Slideshow: Where To Eat Near Yankee Stadium

Fauzia's Heavenly Delights
Fauzia's Heavenly Delights
Fauzia Abdur-Rahman, a 2008 Vendy finalist, has been serving food on the same corner of 161st and Sheridan for 15 years. However, she’s not your typical vendor: everything is made fresh daily. Her only constant offerings are grilled chicken and fish, rice and beans, and a mixed vegetable dish. The grilled fish, cooked with rice and vegetables, has a strong aquatic flavor with a smoky hint. Moist and sweat-inducing, her jerk chicken (Mon/Fri), with notes of ginger, is excellent. Vegetarian offerings include the refreshing stir-fried mock chicken (Tues/Fri), tofu cooked in a sweet chili sauce. Main dishes (sm. $6, md. $7, lg. $8) come with two vegetable sides. Options include collard greens and hearty lentils and spinach spiced with turmeric and chili powder. When temperatures climb into the 90s, she introduces a cold food menu. In addition to lemonades and sorrel during the summer she serves a spicy ginger tea ($1.50). For seriously searing heat, ask about her homemade hot sauce (not red sauce)--but beware.

161st St & Sheridan Ave, Bronx NY 10451 (map) fauziasheavenlydelights.blogspot.com

Banana Pudding from Fauzia's
Banana Pudding from Fauzia's
Whatever you do, don’t pass up on Fauzia's banana pudding (Wed/Fri, $2.75). More than any other dish, it lives up to the lofty "Heavenly Delights" moniker. The smooth pudding is full of slices of fresh, soft banana and crunchy Nilla wafers. It's hard not to come back for more, and multiple servings are encouraged.
Bate African and American Food
Bate African and American Food
Although Bate looks like an unbecoming and cheaply constructed tiki bar, the food is impressive. Try the fried tilapia ($13), the skin cooked to a supreme crisp. Served with a fresh tomato, onion and cucumber salad tossed in vinaigrette and reminiscent of Mediterranean cuisine, the fish is light and not spicy—that is, until you add some of the potent, dry-burn inducing relish referred to simply as pepper (but pronounced more like “peppe”). A side of golden plantains ($5) is a tasty addition.

The guinea fowl ($15), traditionally eaten with starchy acheke ($5), shredded cassava root that has been dried and steamed, is also good. While the breast meat is a little dry the gamier legs are more flavorful. Use the provided mustard pepper relish to add dynamic heat. To flavor the bland acheke, mix in the shredded habanero and super-salty Magi bouillon cubes with the same fresh, oily salad. And instead of a canned beverage, get one of two homemade ginger juices ($2) each made with sugar, vanilla, and spring water. The yellow juice is refreshing, with a pleasant vanilla flavor and a strong, spicy ginger kick towards the end. Shake well.

[Photo: fried tilapia]

860 Melrose Avenue, Bronx NY 10451 (map); 718-401-2283

Justine
Justine
Situated beneath the rattling 4 train is Justine, a Dominican restaurant with Puerto Rican options. The inside looks a lot like a local diner, except that they may be blasting Latin club music. Their very good roast chicken ($4.00 for a half, $7.50 for a whole), though, is worth the ambiance. The meat is moist and the golden skin extra crispy. The vinegar sauce provided on the side is rendered unnecessary by the flavor of the chicken alone. The fried pork chunks ($3.75 for ½ pound, $7.50 for a pound) are fatty and delicious, albeit a bit salty—unless they're dipped in the comforting bean soup accompaniment. Each layer has its own dynamic: seriously crunchy skin, juicy fat and flavorful meat. For something lighter on the side there is queso mofongo ($7.00). Though a bit dry, it’s a nice break from the heavier, oilier pork and chicken.

Photo: Roast chicken.

28 E. 167th Street, Bronx NY 10452 (map); 718-538-2100

Eye Adom
Eye Adom
Like other Ghanaian eateries, the inside of Eye Adom, hidden by drawn shades, looks a lot like a cafeteria. The menu helps diners find their way with photos that are helpful for those unfamiliar with Ghanaian food. Their fufu with goat ($10) is solid; spicy and earthy, the stew is vibrantly orange. Served in large chunks, most on the bone, the meat, with slabs of fat, is dark and gamey. Tear off chunks of the starchy fufu—mashed cassava and unripe plantains—and dip them in the stew. The fufu is also available with chicken, okra, fried tilapia, and spinach-based abunabuna soup with snail and crab ($12). Red Red ($9), usually available starting at 1 p.m., is a very satisfying bean stew, cooked in oil turned red by spices, and served with fried, sweet plantains and fried fish. For added heat, ask for pepper relish (known in Ghana as shito or shitor din): the smoky, smoother black and/or the chunkier red, which has a stronger tomato flavor. Get a bottle of zesty Limogen ($2.50), a West African ginger-and-lime drink, to go with your meal.

Photo: Red Red.

1263 Edward L Grant Hwy, Bronx NY 10452 (map); 718-293-7700

Mi Pueblita
Mi Pueblita
Serving decent neighborhood Mexican, Mi Pueblita will satisfy a craving. The obligatory post-order chips were clearly store-bought, but the dark salsa verde they came with—also provided in a larger bowl with the entrees—was excellent. In addition to pollo en mole poblano ($8.95), the restaurant serves dobladas de mole ($8.50)—the boiled chicken is plain but not dry and the thin sauce is somewhat rich and spicy. Tacos ($2.00-$3.00) are served on moist tortillas with ample amounts of minced onion and fresh cilantro. The goat (tasty if somewhat oily), chorizo (flavorful but not at all spicy), and juicy carnitas are all good options. Best of all is the torta with ham ($5.00), served with pickled jalapenos and carrots that add a sour kick. The avocado is creamy and fresh, but the bread could have been toasted for longer. All of the dishes, however, needed a pinch or two more of salt.

Photo: Torta with ham.

111 East 167th Street, Bronx NY 10452 (map); 718-588-4023