From abuelas to niños, locals know to come to this “place” for solid Puerto Rican food. A glance at the wall of politicos and celebrities who have dined here proves how well-loved it truly is. The space is divided into two very different areas: a classic lunch counter also serving takeout and a proper dining room. A wonderful Nuyorican accent can be heard at gathering family tables and tasted in classic dishes like mofongo al pilon de bistec (savory shredded beef over mashed plantains) or pernil con arroz y gandules (roasted pork with pigeon peas and rice). Prices become even more reasonable when you realize that dishes are big enough to be split three ways. Daily sopas are a highlight, but end meals with hot and flaky cheese-filled pastelitos.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors