Nestled against the heart of Piedmont Park in Amsterdam Walk, Loca Luna is a premiere destination for partying and people-watching alike. But the thing about Loca Luna that we simply can't resist? The consistent deliciousness of their tapas and libations.Often after a long week at the office we find ourselves on the hunt for an eatery that offers up the ultimate trifecta for a good evening: strong cocktails, delicious grub and some dancing tunes. Cue Loca Luna – no place in town provides the trio with quite as much zest as the Midtown mainstay. We're more than convinced that they've got the cure to the common evening down to a science; their unrivaled combination of tasty tapas, mojitos and lounge-y vibes makes our memories of the office fade into the distant past in no time. Nestled against the heart of Piedmont Park in Amsterdam Walk, this Midtown hot-spot is a premiere destination for partying and people-watching alike. (No two nights are the same here, that's for certain.) But the thing about Loca Luna that we simply can't resist? The consistent deliciousness of their tapas and libations. As a family-friendly Latin eatery that morphs into an ultra-lounge when the clock strikes 11 – Loca Luna is certainly one-of-a-kind.
But like we said, they're more than just the par-tay. Their delicious small plates are jam-packed with traditional Latin flavors— sporting the best of just about everything. Some of our go-tos? The Barillas de Pollo (grilled chicken that's been marinated in Cuban-style mojo marinade, skewered and served up alongside fried sweet plantains) has our hearts, and the Ostiones? Well, we just can't get enough of those curry-tossed oysters or their coconut curry cream sauce – that much is for certain. Patrons looking for a lighter fare can be satiated too – their Arepas de Pollo (traditional Columbian corn cakes) and Barillas de Vegetales never fail to fill us. But while the food may be the star of the show, the award for best supporting cocktail goes to Loca Luna's signature mojitos. These breezy cocktails come served up traditionally or in a menagerie of fruity flavors: pineapple, mango and strawberry. And of course Loca Luna wouldn't be what it is without some music in the evening. As the unofficial home to Orquesta MaCuba (one of the nation’s top salsa bands) and with live music played regularly, our hips will be swaying in no time – especially after those mojitos. At last – no need to bar hop! Living la vida loca is suddenly a breeze.
Barillas de Vegetales, $5.95
Arepas de Pollo, $5.95
Ejotes Crujientes, $5.55
Tomate y Mozzarella, $5.95
Tuesdays, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Wednesdays & Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays, 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Sundays, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.