and the fun atmosphere than a 5-star Cuban dining experience.

I should note I've never been on a weekend night -- we're talking about SoHo after all -- it might be crowded.

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★★★★★

Always a hip, fun atmosphere with good music and a crowd that's usually neither too hip nor too touristy. Go for lunch on the weekends and have the eggs Ideya - one of my favorite things in the whole city. Also, it is important to note that Ideya -- hands down -- serves the best Mojito I've ever had. Overall, the food is above average but not to die for -- you're going more for the drinks and the fun atmosphere than a 5-star Cuban dining experience.

I should note I've never been on a weekend night -- we're talking about SoHo after all -- it might be crowded.

Pros: Mojitos!, good music, fun atmosphere

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I stop by one evening and at the end of the night realized that for the price of 1 Malta I could buy 21 at your local Pathmark. For the price I paid for a cup of Bustelo coffee w/milk I could buy 2 vacumed packs for 3 bucks. Only a moron with no knowledge of lower east side would pay to eat at this OVER priced corner grocery food so called spanish restaurant.

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★★★☆☆

I stop by one evening and at the end of the night realized that for the price of 1 Malta I could buy 21 at your local Pathmark. For the price I paid for a cup of Bustelo coffee w/milk I could buy 2 vacumed packs for 3 bucks. Only a moron with no knowledge of lower east side would pay to eat at this OVER priced corner grocery food so called spanish restaurant.

Pros: quick seating

Cons: OVER PRICED, BAD SERVICE, OVER PRICED

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Only downside was being so loud you needed to scream to be heard. There was a 20 person b-day party in the small back room. Great food, great service. Would love to go back.

2
★★★★★

Only downside was being so loud you needed to scream to be heard. There was a 20 person b-day party in the small back room. Great food, great service. Would love to go back.

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I went on Saturday night with a group of 7. We had reservations for 8:30 and were seated promptly. Overall, the food was delicious. But the service was extremely poor. The waiter rarely checked on our table, an appetizer was forgotten, and one of the entrees came out ice cold. To top if off, the snotty hostess told us that we needed to hurry up and leave 2 minutes after we had gotten the bill (on a hefty tab, I might add) because another group was waiting for our table.

1
★★★☆☆

I went on Saturday night with a group of 7. We had reservations for 8:30 and were seated promptly. Overall, the food was delicious. But the service was extremely poor. The waiter rarely checked on our table, an appetizer was forgotten, and one of the entrees came out ice cold. To top if off, the snotty hostess told us that we needed to hurry up and leave 2 minutes after we had gotten the bill (on a hefty tab, I might add) because another group was waiting for our table.

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Had a very pleasant experience at Ideya. Brought a date here, had asked for a "good table" and they honored the request with a cozy corner table for two. All in all, the service was fantastic, very nice people, and food that was very well priced. Not ultra-gourmet, but solid tasting and not over-priced.

There was a lively crowd that made the restaurant bustle with energy - all in all, an excellent experience.

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★★★★★

Had a very pleasant experience at Ideya. Brought a date here, had asked for a "good table" and they honored the request with a cozy corner table for two. All in all, the service was fantastic, very nice people, and food that was very well priced. Not ultra-gourmet, but solid tasting and not over-priced.

There was a lively crowd that made the restaurant bustle with energy - all in all, an excellent experience.

Pros: Mojitos, Service, Fun Atmosphere

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I went to dinner at Ideya and had a wonder time. The meal begins with wonderfully salty plantain chips, which I ate too many of. We ordered a very large (both in price and in size) pitcher of mojitos, which were delicious. By the end of the pitcher all 4 of us were feeling very good... The appetizers we good, but the skirt steak with Chimeichurra sauce, and the tuna were both delicious. It was the best skirt steak I have had in recent memory, and I do love (and frequently eat) a good steak. In conclusion, I would certainly return to Ideya, and order the skirt steak again, without hesitation. I highly recommend it.

