Puerto Rican restaurant?
My boyfriend is Puerto Rican and both he and his born-n-bred brooklyn family say there are no more "good" (homestyle) Puerto Rican restaurants in the hood. We frequent Castillo on flatbush and 7th ave, but his family insists that it has more of a Dominican flair (and it is marketed as both Dominican and Puerto Rican) and the boyfriend sorely misses his Aunts homemade pasteles which only make an appearance on xmas.
Id be wiling to travel to find someplace, but i'm positive he's not interested in anything "fancy." I am also not very good at determining the authenticity of recommendations, as I know virtually nothing of PR food aside from what his family has fed me.
Any ideas? Too bad so much of the authentic staples are SO labor intensive (pasteles, mofongo) or I'd make them myself! As a sidenote, we DO know about the "pastele guy" in park slope on 5th ave and 11th st, but he's been absent in the cold weather and his product is, frankly, hit or miss...
There's El Coqui on 2nd Ave btwn 109th and 110th. Get an order of chicharrones de pollo, trust me they're worth the wait!
La Taza de Oro on 8th btwn 14th and 15th serves authentic, relatively cheap PR food too from what I've been told. If you want a more lively, lounge-like atmosphere check out Sofrito on 57th btwn 1st and Sutton Place. A bit pricey but the portions are worth it!