It’s one of those places that frequently makes the city’s “best hidden spots” lists: With its neon pig glowing out front, La Lechonera la Isla has been around for 28 years now, serving up homemade pernil, fried pork, rice and beans, and beef stew. Hector and Rosa Quiroz first came to this country from Puerto Rico, and their P.R. pride is represented in the store’s decor. Sons Jonathan and Jesus now help out daily, dishing out huge plates of each day’s freshly made menu, until the food runs out — which it does always. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, ask for a big slice of Rosa’s flan.



256 East 125th Street (b/t Third & Second)


Daily, 7 a.m.-7 or 8 p.m. (i.e., until the food runs out!)