2
★★★★★

I went to dinner at Ideya and had a wonder time. The meal begins with wonderfully salty plantain chips, which I ate too many of. We ordered a very large (both in price and in size) pitcher of mojitos, which were delicious. By the end of the pitcher all 4 of us were feeling very good... The appetizers we good, but the skirt steak with Chimeichurra sauce, and the tuna were both delicious. It was the best skirt steak I have had in recent memory, and I do love (and frequently eat) a good steak. In conclusion, I would certainly return to Ideya, and order the skirt steak again, without hesitation. I highly recommend it.

Pros: skirt steak, Mojitos

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I had brunch at Ideya the other day and nearly flipped my lid at how great it was. We were able to just roll in and order and eat in no time.

The Huevos Ideya was insane. It's like a Latin style eggs Benedict, only theirs has one of the best tasting hollandaise sause I have ever tasted. They even put corn bread down on the table to much on, yummmm.

I just dig that place. The service was great, very cool and laid back. I'll be there next week for sure.

2
★★★★★

I had brunch at Ideya the other day and nearly flipped my lid at how great it was. We were able to just roll in and order and eat in no time.

The Huevos Ideya was insane. It's like a Latin style eggs Benedict, only theirs has one of the best tasting hollandaise sause I have ever tasted. They even put corn bread down on the table to much on, yummmm.

I just dig that place. The service was great, very cool and laid back. I'll be there next week for sure.

Pros: Service, Food, price

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my wife and I went on a Thursday eve and the place was filled with beautiful people and the flow of passerbys on the sidewalk outside was like a modeling show! The food was very fresh, even the salsa with chips tasted like they just prepared it. Loved the dark mojito! Service was good for a busy night.

2
★★★★☆

my wife and I went on a Thursday eve and the place was filled with beautiful people and the flow of passerbys on the sidewalk outside was like a modeling show! The food was very fresh, even the salsa with chips tasted like they just prepared it. Loved the dark mojito! Service was good for a busy night.

Pros: food, drinks, people

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walked into ideya again after my review felt kinda guilty thought i was a bit too hard on the restaurant. sorry just didnt work out - it is a cuban /latin american place right so why do u spice the food the way gringos would like it ???????? dont make the food bland - the flavour should explode in your mouth. consistancy on the cocktails too please

1
★★☆☆☆

walked into ideya again after my review felt kinda guilty thought i was a bit too hard on the restaurant. sorry just didnt work out - it is a cuban /latin american place right so why do u spice the food the way gringos would like it ???????? dont make the food bland - the flavour should explode in your mouth. consistancy on the cocktails too please

Pros: none, none, none

Cons: , alot, alot

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With early summer in the air, my girlfriend & I ducked out of work early (noon!) on a recent Fri. with the express purpose of quaffing a mohito or three & having a lite bite. Had walked past Ideaya for years but hadn't stopped before. Known for best mohitos in NYC, so we bee-lined it there. Sat at the open front windows. Clean, bright & airy; friendly, funny staff; cool mix of Latin tunes & reggae. Tasty grilled shrimp salad; an OK roast pork Cuban sandwich; superb plantains (cooked dark & gooey, like I used to get 'em in Tampa). Was it the rounds of hand-mashed mohitos or was the staff actually getting friendlier / funnier by the minute? Prices weren't bad for the happenin' Soho locale. Have recommended Ideya to others & want to go back.

2
★★★★☆

With early summer in the air, my girlfriend & I ducked out of work early (noon!) on a recent Fri. with the express purpose of quaffing a mohito or three & having a lite bite. Had walked past Ideaya for years but hadn't stopped before. Known for best mohitos in NYC, so we bee-lined it there. Sat at the open front windows. Clean, bright & airy; friendly, funny staff; cool mix of Latin tunes & reggae. Tasty grilled shrimp salad; an OK roast pork Cuban sandwich; superb plantains (cooked dark & gooey, like I used to get 'em in Tampa). Was it the rounds of hand-mashed mohitos or was the staff actually getting friendlier / funnier by the minute? Prices weren't bad for the happenin' Soho locale. Have recommended Ideya to others & want to go back.

Pros: mojitos, staff, ambiance

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The food, drink, and ambiance are definitely above average but only go here if you want to be poked by the server when he wants to take your drink order (and I was paying attention!). And then he'll forget to bring your drink every time you order one, won't pay attention to your table of 8, will give you unwarranted attitude, and never be friendly or smile. For this you get 20% gratuity automatically added to your bill!

