Dominican Pasteles at the Conservatory Garden
Provisioner: East Harlem–based artist Julio Valdez opened Cafecito del Arte (181 E. 108th St., nr. Third Ave.) last fall in a building he converted to art studios, serving coffee along with Argentine-style baked empanadas and the tamaleslike pasteles en hojas of his native Dominican Republic. To lure customers to the side-street location, he scrawled a trail of inconspicuous chalk signs on sidewalks and scaffolds like so many bread crumbs.
As appeared in New York Magazine, July 8-21, 2019