“laid back atmosphere, friendly staff.”
“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.”
“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!”
“the food is also quite good.”
“The service is friendly and reliable; great place to stop by on a hot summer day.”
“Have recommended Ideya to others & want to go back.”
“The waiter kept us in good supply of drinks, and was helpful with recommendations.”
“The prices are reasonable and the staff was funny, friendly and accomodating.”
“The music was bit loudy and the service was bit slow but it worths.”
Great Coconut mojitos and Cod fish fritters. 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.
Generic food with no soul.
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.
YES!. 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.
Deliious mashed yucca. Ideya is an interesting little place... A little expensive, but tasty food. If you crave an empanada,
OH Ideya, you USED to be so great.
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.
Good soho latin place. 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.
Best in Brunch Ever. 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!
Great Mojitos, Fun Atmosphere. 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.
Not worth it. 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......
great brunch place.
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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