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★★☆☆☆

The food, drink, and ambiance are definitely above average but only go here if you want to be poked by the server when he wants to take your drink order (and I was paying attention!). And then he'll forget to bring your drink every time you order one, won't pay attention to your table of 8, will give you unwarranted attitude, and never be friendly or smile. For this you get 20% gratuity automatically added to your bill!

Cons: , service

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A friend suggested this place and I went in last night for dinner. The girasol was addictive, just what I was in the mood for. We had some apps, the grouper fingers and taquitos were so good we were fighting over them. I had the lomito, which was more than I could eat after all those apps.
I recommend the mojitos big time, but I would sample all of it, everything we had was so full of flavor. Chocolate tres leches cake topped it off wit a cafe con leche to get me going for the evening.

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★★★★★

A friend suggested this place and I went in last night for dinner. The girasol was addictive, just what I was in the mood for. We had some apps, the grouper fingers and taquitos were so good we were fighting over them. I had the lomito, which was more than I could eat after all those apps.
I recommend the mojitos big time, but I would sample all of it, everything we had was so full of flavor. Chocolate tres leches cake topped it off wit a cafe con leche to get me going for the evening.

Pros: food, drinks, service

Cons: too far from my apt

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stopped in for lunch a few weeks ago and had an unexpectedly good meal. we tried a little bit of everything, and were pleased overall, especially with the mojitos. looking forward to going back to try their winter menu!

2
★★★★★

stopped in for lunch a few weeks ago and had an unexpectedly good meal. we tried a little bit of everything, and were pleased overall, especially with the mojitos. looking forward to going back to try their winter menu!

Pros: good service, great lunch experienc

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I choose this place for a birthday dinner not knowing what I was coming into. I made reservations a day or so prior and got seated promptly on a Fri. night. Try to come before 8pm or it'll start getting packed. The drinks are overrated! All the liquor is bottom shelf and there was no spark in the drinks. I did not try the mojitos but all the other margaritas & sunsets, we're mediocre. Don't get wine if you like to drink out of regular glasses. There is too much hype about this place. Waitstaff was not much when choosing a good entree for us. But the best part of this whole place IS the food. The pork chops are delicious and the red snapper isn't dry ( I recommend). The portions are quite small but good enough. Overall, don't expect much, just good food.

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★★★☆☆

I choose this place for a birthday dinner not knowing what I was coming into. I made reservations a day or so prior and got seated promptly on a Fri. night. Try to come before 8pm or it'll start getting packed. The drinks are overrated! All the liquor is bottom shelf and there was no spark in the drinks. I did not try the mojitos but all the other margaritas & sunsets, we're mediocre. Don't get wine if you like to drink out of regular glasses. There is too much hype about this place. Waitstaff was not much when choosing a good entree for us. But the best part of this whole place IS the food. The pork chops are delicious and the red snapper isn't dry ( I recommend). The portions are quite small but good enough. Overall, don't expect much, just good food.

Pros: Food

Cons: Wait Staff, Ambiance, Bottom Shelf Liquor

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A PITCHER OF MOJITOS FOR $35?!?! YOU CAN'T BEAT THAT!

For an appetizer I had the curry chicken w/plantain fritters I do believe it was and it was EXCELLENT! And I don't even like curry! But the balance of flavors was perfect.

Will definitely go there again! I went there w/a group of 7 people and they accomodated us fine and we had good service.

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★★★★☆

A PITCHER OF MOJITOS FOR $35?!?! YOU CAN'T BEAT THAT!

For an appetizer I had the curry chicken w/plantain fritters I do believe it was and it was EXCELLENT! And I don't even like curry! But the balance of flavors was perfect.

Will definitely go there again! I went there w/a group of 7 people and they accomodated us fine and we had good service.

Pros: best mojitos!, great atmosphere, good prices

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I came here for mojitos only. I ordered a grande and it seemed like I got a pequino. I found it strange that the barkeep went straight for the well liquor for making their signature drink. The first mojito was very tasty. This beverage is made so many different ways it seems to taste different every place I go. What confused me was that the second mojito made by the same barkeep tasted completely different. That left me unimpressed. Consistency is important for any bar. It was a nice place to relax and not crowded when I was there.

