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.