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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Patacon Pisao is a tiny spot on the LES serving Venezuelan street food such as patacons (sandwiches with plantain discs in place of bread).
Public - Rooftop & Garden
The rooftop bar at the Public Hotel on the LES has a great view and a big outdoor patio. You just might have to wait in line to get in here.
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