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cafecito
185 Avenue C
b/w 11th & 12th St.

$$$$$

2.9

4

I’ve been having good sandwich luck lately. It’s really not that often that I’m like wow, that’s a sandwich. Cubanos can be dense and flavor-packed, but they’re not always ethereal.. >

Sophie's
96 Chambers St.
b/w Church St. & Broadway

$$$$$

3

3

Searching for cheap eats downtown can be a dispiriting experience, especially when you’re out with friends and hankering for something different from the chain restaurants or pushc.. >

Havana-Chelsea Restaurant
190 8th Ave.
b/w 19th & 20th St.

$$$$$

2.9

3

One of the great debates on the message boards is where is the best Cuban sandwich. It's a difficult decision. There are some great ones out there. Off the top of my head, Margon i.. >

Pop Diner
80-26 Queens Blvd.
at 51st Ave.

$$$$$

3

2

The menu seems to round up the usual suspects plus a handful of international adventurers, but it's hard to be sure; you try reading small orange lettering against a glossy turquoi.. >

Calle Ocho
446 Columbus Ave.
b/w 81st & 82nd St.

$$$$$

2.7

2

Calle Ocho is named for a street in Miami’s Little Havana. On this stretch of Columbus Avenue, its bright exterior immediately gets your attention. The interior décor is consistent.. >

Roti Plus
2345 Frederick Douglass Blvd
b/w 125th & 126th

$$$$$

3

2

Despite eating a lot of peanut butter and jelly lately, I still have secret designs on finishing the 2005 list on which this blog has been based.  So when I found myself in the Bro.. >

Floridita Restaurant
3219 Broadway
at 129th St.

$$$$$

3.3

2

Floridita Cuban Restaurant (Washington Heights) 178th and Broadway Just South of the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal Up in Washington Heights again last week and looking for .. >

Cuba
222 Thompson St.
b/w Bleecker & W 3rd St.

$$$$$

3.2

2

no, not the country (unfortunately). instead, a restaurant in greenwich village (now a 20 minute walk!!). the food was pretty good (i had the vaca frita, and they give a plate of p.. >

Margon
136 W 46th St.
b/w 6th & 7th Ave.

$$$$$

2.7

2

Twenty years of some of the best Cuban sandwiches in the US? Now that's worth a celebration...and a snack... >

Ivo & Lulu
558 Broome St.
at Varick St.

$$$$$

2.5

2

I really wanted to like Ivo & Lulu Ivo & Lulu. They had great reviews and low prices, especially for organic produce and free range game. I tried so hard to like this far, out-of-t.. >

Bleu Drawes Cafe
97 Commercial St.

$$$$$

3

1

It's Zagat survey time again, and you know what that means. "Without compensation or attribution" thousands of "New Yorkers" will be submitting their "pithy comments" to the survey.. >

Coco’s Caribbean Lunch
corner of Broadway & Reade St.

$$$$$

3

1

As anyone who has held a Manhattan office job for a significant amount of time will attest, lunch is the dreariest meal of the day. You scout your office’s immediate surroundings –.. >

Mojito
275 Park Ave.
at Washington Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

Got delivery last night from this Cuban restaurant, Mojito that's located in the Chocolate Factory building near the Navy Yard. The menu on their website, the Myrtle Avenue Partner.. >

Cock's
806 Nostrand Ave.

$$$$$

2.8

1

Before my relocation to New York, my religiosity was rusty. I was a jack Unitarian. But now I have a God of my own device: Robert Sietsema, the restaurant critic of the Village Voi.. >

Stir It Up
514 Atlantic Ave.
b/w 3rd Ave. & Nevins St.

$$$$$

2.9

1

Stir It Up, on Atlantic Avenue just west of 3rd Avenue, holds the title for “closest restaurant to my apartment,” just narrowly beating the diner on the corner, the new-ish pan-Asi.. >

Soul Spot Restaurant
302 Atlantic Ave.
b/w Hoyt & Smith St.

$$$$$

4.5

1

The Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens area (I refuse to utter that silly, TriBeCa-inspired concatenation) is not exactly a cheap eaters’ paradise.  Beyond Bedouin Tent, sever.. >

Sugarcane
238 Flatbush Ave.
b/w Bergen St. and 6th Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

Lately, I feel like dining is a lot like dating. No, not in that I eat my dates. As my Grandma Esther would say—“Get your mind out of the gutter!” Allow me to explain... >

