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Cabo Rojo

254 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10001 40.748702 -74.003377
nr. 24th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-242-1202 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Latin American
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Nearby Subway Stops

C, E at 23rd St.

Prices

$7-$9

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery Area

14th St. to 34th St., Broadway to West St.

Profile

This venue is closed.

“Hola Mami, Papi!” is the cheery greeting that rings out most often in this fluorescent-bathed Puerto Rican diner, which has been serving rice, beans, and other barrio fare since 1959, longer than most of its customers have been alive. The interior is contentedly low-frills: Worn black pleather stools line an elbow-buffed linoleum counter. On a rickety shelf, a plastic saint draped in colorful rosaries keeps company with a retro boom-box, blaring Spanish radio. But don’t be fooled by the low-key vibe. Go on, try the pernil, or pork shoulder, which reveals all that’s delicious about roast pig: Crackly, caramel-colored skin plump with fat gives way to tender white meat. Steaming sides include red or black beans ladled over fragrant yellow rice, or mealy, nutty pigeon peas. Tostones, twice-fried plaintain chips, add crunch and bite, dipped into an eye-smarting garlic sauce. For Chelsea locals, day workers, and the beat cops toting their squawking radios, Cabo Rojo is as much a social pit stop as a gastronomic one; juicy eats and gossip go together like, well, rice and beans.

Recommended Dishes

Roast pork with red beans and rice or pigeon peas and rice, $8.25; tostones, $2

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