The bright colors of papel picado (cut paper flags) and cempazúchitl (Mexican marigolds), the sweetness of pan de muertos (Day of the Dead bread) and calaveras (sugar skulls), and memories of recently passed loved ones: Be a part of this year’s Día de los Muertos in East Harlem.


All week long, there’ll be live music and menu specials at El Barrio’s best Mexican restaurants, all of which are hosting ofrendas (altars) inside their storefronts. Make your dinner plans now, from 6-8 p.m. each evening:



Tuesday, November 1:

Cafe Ollin: 339 East 108th Street (Second/First)

Bistro Casa Azul: 343 Pleasant Avenue (118th)



Wednesday, November 2:

Quesadillas Doña Maty: 228 East 116th Street (Third/Second)

Cascalote Latin Bistro: 2126 Second Avenue (109th/110th)



Thursday, November 3:

La Chula: 137 East 116th Street (Lex)

El Paso: 123 East 110th Street (Park/Madison)



Friday, November 4:

El Kallejon: 209 East 117th Street (Third/Second)


Seating is first-come, first-served at each restaurant — so get there early!


Registration on Eventbrite is for a small gift to take home from nearby small businesses Azteca Western, Aroma d’Angel, 116th Street Flowers, Don Paco Lopez Panaderia, El Tepeyac or 116th Flowers. Make sure to pay each of these businesses a visit as well, as they supply the neighborhood with the food and decor to prepare for the Día de los Muertos holiday.


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