New York City is home to a lot of restaurants, more than any rational human being can ever hope to visit. Among that number are hidden gems the majority of New Yorkers just aren't unearthing. So we've enlisted some of our city's many food luminaries to share with us their under the radar recommendations for Dining Confidential.
This week, Sam Talbot expresses his love for Clinton Restaurant in his neighborhood of Lower East Side. Last February the restaurant changed its name to Pinalito City, but Talbot, ever the loyalist, still refers to it as Clinton:
"Clinton Restaurant is a hole in the wall Spanish Mexican restaurant and it's the best neighborhood dive spot ever! Almost anything you order will be good – the pernil with bits of crispy skin, the baked chicken, and especially the oxtail stew. You can even get mofongo with chicken skin there! When I’m looking for fast food to go after a late night at the restaurant, I’ll stop in and grab a burrito stuffed to the brim with roast pork, rice, beans, sour cream, guacamole, the works. Even my dog Tank loves Clinton Restaurant’s rice and beans."
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