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