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20 Delicious Hidden NY Latino Food Gems You Need to Try

New York City is known for its vibrant culture — after all, it’s the city that never sleeps. The night life, Broadway shows, museums, but the best part about visiting New York? The food! Specifically, the Latin food gems.

Not only are these restaurants serving up delicious plates of the most incredible Latino dishes, but they’re also bettering their neighborhoods and giving back. Which is something the world totally needs right now.

Here are 7 mouth-watering NY spots totally serving up pure goodness.

1. Hecho En Dumbo

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What started out as a pop-up Mexican joint in Dumbo, Brooklyn has now flourished into a full restaurant, thanks to Chef Danny Mena. This place will satisfy all of your small-plate cravings, from Gorditas de Chicharron Prensado to Salbutes de Pollo, there is something for everyone.

2. Because they feature delicious foods.

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Along with several other New York restaurants, Hecho En Dumbo donated food that went to about 500 soup kitchens and community food programs in the five NYC boroughs.

3.The best part about this eclectic Mexican restaurant?

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City Harvest helps to feed the almost 1.4 million New York residents that face starvation every single year. 

4. The fact that it was part of City Harvest’s food rescue donation.

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It’s pretty amazing to see a business journey  from a mere pop up dream of Mexican cuisine to helping feed people in need.

5. Oaxaca Taqueria

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Talk about a restaurant that encourages community with its patrons – Oaxaca Taqueria has several locations in New York that are absolutely dedicated to spreading the goodness, by bringing New Yorkers authentic food with the flavors and culture of Oaxaca.

6. What’s unique about this restaurant is that they are dedicated to cultivating a community.

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Which is why they have an entire merchandise section on their website. Yup, you can totally rock a Oaxaca Taqueria T-shirt that reps a place which prides itself in being locally sourced.

7. So not only will you look fashionable…

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but you can feel good about eating food that is positive for our environment and earth.

8. FONDA

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Ask anyone about FONDA in New York and they’re sure to all say the same thing: GO!

9. Roberto Santibañez is the genius behind FONDA (located in Park Slope, East Village, and Chelsea)…

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And his dishes such as Taquitos San Andres, or the sublime Tostadas de Carne are worth visiting. The team at FONDA also does something incredible: they founded the Mexican Heirloom Corn Initiative, aka “Farm to Fonda.”

10. All of FONDA’s tortillas are made with 100% heirloom corn from family farms in Mexico, GMO-free, all natural, all organic.

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The initiative is all about bring good to the hood, by supporting independent Mexican farmers, and also providing FONDA’s patrons with healthy, sustainable, delicious food.

11. Chavela’s

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Chavela’s is a staple to Brooklyn cuisine, and its founder is the definition of the American Dream. Arturo Leonar has an inspirational journey; he was born and raised in Mexico City and moved to New York when he was just a young man. 

12. He worked his way up and worked hard.

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In 2007, he and his wife, Desiree, opened up a tiny little restaurant and worked every single aspect of it. Just them hustling hard, no team, 

12. In 2011 he upgraded to a bigger space and Chavela’s began to take off.

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It’s a place that brings family and friends together, and for a moment you completely forget you’re in Brooklyn at all. That’s the beauty of Chavela’s – with its bright colors, exquisite menu, and excellent service, Leonar has created a place that feels like home to so many. Which is why Chavela’s totally brings the good to the Brooklyn hood – its positivity radiates out of its doors.

13. La Esquina NYC

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It’s hard not to fall in love with La Esquina, the New York joint that takes Mexican Street food to a whole other level.

14. It’s a mysterious place, one with a secret underground restaurant…

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And a menu of vibrant tacos that makes anyone’s mouth water (bistec, tinga de pollo, and carnitas tacos, anyone?)

15. A cool aspect about La Esquina is that it offers live Latin music to it’s patrons, a huge proponent of bringing Mexican culture to NYC.

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Not only that, but they have an “art” section on their website…any restaurant that supports the arts is a place worth dining and giving your money to. They keep Mexican culture and history alive by submerging customers in a rich, authentic experience — which is an excellent way to educate the community.

16. El Atoradero Brooklyn

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A Latino restaurant owned and operated by a woman is so much inspo! Denisse Lina Chavez’s journey to becoming a restaurant owner is truly an inspiration, and she’s the mastermind behind this awesome place that started out as a street bodega. Chavez’s specialty is her blue-corn tortillas, shipping in a custom masa machine from Jalisco to nixtamilize them.

17. The menu is out of this world – boasting dishes like chorizo tacos and burritos, to enchiladas de mole poblano con queso.

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The most impressive thing about this place? Chavez herself. She went from her street bodega, to El Atoradero, which went out of business. But she didn’t give up – she kept working, and then opened the flourishing El Atoradero Brooklyn. Every time you eat at this place, you’ll be reminded that hard work DOES pay off, to keep going, work hard, and to pursue what fulfills you.

18. The Black Ant NYC

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Who knew food that involved insects could be so delicious? That’s right – The Black Ant NYC, uses ants, chapulines, and numerous other insect ingredients to serve up tasty dishes.

