- 1. Cafe Fuego
9 St. Marks Pl., nr. Third Ave.; 212-677-7300
The owners are French-Canadian, but the chef is Cuban and so’s the food, from the archetypical pork sandwich to ropa vieja with rice and beans.
112 Dyckman St., nr. Nagle Ave.; 212-304-3800
You’re so close to the action at this ingeniously designed dining bar with its cutout nooks, they should give you an apron.
- 3. Sofrito
400 E. 57th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-754-5999
Jimmy Rodriguez has rehabbed his old Jimmy’s Downtown, lowering the prices and showcasing Puerto Rican home cooking. The pernil is Flintstonian, the waitresses buxom, and the clientele Mets-heavy.