Even though I'm sure this weather won't last, it still gets me thinking about those glorious Spring and Summer days where you can sit outside and have a great meal with friends, and clearly, Esperanto has been thinking about it too. The East Village South American/Brazilian bistro is starting a new prix-fixe lunch menu every Fri in March, every Wed- Fri in April and every Mon- Fri in May from 12 – 4 pm for $10.99 pp. Mix up your usual lunch routine by starting out with a soup or house salad, then choose your entree (served with fries) like the Esperanto Burger, Huevos Rancheros, Quesadilla Polano, or Chicken Salad. Like a little more variety? You can order a la carte and try some of their signature Bolinhos de Peixe (fried cod fish balls), or any of the other tempting entrees like Skirt Steak with Chimichurri (one of my all-time faves).
While you're there, why not stay for happy hour?? Happy hour is from 4 – 7 pm and drinks are 2 for 1! And these aren't your boring well-drinks either. There's the Passion Caipirinha (Sagatiba cachaca, fresh passion fruit, lime and sugar), the El Diablo Verde (jalapeno infused Sauza tequila, infused jalapeno, frsh lime juice and triple sec), the Coco Punch (light rum, coconut milk, fresh lime juice and fresh ginger), or the Pisco Sour (Pisco Occucaje, lime juice, sugar, egg white and sour mix). Mmmm if that doesn't invoke thoughts of breezy summer nights in your head, there is something very wrong with you.
I read a recent article were historians say that the Greeks and Romans ate mixed greens and dressing, and the Babylonians were known to have dressed greens with oil and vinegar two thousand years ago.