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Bites Nearby: Siete Ocho Siete

This summer after nearly 25 years as Mamma Francesca, Siete Ocho Siete opened, giving the Queen City a Puerto Rican alternative to an already diverse restaurant selection.

You could stand on a corner and look around until a restaurant sign draws you in. But we've got a better idea. Each week, New Rochelle Patch picks a great restaurant either in town or nearby that is worth checking out.

Here's this week's choice:

Siete Ocho Siete

New Rochelle certainly offers up many options when it comes to Latin fare and one restaurant that many residents are getting to know better is a new addition on Pelham Road near the College of New Rochelle called Siete Ocho Siete.

According to the restaurant's Web site, the name comes from the area code of the island of Puerto Rico—787—and this restaurant bar and lounge has revealed itself to not only be a great place for dinner, but also a hot spot for a late night cocktail and entertainment.

Their menu consists of many selections of fish, rice and meat dishes, with traditional Puerto Rican selections such as pionono, ropa vieja, pernil and mofongo.

The restaurant's prices depending on their specials, but generally for appetizers you'll pay about $6-18 and main courses are from $14-48. Don't forget the cocktails as well, which start at about $4.

The 125-seat restaurant, with seasonal walled-in outdoor seating in the new frontage and enclosed greenhouse in the rear overlooking New Rochelle's boating clubs and Long Island Sound, will offer a nice ambiance to those looking for a romantic dinner for two.

The restaurant owners have done such a great job with authenticity that one customer wrote on tripadvisor.com that he thought he had gone on a tropical getaway.

"Woo Hoo! A fun night out in the 'burbs is now possible thanks to this warm and inviting place with great rice and beans and chicken dishes...great fish too. I thought the place was a lot of fun, like a party!"

Nina Cuervas of New Rochelle also commented on Siete Ocho Siete, telling Patch that she not only loved the food, but that "I think people are going to start telling their friends about this place after just one visit as it is no longer much of a secret and is a great place to eat, drink and party it up!"

The restaurant's dress code is casual but men are not permitted to wear baseball caps, tank tops or pants that are below the waist.

They are open for dinner seven days a week, Monday through Wednesday from 5 p.m. to midnight, Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Siete Ocho Siete is located at 414 Pelham Rd. in New Rochelle, For more information, including a full list of their menu items, visit their Web site at sieteochosiete.com.

fuzzy October 17, 2011 at 03:00 AM
Does the police comm. still get free meals there
Scott Kulkin November 15, 2011 at 06:36 PM
Great food but service is a bit slow.
SugarGurl March 16, 2012 at 03:18 PM
OK...I was taken to Siete Ocho Siete in New Rochelle for my birthday...music was hot and popping....go DJ Sat. March 10... Now...The food was very dissapointing...I had a party of 10 and everyone was unhappy with their dish. It was pleasing to the eye but the traditional Puertorican flavors were diffinitely missing. Extremely dissapointed...The ambience and the services was good...GO NICk...In addition the wait was 45mins. after scheduled reservation..NOT GOOD....You Guys gotta do Something...
Jay Negron May 16, 2012 at 06:00 PM
My 4th time to this place. The 1st and 2nd time just went to the lounge area, music was awesome did not eat pricey drinks. 3rd time met some friends for drinks, we ordered a bottle and chill, music was horrible (too much rap which attracted to many thugs). 787 is Puerto Rico area code, lets represent some traditional music. Since we ordered the bottle had no choice but to stay. 4th time mothers day dinner, I ordered the Churrascco steak with monfongo and my friend ordered the shrimp monfongo both very good, but childs portions (which we all know Puerto Rican portions). Had a couple of sangrias, but at $10 a pop how many can you really have. I had to order an appetizer (chicharron de pollo) after the meal cause we were still hungry. We left after $140 meal n drinks for two people. Nice place, good food (small portions), pricey drinks and the music is hit or miss.
carmen s cruz February 16, 2013 at 02:03 AM
I went ones I really like it.it was a monday like 5 pm really quite but nice. I found portion of food great. I will go back decent menu.

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