After stints at April Bloomfield’s Salvation Burger and Salvation Taco and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Cocina, Diaz decided to strike out on his own. The graduate of the International Culinary Center settled on the cuisine of his native Dominican Republic. The dishes are meant to preserve the traditions of the DR, while adding some modern touches.
Dominican Cravings is specializing in patacon, smashed plantain sandwiches, and empanadas. One dish, tres golpes patacon, takes the classic Dominican breakfast of eggs, fried cheese and salami, adding caramelized onions. You can see the full menus below. You can stop by the market any time to sample Diaz’s specialties (the stall is located across from Luna Brothers Fruit Plaza). It will be open Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Or you can visit him at the Essex Street Market Block Party on May 19.