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Que Chevere


Puerto Rican

Lower East Side

$$$$Perfect For:Casual Weeknight DinnerBig GroupsSerious Take-Out OperationLunch
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Que Chevere is a small Puerto Rican stall tucked away in a nook at The Market Line (downstairs from Essex Market). If you’re having trouble finding this place, look for the neon blue man with a cane and a fedora. Some of the items like the moist pollo asado (marinated in a sofrito sauce for three days) with fall-off-the-bone meat and the tender pernil are so well-seasoned that they’re still great without any accompaniments. But the mofongo, pastelillos, and alcapurria really benefit from Que Chevere’s variety of sauces. (The thin green one has a serious kick.) The portions are huge, so come here when your stomach is so empty it’s starting to make unflattering noises.

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