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The San Juan din­ing scene was among the cap­i­tal’s first charms to come roar­ing back af­ter the hur­ri­cane. Not only are long­time fa­vorites like San­taella and Mar­malade re­opened, but the city has wel­comed a slew of new eater­ies. Here are the best bets.

San Juan’s lat­est seafood spot, aMare, sits within the new Ser­a­fina Beach Ho­tel. Dishes like branzino baked in a salt crust are the per­fect match for the ocean views; ser­a­fina beach­ho­tel.com. Azu­cena fonda con­tem­poránea fea­tures a menu with lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents and an out­door deck with a ver­ti­cal gar­den—a great spot to en­joy the hip­ster pa­rade along Loiza Street; 1806 Calle Loiza, San­turce. At Comed­ería Fonda Ur­bana, try chef Xavier Pacheco’s homage to tra­di­tional Puerto

Ri­can food, with dishes such as

chichar­rones (fried pork rinds) and

pastelón, a sweet-potato-topped shep­herd’s pie; 787/993-5359.

Tapas, wine, cock­tails, craft beer, and live jazz lie just be­hind the cur­tain of Gemileo, a speakeasy within a cloth­ing bou­tique and bric-a-brac shop; 1808 Calle Loiza, San­turce. Raya, celebrity chef Mario Pa­gan’s new­est restau­rant, blends Caribbean fla­vors with Ja­panese, Chi­nese, Korean, and Thai in­flu­ences on the ground floor of O:LV 55 Ho­tel; olvho­tel .com. A newly minted James Beard award semi­fi­nal­ist, chef/co-owner Gabriel Hernán­dez cre­ates stun­ning veg­e­tar­ian and seafood plates at Verde Mesa, a ro­man­tic lit­tle hide­away in Old San Juan; 787/390-4662. Vianda’s so­phis­ti­cated is­land cui­sine fea­tures lo­cal in­gre­di­ents on a sea­sonal menu that may in­clude gar­banzo bean stew with pig’s trot­ters and green ba­nana and cod fish with co­conut, shi­itake mushrooms, and chili oil; vian­dapr.com. One of Puerto Rico’s most rev­ered chefs, Wilo Benet, is be­hind Wilo Eatery & Bar, a lively quick-ser­vice restau­rant, gourmet shop, and grab-and-go con­cept; wilobenet.com.

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