To die dreaming

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 | All Things, Eats

Perhaps it’s the impending arrival of cooler weather, but I’ve been tempted the past few Tuesdays after my weekly CSA vegetable pick-up at the McBurney Y to stop in at Sucelt Coffee Shop, located just off the subway entrance at the southwest corner of 14th Street and Seventh Avenue.

Back when SC and I were living in the West Village, this divey luncheonette was our regular source for good and cheap Latin comfort food. Solid steam table fare with a rotating menu of daily specials, at times trending towards the overly salty: ropa vieja, chuletas, pollo guisado, plantains, arepas, rice and beans… all culled from a multitude Latin American countries. SC loves the warmly satisfying tripe soup; I’m partial to their empanadas and cubanos.

The Village Voice named Sucelt one of New York’s “100 Best & Cheapest Latin Restaurants” in 2003.


When I’m not in the mood to be caffeinated through the night on the coffee shop’s top-notch café con leche, I opt for a batida, which Sucelt translates as a “tropical milkshake,” though the made-to-order drinks can be ordered sin leche. In addition to the more familiar passion fruit, mango, and banana varieties, they also offer tropical fruit blends of mamey and soursop, and an intriguingly named “morir soñando,” which literally translates into “to die dreaming.”

The drink, popular in the Dominican Republic, is usually made of oranges, condensed or evaporated milk, sugar, chopped ice and vanilla.

There are 3 Comments ... To die dreaming

October 16, 2007

ah, I dream of tripe soup now.
Have you hit the hand pulled noodle shops on Eldridge this season yet?

October 16, 2007

Funny, I was just thinking about those noodles last night. Must be the cooling weather…

October 16, 2007

hey we could hit it pre-Sunday night event…

Go for it ...