La Taza de Oro - Chelsea - New York Magazine Restaurant Guide

English: Cuisine of Puerto Rico. Although Puer...Image via Wikipedia
La Taza de Oro - Chelsea - New York Magazine Restaurant Guide:

"Its surroundings make Soup Kitchen International seem courtly. But that’s a small price to pay for such good-natured service and gut-busting Puerto Rican dishes, each one accompanied by a plateful of rice and beans large enough to feed a family of five.
— Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld"

96 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10011
nr. 15th St.

{i stop in at this hole-in-the-wall restaurant several times a year,
its been a part of my New York tradition for my entire life. as a boy i lived a block away for a couple of years,
and my mom picked up take home often enough that, for me, the food here is
 "home cooking".

English: Puerto Rican flan
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the baked porkchops are "fall off the bone" soft and delicious. and the coffee with steamed milk is my favorite commercial coffee in the entire city, second only to my own home-brewed. ask for it as a "San Juanero" or "Cafe con Leche" it is absolutely divine with a slice of Flan (Caramel Custard).

i should add, this restaurant is open pretty much 24/7 except for Sundays (closed) and the clientele runs the gamut from locals to tourists, take-outs to sit-ins-to counter; dress is from jeans and t-shirt to tux (not kidding).
hipster to  corn-fed squares . . .  everyone feels welcome.  }

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