Prado Restaurant

Hot. Scorchingly hot, gingery, smoky—an apt description of so many dishes at this color-splashed Caribbean dining room, where the signature black pepper sauce alone has some 21 spices. It’s hard to pin Prado down. There are N’awlins-style crab cakes but also pasta dishes and Mexican favorites like tamales, and each offering is full of flavors layered in a way that somehow works. It sounds a bit far-reaching, but this neighborhood place is just the opposite of a flashy fusion restaurant. For more than 35 years, Javier Prado, originally from Michoacán, Mexico, has practiced something more like fearless home cooking than innovation for innovation’s sake. Tile floors, mismatched chairs and muraled ceilings sync with the crazy-quilt cuisine. Add dreamy ’40s jazz and you can’t help but wonder how this place has stayed a secret.

sweet seats

Tables are spaced so far apart that any spot is grand for conversation, but if people-watching is your game, snag a seat near the windows overlooking Larchmont Blvd.

chew on this

Even the bar gets creative with ingredients: Soju, a Korean distilled spirit, turns up in all kinds of beverages here, including fruity margaritas.


lunch: Mon.–Sat. 11:30 AM–3 PM
dinner: Mon.–Thurs. 5:30 PM–10 PM; Fri 5:30 PM–10:30 PM; Sat. 4:30 PM–10:30 PM; Sun. 4:30 PM–9:30 PM

price range

$13.75 (pasta and salad) to $25 (beefsteak Argentina)