If you are looking for delicious food to eat, look no further than Confessional, a Latin fusion restaurant located in East Village. Confessional is not just your average restaurant. Instead, it is cuisine, artistry, memories and humanity all rolled into one nice package. A chalkboard wall features random memories or confessions left by most unnamed patrons at the end of the night in a Twitter-like manner.
Despite the many secrets shared at the restaurant, it is no secret that the food is amazing. Just one bite of the calamari, lamb chops, wild mushroom croquettes or the steak will have you wanting more. If you are looking for a fun and eclectic dining experience where you can drink, eat, sin and then confess your transgressions, head to Confessional.
There is potential for this place to be a gem but overall it was so-so. The cocktails were great and the food was good, but the who experience was blah. The space is super small and narrow and the lighting is disjointed - bright in the back, dim in front. The staff was nice but the overall level of experience was not super professional (they didn't have coffee because the machine wasn't working; the bartender was acting as the server; etc.) There is potential here if they stepped it up a notch. The chalkboard walls detracted from the ambiance making the space seem kitch rather than trendy. The art was amazing - they should aim to up the sophistication of the place.
Great place for drinks, and food is surprisingly good. Bar-tender is terrific.
This was a disappointing experience all around. When we arrived, the restaurant was completely empty but with music blaring loudly. Even with the bad ambiance, however, it would have been decent if the food had been good -- which it wasn't. Instead, the three plates we ordered were underwhelming and overpriced for the quality. Will definitely not be returning to Confessional.
I haf the most amazing time. The food is great! Came in a timely fashion perfect size plates that font overwhelming fill you.... Erica was amazing!!! Best drinks are made by her :-)
First the good, the bartender was very nice and accommodating, and the cocktails were good, even if they weren't so subtle (the sweet stuff was VERY sweet, but I personally like that sort of thing.) And the food tasted great. We went for Valentine's Day dinner. Their food seating is fairly small, maybe 20-25 seats.
The not so good was that the service was pretty sub-par. I'm a pretty understanding person when it comes to restaurant service. Sometimes you're busy, you can forget to do one of the million things you probably have on your mind. But in this case there were four servers for probably ten tables and they still managed to disappoint. Valentine's Day was a pre-fixe and the pre-fixe was not explained when we sat down. No problem, I knew it was a 3-course pre-fixe. Probably fine. The pre-fixe was supposed to come with Prosecco. We never received it. When the main course was brought to us, the proper utensils did not come with it. I don't mind reusing an old fork, but I no longer had my old fork. I had to ask for one, and the manager mentioned he would bring me a steak knife. A steak knife was not produced. I had to ask a server for one later. We asked for hot sauce for date's fish, they brought me gravy. After they took our main course away, we sat waiting for quite some time with no explanation. About fifteen minutes went by before I asked if there was a dessert menu, and the manager said it's a chef special and it would be out soon. That's fine, but at least tell me when you take my plate so I'm not sitting and waiting, not knowing what to expect.
Overall, for what I paid, I was disappointed. I can't recommend it for food because the service is sub-par and there are tons of other great places around. I would recommend it as a cocktail spot but again, with so many great cocktail spots in that area with a better dining experience, I can't recommend it for that either. If their service was better it would be a solid little spot.
Highlights included the sliders. Lowlights included the fishy crab cakes. The cheese plate was tasty--it would have been nice if the server told us what cheeses were on the plate.
Drinks are expensive for a place that is definitely not known for its cocktails.
hands down the best tasting food I've had in 1.5 yrs in nyc. I was blown away. and the drinks were superb. I didn't know what to expect from Latin American fusion, but suffice it to say that this exceeded any expectations I had by miles. truly delicious. also the best pisco sours Ive had north of the equator.
The restaurant accommodated food allergies (peanuts and sesame). When we couldn't agree on the brussel sprouts or cauliflower they gave us a half order of both. The food was out of this world. All very rich but delicious.
It was just amazing. The most delicious Churrasco I had ever tasted, and I have tasted quite a few. Everything was incredible amazing and delicious. And the drinks, Oh My God! The service was great. Erika was our bartender and she was really nice, attentive and created those great drinks with such a passion and dedication. I could keep on going, and I already recommended the restaurants to all my friends. Too bad we couldn't complement the Cheff, since it was late and he was already gone, by the time we finish, but the food was incredibly amazing! Congrats!!! LOVE IT!!!!!
Erika was very helpful, very courteous, attended at everything we needed and wanted, it's was ours 28th wedding anniversary and beginning wth the owner congratulated us on the phone. The bartender very nice made special drinks for my husband and the service from the waiter, overall we had a wonder experience, excellent food, presentation and taste. Yes we'll go back and recommend it to everyone. Thank you all
I took some friends visiting from Italy. They loved it! Erica, the owner was attentive, and made it feel so personal. The food was interesting, and the flavors unique. I will go back for sure, and have recommended it to friends!
I was in town visiting friends and we wanted to try something new and fun and based on previous reviews we chose to go here. The drinks were amazing and the food was outstanding.
Confessional was such a great experience from the food to the atmosphere and confessing on the wall, we feel so fortunate to have found Confessional. Cannot wait for our next trip to NY so we can confess again!
Went here wish a group of 6, and ordered for the table. Every dish was delicious and unique. The paellita was perfectly seasoned as an entree, and the appetizers were all a hit! I plan to go back again and again.
I'll start by saying the wine (our third choice) was very good and we loved our dishes (shared fish tacos for the starter; I had churrasco for the main). We just couldn't get our timing right: the "welcome" was more of a "wait there"; the first two wines we chose were out; the waiter poured the wine for me to taste, then set the bottle down in the middle of the table; when we finally had our drinks, the manager(?) interrupted our toast to pour out the wine...it went on like this. After a midly frustrating start, we had a lovely meal.
The girl who waits on the tables is totally alone. The place is packed to the rafters with people and their is one waitress. I felt really bad for her. Should be 3 when there was one. The guys with arm behind the bar helpful but behind the bar. I don't like Spanish food, so as far as that went, I was never going to like it, but the people I was with were not impressed. Basically it would have been a lot better if there were more servers and the food wasn't Spanish... Probably not very helpful.
The food is delicious (the steak!) as are the drinks (Devil's Advocate & Ruby's White Lies (I think that's the name)), but the seating is odd. Many of the tables are those high tables w/stools so if you don't like those types of tables or have physical constraints that make sitting there difficult, I'd get a reservation and specifically ask for the regular tables. And it's kind of loud there and the place isn't spacious. All that said, it's totally worth it for the food and drinks.
First - come here for the drinks. Exquisite and interesting and balanced. Marcelo did some custom twists on their menu just for my friend, who was celebrating.
Second come for the company - friendly, welcoming, good fun.
Third - come for the food. If you like interesting Latin food - I suspect some of it might be Ecuadorean - really interesting dishes I haven't had anywhere else and balanced and yummy.
I would come back any old time.
Ambiance, food and service...amazing! The concept is unique. With a blackboard and chalk...once you have some liquor in your system you can write your deepest confessions on the wall. I loved it! The bartender, Victor was so welcoming and the owner was as well. Would definitely do this again!
Went with another couple. The cocktails were very tasty ($14 each) The appetizers were amazing! Gotta try the ones with the ropa vieja -- amazing! And the entrees were good as well. Big enough to share if you've had a few appetizers too. And writing our confessions on the chalkboard walls after a few drinks was quite revealing!
Found it on Trip advisor, went there with my wife and we loved it. Both food, ambiance and service was great. Best shrimp ever.
They say "don't fall in love with your bartender". It leads to liver failure and heart break. Charmaine is worth the risk. This place was great, booze, food, atmosphere, but Charmaine, Oh sweet Charmaine. An angel of never-ending perfect gin drinks with cucumber and FRESH LIME JUICE. This was the lime shortage of 2014, she was prepared. We didn't need a menu. She knew what to order as if her beautiful eyes peered into my gastro-soul.
