In place of the New American MacMenamin’s is restaurateur Jimmy Rodriguez’s (Manhattan’s Sofrito, Jimmy’s Bronx Café) upscale Puerto Rican eatery. Offerings include seafood stew, plantain-crusted red snapper, braised oxtail, and slow-roasted pork with pigeon-pea rice. Cooking school on premises and live music on weekends. Open every day for dinner. Reservations suggested.
Best Latino Restaurant (2010)
Best Latino Restaurant (2012)
Best Lounge (2012)
A little bit of South Beach flavor has found its way to. . .New Rochelle? Believe it. The Miami vibe—think miniature palms and chic white furniture—inspires lots of dancing in the restaurant’s loft-like, industrial interior. Come here to shake it to merengue, salsa, hip-hop, or some great old-school R&B. Wednesday nights are reserved for Latin jazz, Thursdays are for salsa (with free dance lessons), and on Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant hosts DJs (sometimes with live percussionists) until closing (4 am). And the kitchen is open late, so you can get some empanadas from Chef Stephanie Landis after you work up an appetite.