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May 15, 2008 04:46 PM

Jose Andres's Restaurants

I'm being taken out for dinner, and was give then choice of one of Jose Andres' restaurants: Jaleo, Oyamel or Zaytinya. I like all the cuisines. Which one would you choose and why? I tend to go for seafood or veggie options. What are the best options to get there?

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  1. Zaytinya is my favorite, I just really love the pita, and they have great veggie and seafood. They have a couscous with veggies that I really like. I just always find good quality things there. Plus I like the outside terrace. Swordfish kebab is pretty good, very light and fresh, the grape leave dolmades are good, I like some of the meats really well too. It just tastes fresh and light not heavy or overwhelming at all. Not that I don't like Jaleo and their white sangria is really good at Jaleo, but...

    1. Jaleo is a great choice. No other restaurant in the area has such a wide variety of outstanding vegetable dishes.

      1. Can you convert that to Minibar?

        1. Isn't Cafe Atlantico a Jose Andres restaurant? If that an option I would go there. I love their food and ate there last weekend for my bf's birthday. I had an amazing butterfish dish filled with flavor. I find the Nuevo Latin cuisine just popping with flavor and color. It's a fun environment with good drinks.

          Zaytinya is good for vegeterians but I've never been a huge fan of that restaurant. I need to try it again but my few meals there haven't been very enjoyable...mostly because of service issues and me just thinking the place is way to packed, noisy, and sceany (in a bad way).

          I like Jaleo but enjoy Cafe Atlantico more.

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          1. re: Elyssa

            I love Cafe Atlantico. I'm pretty sure it's a Andres restaurant.

            I'm not of one of those that despises Jaleo, but to me Zaytinya and Cafe Atlantico are both much better. I have yet to get to Oyamel.

          2. Love, love, love Zaytinya...probably my fave of his four. Excellent food and beautiful decor.
            A friend and I went to Oyamel recently and it was very good. Service was fantastic and everything our server recommended was fabulous.
            I have to say that I've been to Jaleo a number of times, and although it's a fun atmosphere for happy hour or with a large group of friends, I've never been very impressed by the food. I've never understand what all fuss is all about. The other three, in my opinion, are head and shoulders above Jaleo.