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City Pizza & Cafe
274 W 40th St.
b/w 7th & 8th Ave.

$$$$$

2.8

El Famoso Restaurante
27 Rutgers St.
b/w Madison & Henry St.

$$$$$

3

Cabo Rojo
254 10th Ave.
b/w 24th & 25th St.

$$$$$

2.2

El Rinconcito
408 E 10th St.
b/w Avenue C & Avenue D

$$$$$

3.4

Westside Coffee Shop
323 Church St.
at Canal St.

$$$$$

3

Mannas
51 E 125th St.
at Madison Ave.

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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.. >

EI Internacional
616 Amsterdam Ave.
at 90th St.

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3.4

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.. >

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.. >

Buff Patty
376 Myrtle Ave.
at Clermont Ave.

$$$$$

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 –.. >

Golden Krust
18 E 33rd St.
b/w Madison & 5th Ave.

$$$$$

3.1

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.. >

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.. >

Cibao Restaurant
72 Clinton St.
at Rivington St.

$$$$$

3

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 .. >

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.. >

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.. >

El Patio
141 Attorney St.
corner of Stanton St.

$$$$$

3.2

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.. >

Jamaican Flavors
240 Sullivan St.
b/w Bleecker & W 3rd St.

$$$$$

3

El Nuevo Castillo
125 Avenue D
b/w 8th & 9th St.

$$$$$

3

Calidad Latina
132 9th Ave.
b/w 18th & 19th St.

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

2.8

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... >

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3.2

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.  .. >

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 .. >

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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 .. >

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

$$$$$

3.1

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

$$$$$

3

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.. >

Native
161 Lenox Ave.
at W 118th St.

$$$$$

2.4

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

$$$$$

2.3

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

$$$$$

3

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... >

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

$$$$$

2.9

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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

$$$$$

2.9

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.. >

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... >

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

$$$$$

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.. >

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.. >

Clinton Restaurant
293 E Houston St.
at Clinton St.

$$$$$

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.. >

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

$$$$$

4.3

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.. >

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

$$$$$

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.. >

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

$$$$$

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.. >

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

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.. >

El Rey de la Caridad
973 Amsterdam Ave.
at 108th St.

$$$$$

3

Butterfly Blue Restaurant & Bar
1813 Amsterdam Ave.
at 150th St.

$$$$$

3.2

Havana Alma de Cuba
94 Christopher St.
b/w Bleecker St. & Bedford St.

$$$$$

3.2

Rodriguez Restaurant
103 Essex St.
b/w Delancey & Rivington St.

$$$$$

3

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.. >

Azucar
939 8th Ave.
b/w 55th & 56th St.

$$$$$

3

Old San Juan
765 9th Ave.
b/w 51st & 52nd St.

$$$$$

3.2

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

$$$$$

4.2

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

$$$$$

3.2

Peppers
349 Broadway
at Leonard St.

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3.3

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.. >

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.. >

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.. >

Paladar
161 Ludlow St.
at Stanton St.

$$$$$

2.7

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

$$$$$

3.4

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.. >

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

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.. >

El Presidente
3938 Broadway
at W 165th St.

$$$$$

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.. >

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

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... >

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

$$$$$