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Chocolate-Themed Puerto Rican Restaurant Chocobar Cortés Is Launching an NYC Outpost

Plus, Aussie favorite Bourke Street Bakery expands again — and more intel

A yellow-painted building with flags out front emblazoned with the restaurant’s logo.
Chocobar Cortés in Old San Juan.
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A nearly decade-old San Juan dining destination is expanding to New York. The New York Times reports that Chocobar Cortés, a mainstay in Old San Juan known for its liberal use of chocolate in just about every item on the menu — including salads topped with chocolate vinaigrette and grilled cheese sandwiches spread with chocolate butter — is opening up a satellite location in Mott Haven on Friday. This outpost, dubbed Chocobar Cortés NYC, will be run by chef Maria Martínez and offers a similar chocolate-soaked menu, including chalupitas de mofongo with chocolate guacamole and burgers squirted with chocolate ketchup.

Chocobar’s creative director Carlos Cortés tells the Times that the family-owned company chose Mott Haven for the expansion because of its large concentration of Puerto Rican and Dominican residents, and the recent spate of new development taking shape in the neighborhood. The Cortés family — which also runs company operations in the Dominican Republic — has distributed chocolate to various bodegas and grocery stores across 20 states, but this restaurant marks the first dining expansion outside of Puerto Rico.

Bourke Street Bakery is expanding — again

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