Chef Ricardo Cardona's Mamajuana has been a hit in Inwood for years, but those who don't frequent the upper reaches of the island will be able to sample the Latin fare on the UWS when a new location opens Friday. Dominican dishes range from bacalao-stuffed plantains to a Latin steak-frites with chimichurri. Cocktails are strong and the lights are kept low, so consider bringing your lover, Latin or otherwise. See it all in our slideshow.
Mamajuana Cafe, 570 Amsterdam Ave., nr. 88th St.; 212-362-1514