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★★★☆☆

I came here for mojitos only. I ordered a grande and it seemed like I got a pequino. I found it strange that the barkeep went straight for the well liquor for making their signature drink. The first mojito was very tasty. This beverage is made so many different ways it seems to taste different every place I go. What confused me was that the second mojito made by the same barkeep tasted completely different. That left me unimpressed. Consistency is important for any bar. It was a nice place to relax and not crowded when I was there.

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The food is above average, though the portions a tad small, even for tapas; but they more than make up for it with their wonderfull mojitos. The service is friendly and reliable; great place to stop by on a hot summer day.

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★★★★☆

The food is above average, though the portions a tad small, even for tapas; but they more than make up for it with their wonderfull mojitos. The service is friendly and reliable; great place to stop by on a hot summer day.

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Our party of 14 was forced to crowd around Ideya's tiny, cramped bar and wait, and wait, and wait. We were finally seated 45min late, without so much as an apology from the unconcerned host (all the more infuriating because I had been curtly warned when making the reservation that we would not be seated until everyone had arrived and that our table would only be held for 20min.) By this point everyone was hot, hungry, and grumpy. The pitchers of sangria helped put us all back into a festive mood-- until we got the check and discovered the price: $40/pitcher! The food was unremarkable: generally good, but lacking the spice and flair of more memorable cuban/latin cuisine. Also, I was expecting a varied tapas-style menu and was disappointed to find a traditional appetizer/entrée arrangement far less suitable for sharing. In short, this restaurant is not worth the wait.

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★☆☆☆☆

Our party of 14 was forced to crowd around Ideya's tiny, cramped bar and wait, and wait, and wait. We were finally seated 45min late, without so much as an apology from the unconcerned host (all the more infuriating because I had been curtly warned when making the reservation that we would not be seated until everyone had arrived and that our table would only be held for 20min.) By this point everyone was hot, hungry, and grumpy. The pitchers of sangria helped put us all back into a festive mood-- until we got the check and discovered the price: $40/pitcher! The food was unremarkable: generally good, but lacking the spice and flair of more memorable cuban/latin cuisine. Also, I was expecting a varied tapas-style menu and was disappointed to find a traditional appetizer/entrée arrangement far less suitable for sharing. In short, this restaurant is not worth the wait.

Pros: plaintain chips

Cons: seated 45min late, $40/pitcher sangria

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A friend planned a birthday party there for 16. After having to here the hostess be completely bitchy during the planning process about the whole party arriving on time, etc, they forced us to wait for 1 hour before seating us with no apology or consolation - very poor planning on the part of the restaurant, but handled in a completely unprofessional manner. The food was average, but the drinks were strong AND expensive. We were forced to make the best of a situation ruined by the hostess.

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★☆☆☆☆

A friend planned a birthday party there for 16. After having to here the hostess be completely bitchy during the planning process about the whole party arriving on time, etc, they forced us to wait for 1 hour before seating us with no apology or consolation - very poor planning on the part of the restaurant, but handled in a completely unprofessional manner. The food was average, but the drinks were strong AND expensive. We were forced to make the best of a situation ruined by the hostess.

Pros: Food was decent

Cons: Really crowded, Expensive drinks, Rude staff

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very good--and sweet and STRONG--mojitos! the atmosphere is lively and fun. not a very big place but good "soho" feel...it's a little loud though
the food is also quite good. the appetizers are good...and so actually is the cuban sandwich.
worth checking out...

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★★★★☆

very good--and sweet and STRONG--mojitos! the atmosphere is lively and fun. not a very big place but good "soho" feel...it's a little loud though
the food is also quite good. the appetizers are good...and so actually is the cuban sandwich.
worth checking out...

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I had a birthday dinner at Ideya last Saturday night and it was great. The pitchers of mojitos were a nice touch, and perfect for a group. Everything was great...the food, the ambience...it's definitely a cool place that is worth checking out.

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★★★★☆

I had a birthday dinner at Ideya last Saturday night and it was great. The pitchers of mojitos were a nice touch, and perfect for a group. Everything was great...the food, the ambience...it's definitely a cool place that is worth checking out.

