Que Chevere is a small Puerto Rican spot located in the downstairs portion of Essex Market. They sell empanadas, mofongo, and their hearty, under-$4 alcapurria. This loaded, very filling, fried ball of yucca and ground beef is crunchy, but tender inside and tastes even better when doused in their spicy green sauce. Order two and you’ve got yourself dinner.
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Essex Market is full of tremendous sandwiches, but find some of the best at Heros & Villians.
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