El Castillo De Jagua
113 Rivington St.
corner of Essex St.

$$$$$

3

1

Dude, I'm so full." I patted by belly. Yup, there was definitely some congestion in there, and by "some" I mean bumper-to-bumper, car-honking congestion. It didn't get quite to the.. >

Cubana Cafe
110 Thompson St.
b/w Prince & Spring St.

$$$$$

3

1

I finally got to see the bestest this weekend!  I can’t believe she’s leaving in less than two weeks and I’ve only seen her a handful of times the entire summer!  Granted, I was ea.. >

Havana - NY
27 W 38th St.
b/w 5th & 6th Ave.

$$$$$

4.3

1

A photographer for something akin to Associated Press, but concentrating more in international publications (European Pressphoto Agency) wanted to meet me today to snap some pictur.. >

Malecon No. 1
4141 Broadway
at 175th St.

$$$$$

2.8

1

Recently I was tipped about a famous Dominican restaurant in Washington Heights by a business associate, who claimed that El Malecon made the best Latino-style roast chicken in the.. >

It's a Dominican Thing
144 W 19th St.
b/w 6th & 7th Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

With a name like, It's a Dominican ThingIt's a Dominican Thing, you really expect the restaurant to represent authentic Dominican food. Since I'm not Dominican, I can't make any cl.. >

La Caridad
2199 Broadway

$$$$$

3.1

1

It's been a joke in a Seinfeld episode, and its also one of my favorite late-night dumps to eat at. Dirt cheap, and great "Bad Chinese American" cuisine, with a Latino twist... >

La Caridad 78
2199 Broadway
at 78th St.

$$$$$

2.4

1

Ever had black beans and spanish yellow rice with chow mein? La Caridad 78 is where Cuba meets Chinese. That’s because the restaurant owners are ethnic Chinese born in Cuba. The or.. >

Strictly Roots
2058 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd
at 123rd St.

$$$$$

3.5

1

Looking back, it was probably inevitable that I would be drawn to Ital cuisine.  How could it be otherwise, given my newfound vegan status - amplified by a love for exotic, untried.. >

Negril Chelsea
362 W 23rd St.
b/w 8th & 9th Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

When it's not too busy at work we tried to explore around for a good longer lunch (instead of deli food all the time). Menupages.com is a great resource and I found this Jamaican r.. >

Asia de Cuba (at the Morgans Hotel)
237 Madison Ave.
b/w 37th & 38th St.

$$$$$

2.8

1

A friend of mine adores Asia de Cuba, Jeffrey Chodorow’s fusion restaurant where pan-Asian meets pan-Latin. When she asked where I’d like to be taken for my birthday, I thought it .. >

Cafe con Leche
726 Amsterdam Ave.
b/w 95th & 96th St.

$$$$$

2.5

1

This Ecuadorian eatery (no relation to the duo on Amsterdam Ave.) bills itself not only as a panaderia, or bakery, but also a picanteria... >

Agozar!
324 Bowery
at Bleecker St.

$$$$$

2.3

1

for kathy’s 24th birthday celebration, several of us gathered at agozar, a cuban restaurant on bowery. (i’m classifying it as soho, but i’m not actually sure that’s correct). Servi.. >

La Rosita Restaurant
2809 Broadway
b/w 108th & 109th St.

$$$$$

3.3

1

Over the summer I spent a lot of time in Spanish Harlem and got to know a lot of great Latin sandwich shops and restaurants. Today as I was walking down Broadway, La Rosita Restaur.. >

Mo's Caribbean
1454 2nd Ave.
at 76th St.

$$$$$

2.1

1

Ah, Jimmy, you let me down. And at the worst possible time. I was supposed to meet some people from out of town for a drink today. They had been following my blog and were visiting.. >

Cafe Habana
17 Prince St.
at Elizabeth St.

$$$$$

2.6

1

I met a couple of my girlfriends for dinner tonight at a hot boite in NoLita called Cafe Havana. Is there any restaurant in this neighbourhood that's not happening?! Standing at th.. >

Ideya
349 W Broadway
b/w Broome & Grand St.

$$$$$

2.6

1

Passable pan-Latin food at Ideya Latin Bistro in SoHo. The food is fine, but stick with the drinks... >

Cafe con Leche
424 Amsterdam Ave.
b/w 80th & 81st St.

