Calle Dao - Bryant Park

4.4
430 reviews
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Cuban
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Happy Hour
  • Casual
Calle Dao (Knife Street) is a Cuban-Chinese fusion restaurant designed to pay homage to Havana’s once-thriving El Barrio Chino. Formerly the largest Chinatown in Latin America, El Barrio Chino is now confined to one narrow street, Calle Cuchillo – Knife Street - from which Calle Dao takes its name.
The cuisine, cocktails and décor of Calle Dao strive to transport our guests back to El Barrio Chino when it was at the height of its existence. Calle Dao has created mouthwatering dishes that seamlessly blend Cuban staples with Asian flavors. The cocktails, created by Mixologist Joy Daniel, also meld the old world with the new using historic names for libations with modern ingredients
Step into a bygone era and enjoy a modern dining experience at Calle Dao.
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Nashville
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great fusion of Asian with Cuba. We enjoyed tapas style. Black beans and rice were perfect. Ceviche was mixed with avocado and hint of spice.

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LG
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, good drinks (mojitos!), and outstanding service. Very loud - the place was hopping. Not really conducive to quiet conversations... just know that going in!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter, Damien, made the experience extra enjoyable as he was fun and attentive. The food was amazing!! We got the bao buns, steamed dumplings, and the star was definitely the Cuban fried rice with pork and shrimp. I’ve never had anything it. The blood orange sangria was strong and not too sweet. The ambiance was perfect for a summer date night. The restaurant is well run and a lot of fun. We will definitely be back.

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DB
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great local gem. Go often! So much better than most local, casual offerings for lunch in midtown.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our meal was absolutely delicious and the service was great. It was a birthday and the waiter brought the dessert out with a candle, and did not charge us for the birthday dessert. Definitely plan on coming back, a truly wonderful restaurant.

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P
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very tasty cocktails and delicious food!

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 2

The food was really good. It’s Cuban style Chinese food, their happy hour cocktails are highly recommended. However, the environment was really noisy. My friend and I sit in a small table but we still hardly hear each other. Music and other customers were both too loud, and waiter did nothing. So I would not recommend this place to small group like two or three people. But it is a good choice for large groups.

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l
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great vibe & always lots of fun. Everything was a bit on the sweet side - the drinks & the food, but we will return and soon.

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EC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

A little off the beaten path and was excited about happy hour options. Not really any specials from 4-7 other than the menu reprinted on a “happy hour” menu. Interesting food combinations, little overpriced for what it was.

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MK
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food was inventive, delicious, and nicely served. However, the spot is TINY, the tables close together, and the din deafening. We were having a tasty and well-priced lunch, so we left as soon as we finished to seek a more quiet place to chat.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The server was great and super attentive!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Friendly staff, super cute Chinese-Cuban decor, creative food— recommend it.

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FD
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Misleading: Definitely Not Bryant Park. On a dark street atleast a block from the park.
Food is good; try the whole fish and paella. Unless you get there earlier, the noise level is impossible.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Have more than one bartender at the bar during happy hour.

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a
Denver
75 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great to find such a place around the corner from our hotel after being delayed for 5 hours on a flight. We sat near the open windows at the front where the noise level was minimal. We were well attended to with drinks and food. My gin cocktails were tailored to perfection, as my preference is less sweet, more boozy! Food portions were quite large and very tasty. The place is not pretentious and easy to walk on by. My daughter makes it a point to come here when in the area of Bryan Park. We had an absolutely perfect ending to a lousy day. Cannot wait to visit again.

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KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I met a friend here during happy hour and we loved the vibe of Calle Dao and the oxtail croquetas were to die for!

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d
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We really enjoyed our lunch at Calle Dao, felt like we were in Havana. Charming decor and nice service. The only complaint I would have is that the mojitos are really small. The Cuban Asian thing did not really click for us, you either ordered something Asian or Cuban, it did not seem to be a meshing of the cultures with the food. The mushroom spring rolls were fantastic and we had the Cuban roast pork sandwiches - lunch special which were tasty.

