La Isla

4920 Fifth Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11220


  • Mon-Fri: 8am-2am Sat-Sun: 24hrs
  • $
  • Delivery, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Late Night
  • No Alcohol
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
New York has scores of cuchifrito spots: down-home restaurants generally serving large Puerto Rican communities that specialize in fried bits of pig and other good things sizzled in oil. La Isla proudly displays fried tongue, pork ear, pork tripe, and blood sausage in its large window facing the street. Inside, a lunch counter lines one wall, and many people are eating oxtail or beef stew. Aside from the traditional pig bits, the cuchifritos area also holds pastelillos, stuffed potato balls, and bacalaitos, or salt cod fritters. Those bacalaitos are crisp, UFO-shaped treats dyed yellow with annatto and seasoned with garlic and onions, the dense, cake-like interior turning up silken bits of salt cod with almost every bite.


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