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Sophie's Cuban
179 Madison Ave.
b/w 33rd & 34th St.

$$$$$

1.8

4

You didn’t think a little rain would keep us cheapos away, did you? It’s 12:01 and the line is already stretched down the block at the newly opened Sophie’s Cuban on 40th btw. 7+8t.. >

Mo Pitkin's House of Satisfaction
34 Avenue A
b/w 2nd & 3rd St.

$$$$$

3

4

Last week CPC chewed on one of best sammiches in Brooklyn; this week we’ve found an even better pile of bread, meat and cheese coming to us from Mo Pitkin’s House of Satisfaction i.. >

Pipa
38 E 19th St.
b/w Broadway & Park Ave. S

$$$$$

3.2

4

Pipa Pipa is one of the four eateries in ABC Carpet and Home on Broadway. I've eaten there several times in the past and have found it a consistently enjoyable experience of Spanis.. >

Essex
120 Essex St.
at Rivington St.

$$$$$

3

4

Fashionista invited me to brunch at Essex with her friend Ms. Q. Despite having weekends off for almost five months, I can only count on one hand the number of times I've been out .. >

Esperanto
145 Avenue C
at 9th St.

$$$$$

4.1

4

A slice of "California style" carrot cake with raisins and walnuts ($5.25) was thoroughly chilled from its time in the display case at this "always open" hangout. Esperanto Café 11.. >

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.. >

Palo Santo
652 Union St.
b/w 4th & 5th Ave.

$$$$$

3.3

3

I couldn’t take my eyes off the cat. She was patrolling the garden, rather languidly actually, delicately tip-toeing on the high stone wall, balanced perfectly on a precarious batt.. >

Bogota Latin Bistro
141 5th Ave.
at St. John's Pl.

$$$$$

3.3

3

Friday's Lunch: Taro Sushi (ok, technically on Dean, but steps from 5th Avenue) I took a personal day from work on Friday and wound up having lunch with the China-Latina Chowhound... >

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.. >

Salud
142 Beekman St.
b/w Front St. & South St.

$$$$$

2.4

3

Certain restaurants– most street-facing Chinatown eateries, and the pantry-sized West Village boites, for example–never let you forget that, despite the cuisine, you are still in N.. >

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.. >

Barrio Chino
253 Broome St.
b/w Orchard & Ludlow St.

$$$$$

3

3

I was craving one of the chewy German pretzels at Cafe Katja, but the place was closed for a private party (I really should've called ahead). "Where should we go?" I asked my disap.. >

El Rincon del Sabor
74 W 47th St.
b/w 5th & 6th Ave.

$$$$$

3

2

To the centre of the city where all roads meet, waiting for you, To the depths of the ocean where all hopes sank, searching for you, I was moving through the silence [...].. >

Buenos Aires Bakery
9009 Roosevelt Ave.

$$$$$

3

2

I like Manhattan. It's kind of small (I'm from suburban NJ; it's spread out, yeah), but within its vicinity contains innumerable ways for you to blow your money on stuff you don't .. >

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.. >

Galicia
1506 Saint Nicholas Ave.

$$$$$

3

2

Love it when my chicken entrée includes a little sliced sausage... >

Empanada Mama
763 9th Ave.
at 51st St.

$$$$$

3

2

This question lingered over Lisa and I like a thought bubble in a New Yorker cartoon. "I think it's like a doughy packet," I said. "Stuffed with stuff." "Like an eggroll?" Lisa que.. >

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 .. >

Lucy Latin Kitchen
35 E 18th St.
b/w Broadway & Park Ave. S

$$$$$

3.1

2

Cinco de Mayo has gotten me California dreaming all over again. I'm feeling particularly bummed to have missed my San Francisco office's TGIT (Thank God it's Thursday) where the ma.. >

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... >

Listo el Pollo
8602 37th Ave

$$$$$

3.1

1

1/2 I would be talking out of my ass if I called Listo el Pollo the Colombian Hooters because I’ve never been to a Hooters. But I’d like to imagine that this Jackson Heights oddity.. >

El Salvador Restaurant
276 Knickerbocker Ave.

$$$$$

3.3

1

What more is there to say about melted cheese and pork rind between two corn tortillas than mmmm. The pupusa is a gem of a national dish from El Salvador stuffed with sometimes jus.. >

Dominican Pork Truck
corner of 155th St. & Broadway

$$$$$

3

1

May is National Hamburger Month, and the burger-lovers at A Hamburger Today requested that I compile a “Best Of” list for the occasion.  Since I call myself both Famous Fat Dave an.. >

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.. >

Bonita Restaurant
338 Bedford Ave.
b/w S 2nd & S 3rd St.

$$$$$

3

1

Bonita, owned by the same folks that own Marlowe & Sons and Diner, had terrific fish tacos, a fine heritage pork burrito, and creamy, well-spiced guacamole. The chicken in the chic.. >

Cafe El Cubanito
50 Henry St.
at Cranberry St.

$$$$$

3

1

I continued with my walk around the neighborhood to see what was new and found another place that has only been open for a month or so. And this was a very pleasant find indeed... >

Bahia Restaurant & Cafe
690 Grand St.
b/w Manhattan Ave. & Avenue of Puerto Rico

$$$$$

3

1

A pupusa is a magical entity of foodliness. Mention it to someone who knows of the tasty corn-based delight it brings and you'll get an enthusiastic, wide-eyed—teetering on t.. >

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.. >

Suba
109 Ludlow St.
b/w Rivington & Delancey St.

$$$$$

3

1

I found myself in my new favorite area (LES) of Manhattan for dining out once again, this time with Suba acting as host for the evening. There were several factors that attracted m.. >

