I don’t often venture out into the Bronx just for a meal, but the one exception I will always make is for the mouth-watering Lechoncito ($17 at time of review) at the Havana Cafe. Easily one of the top 5 meals I’ve had the opportunity to experience while living in NY, the bone-in roast pork is moist, well-seasoned and ready to fall off the bone with the lightest touch. As you can see in the pic, there is probably enough to share between friends, but I tend to go into Gollum-mode when the food arrives in front of me! 🙂
The pork is served over a bed of coconut rice (their use of real coconut shavings adds to the variety of textures within the meal and seems to infuse a richer flavor into the rice), and is topped-off with a creamy sour orange mojo and pickeled red onions. The sauce has an almost melted-cheeze consistency, and has what appears to be a hint of mustard-ish flavor, adding a little kick to each bite.
Though I’m curious to try some of the other items on the menu simply based on the excellence of this one dish, I honestly can’t imagine ever stepping foot into Havana Cafe and not ordering the Lechoncito…yes, it really is that good!
Address: 3151 East Tremont Ave, Bronx, NY 10461
THanks for supporting the flavors of the Bronx!
With all the foodie choices available in the City, I must admit that I’ve been pretty lazy about exploring in the other boroughs. If you’ve got any places that you consider to be hidden gems in the Bronx, please let me know! 🙂
Google or youtube the tv show Bronx Flavor. The Baron Ambrosia is a genuine Bronx explorer. My favorite place in the Bronx right now are not food but beer related: Bronx Beer Hall (inside the Arthur Avenue market @ Lil. Italy) and the Bronx Ale House.