Not the most pleasant patrons, we had the "stops mid sentence to shout his orders at a busy bartender while pointing with the one free finger in his drink hand and making a wink face clicking noise" guy. But she was a pro, and we all left happy.
I love you Charmaine and The Confessional. (too soon?)
Came here last Tuesday night for dinner and cant say enough good things about this place. Definitely best food I've had in a while. We ordered a few plates to share, mofonguitos and timbales are to die for! EVERYONE has to try them! Loved the ambiance, the low lights and confessing on the wall! That made my night! I ordered a blame them not me and my drink was so good I had to order another one. Service was great, our bartender was very attentive and loved that the owner came by our table to make sure we were satisfied with everything! Definitely will be coming back soon to try a few other things!
My family and I had a great time. We really enjoyed the delicious food. We will be back for the next special occasion!!!
Confessional is such a discreet place that you won't be found even if you check in on FB! Haha just kidding! This restaurant and bar is the perfect place to have a few bottles of wine and great Latin/Caribbean food for a date or a get together with the girls or even the guys! The music is very eclectic. Not loud ebeough where you have to say "What?!" To the person speaking to you and not low enough where you have to ask the bartender to give it some more volume. The service is amazing. The bartender is very attentive and so are the waiters. Asking you if everything is okay at every moment they pass by your table. The drinks are so tasty that you will ask for more before you finish the first one It's even family friendly during the afternoon
There are a bunch of things that make this place great! Cocktails are very quality here. All the drinks are pretty refreshing, tasty, and made with a bit of extra effort to make them look nice. space is a precious commodity. but the food here is pretty killer too.
The food is equally as impressive.
**Guac/pico de gallo!This dish is LEGIT
Lobster tamal Standard tells of a good Latin America restaurant and Confessional delivers!
Bronzino Light and fresh tasting!
Overall, this is definitely one of the better "hidden" gems in the East Village, and everything, from the food, to the drinks, to the service, are all quality. I would come here with a small group or for a date, and enjoy as many different drinks and plates as you can.
ONE WORD: SPICERACK (confession, I have the spelling skills of a 5yo).
The chef needs a refresher course on how to make basic glaucoma. Got the avocado right, but missing cilantro, lemon juice, salt, and some heat, thats just a SIN! I would go on to critique the remainder of our food, but its just easier to say: dont bother eating here. The food seriously seemed like an after thought. Oh lets just throw in a kitchen so we can say we serve "latin inspired" food. Why not just eliminate the entire kitchen, open the space, reduce over head cost-and ultimately reduce the drink prices!
OH the drinks on the other hand: delicious and innovated! The mixologist deserves much praise for that. Confessional needs to stick to their amazing drinks!
Really cool vibe with a great female staff, savory dishes, and fun walls you're actually encouraged to tag on & 'confess' - perfect formula for a girls' night out! The cocktail menu has very clever names & ingredients, as well - the bar is also a welcoming place to hang out. Have been here twice now and had a great experience both times - think it will become one of the regular spots.
The food selections weren't very many and the eggs benedict came with untoasted English Muffins that I had to send back to get toasted. $35.00 for brunch with unlimited sangria or mimosas was pricey (though they didn't skimp on the refills). I think I should have tried this restaurant for dinner instead.
It's a small venue. The servers were very nice and didn't rush us at all. BUT, the music was too loud. When I asked to turn it down, they did so, but still somewhat too loud. In fairness, we were under the speakers.
My friends and I had a wonderful dining experience at Confessional. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious; the montaditos trio: tostones with shrimp, churrasco and octopus, beef sliders, churrasco with truffle cheese fries, churrasco with yucca mash and grilled salmon with banana rice.
The well-crafted cocktails "Hot Scandal", "Blame Them Not Me", "Sexual Feelings" and Rubby's White Lies" were outstanding . Service was excellent. The owners and staff were welcoming, friendly and very attentive to our needs.
The dim lighting, soft music and chalk board wall where patrons are encouraged to confess their sins adds a remarkable touch to the decor and cozy ambience. I highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be back soon!