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Best Pernil New York 2008 - Victor’s Café and La Fe

Victor’s Café and La Fe

Victor’s Café and La Fe

236 W. 52nd St.

New York, NY 10019

212-586-7714

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Robert Sietsema: The Cuban restaurants that New York was hopping with in the ?60s are now only a faint memory. But the best remains: Victor?s Caf?, where the iconic roast-pork shoulder known as pernil (styled ?lechon asado? on the menu) is marinated in sour orange and comes heavily gobbed with crushed garlic.

Sarah DiGregorio: La Fe in Sunset Park is the sort of old-school Spanish-American lunch counter where you feel in your bones that you?re about to eat something good. And you?re right: The pernil here comes with burnished slabs of mahogany skin interspersed with the lushest, porkiest meat imaginable, seasoned with plenty of black pepper and garlic. The yellow rice and beans on the side are excellent, too.

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