Besides your standard burrito, there’s a lot going food-wise below the border — like, say, an entire hemisphere and a half of culinary riches. Get exploring!
Maduro Relleno de Bacalao at Mamajuana Cafe ($10)
The Dominican-infused cuisine here is fully on display with this fried plantain stuffed with bacalao — a creamy, salty fricassee of cod.
Mamajuana Cafe, 134 East 48th Street (between Lexington and 3rd avenues); 212-421-1116.
Huancaína at La Mar Cebicheria Peruana ($13)
While the ingredients in this gorgeous Peruvian classic aren’t all that unfamiliar, their combination is: organic market potatoes with Botija olives and a quail egg, dotted with cheesy huancaína sauce.
La Mar Cebicheria, 11 Madison Avenue (between 25th and 26th streets); 212-612-3388.
Beer-Braised Tongue Tacos at Empellon Taqueria ($12-18)
“Tongue?!” you say? Don’t worry, you’re in good hands with Alex Stupak, the wd~50 vet in the kitchen, who pairs it with potatoes and a fiery arbol chile salsa.
Empellón Taqueria, 230 West 4th Street (between West 10th Street and 7th Avenue South); 212-367-0999.
Ackee Dip with Plantain Chips at Miss Lily’s ($10)
The West African fruit ackee is found all over Jamaica. The awesomely retro Miss Lily’s transforms the eggy stuff into a dip with sweet chips. Wild eats bonus: Ackee can kill you if improperly prepared.
Miss Lily’s, 132 West Houston Street (between Sullivan and Thompson streets); 646-588-5375.
Photos: Courtesy of Miss Lily's, La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, Empellion
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