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Lucy Latin Kitchen - 14 Reviews - 35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003, New York, NY - Group Dining Reviews - Phone (212) 475-5829

Lucy Latin Kitchen

35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003
New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-5829
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Lucy Latin Kitchen - New York, NY
Lucy Latin Kitchen - New York, NY
Lucy Latin Kitchen - New York, NY


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My party met in the cozy front of the restaurant near the bar where we had a few drinks and some yuca fries that were amazingly light in grease and heavy in taste. We moved to the...


I lived and stood by the once called Lucy's latin kitchen. the decor was once warm, full of color and the staff as well. I told almost everyone I met about how much I loved lucys ...

Dissapointing experience 12/5/2008

I've only been here twice. The second time however was a less than a pleasant experience. The food was terrible. The steak was like rubber. It took the bartender 3 times to get a french martini right and after that it was still horrible which prompted me to get stale wine. Skip the hype. Pros: Ambience is quite okay. Cons: Food, drinks. more

Excellent food, service, and a great experience. 1/28/2008

My party met in the cozy front of the restaurant near the bar where we had a few drinks and some yuca fries that were amazingly light in grease and heavy in taste. We moved to the dining area where we agreed upon a wine-paired tasting menu that included (alas, I did not partake of the wines?but I was told they were excellent and well matched):\r \r Key West Shrimp and Sweet Plantain Pionono with Sofrito Sauce ? a twist on a dish that I am told normally has ground beef ? nonetheless the shrimp and plaintain were a great pair;\r Farmer Greens, Heirloom Tomato Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing - light, fresh and crisp;\r Peekytoe Crabmeat and Avocado Terrine with Key Lime Mayonnaise and Ara?itas ? the mayo was light and finished nicely with the lime;\r Chilean Sea Bass, Corn Broth and Fingerling Potato Croquette Domestic Lamb Chops with Boniato Mash, Grilled Asparagus and Veal Demi ? I believe we were told the chops were from the Hudson valley region; they were succulent and perfectly done;\r Slow Braised Boneless Wagyu Beef Short Ribs with Funche and Island Mojito ? I have to resort to cliche and say the beef melted in my mouth.\r \r Flan, Coconut Tembleque, Oozy Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Sorbet and Dulce de Leche Foam, and Warm Coconut Rice Pudding Tamal with Cajeta Sauce ? all too delicious to describe, with dessert wine.\r The waitstaiff were experienced, attentive and unobtrusive. The waitress servimg the wine was knowledgeable and explained each pairing, then waited for our reactions, opinions and questions. The chef also came out to narrate each dish with story from her youth in Puerto Rico (?this is how my grandmother taught me to make this?? or ?this is how my Sicilian neighbors made this dish??).\r I had no prior experience to this kind of food before. I did not have the expectations that the two reviwers below had, and therefore I may not have been prevented from enjoying myself. \r I heartily recommend this place. \r Pros: Food, staff, location, menu varied. Cons: none. more

Amazing ... that's it just amazing! You must go... 1/27/2008

I celebrated a birthday at Lucy. The food was incredible - every bite had the entire table crooning with delight. Chef Carmen is a true master of the palate. All of the staff went out of their way to ensure the evening was perfect, and it was, with course after course expertly paired with a list of wines that perfectly complemented (skillfully selected by the sommelier) A few who had said they ""had to make it an early night"" changed their minds and stayed until the last morsel was gone (many hours later) and then we were all still talking about how wonderful the evening was many days later. \r \r It will be hard to top this for many birthdays to come. more

Na-cho typical latin food! 1/21/2008

Went to Lucy of Gramercy with some girlfriends and loved it. The small plates are tasty...along with the short-ribs, the pork chop, and everything else. There's lots of flavors going on and there are plenty of dishes I've never tasted before in latin cuisine--probably because it's Puerto Rican cuisine and the chef makes many dishes from her upbringing. The service was great, good ambience, and to top things off, we had the best flan I've ever tasted along with some coquito to drink. Good stuff! more