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KL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter was hilarious and so friendly! He made the experience that much better. The dumplings were really good. And the rest of the menu was inventive! Would go back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

My friend and I came in after work around 6pm on a Tuesday. The service was excellent, the vibe was nice, the food was solidly mediocre and not really worth the price (though nothing was crazy expensive). It was typical midtown prices: we got the ceviche (not much actual fish among the avocado and other stuff they serve it with, flavor was fine), happy hour Cuban sliders (very dry), and the Asian pear salad (description sounded delicious but not much going on flavor-wise in the actual served dish). We also got mojitos (weak and too sweet), and a house red (decent). We spent around $35 each.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We ordered two entrées and three apps and shared between the three of us. Absolutely delicious!!!!! Highly recommend the paella. Our server was funny and enthusiastic and we wanted for nothing all evening. Checked in on yelp and got free yucca fries! Yum!

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KH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 5

Calle Dao has a very interesting fusion menu which is why I was very excited to try the place for lunch. We loved the ambiance but the server was very slow in taking our order. Food was all good but not the best lunch spot in the city. Overall, we had a pleasant experience and I would come back if I was in the area.

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JN
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Such a midtown lunch paradise in comparison to the rest of the stuffy competition. Fun atmosphere and decor, tasty and affordable lunch options. Service is inconsistent so be careful booking if you have a meeting to get to. You might not make it back in time.

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IE
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The food was kind of mediocre and not authentic Chinese nor Cuban. The seasoning was very underwhelming.

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AS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Fried rice was excellent. Eggs at whole table arrived overcooked. Bottomless policy was futsy and made us feel lectured when we were trying to relax and enjoy.

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S
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food. We went for brunch. Very creative menu

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ED
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Mediocre is the word I would use for this place. And that may be a bit of a reach - saved by the blood orange sangria. Food was OK. Service below par. And value - non existent. Skip.

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SB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Cuban spring rolls and skirt steak were delicious! Loved the 5 spice cocktail. Id have trouble deciding to try other things on the menu or going with these items again. They were so good!

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S
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Happy hour deal and the food was good, and server was excellent, but the place was way too loud for a dinner date!

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FJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was good and the service was excellent!!. My husband and I enjoyed a great dinner at Calle Dao!

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J
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favorites. The wait staff is extraordinary. Everyone works in concert to insure the guests want for nothing. Justin and Marvin made our evening perfect. Our favorite is the paella and every time we order it it's delicious. Ambiance feels authentic to the theme, music appropriate and as always we can't wait to return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The feel of Havana. Wednesday lunch at noon. Bright and quiet inside but for the Cuban music which added to the lovely vibe-ambiance. Ate empanadas, dumplings and tofu stir fry with a Cuba Libre (rum & coke). Everything was delicious. Small critic, the dumplings tasted like sausage inside and the tofu was a little tough from being fried. But the stir fry sauce was delicious. Finished with the bunuelos (you don’t need the chocolate dip to savor these)and cafe con leche. Perfection.

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DR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Annerversary

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T
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

One of our favorite neighborhood gems- outstanding happy hour menu!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

great halpy hour and lively atmosphere

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

The food was amazing, but the drinks were too sweet & was very hard to hear the other people at my table.

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MN
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yes i would recommend Calle Dao to my friend. My waiter was amazing, the food delicious, the ambiance perfect, noise level good and the music perfect. Everybody is happy at this establishment

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RH
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

The food was great; but the service very very poor. We waiting over 25 minutes just to place our order and we were sitting right next to the kitchen. When they bought out the food they forgot someones order and had to rush back in to make it. Not thrilled.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So all we saw was the brunch menu and decided to go but we didn’t show up until dinner. This restaurant exceeded my expectations.

My boyfriend got the beef and broccoli- this was delicious and an unexpected treat- similar to a twist on ramen.

I got the roasted chicken, it was very good I would ask for some extra sauce.

The CAULIFLOWER was amazing!!!!!! I’ve never enjoyed a vegetable this much! Must try!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Bottomless drinks on Sunday amazing and very reasonability priced

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LA
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It was an early birthday celebration but I truly enjoyed my first visit to Calle Dao. The food was outstanding.

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