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96 Eighth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 15th St.
Fancy is a Relative Term
By kimberkoo on 11/13/2005
It's not fancy. It looks like a counter, tables and some Latino art on the wall. The real art comes out of the kitchen...meat so sabroso and tender you can cut it with a spoon and every time you swear its better than last time. Puerto Rican coffee to cure all ills. Rice and beans that take you back to being a kid - a Latino kid. This place is frequented by all types...anyone who knows great, simple food. If only all men cooked this well! Get there early so you don't miss the specials. Cost - inexpensive; gastronomic delight-priceless.
Best kept secret...Puerto Rican food like home
By crod1a on 11/17/2008
This quaint and cozy diner has great charm in front of the counter and some great flavors behind it. Excellent and very traditional Puerto Rican dishes. Taste a lot like home. Great staff...ask the cashier about the history of the cash register.
How could I have missed it!!!
By Denise2011 on 6/22/2011
I've been working about two blocks away fom this place for the past year and a half and have never even noticed it! I was out during my lunch break wandering around trying to figure out what I would eat for lunch today and bam... it was like some big cloud in the sky opened up and shined a light on this place. I thought to myself "hmmm this looks interesting, I think I'll try this place". OOohhhh boy am I glad that I did! The food was as close to a Puerto Rican home cooked meal like my grandma used to make than anything I've ever tried before! I ordered the white rice, red beans and roasted chicken... YUM. I plan on going back real soon. FYI... the food is enough for two days worth of lunch! SCORE!
Best Pueto Rican food at the Best Price
By Tonyp on 6/5/2012
This was a true authentic experience. Although not garbbed in sheeky trending decor. I stepped in to hear music from El Gran Conbo. Loud enugh to hear but soft enough to still carry on a whispered conversation. I ordered the pasteles which is always risky (no one makes it like MOM) but these were to die for. Along with some Carne Guisada and some yellow rice and beans and some tostones. I topped it off with a Puerto Rican Expresso Cofee and a piece of flan . . . .also to die for... i left full, content with that flavor in my mouth and soul that I had just visited Abueliita. All this for for about half the price at any adjacent restaurant in the neighborhood . . . . La Taza de Oro is also el Plato de Oro (Plate od Gold) Bravo.
My favorite restaurant in Manhattan
By foighivjncdo on 10/30/2012
Taza de Oro is INSANELY good. Not to sound like a snob, but I grew up in Manhattan and my family was really into food, so I've been to A LOT of great restaurants, and I am being completely honest when I say that what I miss most about New York is Taza de Oro. My favorite dishes are the roast chicken and the ropa vieja (they only serve the latter on Mondays and Wednesdays, unless that's changed recently). Order both with yellow rice and sweet plantains. Some people aren't a fan of the decor, and they're right that it isn't fancy + can be quite cramped, but I actually love it--it's always bustling, which a friendly staff you can speak to in English or Spanish. It's fun to eat there (with a small group) but also super easy to take out.
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