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Guayoyo, located on the corner of First Avenue and 4th Street, is a Venezuelan bistro owned by chefs Carmen Isturiz and Masanobu Ishikura. Although Guayoyo bases its roots in Venezuela, it is also influenced by different cultures and offers an inspired menu that reflects the diversity of the lower east side and Carmen and Ishi's home cooking. Guayoyo offers traditional Venezuelan specialties such as Pabellon Criollo and Arepas, alongside Duck Confit Rolls, Black Bean Mojo Burgers, and anything in between.
"I have only been to Guayoyo twice, but both experiences were great. The wait staff is very friendly and accomodating. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is perfect for low-key dinner with friends. Also, the prices are exceptional! Definitely make a reservation before you go because it gets packed fast in the late evening. Even though the wait staff is very accomodating and reasonable, it's probably not the best place for large groups since the place is rather small -- I was able to make a reservation for 7, but got the only large table in the restaurant"
Dined on 12/12/2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies, late-night find