Hidden Gem 1/16/2008

I came here on a recommendation with a few friends and was apprehensive, but was amazed by everything from the decor (wide open and modern appeal) to the drinks and food. We had the sommelier match fine wines and drinks to different meals and were just blown away by everything. The best part was that on a Saturday night, when we couldn't get reservations to other upscale restaurants, there was no wait at Lucy and it was relatively quiet. I plan to go back soon. Great place. Pros: Great Food, Wine/Drinks, Service more

We miss the OLD Lucy - this place is AWFUL 1/16/2008

I feel bad writing this, but this was one of the WORST meals I have ever had in my years living here in New York City. My friends and I used to LOVE the old Lucy...good food and atmosphere. However, when we went the place was empty (first warning sign) and the service was HORRIBLE. The appetizers were bland, fried and tasteless...we could barely eat them! It took forever for them to arrive. The main courses had to be sent back (and we NEVER do that!) My friend has lobster that tasted like it was from a can, my short ribs were pure fat and were cold, and my friend had steak burned to a crisp. It was a nightmare, and really expensive on top of it. PLEASE do not go!!!! Cons: This place has bad food, bad service and a bad vibe! more

what a change 12/28/2007

I lived and stood by the once called Lucy's latin kitchen. the decor was once warm, full of color and the staff as well. I told almost everyone I met about how much I loved lucys and they should go there to eat.\r NOW.. I finally took a friend after all the hype after not going in quite sometime, and it was horrific. the decor now looks like a country house. The staff look looks like they belong in a french cafe. The menu completely changed. the drinks which to me were the best drinks in new york are now not at all good.\r I will still maintain my loyalty to this resturant in hopes they pay attention and figure that their loyal base is unsatisfied. \r and on top of that LUCY OF GRAMERCY??? are you kidding. it's obviuos they are getting advice from someone who either is not latin or someone who lacks ethic pride. I'm not even latin, and I am disgusted with the changes that are purposely driifting from the latin base which once made it so very special.\r change the CHEF!!! and dump the advisor. Pros: the food Cons: food took forever, way to much money for the experience more

SIGNIFICANT Downgrade from Lucy's Latin Kitchen 12/18/2007

UPDATE - Ironic that this place got three five-star reviews after a couple of negative ones...\r \r Over the past few years, I dined at this spot with both friends and coworkers as it was a restaurant that I could depend on for great drinks, food, service and atmosphere.\r \r Tonight, I went here with several friends to find that the restaurant had changed form LUCY LATIN KITCHEN to LUCYS OF GRAMERCY. We were informed that it was the same owner(s) with a new chef and new menu. The service here was horrendous and probably the worst I have seen in my 8+ years in New York. There were significant delays in the time we would see our waiter (i.e. 25 min b/t order and receipt of wine). We were only able to order food another 30 minutes after that and only after we asked the Manager to take our order, which was after asking two different busboys to have our waiter come by. Finally, when we got the bill, they charged us for all items, not even extending the gesture of a free app or wine despite acknowledging the awful service themselves. We were not looking for a handout but it is standard at any restaurant for concessions to be made when there are significant service issues.\r \r Issues were not confined to our table. The place was about half full and I observed two waiters arguing with the bartender, the managers arguing with each other and the staff, other patrons getting up and leaving in frustration without ordering and the hostesses walking around lackadaisically while you try to get a table or check your coat.\r \r My entree was good but the terrible service degraded the entire experience. It is also worth noting that the drink menu has been overhauled to include some blah drinks compared to the variety of mojitos and caprihinas that used to be served.\r \r I cannot emphasize how disappointed I am because I liked Lucy Latin Kitchen so much. Others that did should keep it as a memory because you will NOT get the same experience in this new establishment. Pros: entrees good (but pricey) Cons: service, management, busboys, hostess (seriously...issues with each of them) more

