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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

La Nueva Victoria
2536 Broadway
at 95th St.

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

El Presidente
3938 Broadway
at W 165th St.

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

Clinton Restaurant
293 E Houston St.
at Clinton St.

$$$$$

Yuca Bar
111 Avenue A
at 7th St.

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

Latin Cuisine
804 Grand St.
at Bushwick Ave.

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

Beso Restaurant
210 5th Ave.
at Union St.

$$$$$

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

$$$$$

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.. >

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.. >

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 .. >

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

$$$$$

2.2

Tauro Restaurant
284 Hudson St.
b/w Broome & Spring St.

$$$$$

2.2

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

$$$$$

2.3

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.. >

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.. >

Zipi Zape
152 Metropolitan Ave.
at Berry St.

$$$$$

2.5

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... >

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... >

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... >

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.. >

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.. >

Paladar
161 Ludlow St.
at Stanton St.

$$$$$

2.7

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

$$$$$

2.7

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

$$$$$

2.8

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 .. >

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 .. >

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

$$$$$

2.8

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.. >

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

$$$$$

2.9

La Isla
1883 3rd Ave.
at 104th St.

$$$$$

2.9

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.. >

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.. >

Darlene Restaurant
251 Church St.
b/w Leonard & Franklin St.

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

Cibao Restaurant
72 Clinton St.
at Rivington St.

$$$$$

3

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.. >

Sucelt Coffee Shop
200 W 14th St.
at 7th Ave.

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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

el Papasito
346 W 53rd St.
b/w 8th & 9th Ave.

$$$$$

3

809 Sangria Bar & Grill
112 Dyckman St.
b/w Nagle & Post Ave.

$$$$$

3

Orbit
2257 1st Ave.
at 116th St.

$$$$$

3

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.. >

Gena's Grill
210 1st Ave.
b/w 12th & 13th St.

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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 .. >

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

Matador
57 Greenwich Ave.
at Perry St.

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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.. >

EI Internacional
616 Amsterdam Ave.
at 90th St.

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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.. >

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

$$$$$

3

Galicia
1506 Saint Nicholas Ave.

$$$$$

3

2

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

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

$$$$$

3

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

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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.. >

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.. >

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.. >

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... >

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.. >

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.. >

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 .. >

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

$$$$$

3

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.. >

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.. >

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 [...].. >

Dinastia China
145 W 72nd St.
b/w Columbus & Amsterdam Ave.

$$$$$

3.1

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 .. >

La Nueva Rampa
149 W 14th St.
b/w 6th & 7th Ave.

$$$$$

3.1

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.. >

White Rabbit
145 E Houston St.
b/w Forsyth & Eldridge St.

$$$$$

3.1

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

$$$$$

3.1

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.. >