19. There’s the enchilada de conejo, a braised rabbit and queso fresco specialty, as well as the croquetas de chapulin, whose main ingredient is grasshoppers.

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The masterminds behind it all? Jorge Guzman, who grew up in the Dominican Republic, and chef Mario Hernandez.

20. Their mission is to bring the history of Mexico and Quetzalcoatl to the modern Mexican cuisine of New York City.

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Again, another place bringing history and education to residents – which only helps better the community in which it thrives.


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Hands-Free Cholula Dispensers Have Become a Thing In Restaurants Because of COVID-19

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Hands-Free Cholula Dispensers Have Become a Thing In Restaurants Because of COVID-19

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that 2020 has been, well, the year from hell. But, like with any terrible events, there has been a few silver linings. More flexible work schedules. More alone time with family members.

And now, the mother of all silver linings: hands-free Cholula dispensers.

No, we’re not kidding. Earlier this month, the cult-favorite hot sauce brand announced that they have partnered with appliance tech company simplehuman to develop a hands-free dispenser for restaurants. Per Cholula, the invention was made in response to the need for a safer way to dispense hot sauce during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When restaurant operators began removing Cholula bottles from tabletops amid the pandemic, we needed to develop a solution that could adapt to their new environment,” said Cholula’s CEO, Maura Mottolese, in a press release. “The collaboration between simplehuman and Cholula combines the best in technology and taste to revolutionize the condiment station to meet the needs of the customer and the foodservice industry in the ever-changing landscape that is 2020.”

The invention is–dare we say–genius.

Various video demonstrations of the gadget show that a user need only to hover the hand over the Cholula dispenser to be gifted with a glorious stream of hot sauce coming out of its little faucet.

Additionally, the company revealed that the Cholula dispensers would be available for private commercial purchase. According to Cholula, the Touch-Free dispensers will be available for a limited time on Cholula’s website–just in time for the holidays.

“Cholula diehard consumers will have a rare opportunity to purchase a limited number of Cholula x simplehuman Touch-Free Dispensers, the essential gift for contactless holiday meals, starting December 1, 2020 at www.Cholula.com/handsfree,” wrote the hot sauce brand in a press release.

“Optimized for the best saucing experience, the flash sale promotion, priced at $130, includes a Cholula x simplehuman Touch-Free Dispenser PLUS a half-gallon jug of Cholula Original and free shipping.”

Cholula revealed that 100% of the proceeds will go towards the Independent Restaurant Coalition, which is a “nonprofit formed by notable chefs like Tom Colicchio to save independent restaurants affected by COVID-19.”

Naturally, people are hyped that Cholula is selling the hands-free hot sauce dispenser to customers.

This is the type of gift that keeps on giving.

Honestly, “hot sauce innovation” is exactly the type of innovation we need coming out of 2020.

TBH, we deserve good things right now. Thank you Cholula.

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New York Attorney General Files Lawsuit To Dissolve The National Rifle Association

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New York Attorney General Files Lawsuit To Dissolve The National Rifle Association

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The New York attorney general has filed a lawsuit to completely dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA). The lawsuit is the latest in a series of events weakening the controversial organization since the Parkland shooting.

The NRA is facing a lawsuit because of its financial misdealings.

New York Attorney General Letitia James started a domino effect of lawsuits involving the NRA AG James is suing the organization because of its financial misdeeds focusing on corruption and misspending. The allegations, AG James claims, undermine the organization’s ability to claim to be a nonprofit.

AG James’ lawsuit is bringing attention to NRA’s Wayne LaPierre’s use of funds.

AG James’ lawsuit is pointing out various tax violations and is currently a civil case. However, the New York AG is not stopping there. If criminal issues are discovered, AG James will follow through.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” she said during a press conference. “If we uncover any criminal activity, we will refer it to the Manhattan district attorney. At this point in time we’re moving forward, again, with civil enforcement.”

The NRA is denouncing the charges claiming they aren’t relevant.

AG James made investigating the NRA part of her campaign in 2018 and referred to the organization as a terrorist organization.

“The foreclosure crisis is not behind us, students debt is a major issue, health care is a challenge since they repealed the individual mandate, people are having a difficult time with premiums that have increased and are often times deciding to go without medicine because of the costs, resulting in premature death and gun violence,” AG James told Ebony Magazine during her campaign. “The NRA holds [itself] out as a charitable organization, but in fact, [it] really [is] a terrorist organization.”

Shortly after AG James filed her lawsuit, Washington’s attorney general followed suit.

AG Karl Racine is going after the NRA for misusing charitable funds. Essentially, the NRA is being accused in Washington of taking money meant for educational programs and spent them on themselves. The Washington lawsuit and New York lawsuit are honing in on the NRA’s years of fraudulent use of funds. It comes at a time when the NRA is already fighting for its life after the teenagers of Parkland launched a successful campaign in slowing and reversing the organization’s growth in the political sphere.

READ: Florida Passed Their First Gun Safety Measure In More Than 20 Years And The NRA Has Already Filed A Lawsuit

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