Alison Cook TOP 100 RESTAURANTS
September 24, 2014 | Updated: September 24, 2014 7:00pm
The East End really needed David Guerrero’s feisty little all-day cafe, which is squirreled away in a bland office low-rise. Inside, bland is a dirty word. The Wiley Robertson murals radiate energy. So does Guerrero’s freewheeling pan-South-American food, much of it priced under 10 bucks. A coffee-and-juice counter sets the tone for such breakfast items as the sun-gold Machu Picchu smoothie of soursop and passion fruit, or the beguiling Venezuelan cachapa, a house-ground corn pancake with melty white cheese.
Ceviches and tiraditos can dazzle at lunch and dinner. (Try the unusual black clams.) And homey fare, such as banana-leaf-wrapped Grandma’s Tamales or the Hornado plate of marinated roast pork, swaddle regulars in comfort. It’s BYOB, which makes it an even better value.