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.

$$$$$

3.6

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.. >

Mambi Restaurant
4181 Broadway

$$$$$

3.6

1

I’m not a waiter.  I don’t live on tips.  But I sure do appreciate them.  Usually, if I get a really nice tip, I’ll blow it on a really nice meal before the shift is over.  Even if.. >

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.. >

Cafe Cello
48 W 46th St.
b/w 5th & 6th Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

There are very few things I enjoy eating more then pork.  Any kind of pork really, but my favorite is definetely the roasted kind where the skin gets super crispy.  It usually come.. >

International Food House
4073 Broadway
b/w 171st & 172nd St.

$$$$$

3

1

Am I in the minority of people by not getting excited about IHOP coming to Times Square?  To me it just seems like another addition to an area that is quickly becoming an Epcot’ish.. >

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 .. >

good
89 Greenwich Ave.
b/w 7th & 8th Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

Greenwich Avenue in the Village is lined with more than thirty popular eateries including Soy Luck Club and Taqueria de Mexico. The best place for brunch among all these restaurant.. >

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... >

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.. >

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.. >

Citrus Bar & Grill
320 Amsterdam Ave.
at 75th St.

$$$$$

2.2

1

I moved to the UWS a couple months ago, and rather than ditch my 'hood every night when dinnertime rolls around, I'm trying to find some cool places where I don't need to hop on a .. >

Mojo
309 E 5th St.
b/w 1st & 2nd Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

When Lower East Side hot spot Wyanoka closed in January, fans of chef Chris Santos were bereft. Support groups formed. Lucky for us, he resurfaced at Mexican Sandwich Company in Pa.. >

Apolo Restaurant
168 Delancey St.
at Clinton St.

$$$$$

3

1

Fall has definitely arrived with freezing temperature upstate New York and cool and damp down here in the city. Even worse, it is now dark when I wake up in the morning. I am not r.. >

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 .. >

Big Booty Bread Co.
261 W 23rd St.
at 8th Ave.

$$$$$

3

1

This is an interesting bakery we happened to stumble upon last week - actually as we were walking out of the horrible hot dogs at F & B next door. Check out the logo of this bakery.. >

Cabana
89 South St. Seaport
Pier 17

$$$$$

2.2

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.. >

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.. >

Room 18
18 Spring St.
b/w Elizabeth & Mott St.

$$$$$

3.1

1

Well, maybe not the end of the bars on Spring Street, but I did walk to the end of Spring Street where it hits the Bowery. The Bowery is booming. I remember the good old days with .. >

Mojito Loco
102 Meserole St.
b/w Leonard St. & Manhattan Ave.

$$$$$

3.1

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

$$$$$

Pedro's Restaurant
73 Jay St.
at Front St.

$$$$$

3

Beso Restaurant
210 5th Ave.
at Union St.

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

El Gran Castillo De Jagua
345 Flatbush Ave.
b/w Park & Sterling Pl.

$$$$$

Zipi Zape
152 Metropolitan Ave.
at Berry St.

$$$$$

2.5

La Nueva Bakery
8502 37th Ave.

$$$$$

3.4

Boca Soul
919 Fulton St.
at Waverly Ave.

$$$$$

3.6

Casa Mon Amour
162 Franklin St.
b/w Kent & Java St.

$$$$$

5

Latin Cuisine
804 Grand St.
at Bushwick Ave.

$$$$$

Luz
177 Vanderbilt Ave.
b/w Myrtle & Willoughby Ave.

$$$$$

1492
60 Clinton St.
at Rivington St.

$$$$$

3.3

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

$$$$$

novo
290 Hudson St.
b/w Spring & Dominick St.

$$$$$

Mi Abuelita
2270 2nd Ave.
b/w 116th & 117th St.

$$$$$

Yuca Bar
111 Avenue A
at 7th 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.

$$$$$

Restaurante Ecuatoriano GNS II
511 W 181st St.
at Amsterdam Ave.

$$$$$

4

El Pote Espanol
718 2nd Ave.
b/w 38th & 39th St.

$$$$$

2.8

Mica Bar
252 E 51st St.
b/w 2nd & 3rd Ave.

$$$$$

La Nueva Victoria
2536 Broadway
at 95th St.

$$$$$

El Caribeno
1675 Lexington Ave.
at 105th St.

$$$$$

5

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

$$$$$

3

Flor De Mayo
484 Amsterdam Ave.
b/w 83rd & 84th St.

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

Sofrito
400 E 57th St.
b/w 1st Ave. & Sutton Pl.

$$$$$

Hispaniola
839 W 181st St.
b/w Pinehurst Ave. & Cabrini Blvd.

$$$$$

3

Ole Restaurant
434 2nd Ave.
b/w 24th & 25th St.

$$$$$

EI Internacional
616 Amsterdam Ave.
at 90th St.

$$$$$

3

Toledo Restaurant
6 E 36th St.
b/w 5th & Madison Ave.

$$$$$

2.7

Matador
57 Greenwich Ave.
at Perry St.

$$$$$

3

Leocadia Milanes
29 W 26th St.
b/w 6th Ave. & Broadway

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

2.3

Moncion Juanita Restaurant
944 Columbus Ave.
b/w 106th & 107th St.

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3.1

Flor De Mayo
2651 Broadway
b/w 100th & 101st St.

$$$$$

3.9

Mica Bar
587 3rd Ave.
b/w 38th & 39th St.

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3.4

La Isla
212 Delancey St.
b/w Ridge & Pitt St.

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

LQ
511 Lexington Ave.
b/w 47th & 48th St.

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

Pan Latin Cafe
400 Chambers St.
at River Ter & Rockefeller Pk

$$$$$

3.2