Rapid-fire Q&A with Adriano Espaillat

Rapid-fire Q&A with Adriano Espaillat

A quick Q&A with Rep. Adriano Espaillat
April 3, 2017

Rep. Adriano Espaillat stays busy fighting against President Donald Trump’s agenda, but there’s more to him than just being a baseball-loving lawmaker. Here are some quick facts you may not know about the first-term congressman, from the man himself.

C&S: Birthplace?

AE: Santiago, Dominican Republic.

How many children do you have?

Two, Adriano and Natalia.

Favorite sport?


Favorite team?

The New York Yankees and Los Tigres del Licey.

How many times have you seen “Hamilton?”

Once, with Hillary Clinton when she was campaigning in New York.

Favorite Lin-Manuel Miranda play?

"Freestyle Love Supreme." It’s like a hip-hop opera and he improvises, retrofitting it around you.

Musical tastes?

I don’t like bachata, I like merengue. Actually, I’m a rock 'n’ roll guy. I like the Rolling Stones, and then I like old-school merengue. I like some of the old-school hip-hop. I’m versatile! My brother is an opera singer.

What the last thing you saw at the Apollo Theater?

I went to see some old Cuban jazz about a year ago.

Favorite place to eat in your district?

809 Sangria Bar & Grill.

Best Dominican food in Washington, D.C.?

There’s one restaurant I go to when I get the Dominican mac attack: Los Hermanos in Columbia Heights.

Where do you stay in D.C.?

I have an apartment in Alexandria, (Virginia) … I didn’t want to be in the cocoon.

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Jeff Coltin
is a staff reporter at City & State. He covers New York City Hall.
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