Slip past the glass doors at happy hour and Mio looks no different from five dozen other hot spots in the city, with patrons three deep at the bar and a slick, impersonal dining room. Then the Puerto Rican classics arrive and you forget you’re in a restaurant and not in the warm embrace of someone’s home.
Chef Giovanna Huyke improves on the stews and fried-fish specialties of her native island by lavishing well-chosen ingredients with the kind of careful detail learned in high-end kitchens. Throw in an engaged staff and a good bar and it adds up to one of the area’s most interesting and affordable nights out.
Don’t miss: Ceviche; bolsitas (crispy pork purses); pan-roasted calamari; pork-trotter stew; “lasagna” with plantains in place of noodles; whole fried snapper; lechon asado (slow-roasted pork); dulce de leche mousse; flan.
Open: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner.