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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.. >

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.. >

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 .. >

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

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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.. >

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

$$$$$

Buff Patty
376 Myrtle Ave.
at Clermont Ave.

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

3.2

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.. >

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

2.2

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.. >

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... >

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.. >

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

Cibao Restaurant
72 Clinton St.
at Rivington St.

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

2.8

Clinton Restaurant
293 E Houston St.
at Clinton 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.. >

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 –.. >

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3.4

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.. >

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

$$$$$

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 .. >

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

EI Internacional
616 Amsterdam Ave.
at 90th St.

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3

El Patio
141 Attorney St.
corner of Stanton St.

$$$$$

3.2

El Presidente
3938 Broadway
at W 165th St.

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

3.2

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3.4

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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 .. >

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

3.1

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3.2

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 .. >

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

$$$$$

3.3

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.. >

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... >

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.. >

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

2.3

JRG Fashion Cafe
177 Flatbush Ave.
at Pacific St.

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

3.2

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.. >

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3.1

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.  .. >

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.. >

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.. >

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

$$$$$

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

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.. >

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

$$$$$

2.9

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

$$$$$

4.2

Mannas
51 E 125th St.
at Madison Ave.

$$$$$

3

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... >

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.

$$$$$

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.. >

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

3.1

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.. >

Native
161 Lenox Ave.
at W 118th St.

$$$$$

2.5

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.. >

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 .. >

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

$$$$$

3.2

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.. >

Paladar
161 Ludlow St.
at Stanton St.

$$$$$

2.7

Peppers
349 Broadway
at Leonard St.

$$$$$

3

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.. >

Red Bamboo
271 Adelphi St.
at DeKalb Ave.

$$$$$

3.4

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

$$$$$

2.8

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

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$