This place isn’t really “mad” tropical. Sure, there are some potted plants and bright barstools, but mostly it just feels like the bar that was here before it. That bar was called Tandem, and, like that place, Mad Tropical is a semi-divey spot where you can hang with a date up front or hit the dance floor in back. Dance parties occur Thursday through Sunday, so if you need somewhere in Bushwick to get a little weird, this is a perfectly good choice. And if you get hungry midway through your dance party, there are tacos and Mexican pizzas.
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Bunna Cafe, the vegan Ethiopian spot in Bushwick, is an excellent spot to share a giant plate of food with people you like.
La Isla Cuchifritos
We love La Isla Cuchifritos for the fact that a) it’s cheap and delicious, and b) it sort of feels like you’re grubbing in tropical Puerto Rico rather than not-so-tropical Brooklyn.
Tortilleria Los Hermanos
Down the street from the L train Jefferson stop in Bushwick, you'll find the a garage serving some of the city’s best tacos.
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A fun Lower East Side spot with good Mexican food. This is where you should have your next birthday.
Quick, specialty fast foods are something lower Manhattan now thrives on, and Tortaria deserves to be mentioned alongside their fellow low-cost, high-reward brethren. There’s a Mexican sandwich and a taquito for every palate.
What was once called Rockaway Taco is now called Tacoway Beach. The good news? The fish tacos are still the best in town.
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The Jane Hotel Ballroom
The Jane Hotel Ballroom in the West Village is the kind of bar/club where you can dance on floors, chairs, or tables.
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