Graduation Stresses!!! Thoughts on Calle Ocho
I am in the midst of coordinating a multi-family graduation party. We began at Cafe Frida, then I went to Nolita House and now I am on Calle Ocho... What is the opinion of the place? We decided to move it back to the Upper West Side, any other ideas? I am pulling my hair out with this! We have 7 people and trying to stay below $25 an entree.
I've always thought food there was pretty unremarkable. I usually only choose it when there is more focus on the drinking than on the eating. Of course, if this is a high school graduation, that may not be the case!
Don't shoot me, but what about something like Carmine's? Price is right there and it's family size portions to boot!
I haven't been to Calle Ocho in several years, but I sorta liked it. The food wasn't great, but certainly good and a little different, and, as Miss Needle said, it's a very festive atmosphere.
The only thing, since you mention grandparents and this might be a problem, is that it gets very loud.
I have eaten there several times and like the other posters, have found the food good but not remarkable. It does however have a very festive atmosphere, and I believe would fit your needs perfectly.