Explore The Bronx with Hugo Mendoza
Explore The Bronx with Hugo MendozaHugo Mendoza
Hugo Mendoza was raised in the Bronx. Today, he works for streetwear brand Stüssy and lives between New York and Toronto. According to Hugo, New York is best described as a "melting pot of hundreds, thousands of different cultures." With such a rich heritage of immigration, in NY "if you are broke and can't afford traveling, you can pull up to any of the boroughs and catch a little piece of the world in any little bodega or restaurant."
The OG borough for Mendoza, of course, is the Bronx. "The energy and culture in there is like no other. On any day during the summer you can walk through many blocks and witness some sidewalk BBQs, a block party, some old Dominican dudes playing dominoes in front of the bodega." Read his guide to see all of the gems within this under-explored borough, from museums and murals to authentic Dominican spots. One tip from Hugo is, when in NY, "eat good and go relax on the grass at Pelham Bay Park."
In this Guide
“The Bronx Museum tends to go under people's radar a lot of the time but this is one of my top 3 favorite museums in NY. Last year (2019) they had the best exhibition I've ever been to. Shout out Henry Chalfant.”More Info
“This is an old photo but it captures the very essence of Fordham Road. From sneakers you haven't seen in years to $5 thermal packs to keep you warm through a NY winter, this joint has it all. If you make your way towards University Heights Bridge you can fuck with some Texas size Henny Coladas at Dallas BBQs.”More Info
“This one here is a gem. I stumbled upon the Bartow mansion one time I was riding on my 10-speed headed to City Island, if I remember correctly. The garden is like no other and if you're into Greek revival interiors this joint is for you.”More Info
“I keep this one close to my heart. Big Pun is in my top 5 for obvious reasons. Tats Cru is legendary Bronx shit. Not much to say about this one, they switch it every other year. Each year is hard. If you fuck with PUN go see it. ”More Info
“Dominican owned. Bronx based. Great food. The menu changes daily, Thursday is my go-to. Chivo con arroz blanco y guandules de coco. Enough said.”More Info
“If you know me, you knew this one was coming. Get a little bit of each section. The menu is broken down into sections. Fried, Boiled and I think burgers and chicken. Don't touch those. Stick to the seafood. Go fuck with a Henny Colada or 2. The peoples at the bar have no actual bartending experience so they bless the Henny amounts.”More Info