A cross section of New Yorkers—Latinos, blue-collar workers, club kids, St. Vincent’s nurses—crowds the lunch counter, ordering items like mondongo (tripe stew), pasteles (banana-and-meat tamales), pig’s feet, goat stew, roasted pork and white beans with chunks of calabaza squash. Servers shout in Spanish, chiding regulars and keeping the busy, down-at-the-heels atmosphere upbeat. Food arrives fast, but you won’t be rushed out.
La Taza de Oro
|Venue name:||La Taza de Oro||Contact:|
96 Eighth Ave
|Cross street:||between 14th and 15th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 6am–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $6. Cash only|