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La Fonda Boricua
Puerto Rican Restaurant$$
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
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169 E 106th St New York, NY 10029
169 East 106th StreetUSNew YorkNew York10029
$$Puerto Rican Restaurant, Caribbean RestaurantToday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmThursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 10:00 pmSunday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
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A neighborhood spot/community hangout serving hearty Puerto Rican grub in a former diner space.- Google
"Try the shrimp mofongo in garlic sauce- very yummy!"
"This is where Puerto Rican people go wrong."
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Chen Jan
2 weeks ago
It's kind of hard for me to taste the great flavor of Puerto Rico food. I had mofongo shrimp I garlic sauce. It was not Chinese style garlic sauce, which is sour and sweet. It was a truly "garlic" sauce. My mouth was full of garlic flavor. It was the first time I saw and had mofongo. OMG, I really couldn't take it. Anyway, the shrimps were large and fresh. It's not a bad restaurant, it's just not my taste.
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Trevor Fox
2 years ago
The food was great! The service was nice but not very attentive. I ate at Sofrito two days prior and if I had to choose, I would choose La Fonda Bornicua every time. As for the price, the choice is obvious. As far as the food goes, (and I did live in Puerto Rico for 2 years) La Fonda Borinqua beats Sofrito on everything but the beans. The place had a nice atmosphere. It was clean and had a pretty cool style. The waitresses were nice but I think they came to the table only to take the order and to deliver the food. To top it off I found a cart selling coco helado on the same block. I would definitely recommend it.
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Michael Garvin
2 years ago
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, so I would avoid this one. Oh, and it was also much more expensive than other spanish restaurants in the area.
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JOE Rodriguez
2 years ago
While the decor and ambiance is great, the food and service was not! Obviously the management are not the original owners of La Fonda Boricua. The food was terrible, they ran out of white rice by 7:00 pm on a Saturday evening and didn't tell us until they were serving our food while asking if we would like the "arroz con gandules" instead. What choice did we have at that time? The rice was dry and hard apparently scraped from the bottom of the pot. The steak was super thin and dry which they tried to cover up by drowning it in sauteed onions. Never going back!
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jose gonzalez
3 months ago
Its good mmmm ;-)
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Brent Pagan
2 months ago
Great food!
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Rafael Matos Jr.
2 years ago
Omg I remember when this was a real Puerto Rican restaurant. The decor spoke Puerto Rico the food was like y ate at your grandmothers the waitresses were very attentive and the portions were great. I don't know what the guy from "ZAGAT" is smoking but obviously its a white guy who knows nothing of Puerto Rican food. Today may 20th 20013 I decided to see of they finally opened I went in the masks were gone decor was like not what y expect. So I said let's see how everything else is. The waitress asked what I wanted min y there was a family sitting next to me. I clearly said I would like white rice stewed chicken with the sauce of the chicken on the rice and totones (fried plantains). I also asked for a coke. Waited a while . Finally she brings me the food . She brings me the rice in the shape of a small bowl and three little pieces of chicken that barley had meat on them. I asked here is there any drumsticks or pieces that have more meat the waitress who was Dominican takes it back then brings it back with a broken leg and this deformed piece. As I ate I got more dissapointed. Then the waitress forgot my soda . Then the family next to me said the same thing that the remembered when it was a real restaurant. After I was done I realized the did not bring me my fried plantains . I asked the other Dominican waitress where is my order she said I never ordered it. I ask for the girl who was attending me she said I never asked her for it and the family next to me said they heard when I ordered it. So they made me wait for something that should have cane out with the order. Got so discouraged with their attitude cause oh yes they started having an attitude when me and the family next to me was saying how good it used to be. So I got up left $2 tip cause that's all service was worth. Went to pay bill no one at the front. Guy eating at the bar had to find them. Then to add insult to injury the waitress had an attitude about how I felt gives me the wrong receipt that belonged to the family I met. And gives me my receipt. Tells me if I don't like it I didn't have to eat here under her breath. I told here when y know how to give good service in the food industry you'll understand but y don't charged me $16.75 for the meal that was such a small portion. For that price it wasn't worth it. This is where Puerto Rican people go wrong. Catering to commercialism ,hiring waitresses with attitudes that people would find disappointment in with their service and working what a plate looks like more than what it should be. This is from a true NY Rican !!! "ZAGAT" HIRE SOME RICANS!!!
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Ryan Waite
5 years ago
My wife and I were in New York for our anniversary and had planned on visiting after watching Throw down with Bobby Flay. We arrived with the place packed and were not treated very kindly. I think it's because we are white folk and no hablo mucho easpanol!! We were seated and told that they had no menus, good thing we knew what we wanted as the waitress just stood there starring at us. We were passed over all night for service and for refilling water or just seeing if we were ok. Other tables were getting visited every 5 minutes. Would not go back again, there has to be better places out there!
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