Monday, July 4th, 2022:
40 Inexpensive Dining Destinations in NYC.


Sofrito Lovers,


The heart and soul of the NYC culinary scene isn't the posh and fancy restaurants of downtown Manhattan, it's the Mom'n'Pop establishments.  These often overlooked eateries serve you amazingly delicious fare at a fair price.


Years ago, I created this blog to highlight the astounding food found above 96th St. in Manhattan.  I wanted to showcase the sights, sounds, and flavors of the various neighborhoods of uptown Manhattan and the Bronx.  These areas of the city, which are mostly working class, immigrant, and people of color communities, are typically shunned by the downtown foodie scene.  



A culture of xenophobia, racism, and classism created the myth that good food could never be found uptown.  And, if you were to travel beyond the borders of Midtown, Chelsea, the Village, or the Upper East/West side then you would encounter danger and not deliciousness.  Nothing could be further from the truth!


These days, foodie websites like Eater.com are making a concerted effort to look beyond those limited downtown borders and to embrace the food culture that exists outside their norm.  Recently, Eater.com published an article titled, "40 Inexpensive Dining Destinations in NYC" that features various eateries uptown, and it's truly a pleasure to see them receive this exposure-they fucking deserve it.


Some of my favorite places on this list are: Los Primos in the Bronx; Calle 191 Pescaderia; Papaye in the Bronx; and Taquería 86.  The Latin American (Caribbean and Mexican) and African (Ghanaian/Papaye) food served at these spots is worth the train ride uptown.  I recommend Calle 191's fried fish with platanos fritos (fried plantains) or their rice and red beans.  Los Primos' Mofongo con camarones (Puerto Rican style shrimp with fried mashed plantains) is to die for-make sure they pour plenty of shrimp broth over it.  The Tacos Al Pastor at Taqueria 86 are superb, and their burritos are incredible.  Papaye's pepper soups, fried fish, and fufus are wonderful-I love the Egusi as well!


Click the link below, look over the list, and choose wisely!  I'm sure you'll find a place that put the yummy in your tummy!  Let me know what you liked!  Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!