Don Pedro’s-The Best Latin in Manhattan

| December 24, 2012

don pedrosDon Pedro’s is a little gem tucked away (literally these days due to the Second Avenue subway construction) on 2nd Avenue and 96th Street that offers fantastic “Euro-Caribbean” fare.

Known as “The Best Latin in Manhattan,” this Upper East Side treasure delivers classic Latin dishes inspired by culinary favorites from Cuba, Puerto Rico and The Dominican Republic. Chef Rene Hernandez uses his skillful techniques to modernize and elevate the cuisine and satisfy both those who seek a traditional favorite, or those who crave a unique and sophisticated flair. The mood lighting and salsa music further enhance the overall experience to make this a fantastic choice for those in search of more than just a wonderful meal.

mojitoIf you enjoy a cocktail before dinner, Don Pedro’s mixes up one of the best Mojitos around, which is finished beautifully with lime and a stick of sugar cane–just be warned, it’s tough to stop at just one. They also offer marvelous sangria and a full menu of Caribbean specialty and frozen drinks.

mofongo de polloThe daily specials are always enticing, but some of my menu favorites are the Tortita de Cangrejo (crab cake over greens and avocado mash with paprika aioli), the Mofongo de Pollo (mashed fried green plantains with crispy chicken chunks), Churrasco (a grilled skirt steak like no other) topped with Chimichurri and accompanied by delectable “yuca frita” or fried yuca strips.

I must admit, I never seem to leave enough room for dessert, but the Five Milk Caribbean Flan and the Tres Leches both appear to be excellent choices.

The food would be enough to keep us coming back, but the restaurant offers so much more. The clever owner keeps adding amenities, like live entertainment including Flamenco and Salsa, wine tastings and discounted parking. Don Pedro’s is a must try for anyone looking for a delicious and fun night out.
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