Photograph by Angelo Shenery

Mott Haven and Port Morris are undisputedly some of the hottest neighborhoods in The Bronx right now, undergoing intense gentrification pressures as well as local revival. Market-rate apartments are going up side by side with affordable housing, and trendy office space is popping up. New restaurants, most locally owned, and hip retail are drawing people to live, work, or play. But the transit-rich neighborhoods also have rich history and architectural heritage that many local activists are hoping can remain and serve the existing communities that call the areas home. 

Here are 10 places not to miss in the neighborhoods:

1. Mott Haven Bar & Grill: 1 Bruckner Blvd

Photograph by Angelo Shenery

The business that started it all is located in an 87-year-old building. This Latina-owned restaurant, established by Rosa Garcia in 2013, has developed a loyal following and gave confidence to other entrepreneurs, proving that it is possible to open a swank restaurant in The South Bronx. Although known for being a spot for lunch meetings, the place is always buzzing, the staff is welcoming, and the food is piquant.

Recently, Mott Haven Bar & Grill collaborated with Bronx Native to develop t-shirts promoting the popular restaurant. This coming spring, also look out for its food truck, Mott Haven On The Go!