I'd rather drop hammers on my feet all night ... 12/12/2007

I usually don't write a review, but the service I had at Lucy's of Gramercy was so *horrible* that it has provided enough motivation. Let's start with the problems since they far outnumber the positive aspects of my dining experience. First, they botched up the reservation. We called a week ahead of time, and within that time frame, they lost our reservation. Fortunately, we were able to be seated (there was no one else there at the time). Second, the waiter had to take our order *THREE* times. Seriously! And there were no other tables! How can you forget an order three times if you don't have to wait on anyone else? Fourth, with the three times to take an order, he still messed up the order! One of my friends didn't receive the dish that she had ordered, and we had to wait even longer for our meal. And five, as if the whole ordeal wasn't enough, they charged us twice the amount for our meal! We've called the restaurant about five times now, and we've been passed along to different people, each one unable to resolve our problem. And **it's still unresolved**! (We're almost up to our 5th week in trying to resolve this problem.) If you're up for a night of pain and frustration, then I would probably go to Lucy's of Gramercy. However, I would save myself the money and time and just drop hammers on my feet all night. It's just not worth the frustration.\r \r To be absolutely fair, the food was decent, and if the service was up to par for a normal restaurant (taking the correct order one time, delivering the correct food, and charging the right amount of money), I would give it a higher rating (of course). The chefs give the food a creative touch on traditional Puerto Rican classics. Pros: decent ara?itas, bass, and pork Cons: **the service** (management and waitstaff) more

What New York was lacking 10/23/2007

My wife and I were regulars at her restaurant in Coral Gables. Every other month on our way to the Caribbean we would overnight in Miami just to eat there. \r We loved her restaurant, there was a perfect balance of everything, the food an outstanding service, great music, outstanding wine list, simply everything. \r \r As if it was possible her food at Lucy of Gramercy has reached a higher level . The boldness of her flavors and the balance of all the ingredients on each dish are precise and truly amazing. We love Puerto Rico and its food but not even there can you find food like this.\r \r The only thing missing is her visit to the tables, hope to see you next time and.....\r \r Welcome to New York! Pros: Amazing Food more

Not bad 10/22/2007

bottom line it didn't change my life. also it seems that no one else is dining here since the room is always empty. oh well Pros: Nice Bartenders Cons: lots of cons, too many to list more

Best new restaurant!!!!! 10/16/2007

I never spend time writing reviews but this place is not to be kept to yourself! Went the other night with a few friends and had a great time. The cocktail list is where to start your evening off, they have a few of their own special cocktails that are delicious! My friends and I ordered one of each since they all sounded so good! My favorites are the cactus pear and cava drink and the chocolate jalepeno martini (spicy and savory with a hint of chocolate! yumm!) The manchego cheese ball are to die for! The yuca fries are amazing and there are these fried plaintain things that are delicious..all of these are served in a martini glass so cute and easy to have on the table when sharing with friends! The side of garlic spiniach is delicious, cooked perfectly with the right amount of garlic! Key west shrimp is great and the crab avocado salad is yummmy! Entrees are all great! Duck, striped bass and lamb are yummy and there was a side of a plantain mash that came with one of the dishes that was amazing! Dessert isn't a strong point but the mango bread pudding was good, and a typical molten cake was predictable. Cheese plate was good with a decent selection. Wine guy was great and helped us choose bottles that went with what we had to eat and what we would all like. Overall a great experience, service can be a bit flakey but always smiling and nice. Will tell all my friends and will definitly be back again!!! Pros: Food is amazing! delicious cocktails! Cons: none! more

A very interesting spot. Latin Fusion food with a high p... 7/23/2007

A very interesting spot. Latin Fusion food with a high price tag but enough novelty to make it worth the... more

A very interesting spot. Latin Fusion food with a high p... 7/23/2007

AndrewWeakland Provided by Partner
A very interesting spot. Latin Fusion food with a high price tag but enough novelty to make it worth the trip. The labster guacamole is surprisin... more
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  • A glossy dining room, featuring blonde wood and airy ceilings, gives way to a menu of Puerto Rican cuisine.

  • 11/14/2007 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Flatiron District, Midtown, Union Square