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What is THE BEST fine dining Latino restaurant in NYC?

I just moved back to New York City after a long hiatus. I used to love Patria but is has since closed. What is the best fine dining Latino restaurant in NYC? Thank you!!

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  1. Nuela.

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    Nuela
    43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

    1. Nuela's a good suggestion. La Mar Cebicheria Peruana would be my personal choice, though, especially if you like ceviche (cebiche). I found Nuela's ceviches too sweet.

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      Nuela
      43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

      La Mar
      11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

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      1. re: michelleats

        Latin is very general . Nuela is good, but for some reason I never thought of it as Latin, even though I know it is. Cafe Sita is not fancy but has good Cuban food. I haven't tried the new
        SuperLinda on Reade St. it just opened. has anyone tried it yet?

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        Cafecito
        185 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

        Nuela
        43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          I know what you mean. Asking for a Latin restaurant is almost like asking for an Asian one. So many kinds!!

          Have you tried Victor Cafe in Midtown, foodwhisperer? It's somewhat formal and traditional. I had a very quick lunch there many years ago and don't really remember how good it was, which maybe isn't a good sign. I'd love to know how it compares to places like Cafe Sita or Tina's (not upscale).

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          Victor's Cafe
          236 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

      2. I really like Nuela, particularly for the duck paella (arroz con pato), and would also highly recommend Yerba Buena and Aldea.

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        Yerba Buena
        23 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

        Aldea
        31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

        Nuela
        43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

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        1. re: rrems

          for some reason, i never really felt the love for Aldea. Nuela also isn't one of my favorites, although they do have delicious cocktails, especially the "devil's sweat!"

        2. I recently took a client to Rayuela in the LES and had the Chefs Tasting Menu. It was a pan-Latino extravaganza and i highly recommend a trip downtown.

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          Rayuela
          165 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

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          1. re: spahafoodie

            Rayuela is fantastic, and quite underrated. Their sister restaurant Macondo is also good, though Rayuela is more the place for refined composed plates while Macondo is "upscaled" street food, everything tapas-sized. Neither are "white tablecloth" fine dining in ambience - so depends what the OP's looking for.

            Haven't been yet to Empellon Cocina (going this weekend), but I suspect given Alex Stupak's track record it'll be dynamite.

            That said, very different kinds of food. Asking for the best "Latino" restaurant is kind of like asking for the best "Asian" restaurant in some ways...

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            Rayuela
            165 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

            Macondo
            157 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

            Empellon Cocina
            105 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

            1. re: sgordon

              I recently tried Empellon and it didn't live up to the hype. Ambiance is only part of the experience which did deliver, but the food was meh.

              1. re: spahafoodie

                Did you try Empellon Taqueria or Empellon Cocina? Cocina's only been open a week or so, I haven't read single review / any hype at all yet.

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                Empellon Taqueria
                230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

                Empellon Cocina
                105 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

                1. re: spahafoodie

                  I agree with you if you're talking about Empellon Taqueria. The food was excellent when it first opened and I was a huge proponent. But the quality has since slipped. I still like it as a neighborhood restaurant, but I don't think I'd recommend it as a destination for someone looking for a special experience.

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                  Empellon Taqueria
                  230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

            2. I highly recommend both Rayuela and Macondo. Especially for brunch. I have also been to La Mar, which is very delicious upscale Peruvian. For arguably more delicious, but less upscale, Peruvian, I would recommend Pio Pio.

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              Rayuela
              165 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

              Pio Pio
              210 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

              Macondo
              157 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

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              1. re: noodlelust

                For classic Cuban, you cannot go wrong with Victor's Cafe. It is one of my absolute favorite restaurants!

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                Victor's Cafe
                236 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

                1. re: KitchenMaid

                  Ah, Victor's. It seems it has never *not* been there. I ate there in the '70s.

              2. Patria was great. Glad to see someone else remembers it.

                1. I assume everyone knows by now that Nuela is no more. There's a "closed for renovation" sign in the window, and I think I read that it will reopen with a new concept. Not sure if it's the same or a new team.

                  I had a wonderful experience recently at Hecho en Dumbo, where one can make reservations for the chef's tasting menu. At $55, it's a relative bargain, the food and service was really wonderful, and the care of the preparation and service were at a "fine dining" level. But I guess when you're sitting on stools overlooking the kitchen in an obviously very casual restaurant, it's hard to truly categorize it as true fine dining.

                  1. My favorite is Yerba Buena Perry.