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La Fonda Boricua
Posted by Gregg on 03/20/2015
Last time I was at the Fonda (about 2 years ago), I was not too pleased with the experience; seemed they were going through some kind of transition. But on this recent visit (earlier this week), I could not have been happier! The food was excellent: I had what I must say was one of the best alcapurrias (fritter appetizer) I've ever had in my life - crispy, savory, meaty, fried to golden perfection -- just wonderful. Clearly these guys have kicked the food up a notch. For the entree, I ordered the shrimp mofongo, which I know is one of their most popular dishes. Generous portion; a heavenly garlic sauce; delicate shrimp cooked to perfection. My favorite place for Puerto Rican food in NYC is back! Finished things off with their flan de coco (coconut flan) -- sublime, and because I knew I wouldn't likely be in the City for some time, ordered some pernil (roast pork) to go, which I had the next day. It was fantastic. Garlicky-peppery goodness that reminds you of Christmas! Service and atmosphere OK, but it was an early Monday evening -- wasn't expecting a party. If you're in Spanish Harlem and looking for some authentic PR food, I recommend La Fonda. Yes, plenty of inexpensive cuchi-frito joints throughout the neighborhood where anyone can get a cheap plate of rice and beans, and that's fine. But if you like your food made with the kind of fresh sofrito and adobo your grandma used to make, go to the Fonda.
Posted by brenda on 07/11/2013
I had went to the old " la fonda boricua" and the food was awesome, I went there today and was totally dissapointed, the portions are very small, and the prices are through the roof now, $12 for a mofongo, and $12 dollars for white rice and beans with pernil, it didnt taste the same as when it was La Fonda Boricua, and the mofongo had no garlic, when that is one main ingredient, if they dont change their portions, and the price I dont see this place lasting too long,
Posted by Maria on 07/10/2013
I ordered takeout (the steak with onions, rice with gondules and sweet plantains). The steak tasted okay, but looked extremely bland. The onions were translucent with no color at all! The rice was fine, but I'm not sure it is possible for spanish people to mess up rice. The sweet plantains, however, were horrible.....disgustingly oily, totally over-ripe, mushy. I tried to dry up the pool of oil with a paper towel but they were so mushy that then it turned into one big globby mess! I don't understand why a restaurant would serve such poor quality food. There are so many other good spanish restaurants around, which have better food and are also much cheaper, so I would avoid this one. The cook really needs to get his act together.
Posted by local on 01/01/2011
I expected from the menu to only have to pay $14 for 2 people to eat a meager meal of beef stew. I was charged $27. For what? Food I could have made myself for $5. Crock pot beef, a couple carrots (the only veggie by the way), a soggy paper cup of beans and a carbohydrate so boring I can't even recall what it was.
Posted by spanish harlem mujer on 08/30/2010
This eatery once was great-however now its played out and food is "o.k." nothing to write home to folks in PR.--ate at La fonda de jibarito in old San Juan PR and baby no comparison-Bring back old school flavor to el barrio not yuppie faire. too bad -change is not always good.
Posted by Mambobabi on 04/09/2009
It's really hard to find authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, but La Fonda Boricua never fails to deliver a delicious and inexpensive meal that reminds me of my Grandmother's cooking. I've been here many times over the years, and I've never had a bad experience - although they've run out of flan if you get there too late. I can understand how it may be a bit of culture shock, as they don't have written menus or list the prices, but that's part of it's authenticity. That's exactly how it's been done in small, hometown restaurants in P.R. forever. I'm surprised by the comments about the portions as I've always left feeling as if I'd eaten enough for a week! It can be a tight squeeze, but I've seen lots of kids there and there's never been a problem or a sense that they weren't welcome by the restaurant. This isn't the upper west side, which means stroller parking and changing tables are not the norm, but then neither are UWS prices.
Posted by nycgirl on 02/28/2009
I originally heard about this restaurant on the food network on the show thrown with bobby flay where he competes with the owner of this restaurant, since that time I've always wanted to try this place out. My husband and I went today and I ordered the steak and onions which I noticed arrived on a separate plate from the rice & beans I ordered which I found to be weird since they go together, the food was delicious and tasted very authentic. My husband had the mofongo with pernil (pork) and he was also pleased with his meal. Some of the areas that can use improvement: A written menu would be very helpful this way you know exactly what's on the menu and the prices of the meals, drinks, etc., rather than someone telling you everything. I also wouldn't recommend handing out plastic cups with cans of soda to your customers it looks very tacky, glasses aren't that expensive or just have a fountain like most restaurants and give out refills. Another issue would be the seating, it is very small and uncomfortable, we had great difficulty bringing in the stroller since we had our 3 month old with us. It is not child friendly and the bathroom had no changing table so I would suggest putting one in. Another issue is trying to find a good parking spot, so I would suggest going by train or go early when the traffic isn't so hectic. All in all our bill came to $28 for 2 people we would come back to this place again and recommend it to others.