Habanero Mexican Cuisine is the newest restaurant to join the booming culinary scene in Mott Haven. The family owned business began serving customers earlier this summer. They chose the South Bronx because of its new vibe and a love for the neighborhood. They also own another business nearby. When the opportunity presented itself they took advantage. “We dealt with the landlord directly. Let’s just say it was destiny,” said Victor Calixto, one of the owners.
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The menu was created by Chef Daniel who added a modern twist to original Mexican dishes. Their extensive menu also includes options for the health conscious such as salads, fajitas, and more elaborate dishes that have vegetables.
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It’s almost hard to believe the sudden but positive transformation of Mott Haven. What used to be a neighborhood littered with rinky-dink small businesses, bullet proofed fast food joints, countless 24-hour delis and bodegas now has a range of more respectable options where residents and visitors can eat and drink. Habanero now joins Mott Haven Bar & Grill, Ceetay, and The Bronx Baking Company as some of the more exciting and popular businesses in Mott Haven. These establishments have brought positive attention to the South Bronx. The New York Times listed The South Bronx in its 52 places to visit and Anthony Bourdain recently stopped by for an art and booze crawl.
Victor Calixto is excited about the family’s new business and he has a message for the South Bronx. “We invite you to come taste our food. It truly is a fusion of tradition with modern twists. Making sure our customers have a great experience coming to our restaurant is our most important priority. There are no short cuts here, we take pride in all of our dishes and are excited for you to come try a new culinary experience.”
Habanero Mexican Cuisine is located at 141 Lincoln Ave. If you’re not from the neighborhood take the 4 or 5 trains to 138th Street Grand Concourse or the 6 train to 138th Third Ave. They are open from 8:00 am to 10:30 pm Monday-Saturday and 10:00 am to 10:00 pm on Sunday. Follow them on Instagram @habanero_nyc.