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Lechonera La Isla

Hit up the Langston Hughes House on 127th Street and then grab lunch at this friendly, tiny counter-service spot that's been run by Rosa Flores and her husband Hector Quiroz for nearly 30 years. Beneath the neon sign that spells its name with an upside-down pig, you’ll spot a feast of roast pork, sausage, and cuchifrito hanging in the window. Inside, you’ll find all the straightforward Puerto Rican classics: stewed bacalao, rellenos de papa, pollo rostizado (rotisserie chicken), pastelillos, and morcilla. The go-tos here are the crackly skin roasted lechón and the roast chicken, but don’t leave without trying some of Rosa’s flan either.

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