Anyone know where I can get the best pernil, preferably in downtown Manhattan? Thanks . . . .
Don't know if it's the best and it's not in manhattan, sorry. It's in Brooklyn.
La Fey is the on the corner of 36th St and 4th Av, right there when you come out of the subway (D/M/N/R) at the 36th St stop. Pink exterior, with large windows.
The pernil comes from the better part of a whole pig, which is in a large dish under aluminum foil behind the counter. They pull the meat off with tongs, which appears to take no effort at all. It is served with a chunk of the skin, dripping with fat and with a couple of lime or lemon wedges on top. The neighborhood is almost entirely latino, but the staff are friendly even to us gringos.
And the pernil is the best I've had. Slightly garlicky, drenched in fat, and not too salty. One order of pernil w/ rice and beans is around $6 (or was it $5?) and will feed 3 waifish hipsters or one large voracious sports fan. I am overfull after eating 2/3 of it.
Caveat: I've never been to Casa Adela. I'll have to check it out. Sofie's is good, but La Fey is better.
The Pernil at Sofrito is huge and toothsome
400 E 57th Street (Cross Street: Between 1st Avenue and Sutton Place)
New York, NY 10022View Map
Directions: N, R, W at 59th St; 4, 5, 6 at 59th St
Haven't been to the Sucelt Coffee Shop, a shoe box on West 14th street, in a while, but they never disappointed me. Have it with some plantains and plenty of spanish coffee.