Sun and Sabor: 7 Restaurants to Savor Summer in New York

Open-air restaurants and refreshing Latin specials

There’s truly nothing like summer in New York City, and what better way to savor it than by diving into the rich, lively culinary scene during Latin Restaurant Weeks? As the city comes alive with longer days and warmer nights, immerse yourself in a celebration of Latin culture, where every bite and sip is a festive occasion. From the zesty tang of ceviche, to cooling Cuban mojitos, and street tacos savored under the NYC skyline, this is a celebration of all senses. Our list will guide you through some of the best places to start the fiesta in NYC. These restaurants promise an unforgettable experience with LRW Menus at a special price that celebrate los sabores Latinos en New York City!

141 Alexander Ave, Bronx, NY 10454

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Chocobar Cortés in NYC is not just a restaurant; it’s a continuation of a 93-year-old chocolate-making tradition by the family-owned Chocolate Cortés, which originated in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Known for its luxurious hot chocolate, the restaurant seamlessly incorporates chocolate into nearly every dish, creating a unique Caribbean culinary experience. Located in the Mott Haven neighborhood, the venue captures the spirit of the original Chocobar Cortés in Old San Juan. Its summer offerings, such as frozen hot chocolate and chocolate martinis, make it a perfect sanctuary against New York’s summer heat. Alongside its rich history and Caribbean roots, Chocobar Cortés offers a vibrant and festive atmosphere, ideal for those looking to enrich their summer with a blend of history, culture, and innovative cuisine. This immersive experience makes it a top destination para un verano dulce en Nueva York!

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Calle Dao celebrates the unique fusion of Cuban and Chinese cuisines inspired by Havana’s historic El Barrio Chino. Reflecting the rich cultural heritage of this once-vibrant Chinatown, Calle Dao offers dishes that blend Cuban staples with Asian flavors, in a setting that evokes a sultry, old-world Havana mixed with Chinese artistic influences. The restaurant, named after El Barrio Chino’s “Knife Street,” provides a transportive dining experience with its meticulously crafted cuisine and cocktails, like the ‘1857’, which honors the Chinese influence in Cuba. You can try fusion culinary creations like Cuban Sandwich Spring Rolls and Ropa Vieja Noodles. It’s the ideal way to travel this summer without leaving the city!

30 W 35th St, New York, NY, 10001

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Pull up to the Costas Arepas window in between summer activities for grab-and-go delicious, handcrafted Venezuelan-style arepas (cornmeal patties). They’re filled with a variety of options like churrasco, queso, or avocado-cilantro sauce. They also offer arepas with flavors inspired by cuisines from around the world. Costas Arepas’ casual vibe and efficient service model embody the vibrant, energetic spirit of summer in NYC, making it a must-visit!

138 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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Miti Miti, short for “Mitad y Mitad,” translates to “sharing” in Spanish and encapsulates the spirit of Hispanic traditional communal dining in the heart of Brooklyn. They encourage sharing delicious food, drinks, laughter, and memorable moments with friends and family, making it a superb choice for summer gatherings. Miti Miti focuses on the vibrant flavors of Mexico and Latin America, offering a menu filled with signature dishes and unique offerings like Lobster Nachos. They’ve also innovated the Sangritas—a blend of frozen margarita and sangria. With its colorful outdoor space, focus on shared experiences, and a menu celebrating the richness of Latin culinary traditions, Miti Mita stands out as a destination for enjoying the lively summer months in NYC.

5823 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

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This local women-owned restaurant and snack shop in NYC serves light bites and desserts with Mexican and Ecuadorian culinary influences. La Snackeria combines flavors from both cultures, embracing its dual heritage and catering to a diverse palate. They offer creative menu items like Pepino Loco: chopped cucumbers, jicama, and mango served with chamoy, Tajin, and coagulates japones topped with spaghetti. You especially cannot miss their hand-crafted ice cream flavors like Tres Leches! These sweet treats provide a perfect cooldown for the city’s hot summer days.

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Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine has firmly established itself as a significant part of New York City’s culinary scene since its inception in 1997. The founders, inspired by their roots in Cuba and experiences in New York, aimed to introduce the authentic flavors and hospitality of Cuban cooking. With a focus on traditional recipes passed down through generations, Sophie’s offers dishes like empanadas, batidos tropicales, sándwiches Cubanos, and their signature green sauce, which has become beloved by many. Each location of Sophie’s Cuban captures the essence of lively Cuban eateries, making it a favorite spot for a quick and satisfying meal among the bustling summer activities in New York City.

652 Union St, Brooklyn, NY, 11215

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Palo Santo is a gem celebrating 18 years of pan-Latin cooking in a Brooklyn brownstone in NYC’s Park Slope. It stands out for its commitment to sustainable and locally sourced ingredients under the guidance of Chef Jacques Gautier. The menu, which changes daily, artfully blends Latin American and Caribbean influences using seasonal ingredients from the nearby Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, just five blocks away. This commitment to fresh, high-quality ingredients, such as grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, heritage breed pork, and sustainably caught wild fish, is the cornerstone of Palo Santo’s rustic and simple comida criolla. During the summer, it becomes an even more captivating dining spot thanks to its rooftop garden, where diners can enjoy their meals amidst lush greenery and urban vistas, enhancing the overall ambiance with a touch of nature’s serenity!

Make this summer in NYC a memorable culinary adventure!

As Latin Restaurant Weeks light up New York City’s culinary scene this summer, it’s the perfect opportunity to delve into the colorful and diverse flavors of Latin America without leaving the city. Make the most of the warm weather and explore different neighborhoods, each offering unique tastes and experiences that cater to every palate. So, grab a friend, make a reservation, and prepare to indulge in special deals full of sazón. ¡Buen provecho y que disfruten!

Latin Restaurant Weeks runs from June 7-21 and is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the city’s delicious Latin flavorsClick here to check out our participants’ limited-time specials.

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