New York City
Latin American, Casual, Breakfast & Brunch
131 Essex St New York, NY 10002
"Charrúa is devoted to serving the staples of Uruguayan homemade food. Our goal is to introduce the “Uruguay Natural” of our childhood to our adoptive New York City community. We strive to recreate the local, natural, and farm-to-table concepts that we grew up with by using produce from local farmers, and products and services from local and family-owned businesses.
Charrúa is named after the original inhabitants of our native Uruguay. Today, Uruguayans refer to themselves as Charrúas, especially in sport-related activities, and the expression “la garra charrúa” symbolizes the tenacity and resiliency of the Uruguayan people.
Uruguay, which means River of Birds in Guaraní, the language of the Charrúas, is a small country in South America bordered by Argentina to the south and west, Brazil to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The country has a little over 3.5 million inhabitants and vast stretches of countryside populated by grass-fed cows and sheep. The broad availability of meat translates to its domination of the Uruguayan diet in the form of churrasco, chivitos, beef empanadas, and asados. Our food is also influenced by the Mediterranean cooking styles of Spanish and Italian immigrants that have populated the country since colonial times. Thus, pasta, milanesa, meatballs, and chorizo are also part of everyday family meals."
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Lovey restaurant, amazing meat.
The atmosphere is cozy, the service is great, but most of all, the food is amazing: skirt steak and beef milanese are a must!
I wandered in a sunday night and decided to order filet mignon sandwich "chivitos" with bacon, mozzarella, boiled egg, roasted red peppers and caramelized onions. This was so delicious, such a savory sandwich. It has a lot going on and comes together well. The bread was soft and very tasty, reminds me of the bread from shack shake burgers except better. I'm generally not a big sandwich eater but was impressed with this one and will be ordering this for brunch when I come back here in a few weeks. (They have bottomless available here).
The empanadas were solid as well, tried the beef and corn which were both very tasty. For dessert I had flan and loved it. It's not overly sweet, chilled and very smooth. Might just be one of the best flan's I've had, ever. Free with a yelp check in.
Most of the food here is pretty comforting and savory. My one critique is I was the service was a little more attentive and a tad more welcoming. It's a small place that can probably fit 30ish people at full capacity. Music is just right, enough for people to hear each other while talking. Overall a good experience here, a somewhat hidden gem as it doesnt seem like this place gets too busy.
Cozy cute place. It can get a little noisy during a game if you're not into sports. Food and presentation was nicely prepared. The sandwiches are tasty but too bready. They top it off with an olive on a toothpick, which is a nice touch. The eggs and empanadas are delicious. And the croquettes are very cheesy and comes with thousand islands dip . Would come back for the brunch alcohol specials.