Video: Lechonera La Piraña in Mott Haven, Bronx

Editor's Note: Welcome to a new episode of 1 Minute Meal, a series of video snapshots documenting the places, people, and foods that make New York a vibrant food community.


Piraña makes some of the best Puerto Rican-style lechon in the city. And he chops it with one of the best machetes in the city. [Photograph: James Boo]

Serious Eats columnist Chris Crowley writes lovingly about Lechonera La Piraña because it's an easy to place to love.

Parked on a nondescript street in the South Bronx, the trailer comes alive on Fridays, serving Puerto Rican dishes through the weekend and closing on Sunday evening. The owner and cook, known to the neighborhood as "Piraña," is immensely warm-hearted. Working during the week as a building superintendent, he uses his part-time business (and full-time sound system) to make the corner of Wales and 152nd Street a place to relax, to party, and to gather around good food.

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About the videographer: James Boo has been a Serious Eats contributor since 2010. Working as a freelance journalist, he is also the founder of Real Cheap Eats and a documentarian. Check out his food-and-travel blog, The Eaten Path, for more journeys to the real meal.

About the music: "Let My People Bugalú" arranged and performed by New York's own Spanglish Fly (Check out their Facebook Page). Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license courtesy of Spanglish Fly.