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Officina Latina relives the old times of South America, especially the period of the road races. Thus, one can find the decor to be reminiscent of the racing strip, with white tiles and chandeliers. Even the outdoor patio is decorated in such a way so as to resemble the area where the spectators used to meet the racers. The food, a blend of Latin cuisine celebrates the culinary heritage of the continent. There is tapas, soups, tortas or sandwiches and main dishes. Try the tostones (fried plantains) or the salmon a la parilla (grilled salmon with salsa). The meal is reasonably priced and gives a good feel of the cuisine.
Favela Cubana is an inexpensive and lively restaurant specializing in traditional Brazilian and Cuban cuisine. Located between SoHo and The West Village, Favela Cubana serves appetizing delicacies such as Frango Impanema (half rotisserie chicken with Brazilian passion fruit) and Arroz con Pollo (chicken with rice). Sip a fresh Perro Loco (grapefruit tarragon infused vodka) at the restaurants fully stocked bar while enjoying live music and dancing.
Located in Greenwich Village, this restaurant serves Latin, Spanish and of course, Cuban cuisine. The brick walls and wooden decor give you a rustic, warm feeling that may remind you of Old Havana. Some of the dishes include Chuletas de Puerco, Paella Valenciana and of course, Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice). To add some sabor to your dining experience, the restaurant has an on-site cigar roller in which you may purchase a stogie after your meal. Live music is performed on certain nights and you can rent the restaurant to organize events since there are three private spaces available.
Berimbau, named after a Brazilian percussion instrument, is a tiny restaurant in Greenwich Village. Specializing in Brazilian cuisine, it tops the list of Brazilian restaurants in the city due to the authenticity of the flavors and the fine texture of the food. Start with the Pao de Queijo or cheese bread and follow up with Costelinha de Porco com Feijao Tropeiro (roasted pork ribs with barbecue sauce and white rice). On weekends one can try the full Brazilian Breakfast or Acai na Tigela com Granola (Acai fruit with granola) to have a healthy start to the day. The drinks must not be missed for they are unsurpassed in New York. The Caipiranha, mojito and wines can be relished at leisure in the bar.
Located across the street from Tompkins Square Park, Yuca Bar is a superb pan-Latin restaurant. The bar offers a happy-hour everyday and it's a great place for a drink after a day hanging out in the park. Take a seat by the window and people watch while you drink handcrafted cocktails, wines or Sangria. If you are here to eat exclusively, the menu features dishes from Brazil, Mexico, Cuba and elsewhere in the Spanish speaking world.
Coppelia is a 24-hour diner restaurant which specializes in Cuban and South American food. Their all day breakfast menu is a hit with all the late night partiers who visit after their revelry ends to satiate their hunger. The Coppelia omelet and breakfast burrito are some of their famous breakfast dishes, while the rest of their menu consists of more delicious, hearty food. Coppelia has got a soothing atmosphere with live music every Friday and Saturday. They also have a huge bar which is has an emphasis on Latin spirits like tequila and mezcal with a few twists. Coppelia will just soothe you with their amazing food and bigheartedness.
Ever since Habana Outpost opened its doors to the public, it has been one of the most happening spots in Brooklyn. Unlike its original in Manhattan, this branch has two features that set it apart: a solar-powered kitchen and an al fresco dining area. The interesting mosaic of colors makes for a great decor, while the traditional Cuban fare is the best you'll get in Brooklyn. On weekends the restaurant's patio is transformed into a market place with various art and craft items, and activities for the kids. The bio-degradable forks, knives, plates and furniture are something to look out for as are the special cups made of corn.
This is one place that has it all. The ambiance is lively, friendly and fun, even on a Monday night. The food here is really good and all at great prices; the must tries being the bacalao empanada, chicken empanada and the white arepa. The staff here is extremely warm and helpful. Do try the cocktails and enjoy the happy hours. A cool place to be at. Call ahead or check out their website for more details.
Housed in a massive but simple space, the Brazilian Churrascaria Plataforma is a meat lover's paradise, with spectacular varieties carved up at your table by circling waiters. There is a huge salad bar, but most people come here primarily for the main courses. The real party begins when servers arrive with all sorts of skewered meat (beef, chicken, pork, lamb, goat), and patrons pick what they like. The desserts and sides are excellent as well.
Although the interiors display understated elegance with candle-lit dinner tables, linens and paintings, the ambiance is energetic with loud live music and a crowded bar. The 85-seater restaurant serves traditional Cuban cuisine as well as other Latin specialties. The bar with its collection of assorted wines and liquors is one of the main attractions. Tuesdays are Bolero nights and till Sunday live acts are performed. Check website for details.
Recipes from all over Latin America form a delectable menu in this Upper West Side Nuevo Latino restaurant. Bright and colorful, although a bit noisy, this hotspot features a festive design and atmosphere. The menu includes a choice of exciting Latin cocktails. Appetizers are from Cuba, Costa Rica and South America, and the Gallitos platter gives you a good sampling of everything. Entrees range from Argentinean steaks to South American snapper. Exciting desserts and coffees complete the meal.
Pio Pio (chicken chicken!) specializes in earthy, rustic Peruvian food, served in a setting that manages to be chic and down-to-earth. The ceviche is tangy and fresh, as are the salads - but people mainly come here for the chicken, which is especially flavorful. Be sure to check out the cocktail list - Pio Pio serves a mean pisco sour.