In New York, there is a lot of Latin American cuisine, but some restaurants are little too expensive to enjoy for most people. The large Latino community in the region offers a large market for some low cost alternatives that are still incredibly delicious. We’ve compiled this list of our favorites in New York City.
2756 Broadway New York, NY 10025
Formerly known as Calle Ocho, Bodega 88 is a hidden gem that offers great Cuban meals. With a focus on small plates that are easy to munch on while catching a game, they’ve got excellent empanadas, mofonguitos (small mofongos with chicken, beef, pork or shrimp), Cuban sandwiches, tostones and more.
308 Willis Ave. Bronx, NY 10454
Of low budget Latin restaurants in New York City, you will find the best Oaxacan food at La Morada. They have delicious, crispy gorditas, tostadas, and tortas. Classic Mexican dishes make up most of La Morada’s menu, but you can also find some unusual bites like their meatballs.
66 Ave. C, Manhattan, NY 10009
At Casa Adela, they focus on unique Puerto Rican Cuisine. Their pernil, tostones, and alcapurrias are all traditionally made, like an abuelita is in the back kitchen working away. The pork Mofongo and octopus salad are also excellent and they have great, friendly service.
550 3rd Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
At Surfish Bistro, quantity is not in question – you can order incredible soups, sandwiches and more that can easily be split between two people. When it comes to drinks, their white sangria is delicious, and you can choose from different flavors. Surfish Bistro’s ceviche is covered in an Asian-style sauce that makes their meals awesome. Want some Peruvian dishes? Try out Surfish Bistro.
169 E 106th St, New York, NY 10029, United States
La Fonda is one of the oldest Puerto Rican restaurants in New York City, and it also features one of the most welcoming atmospheres in the city. Whether you need hearty Puerto Rican stews, sizzling steaks, roasted pork, or fresh fish salads, you will always find something in La Fonda. Pari dinner with a Knockout Punch drink to make the night even more fun, if not a little less memorable.
9535 40th Rd Elmhurst, NY 11373
There is no better place to get authentic Ecuadorian cocktails, steaks, and seafood, than at Sabor Latino. It is an authentic Latin restaurant that has been operating since 2000. They make classics of the country, like the Chaulafan, or Ecuadorian fried rice, Sopa de Cangrejo, an Ecuadorian Crab Soup, and the Picadas, which are huge protein platters featuring small cuts of beef, chicken, and sausages served with cassava, patacones, crispy french fries and white rice. Bring the kids for Salchipapas -crispy french fries with grilled, cut hot dogs.
Bolivian Llama Party
44-14 48th Ave, Queens, NY 11377
Phone: (347) 395-5481
Do you love Bolivian food? If you are into saltenas, bowls, and sandwiches, the Bolivian Llama Party is the place to eat. The chicharon fried chicken in particular is a must try, along with their variety of papitas fritas and chicken sandwiches, including a vegan option made with jackfruit carnitas. They’re a humble window service restaurant but don’t be intimidated by the lines – they move quickly.
La Roja de Todos
108-02 Northern Blvd Corona, NY 11368
Of all of the affordable Latin restaurants in New York City, none can match La Roja De Todos when it comes to vegetarian options. They have excellent empanadas – particularly the empanada de Pino – along with other creative Chilean approaches to flavor.
34 W 46th St New York, NY 10036
Via Brasil Restaurant serves grilled meat, strong drinks, and stews in a simple setting. They feature delicious Brazilian cuisine including excellent flavored meat cuts cooked over open flames. The flaky grilled Salmon and shrimp filets are excellent options for pescatarians, too. The Caipirnha is expertly made and feels like a walk on a Brazilian beach. If you happen to visit the place on a Friday or Saturday, you will encounter live bands that will only make your night better.