After ten-plus visits to this Dominican cafe I've learned two things. Get the rice dishes and get the stew, especially the pork ribs.
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In the Bronx, chicharrones abound, found in any number of Dominican and Puerto Rican diners, at more ambitious bodegas, and in a number of taquerias and pupuserias. But coming across a great Dominican-style chicharron, which calls for the whole belly to be fried for something that is at once crunchy and moist? Well, it's not the easiest thing to do.
There is an exemplary fried rice called chaulafan to be found in Mott Haven at the Ecuadorian restaurant Luchos Barrios, but to my taste the best fried rice in the Bronx is farther north. It is at Sabrosura, the Parkchester staple billed by its owners as an "American-Born Chinese Dominican Eatery."
In place of the traditional breakfast of mangu, consider the standout chicken soup and cinnamon-laced oatmeal at this Dominican restaurant.
I've been fascinated by the look of Delmy Deli & Juice Bar for months, its outdated and unkempt diner appearance a paragon of commercial 149th Street. The Dominican food served there isn't a destination by any means, but you can get a decent breakfast of plantains, salami, eggs, and fried cheese—all for six bucks.
The food at Molino Rojo, a Dominican steamtable conveniently located right off the 161st Street stop, won't blow you away. But you will leave satisfied, so long as you order right. And for those running late to the game, for whom a diversion up to Nano Billiards would prove too time consuming, Molino offers a decent alternative.
Nano is unexpectedly one of the South Bronx's best restaurants, a place that will change your mind—assuming you didn't grow up in San Domingo—about what Dominican food can be.
This Dominican street vendor doesn't do the best cooking in the Bronx, but it offers a reasonably tasty burger-like sandwich for the under-$5 price.
There's a street vendor on East Kingsbridge Road selling some expected fried items, but a far better option is one of her sweets: moist and dense sweet potato cake, creamy corn pudding, and more.
Though roast chicken and rice and beans are busts at this Bronx dive, the sanchocho—a starchy soup full of potatoes and yuca—make for a surprisingly successful meal.
These simple, satisfying street snacks from a Dominican cart near the Bronx Zoo are a big step up from your average empanada slinger found on streets throughout the borough's southern reaches.
[Photographs: Chris Crowley] Overlooking the Cross Bronx on a vacant strip of East 174th Street, El Rincon de Los Taxistas—a five year-old truck serving up Dominican street fare—is at the heart of a Bronx crossroads lacking in good food....
The Bronx is a borough of hidden treasures, a place where you can find an unadorned street cart selling Jamaican fusion in the shadow of Yankee Stadium and the longest-running kosher deli in the city. So in another sense, Pioneer Supermarket on Allerton Avenue wouldn't normally grab your attention—but it's one of the borough's many culinary surprises.
Not to be confused with the beef tripe soup known as mondongo, mofongo is a hearty ribsticking dish made from mashed plantains.