Table Talk: El Café at El Museo del Barrio

El Café at El Museo del Barrio
1230 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10029
Open Wed–Sun 11am–5pm

After a multi-million dollar face lift, El Museo Del Barrio, founded in 1969, is looking better than ever. Formerly an orphanage, El Museo can finally be considered a state of the art museum. Along with the renovations came the new El Café, a 120-seat cafeteria style Pan-Latin cafe run by Great Performance Catering. With such inspiring exhibitions it’s only natural to provide dishes and sodas from our native countries at an affordable price. You can expect daily selections of small bites like tamales, burritos, soups and wheat flour empanadas (for those looking for a healthier option.) If you’re in the mood for a more hearty meal, like mami makes, you can opt for the special of the day. These entreés vary from Plantain-Crusted Cod to Glazed Skirt Steak Sofrito. All entrees are served with the Latin staples: rice, beans and maduros. For something a bit more refreshing try the ceviche or plantain chips with home-made salsas.

If you haven’t checked out the museum, schedule a trip between Nov. 23-25 when they’ll be serving special Thanksgiving dishes.


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Verky Arcos, Fashion Director

A  writer and editor with expertise in fashion and lifestyle coverage, Verky Baldonado is currently Latina magazine's Fashion Director. Baldonado has written Latin-inspired travel and food related content and has contributed to celebrity Q&As, red carpet video interviews, and the annual “Reasons to Love Being Latina” feature. Verky is U.S.-born and of Ecuadorean and Puerto Rican descent who speaks and writes fluent Spanish. Prior to Latina, Verky worked as a photo shoot coordinator at Universal/Island Def Jam Music Group. Verky holds a B.A. in Communications Arts from Montclair State University and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.

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