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Puerto Rican restaurant?

CarmenR Jan 5, 2011 07:04 PM

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...

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    lareinadequeens Jan 24, 2011 06:31 PM

    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!

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    1. re: lareinadequeens
      zbs Feb 8, 2011 05:03 AM

      Taza de Oro is the real deal, and the cutest place in the world probably.

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      DrBey2003 Jan 18, 2011 09:02 AM

      You want authentic Puerto Rican food? Go to La Fonda Boricua in East Harlem. I work a few blocks away and it never fails to disappoint :-)


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      1. re: DrBey2003
        versicle Jan 18, 2011 09:49 AM

        Yeah, I know this is the outer boroughs board, but La Fonda Boricua is very authentic. There's also Lechonera El Barrio on E. 103rd and Third Ave. I actually prefer the Lechonera, but they're both good.

        1. re: versicle
          UnitedNationsOfFood Mar 12, 2011 11:22 AM

          Thank you for the tip on Lechonera El Barrio, versicle. Loved it. Great pernil, great morcilla, and very reasonable prices...

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        Barry Strugatz Jan 6, 2011 08:16 AM

        There's a good Puerto Rican restaurant in Park Slope, J&R, on 4th Ave and 16th Street. It's only open Thursday thru Sunday.

        J&R Restaurant
        468 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

        1. Jeffsayyes Jan 6, 2011 06:41 AM

          Here is a place that was recommended to me

          might be a dominican hybrid also, but probably worth a try.

          Emperador Elias
          274 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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          1. re: Jeffsayyes
            Mrs Shoutfire Jan 24, 2011 02:41 AM

            Man, you should tell your recommending friend to give it a good review. The single review that's there is horrid.

            1. re: Mrs Shoutfire
              Jeffsayyes Jan 24, 2011 06:28 AM

              isn't it funny that the single review, the person is named after the restaurant?? Well, that review is a filter maybe.

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                Mrs Shoutfire Jan 24, 2011 06:46 AM

                Doesn't seem to be filtered but it ought to be.

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