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Posted by Sean on 02/18/2012
I want to pass along to you a dining gem I was in earlier tonight - Casa Adela on Avenue C between 4th and 5th Street. It's a little dive of a place, straight out of the Bronx, 1950/60. Mostly a take out. Outstanding Puerto Rican food cooked by Puerto Ricans! I had the pernil, arroz con gondules and red beans. Terrific; the best I've eaten since returning to NYC. Small portions but it's cheap enough that you can double up! I didn;t see it on the menu, but was told they also have pasteles! The TV was blaring with a slapstick comedy Spanish speaking TV show; the people were laughing and speaking over the TV; you couldn't hear yourself think! Maybe 10 or 12 tables. It must be chaos when busy. I loved it! The neighborhood used to be horrendous but it's fine now. Don't miss it! I bought the meal above and I also got a rotisseried checken meal to go with maduro and the two meals cost only $31.00.
Posted by Gora on 06/03/2010
The prices are amazing and the food is the real thing: PR fare like it has always been done. The chicken soup fixes everything that may be going on wrong in your life :) Be patient with the service, this place is like going to your PR's friend parents house- they serve you well and lots when you are cool- if you are a silver-spoon in your mouth kinda folk, go below Houston and wait in line for an hour. If you are cool and love good food for an amazing price, go to Adela's!!!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/01/2010
Could not wait to go to this restaurant, however i was very disappointed. ordered the pernil. very small portion came to the table cold half of the portion was fat. i must say what ever meat was there was tasty. i recommend putting all the items on one plate. instead of individual plates. i would think twice before i go back.
Posted by CiCi on 12/26/2009
Went to eat at Casa Adela on Christmas eve night (12/24/09) around 5:00PM for dinner. It was my first time going there. I took the recommendation from listening to a Spanish Chef that was recently on Foodnetwork. He raved about Casa Adela having the best pernil in New York City and that he likes to go there during the Christmas holidays. Sorry to say that I felt that the service was slow, like they did not want to wait on you, (the restaurant was not crowded at the time) the food was good but the portions was so small (if you are a Spanish male your food portions are bigger).My friend and I ordered pernil, yellow rice with beans and fried sweet maduros. When it finally came to the table, the portions were so small, the pernil was served on a tea cup saucer,the rice served on a dinner plate and the beans served in a teacup. I had the meat pieces of the pernil while my friend had the fat pieces of the pernil. As far as the maduros goes, they gave us thin sliced fried dried plantains and said to us that they were the sweet maduros. When we said that was not what we ordered, a customer at a table next to us said something to our waiter in Spanish and at the customer related to us that the maduros were finished. It was like they were trying to put one over on us. We have eaten many at different Caribbean restaurants, we know the food. Must say that the food was flavorful. The prices on the menu was fifty cent less than what what are bill said. Apparently, they had upped there menu prices by .50 which was not reflected on the menu. Was told by the waiter that the person in charge did not have a chance to change the menu prices, which could have easily been changed by a flick of a black marker. It is my understanding that his restaurant have been opened since 1973 and it has not changed/updated its service or portions of food (it is still in the dark ages) . I will not be returning to this establishment nor will I recommend it.
Posted by Maria V. on 09/04/2009
This is place is the real deal. It's almost like it was pulled off a street in Old San Juan, is run by your favorite Titi and Abuelita is in the kitchen. Worth the wait, worth the price, and worth working around their hours.
Posted by Julie Smith on 07/25/2009
After reading all the reat review we dedide to rty this place. We called at 8pm on a Saturday night for a delivery. We were told it was too late . No more deliveries. We trekked over there to pick up the food our selves. we ordered the Pernil and rice and beans, some sweet plantains and the Flan for dessert. It took for ever for our order to be ready, even though the place was quite empty. When we got the food home , we were shocked by the small portion sizes, The skimped on everything, the rice, beans and the plantains. The portion of Flan was laughable. It was literally gone in two bites. The upsetting thing was that all their menu prices are higher than alot of the other similar type resteraunts rated on here in the East Village. The place was a hole in the wall. I would never have sat down to eat here. When all the food was gone, we were atill hungry. I will never get food from here again!
Posted by Emile on 05/26/2009
Visited Casa Adela on a whim and am so glad I did. Delicious food wonderful atmosphere. Adela is a wizard in the kitchen!