[yiddish] To eat like an animal, i.e., quickly, noisily, and in great quantity.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Cafe con Leche: if you like pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain

Cafe con leche is the one place I know I can go to on the upper west side for affordable and consistent food. Most importantly though, they serve up a mean pina colada in an actual pineapple, during happy hour you can get 2 drinks for the price of one ($9). They serve other drinks as well, including sangria and mixed drinks in coconuts. Its not a huge amount of drink or as boozy as what I usually like and I am not one who often orders something like a pina coloda, but I can't resist them when I dine here. Double check with the happy hour, because sometimes they are weird about it. With my cold, frothy pina colada in my hand, a paper drink umbrella behind my ear, sitting outside under a raffia umbrella, I could almost pretend I was in the Caribbean... almost. I usually order the same things when I come here. The mofongo appetizer could easily pass as a main dish, there is nothing like mushed plaintains and pork skin to fill up your belly. Their version of ropa vieja is perfectly acceptable; its hard to screw up beef that has been braised, shredded, and sauced up. A special of ceviche was also enjoyable. Though it wouldn't have hurt them to add some shrimp. On this occasion, the service started out a bit brusque, but that could not kill our pina colada and pork induced good moods.


  1. Outstanding. Congrats on starting law school. Keep this in mind from one multi-state lawyer to a new 1L - nobody gives a damn about grades - get in as many clinics and practical skills courses as ya can. ... a hot chick, jew lawya in NYC...I smell screenplay out here on the "correct coast." Have fun!

  2. Thanks Brian, I am all about clinic work, can't wait to get the 1st year out of the way so that can start. I hope I can still write about food and keep up with studying though!

  3. Zonks! That's so close to my apartment. You were right there!! I'm telling ya, dining together is destined! (by the way, I'm sane and well-groomed) [oh man, i'm in there) ;> Kidding aside, the blogs great.. going to miss your NY adventures. -jeff

  4. Wow a drink in a pineapple! Thats too exciting and looks awesome :D I always pass this place. I think I'll give it a try soon

  5. @Merkel Are you old enough to drink, mister?

    @Jeff Good job on the grooming... keep at it