The location has been vacant for a while, having opened as the Harlem Bar in 2006. What's so cool about Spanish Harlem? The decor, for starters. It draws on the pervasive Catholic imagery of Latin America. In some places it's explicit, like a line of those tacky illustrated devotional candles. Elsewhere, it's abstracted, like a gigantic color-changing cross behind the equally colorful tile bar. Chef of the new restaurant is Freddy Perez, who was last at Purple Rain in Duluth. He is Puerto Rican and his menu is mainly Caribbean-inspired and full of large portions of affordably priced food you'll want to split. Perez's version of papas rellenas is one of the best you may encounter.
Price: $-$$ ($5-$15)