There are a few people/services that we have used here in MVD that have gone above and beyond and have been so wonderful to us, we have to recommend them to the world: Jorge Cassarino Etcheverry, Maria Jesús Etcheverry Negocios Inmobiliarios (rental/real estate agent) : What is there to not to love about Jorge? He goes the extra mile, is funny, fair and really, just a big teddy bear (wow, I rhyme, too!) Jorge was recommended to us by some peple who used him to find their house a year and a half ago. Now they are good friends. Really though, what a nice guy, and his English isn't bad either! He showed us numerous places over several days and showed us some differnet options that we didn't even know we wanted (we were all set for an apartment!). firstname.lastname@example.org www.mariajesusetcheverry.com
Marti Aparthotel: Great neighborhood, big rooms, excellent staff. Ask for a top floor, they're sunnier above the tree line. The 11th is where we stayed, one level below the breakfast room (don't worry, it is not noisy). A small kitchen is included in the room, along with a decent sized bathroom with a tub. Every floor has a wireless access point. Federico is the contact for booking at the hotel. He'll give you a deal if you let him know you found them here! 3325 Jose Marti between Berro and Chuccaro. http://www.martiaparthotel.com.uy
Then a few eating establishments:
Bar 62: I hear this place gets its name from the first trolley line in the city of MVD. Well, I can't verify that, but it is some of the best food we've had here, and by best, we mean a 7:00 dinner of nothing off of the parilla because it's not ready yet, because we're out too early with a baby in tow. Still, it's been incredible. They have an eclectic combination of sushi/tempura (veggie tempura was light and not greasy- some of the best we've had. Looking forward to the sushi!), mediterranean salads (we've had it served differently on two occasions, both really good though)and typical Parilla fare . The waitstaff is cool, the building is beautiful and we're certainly going back for a real dinner (at the normal time of 10 PM) the first time we have a babysitter. Barreiro 3301 and Chucarro in Pocitos, 2 blocks from La Rambla.
La Taqueria: The little taco joint that we mentioned before. We finally got there on the night that we moved into our house. What a great day!! Don't let the little taco stand facade fool you. These guys know what they are doing (and with a little prodding, they can and make it HOT!). It is a bit more expensive than a typical mexican place... but completely worth it. As Brad put it in a recent email to two future friends from CA and their daughter who are moving to MVD in a few weeks: "We love spicy food. We went to that Mexican place the other night (Tuesday to be exact). They brought our the first salsa. We tried it...pretty much about as spicy as ketchup. Then he proudly brought out the "mas picante" option. Better, I can feel it a little bit now. He said he could do one even "MAS picante" after a few minutes I went up to him and asked for it. I saw the guys in the back mincing the chili pepper. One of his buddies tried it before they brought it out. I heard him cough, turn red and reach for his drink. They brought it to the table. Lisa and I both filled up a chip. It was great, but this is very much the exception". We had the veggie burrito, chicken burrito, quesadilla and some amazing chocolate torte for desert. Heaven!! On Jose Marti between Benito Blanco and Chuccaro in Pocitos.