It’s early Saturday evening, day leaning into dusk. The barbershops and nail salons are full; patrons spill out onto the street drinking from plastic cups and preparing for whatever the night may bring. Mott Haven residents making the rounds always end up at El Atoradera, a well-stocked bodega by weekday, a carnitas outpost by weekend, the requisite stop to chat, gossip, and refuel. There are no tables and chairs, just a cauldron dragged into the center of the room, trays of moist corn masa, and the culinary expertise of a cadre of women.
Hungry for more of that story? Read the rest of Scarlett Lindeman’s profile of El Atoradera.
“Behind a carousel of plastic sunglasses and cotton scarves, sandwiched between old Italian eateries, is a dark, unassuming door that leads to Mulberry Project,” writes Eve Turow. For this week’s paper, she sits down with bartender Rael Petit, who divulges his favorite cocktail recipe, where he drinks when he’s not at work, and what he believes is the most overlooked ingredient. Read Turow’s interview with Mulberry Project’s Rael Petit for his answers.