Pros: Crowded

Cons: Great drinks, Good service

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Came her over the summer for friends. In a nutshell. Come for drinks and eat somewhere else. The food was average here, but the drinks are supberb. Food servers were not very good either. Stay at the bar.

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★★★☆☆

Came her over the summer for friends. In a nutshell. Come for drinks and eat somewhere else. The food was average here, but the drinks are supberb. Food servers were not very good either. Stay at the bar.

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I had my b-day party @ Ideya ( on a recommendation from a friend who has been going there for 4 years) and my whole party had such a great time. Our waiter stated us off with pitchers of mojitos and sangria and some plantain chips that were out of this world! The food was excellent, incredible, fantastic- even my difficult vegertarian sister was loving it. I had a flan for dessert (wowwowwow), and it was a perfect evening. I was so grateful to the staff and the host... they really made my whole party feel welcome and part of their family. After years of terrible b-days (bad service, iffy food) I really lucked out @ Ideya restaurant.

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★★★★★

I had my b-day party @ Ideya ( on a recommendation from a friend who has been going there for 4 years) and my whole party had such a great time. Our waiter stated us off with pitchers of mojitos and sangria and some plantain chips that were out of this world! The food was excellent, incredible, fantastic- even my difficult vegertarian sister was loving it. I had a flan for dessert (wowwowwow), and it was a perfect evening. I was so grateful to the staff and the host... they really made my whole party feel welcome and part of their family. After years of terrible b-days (bad service, iffy food) I really lucked out @ Ideya restaurant.

Pros: great food, incredible drinks, wonderful staff

Cons: aren't open 24 hours

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Great food. A bit cramped, but the mojitos are worth the discomfort!

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★★★★☆

Great food. A bit cramped, but the mojitos are worth the discomfort!

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Ideya was a pleasant surprise for us. We wondered in off the street and were surprised to find such a warm pleasant environment. We tried the drink sampler which saved us from actually ordering one of the and were worried about how the food would turn out. The food was unbelievable. We ordered the cod cakes, baked chicken and Cuban sandwich. Not one of the disappointed us at all. I am looking forward to returning.

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★★★★★

Ideya was a pleasant surprise for us. We wondered in off the street and were surprised to find such a warm pleasant environment. We tried the drink sampler which saved us from actually ordering one of the and were worried about how the food would turn out. The food was unbelievable. We ordered the cod cakes, baked chicken and Cuban sandwich. Not one of the disappointed us at all. I am looking forward to returning.

Pros: Delicious Food, Warm and Inviting

Cons: Mediocre Drinks

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this should not be listed under romantic, food was good, but a major let down for a romantic date! Great place to go with friends

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★★★☆☆

this should not be listed under romantic, food was good, but a major let down for a romantic date! Great place to go with friends

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The host was extremely accomodating with our forever increasingly large group of friends that kept coming in last night. The food was very tasty, though, like another review stated, the portions were a little small. We did have to return a drink because it didn't seem like any alcohol was in it, but overall, they were accomodating and the food was great -- the fried plantain chips & salsa were DELICIOUS!

2
★★★★☆

The host was extremely accomodating with our forever increasingly large group of friends that kept coming in last night. The food was very tasty, though, like another review stated, the portions were a little small. We did have to return a drink because it didn't seem like any alcohol was in it, but overall, they were accomodating and the food was great -- the fried plantain chips & salsa were DELICIOUS!

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Food was good, but the portions were small. Very good ambience, specially when the salsa band plays. Service was good also, with very corteous staff. My biggest problem is the overall value, since the portions are tiny and the prices are very high.

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★★★☆☆

Food was good, but the portions were small. Very good ambience, specially when the salsa band plays. Service was good also, with very corteous staff. My biggest problem is the overall value, since the portions are tiny and the prices are very high.

Pros: Decor, Tasty food

Cons: Price, Small portions

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Ever since a friend brought me to Ideya almost 2 years ago, it has been on of my favorite places to bring out of towners or meet friends on a Sunday afternoon. Everything about Ideya is great. The food, the drinks, the service, and the atmosphere. It's a win, win situation. A happy place!!!

