I’m honored that I get to highlight the under-valued areas of the Bronx. While I do enjoy fine dining in Midtown, there’s nothing like those local gems in the outer-boroughs. These are the places that you have to live near to know about!
After attending the annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, we made our way back to the Bronx for a Puerto Rican lunch at 188 Bakery Cuchifritos. While 188 Bakery Cuchifritos may not be as good as your titi or abuelita’s cooking, it is still very much delicious.
This place is a far stretch from the higher-end Puerto Rican restaurants like Sofritos, Jimmy’s NYC, and Sazon. It’s a no-frills, homely restaurant with all the traditional fried dishes you would find in the close to extinct cuchifritos’ style of restaurants. These restaurants are a dying breed so it’s important that we support them and experience them to maintain the culture of our continuously gentrified neighborhoods.
For lunch, I had a fried chuleta (pork chop) with arroz con habuchuelas (rice and pink beans). As an appetizer, I had a beef pastelillo (beef patty). To wash it all down, was a cup of pina colada over lots of ice. My meal was great and the entire atmosphere was warming! You will feel like you are among family enjoying a filling Puerto Rican meal; even though growing up in the Bronx before the late 90s automatically makes you half Puerto Rican (just kidding…lol!).
188 Bakery Cuchifritos
58 E 188th Street
Bronx, New York 10468