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Welcome To La Ceiba

Just down the street on the corner of Avenue A and 11th Street (Map) sits La Ceiba, a Mexican restaurant with a few tables and a jukebox. The jukebox offers no American pop hits (everything was in Spanish), and the menu has no burgers.

Finally. Real Mexican food in this part of town is unusually hard to find.

While it's not exactly a the quick eats burrito stand that I prefer, they offer delivery. For now though, I can walk the four blocks.

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Thursday, October 27, 2005 by Jonah.


Le Ceibe the eatery is an almost exact duplicate of a restaurant of its kind in Honduras, where Le Ceibe is the capital. Tucked neatly at the foot of the spectacular Pico Bonito mountain range, Le Ceibe's population of 100,000 enjoys tradional Honduran meals much like those served up at Le Ceibe.

Patrons of the 11th and A staple can expect large plates of fried meets adjacent to beans and rice. Burrito lovers must assemlbe their own burritos stuffing the accompanying tortillas to their liking.

The setting in East Village's Le Ceibe, small tables with chairs and sparse decorations, reminds one of eating in Honduras.

Posted by: Mark Carne Asada at November 7, 2005 12:29 PM

has this place closed?? i went to 173 ave a & 11th st 2/1/06 & no la ceiba...

Posted by: jeanette at February 2, 2006 11:36 AM

Apparently, "Mark Carne Asada" (or whomever he quoted) has never been here, in La Ceiba, Honduras. Had he been, he would know that the name of the city is "La Ceiba," not "Le Ceibe"; its population is over 200,000; it is NOT the capital of Honduras (Tegucigalpa is); Pico Bonito is the name of one mountain, not the range (the range that it is in is called the "Nombre de Dios" or "Name of God" range); and that traditional Honduran food only occasional has some resemblance to Mexican food.

La Ceiba is named for the ceiba tree (called the "silk-cotton" tree in English), which is the source of kapok fiber (the fiber often used in life vests). The above restaurant gets its name from the tree, not from the city, and very few of the restaurant's menu items are available in the city (and those are mostly at restaurants that cater to gringos, not to the locals).

Posted by: CeibeƱo at August 20, 2007 11:22 PM