Painfully obsessed with Puerto Vieja…


Dinner at Puerto Vieja in Crown Heights

pv(Exposed tin finishes, eclectic furniture, and industrial lighting brought this tiny Dominican hole-in-the-wall to new levels of popularity)

OK, so, remember how I said that Los Papi’s was the favorite place on Earth? Well, that is mostly true (especially when I’m in DUMBO), but there is also this OTHER spanish/dominican hole-in-the-wall restaurant, Puerto Viego. Food wise, this place is very comparable to Los Papis, though the portions aren’t as ridiculous(ly awesome). Plus, not only is the food amazing, this clever little restaurant has adapted it’s interior design to be able to survive the rapid gentrification of it’s neighborhood, Crown Heights (or maybe Prospect Heights if you debate the boarded to be Classon Ave rather than Washington…. pshhh. Ugh, New Yorkers, you are fickle!). As an architect, I find this extremely successful facelift to be very interesting. I can not believe how popular this place is every night of the week, and all because they added a tin ceiling and some wood panels! The food is the same as it was when it was a hole in the wall cafeteria, but now, HIPSTERS COME TO EAT HERE! …not just Dominican people and locals. It’s amazing really. Anyway, this place easily one of my favorite restaurants in Brooklyn (and not just because I live nearby, though probably a little bit because of that).  Oh also, everything here is CRAZY cheap. It’s totally possible to spend $6 on an absolutely amazing dinner here

Screen Shot 2013-03-14 at 9.32.37 PM(Plantain chips, OH SNAP!)

In addition to all the exciting shit I said above, this is probably the most paleo friendly restaurant I have found in New York City. Pretty much everything on the menu is paleo if you choose the right side dish — Yucca, tostones, maduros, mashed plantains, MOFONGO! OMG YUM! It really doesn’t get any better than this place and I can not recommend it highly enough!

Screen Shot 2013-03-14 at 9.35.56 PM(same delicious Dominican food, same amazing prices, new ‘Brooklyn Chic’ interior design)

3/14/13 – Food Log


  • 2 eggs, in olive oil. 


  • Salad
    • 4 cups romain
    • chopped chicken
    • fresh mozzarella
    • cherry tomatoes
    • cucumbers
    • pecans
    • olive oil
  • Miso Soup

Dinner at Puerto Viejo with Sister-in-law Karen:

  • 3 long plantain chips
  • Beef Stew
  • Boiled Yucca
  • 1 glass of red wine

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