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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Beauty & Essex
Beauty & Essex is like a ground level Boom Boom Room with food and slightly poorer people. But you want to know the worst part about it all? The food is actually pretty good.
The Bun Hut
This casual spot on the LES serves curry goat roti, coconut shrimp bao, and plenty of other Caribbean dishes you want to order tonight.
Factory Tamal on the Lower East Side is one of the best places in the city to get a tamale.
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Cuchifritos is a Puerto Rican lunch counter in East Harlem that’s been around since the 1960′s. It’s a NYC treasure.
La Fonda Boricua
La Fonda Boricua has been a staple of the Puerto Rican community in East Harlem since the 1990s, and they make some fantastic shrimp mofongo.
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O:n° is a Korean restaurant in Nomad with excellent small plates and a couple of great hot pot stews to share.
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