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★★★★★

Ever since a friend brought me to Ideya almost 2 years ago, it has been on of my favorite places to bring out of towners or meet friends on a Sunday afternoon. Everything about Ideya is great. The food, the drinks, the service, and the atmosphere. It's a win, win situation. A happy place!!!

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The food was cold (though I imagine if it were warm, it might've had more taste). The drinks were weak and watery. And the hostess was overly and unneccesarily rude/snooty/with attitude. About the best I can say is that the waiters were cute (and they were!).

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★★☆☆☆

The food was cold (though I imagine if it were warm, it might've had more taste). The drinks were weak and watery. And the hostess was overly and unneccesarily rude/snooty/with attitude. About the best I can say is that the waiters were cute (and they were!).

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I'm an architecture student from Mexico City and me and my friends from Mexico, Germany and Poland accidentally ended in this restaurant while walking through SoHo. The truth is we were starving and the looks of the place were eye catching enough to invite us in. The result was astonishing. These guys really knew how to pull out the essence of Latin America but in a contemporary style. The place is cozy, esthetically pleasing and the meal was lush !! 100% recommendable.

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★★★★★

I'm an architecture student from Mexico City and me and my friends from Mexico, Germany and Poland accidentally ended in this restaurant while walking through SoHo. The truth is we were starving and the looks of the place were eye catching enough to invite us in. The result was astonishing. These guys really knew how to pull out the essence of Latin America but in a contemporary style. The place is cozy, esthetically pleasing and the meal was lush !! 100% recommendable.

Pros: Food, Concept, Ambience

Cons: Size, Bad Parking, Price

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the best someone can deserve to eat in new york

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★★★★★

the best someone can deserve to eat in new york

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The first legitimate caipirinha in Nueva York! My boyfriend opted for the caipriosca, and we munched on these plantain chips and mango salsa, until we HAD to eat something. I recommend the grilled prawns w/ cilantro pesto and the taquitos (which were stuffed with seafood in a chile sauce). A great little spot for appetizers and drinks-- the vibe was super suave, but nice. The waiter kept us in good supply of drinks, and was helpful with recommendations. It seemed like he knew everybody who walked in the door-- obviously a "regulars" sort of place. Was refreshing to have such a warm atmosphere WITHOUT SoHo pretension. How did I ever miss this place?! It's definatley my new Friday nite spot!

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★★★★★

The first legitimate caipirinha in Nueva York! My boyfriend opted for the caipriosca, and we munched on these plantain chips and mango salsa, until we HAD to eat something. I recommend the grilled prawns w/ cilantro pesto and the taquitos (which were stuffed with seafood in a chile sauce). A great little spot for appetizers and drinks-- the vibe was super suave, but nice. The waiter kept us in good supply of drinks, and was helpful with recommendations. It seemed like he knew everybody who walked in the door-- obviously a "regulars" sort of place. Was refreshing to have such a warm atmosphere WITHOUT SoHo pretension. How did I ever miss this place?! It's definatley my new Friday nite spot!

Pros: legit Latin fare, great drinks, smart service

Cons: was packed

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Stumbled onto this gem after a friend told me they make the best mojitos in new york-- she wasn't kidding. It was a Monday, and there was a Salsa band playing and people were dancing-- I felt like I was back in Puerto Rico! The staff was warm, like it was a big familia...but the food (O dios mio) I had the Argentinean steak, she had the roasted chicken with yuca and I was in heaven. Try some of the other drinks too-- they had some hilarious cocktails called the "Miami Nice" collection, and needless to say I was up there dancing before the end of the nite! Island paradise....

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★★★★★

Stumbled onto this gem after a friend told me they make the best mojitos in new york-- she wasn't kidding. It was a Monday, and there was a Salsa band playing and people were dancing-- I felt like I was back in Puerto Rico! The staff was warm, like it was a big familia...but the food (O dios mio) I had the Argentinean steak, she had the roasted chicken with yuca and I was in heaven. Try some of the other drinks too-- they had some hilarious cocktails called the "Miami Nice" collection, and needless to say I was up there dancing before the end of the nite! Island paradise....

Pros: Great service, atmosphere, excellent food

Cons: kitchen closes at 11

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