Feeling at Home at El Nuevo Bohío

Fausto Enrique (Photo by Mónica Barnkow via Manhattan Times)

Fausto Enrique (Photo by Mónica Barnkow via Manhattan Times)

At El Nuevo Bohío (“The New Hut” in English), a Bronx restaurant that specializes in Dominican and Puerto Rican foods, owner Fausto Enrique aims to make patrons feel right at home, starting with the walls.

Mónica Barnkow reports for Manhattan Times:

El Nuevo Bohío (Photo by Mónica Barnkow via Manhattan Times)

El Nuevo Bohío (Photo by Mónica Barnkow via Manhattan Times)

He also hired a local Dominican artist to paint colorful landscapes of his native country and of Puerto Rico to adorn all walls.

It is a personal touch that connotes childhood for many, including Enrique himself. “As a child, I used to do that, too,” said Enrique, referring to a mural depicting a woman carrying large barrels of water atop a mule. “Every day, since I was 8 years old, I had to travel more than one kilometer to fetch water.”

Shrimp mofongo (Photo by Mónica Barnkow via Manhattan Times)

Shrimp mofongo (Photo by Mónica Barnkow via Manhattan Times)

The menu offers a diner-style selection – regardless of the hour, customers can select foods from pancakes to pepper steak to mofongos (plantain dish). And then wash it all down with “Morir Soñando (a frothy orange juice and milk beverage)” or “chinola (passionfruit juice).”

But the real secret, says Enrique, is the kitchen’s sofrito, a sauce made of garlic, onion, peppers, tomatoes, and other ingredients, that forms the base of much of Latin Caribbean cuisine.

“We make it ourselves,” said Enrique. “Instead of using artificial sofrito, we make it from scratch.”

Read more on El Nuevo Bohío and how Enrique gives back to the impoverished in the Dominican Republic, at Manhattan Times.

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