BEST SALSA NIGHT - 2006
El Nuevo Rodeo
Expanding and renovating the legendary Vannandy's dance hall four years ago, El Nuevo Rodeo improved just about everything—security, food, decor, and music. Now the restaurant serves rare dishes from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. (brunch to after-bar), while the competitively booked live music calendar is dotted with stars from every genre across Latin America—Puerto Rican reggaetón to Mexico City metal. This is a club for the entire Spanish-speaking scene, open to outsiders, and brought to you by the very entrepreneurs who began booking salsa nights around town in the first place more than a decade ago. Now everyone from First Avenue to Famous Dave's has a Latin dance night. But Mondays at El Rodeo retain the excitement of a truly international mix, with hundreds of cowboys and señoritas of every accent swinging each other to the DJ pulse, making the hardwood floors shake.