This chic little Mexican restaurant, whose name means “bear” in Spanish, sits opposite the City College of New York. The charming space is dressed in wood tables, warm lighting, and a Dia de los Muertos mural gracing a corner. One black-tiled dining counter is lined with vintage white metal stools, while another small bar faces the tidy open kitchen where the cooks hand-make tortillas at a steady clip. The cuisine of Mexico City inspires Oso's menu with a concise, impressive offering of dishes like braised octopus tostada with mandarin salsa, guava- and chipotle-glazed ribs, as well as authentic tacos and antojitos. Come summer, don't miss the wonderful radish salad, served warm with fresh cilantro, serrano peppers, anchovies, and tomato vinaigrette.
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