$$$$$

2.7

1

i headed crosstown and uptown last monday to have dinner with L & C. after the usual restaurant search and discussion, we decided on trying cafe con leche, which i had read abo.. >

Orchid
675 9th Ave.
b/w 46th & 47th St.

$$$$$

2.8

1

Calm down, Adam," said Patty. "You can take it all out on your blog later.. >

Sugar Bar
254 W 72nd St.
b/w Broadway & West End

$$$$$

2.7

1

.. >

A
947 Columbus Ave.
b/w 106th & 107th St.

$$$$$

2.7

1

Swimster needed to study at the Columbia library, which meant he was going to be in my neck of the woods for the evening. If you haven't figured it out, we live on opposite ends of.. >

Negril Village
70 W 3rd St.
b/w Laguardia Pl. & Thompson St.

$$$$$

3.2

1

As a kid, I loved the movie Cool Runnings. The Jamaicans seemed like such colorful characters, and the idea of leaving a sunny island to become a bobsledder was hilarious. So when .. >

Boca Chica
13 1st Ave.
at 1st St.

$$$$$

2.9

1

All credit to a Latin restaurant that offers as many vegetarian options as Boca Chica does–several main dishes and at least four of the appetizers are herbivore-friendly. The mojit.. >

Havana Central
22 E 17th St.
b/w Broadway & 5th Ave.

$$$$$

2.8

1

This past weekend, I’ve neglected the fact that I’m suppose to be in a bikini in 2 weeks, and just ate everything in sight.  Maybe not everything, but a lot of stuff.  This may be .. >

La Fonda Boricua
169 E 106th St.
b/w Lexington & 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

2.8

1

Having neglected uptown for too long, I was immediately receptive when my friend Jas suggested an excursion to one of the many fine and cheap establishments north of 96th Street.  .. >

Cabana
89 South St. Seaport
Pier 17

$$$$$

2.1

1

First I was addicted to the empanadillas, pastries filled with shrimp, chicken, or beef picadillo. Then I started stealing bites of Todd's ropa vieja (spiced shredded beef) and arr.. >

El Nuevo Amanecer
117 Stanton St.
at Essex St.

$$$$$

3.3

1

Continuing my search for a great and decently priced restaurant in the L.E.S., I and my roommate, along with another friend, went to El Nuevo Amanecer, at the corner of Stanton and.. >

Little Havana
30 Cornelia St.
b/w Bleecker & W 4th S

$$$$$

2.8

1

I just IMed Kirk and asked: "You thought that meal we had Friday was just ok, right?" He didn't respond and logged off. But I believe I'm correct in remembering our meal as lacklus.. >

La Taza De Oro
96 8th Ave.
b/w 14th & 15th St.

$$$$$

3

1

One food-related downside to the effects of ‘gentrification’ is that you never know whose conversation you’ll be forced to listen to while chowing down.  Take today’s example – whi.. >

Daphne's Caribbean Express
233 E 14th St.
b/w 2nd & 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

A very, very small place - and even though their menu is pretty impressive, they don't seem to everything available. Daphne's usually looks only partially stocked. I will say this .. >

Krik Krak
844 Amsterdam Ave.
b/w 101st & 102nd St.

$$$$$

2.9

1

First you say “krik” and if someone answers “krak” it means they’re are interested in your story says part owner Maud Damphile of the Krik Krak Haitian Restaurant Well Krik Krak, a.. >

Maroons
244 W 16th St.
b/w 7th & 8th Ave.

$$$$$

2.5

1

I should know better. Valentine's Day, along with New Year's Eve and Mother's Day, is one of the biggest restaurant rip-off days of the year. But, considering that I'm without a bo.. >

Mo Bay
17 West 125th St.
b/w 5th & Lenox Ave.

$$$$$

Cubana Café
272 Smith St.
b/w Sackett & Degraw

$$$$$

Ginger Root Café
702 Washington Ave.
b/w Prospect Pl. & St. marks Ave.

$$$$$

Brawta Café
347 Atlantic Ave.
b/w Hoyt & Bond St.

$$$$$

Buff Patty
376 Myrtle Ave.
at Clermont Ave.

$$$$$

Sally's Jamaican Express
554 Fulton St.
b/w Hudson Ave. & Rockwell Pl.

$$$$$

Red Bamboo
271 Adelphi St.
at DeKalb Ave.

$$$$$

3.4

Las Tres Palmas
121 Livingston St.
b/w Red Hook Ln. & Smith St.

$$$$$

Savy's
330 Myrtle Ave.
at Carlton Ave.

$$$$$

JRG Fashion Cafe
177 Flatbush Ave.
at Pacific St.

$$$$$

Mobay Brooklyn
112 DeKalb Ave.
b/w Ashland Pl. & St. Felix St.

$$$$$

Don Pedro's
1865 2nd Ave.
at 96th St.

$$$$$

Clinton Restaurant
293 E Houston St.
at Clinton St.

$$$$$

Cabana
1022 3rd Ave.
b/w 60th & 61st St.

$$$$$

El Presidente
3938 Broadway
at W 165th St.

$$$$$

Day-O
103 Greenwich Ave.
at 12th St.

$$$$$

Sophie's
369 Lexington Ave.
b/w 40th & 41st St.

$$$$$

Mobay New York
17 W 125th St.
b/w Lenox & 5th Ave.

$$$$$

3.1

Tropica
200 Park Ave.
at 45th St.

$$$$$

2.8

Malecon No. 2
764 Amsterdam Ave.
b/w 97th & 98th St.

$$$$$

2.9

Sophie's
73 New St.
b/w Beaver St. & Exchange Pl.

$$$$$

3

Caridad Restaurant
18 E 33rd St.
b/w 5th & Madison Ave.

$$$$$

3

Golden Krust
80 Nassau St.
b/w John & Fulton St.

$$$$$

3

Caribbean Spice
402 W 44th St.
b/w 9th & 10th Ave.

$$$$$

3

El Deportivo
701 9th Ave.
at 48th St.

$$$$$

3

EI Internacional
616 Amsterdam Ave.
at 90th St.

$$$$$

3

Sophie's
179 Madison Ave.
at W 34th St.

$$$$$

2.9

Golden Krust
111 E 23rd St.
b/w Lexington & Park Ave.

$$$$$

3

Joselito Restaurant
94 Avenue C
b/w 6th & 7th St.

$$$$$

2.2

Native
161 Lenox Ave.
at W 118th St.

$$$$$

2.5

Golden Krust
121 W 125th St.
b/w Lenox & 7th Ave.

$$$$$

3

La Embajada (at The Embassy)
953 Amsterdam Ave.
b/w 106th & 107th St.

$$$$$

3.1

Cuba Café
200 8th Ave.
b/w 20th & 21st St.

$$$$$

3.4

Caridad
588 Amsterdam Ave.
b/w 88th & 89th St.

$$$$$

3

Sabroso
117 E 60th St.
b/w Lexington & Park Ave.

$$$$$

3

Victor's Cafe
236 W 52nd St.
b/w 8th Ave. & Broadway

$$$$$

3

Le Soleil
877 10th Ave.
b/w 57th & 58th St.

$$$$$

3

Espinal's Caribbean Deli
411 E 70th St.
b/w 1st & York Ave.

$$$$$

3

Paladar
161 Ludlow St.
at Stanton St.

$$$$$

2.7

Casa Adela
66 Avenue C
b/w 4th & 5th St.

$$$$$

3

Flavored With One Love
1941 Madison Ave.
b/w 124th & 125th St.

$$$$$

3

Under D Tree
182 Lenox Ave.
at 119th St.

$$$$$

3.2

Havana Central Times Square
151 W 46th St.
b/w 6th & 7th Ave.

$$$$$

3.3

Son Cubano
405 W 14th St.
b/w 9th & 10th Ave.

$$$$$

2.9

Mannas
51 E 125th St.
at Madison Ave.

$$$$$

3

The Blue Mahoe
243 E 14th St.
b/w 2nd & 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

3

Justin's
31 W 21st St.
b/w 5th & 6th Ave.

$$$$$

3.2

Peppers
349 Broadway
at Leonard St.

$$$$$

3

Westside Coffee Shop
323 Church St.
at Canal St.

$$$$$

3

El Rancho Jubilee
10 Hillside Ave.
b/w Nagle Ave. & Bogardus Pl.

$$$$$

3.2

Mama Jean's
536 9th Ave.
b/w 39th & 40th St.

$$$$$

4.2

Remy Lounge
104 Greenwich St.
b/w Rector & Carlisle St.

$$$$$

2.8