New York, United States Food Guide: 5 Latin food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Hempstead

September 2, 2019 Christa Meece

Find out what Latin restaurants to try in Hempstead. Hempstead is one of the three towns in Nassau County, New York, United States, occupying the southwestern part of the county, in the western half of Long Island. Twenty-two incorporated villages are completely or partially within the town. Hempstead's combined population was 759,757 at the 2010 Census, the majority of the population of the county and by far the most of any town in New York. Also, a village named Hempstead is within the Town.
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1. El Mofongo

684 Fulton Ave, Hempstead, NY 11550-4574 Caribbean, Latin Lunch, Dinner Seating, Wheelchair Accessible +1 516-280-7782 https://www.facebook.com/elmofongorestaurant/
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5 based on 13 reviews

El Mofongo

Reviewed By mitch708

Excellent food, Excellent experienceWe yelped for a cheap restaurant near Hofstra (visiting the area), lots of chains scattered around, but El Mofongo popped up. Hey, isn't that what Kenan Thompsons' David Ortiz impression is always talking about? Maybe that's interesting, I don't know. The menu had 10 kinds of mofongo (mashed green plantain with your choice of meat) so I figured there should be -something- that wouldn't be too weird.We walk in the door and immediately it's "Here have a sample of this braised pork, wait have a sample of this succulent stewed chicken, how about a sample of...' on one side is seating along the wall, the other is the long deli case of all the varieties of everything and more. The owner, and two staff were offering us multiple samples... and already had huge plates ready to start serving us (they'd fill it up then we'd take it to our seat). Rice? Yes! What kind of beans? Enough to stuff a cow. Meat? There's this kind and this kind and this other kind and ... and this other kind .. and it keeps going. All the samples are great, ask for extra sauce oh they'll give you some even if you don't ask.The fill your plate so high, take it home with you, one plate enough for the rest of the week. Come once a week so you can go through all the selections one by one so you don't miss any.Decor is modest but very clean (seems like a hole in the wall from the outside but very nice once inside). Huge meals for low prices. Wait, I don't think I had any mofongo..that's an entire section of the menu I missed!

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2. Havana Central

630 Old Country Rd Roosevelt Field, Garden City, NY 11530-3467 Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music +1 516-739-7900 http://havanacentral.com
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4 based on 243 reviews

Havana Central

Reviewed By smeghead39

Very little of the food is actually custom prepared. By the nature of the menu, it is all done in advance and cannot be customized. Quality is variable- pernil, for example, can be delicious or overly fatty, depending on the luck of the scoop. Recently we had yucca fries that were not properly trimmed, and were partially inedible. If there is a band, as there often is, you will not be able to hear your conversation anyplace in the large restaurant- they are overmiked and not pleasant to listen to. That said, some of the food is very good for its genre, so add a star if you like Cuban food and own a pair of earplugs.Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback! It's disappointing we were not able to exceed your expectations. We offer a variety of dishes and sides for customization, and very much appreciate the chance to remake a dish if there's anything we can do to make your meal more enjoyable. We hope you'll come enjoy another Cuban meal with us again soon. Again thank you.Kylene S., Guest Relations Manager

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3. Mi Tierrita Restaurant

31 N Franklin St, Hempstead, NY 11550-3810 Colombian, Latin, Spanish, South American Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service [email protected] +1 516-292-2666 http://www.mitierritarestaurants.com
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3 based on 27 reviews

Mi Tierrita Restaurant

Established in 1999 We are a Colombian Family Restaurant proudly serving customers since 1999. Our recipes are from our Grandparents' kitchen and ever since we opened, it has been a team effort. From our Chef all the way to our Dishwashers and Wait Staff,

Reviewed By jalva1012

1st time here. Atmosphere was disappointing, as was the odor in the restaurant. It was not inviting. I was about to leave, but decided to give their food a try. The chorizo was good. Disappointed it was additional. Many places include a chorizo with a bandeja typica. The main meal was a very good portion size and tasty. I did actually enjoy the food ... At home ... Don't think I could have enjoyed it as much there. Overall ... Good food ... Good portion size ... But I won't be back anytime soon.Greetins Dear Jalva1012,Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us.Let me first welcome you to our restaurant, you mentioned it was your first time visiting us. Please accept my sincere apologies for the unpleasant turnout.Our food portions like you mentioned are hefty and our version of Bandeja Paisa includes Grilled Steak, a meaty piece of Pork Skin, Fried egg, Corn Cake, Sweet Plantain, Avocado, Rice and Beans. All of that for $15.25, normally this dish fees a family of 3!Including a portion of Chorizo which translates to Pork Sausage would be double jeopardy, the Bandeja Tipica is already served with a tasty piece of Pork meat.As far as the odor, I apologize again. I can share with you that this past Monday May 2nd during the early hours of the morning we had our monthly grease trap cleaning and perhaps some of the vapors lingered.We take all of our customers reviews very seriously. That's why I'd like you to know that from this point on we will make sure we schedule all of our cleaning and maintenance procedures at strategic times so they won't have any negative effect in our daily operations.Once again, thank you for your patronage. If you are willing to grant us a second chance to enjoy the rest of our menu, we would be honored to host you.

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4. Pollos Mario Restaurant

75 N Franklin St, Hempstead, NY 11550-3048 Latin, Spanish, South American, Colombian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Table Service [email protected] +1 516-505-3200 https://www.pollosmariorestaurant.com/
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3 based on 18 reviews

Pollos Mario Restaurant

Reviewed By rofila

I had the Bandeja (Typical Platter) and my wife had a churrasco, it is some of the best Colombian food I have eaten in a long time. The steak was seasoned to perfection and not overcooked, the rice was just right, which means not bland,I will definitely come back and try other things. PS A packed parking lot is a good sign of good food

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5. Margarita's Cafe

1868 Front St, East Meadow, NY 11554-2444 Mexican, Latin Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Parking Available, Television, Table Service +1 516-745-0033 http://www.margaritascafe.com
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4 based on 149 reviews

Fine Mexican cuisine in an elegant and modern environment. Our decorations and food make you feel like you are on vacation. We serve Long Island's best margaritas and have a live Mariachi band Friday thru Sundays. Having a special event? Bring your guests

Reviewed By Bumwns

Went to this place a few times now. However, as we were leaving work around 3:45 we decided to stop by for happy hour. Unfortunately, the bar was so crowded there was nowhere for us to sit or stand around the bar, so we decided to get a table only to find out that if you are not around the bar we cannot get the happy hour prices. We did not that stop us though even though we had to pay full prices for drink. We also ended up ordered full plates from the menu. Needless to say foods and drinks are always good here. You won’t be disappointed unless you are looking to do happy hour and there is no space.

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