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Best-actor Oscar nominee Terrence Howard clearly knows how to get the party started. And what better place to do that than Veronica Laudes’s newly minted Latin-accented spinoff from Torito? “He came in for the first time a couple of months ago with his son and a few friends,” says Laudes. They started with chef Luis Valenzuela’s grilled garlic shrimp, then followed with his signature kale ’n’ ricotta salad with fashionably poached quail eggs, the house paella and “a lot of martinis.” “He was very approachable, talking with everyone. It was just like being back in Spain!” Sunday to Tuesday 6 to 10 pm, Wednesday to Saturday 6 to 11 pm. Weekend lunch 11 am to 3 pm. Bar till close. Closed some holidays. Reservations accepted. Licensed. Access: barrier-free, washrooms in basement.