Founded in 1936 by then-mayor Fiorello LaGuardia—back when it was called the “Park Avenue Retail Market"—La Marqueta has recently gotten a facelift and now boasts on-site baking facilities and an urban gardening center.
Devoted to celebrating and raising awareness of Latin culture, La Casa Azul Bookstore does more than just stock books—though they do stock a great selection of English- and Spanish-language novels, children's books, cookbooks and volumes focusing on Latino issues and culture.
Classic Latin dishes like Peruvian-style roasted half chicken, paella and grilled pork chops are served alongside back-to-basics grub like tacos, burritos, quesadillas and enchiladas at this family-owned café.
After throwing back a mojito in the dimly lit bar—where rows of liquor bottles are sleekly backlit in blue—and savoring authentic and affordable Latin American cuisine, you’ll quickly get the feeling that you’re not on Sutton Place anymore.
The folks behind Harlem's acclaimed Mexican fusion joint Agua Fresca also helm this relaxed, lounge-y off-shoot, which serves a carefully curated menu of casual Latin-American fusion like tapas, ceviches, tostas, fundidos and tacos.
With an impressive raw bar and a menu that features scallops, jumbo shrimp, whole snapper, cod and tantalizing salads and soups, this down home-meets-uptown seafood joint is a welcome addition to the Harlem neighborhood.
Founded in 1962, this world-famous Harlem soul food restaurant (think smothered chicken, fried catfish and collard greens) is so popular, it has spawned a line of Sylvia products, from triple-strength hot sauce and canned black-eyed peas to flapjack syrup and peach cobbler mix.