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La Morada

New York

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About the restaurant

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Comfortable spot for Oaxacan dishes. Casual restaurant specializing in Oaxacan cuisine, with a lending library & a Poet in Residence.

Address:

308 Willis Ave, Bronx, NY 10454, USA

Phone:

(718) 292-0235

Hours:

  • Mon: 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Tue: 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Wed: 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
  • Thu: 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Reviews

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1 year ago

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Mott Haven cafe La Morada is one of the small number of New York restaurants specializing in Oaxacan cuisine, and the family operation is best known for the variety of difficult-to-prepare moles. Chef (and matriarch) Natalia Mendez offers six total, including mole verde (with green chiles and jalapeños), mole pipian (with pumpkin seeds), and the much spicier mole Oaxaqueño, which contains seven kinds of dry peppers. But other menu items pull their weight, too, like hand-patted sopes or a crisp tlayuda loaded with toppings. The petite space also doubles as a community center; the family members are immigration activists.

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1 year ago

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This sweet spot stands out for its authentic Oaxacan food, a rare delight even in this neighborhood. It’s a homey, no frills sort of place that welcomes everyone, and the owner loves to chat about the traditions behind this region's cooking—or history and art as evidenced by the impromptu lending library that has emerged in the comfy back seating area. This part of Mexico is known for its incredible moles, so sample a wonderfully complex red pumpkin seed version (pipián rojo de pepitas) with pork spare ribs. Another, the glossy mole Oaxaqueño, arrives fragrant with cloves, plantains, peanuts and chocolate, served over chicken. Don’t miss the wildly fresh tamales either, filled with spices, chicken, and covered with a rich tomatillo sauce.

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