Discover Latin America in NYC

Oct. 15 marks the end of Hispanic Heritage month, but there are countless ways to continue learning about and appreciating Latino culture, especially in New York City. By way of food, culture and festivities, embrace your own culture or experience a new one with these Latin American NYC events and activities.

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Food & Drink

image: guantanamera restaurant

image: guantanamera restaurant


A small Cuban joint, Guantanamera is a self-described “instant escape from Midtown Manhattan to chic Old Havana.” This lively little place serves up Cuban staples like ropa vieja, a dish of shredded skirt steak with onions and peppers, and sandwich cubano, a pressed sandwich of roast pork, ham, pickles, Swiss cheese and mustard. And of course, a side of maduros—delectable fried sweet plantains—will never disappoint. The live performances and festive decor are a bonus and may make visitors forget they are even in Manhattan. Phone: 212-262-5354 | Address: 939 8th Ave Click to go

Hotel Tortuga

A casual and colorful Mexican restaurant in the East Village, Hotel Tortuga offers all the reliable Mexican delicacies one would expect: tacos, burritos, quesadillas and nachos. Begin with an appetizer of chili con carne, indulge in free—yes, free!—chips and roast salsa and dive into your choice of 14 burritos (vegetarian options available). Those not in the mood for dinner can always enjoy huevos rancheros off the all-day breakfast menu. And don’t forget to stop in for weekend brunch, served until 4pm. Phone: 212-228-1884 | Address: 246 E 14th St Click to go

Pio Pio

Taste the flavors of Peru at one of Pio Pio’s many locations in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx. The famous pollo a la brasa (rotisserie chicken) is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Don’t miss out on the salchipapas, sliced hot dogs with french fries, or the lomo saltado, a Peruvian classic made up of rice, steak, fried tomatoes, onions and french fries that absorb all the juices. Some locations even offer live music and private events! Click to go

Buenos Aires

Appropriately named after Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires Restaurant is another East Village gem worth checking out. How could an Argentine steak ever let you down? It won’t. And this menu is full of them. From ribeye to skirt steak to filet mignon, this place is a carnivore’s dream. Phone: 212-228-2775 | Address: 513 E 6th St Click to go 

Street Taco

A hipster hotspot, Street Taco serves up much more than tacos. The festive ambiance, Mexican-inspired decorations and colorful tables give the place high marks for aesthetic appeal, but it’s difficult to decide if it’s the brunch, the guacamole or the wide variety of tacos that keep people coming back. Stop in at brunch time for pancakes, avocado toast or torta de huevo. Lunch and dinner require a platter full of tacos (hint: carne asada!) and some chips with your choice of three kinds of guacamole. Never leave before dessert: churros, doughnuts, goat cheesecake flan and tres leches cake are all calling your name. Phone: 646-791-5413 | Address: 358 3rd Ave Click to go


Celebrate Mexico Now Festival

This weeklong cultural festival allows New Yorkers of all ethnicities and backgrounds to learn about Mexican tradition and achievements. Events in various disciplines such as literature, film, theater, food and music will highlight the ever-changing cultural landscape and identity of Mexico. In past years, the event has drawn over 300 artists to showcase Mexico’s rich culture and evolution. October 14-22. Click to go

Day of the Dead Festival

Day of the Dead, a frequently misunderstood holiday in America, is about honoring the lives of those who have passed. Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture without Borders invites people to join them at their Day of the Dead Festival, where visitors can make an offering to loved ones who have passed. Though many assume it to be a sad, somber holiday, Day of the Dead is actually a vibrant celebration of life. This free festival will offer an abundance of Mexican food and crafts. October 27-29. Click to go

Arts & Culture


Volvo Tango

Love to tango or want to learn? VolvoTango is an outdoor Argentine tango event with wonderful river views. It happens every Wednesday and Sunday (weather permitting) and even in the winter if it’s nice out. Click to go 

El Museo del Barrio

Explore Latin American art and culture at El Museo del Barrio. Many powerful exhibitions are on display, such as “NKAME: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón,” which showcases the collographic work of an Afro-Cuban artist. Another must-see is Elena Wen’s “videoarte” exhibit, which presents the animated films of a Taiwanese-Costa Rican illustrator. Both exhibits are open until Nov. 5, but there are many others to check out in December. Phone: 212-831-7272 | Address: 1230 5th Ave Click to go