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After nearly 40 years in the neighborhood, Adela Fargasâ€™s paean to Puerto Rican cuisine remains a culinary focal point of Alphabet City, offering a slice of San Juan at prices that are downright gentle considering the rampant gentrification the neighborhood has undergone. Casa Adelaâ€™s dining room is sparse, but NYU students, food lovers in search of a good deal, and the waning Losaida Hispanic population keep the room humming. Heavily seasoned rotisserie chicken achieves a rust-colored blanket of crisp skin, and tender roast pork shoulder shreds apart with the mere suggestion of a fork. Half of a roasted bird costs less than $10, making the decision to order sides an easy one (plantains are superlative, the sweeter yellow variety crusty with brĂ»lĂ©ed sugar; the green smashed into discs and fried), and fresh fruit shakes â€” frothed in the blender and mixed with a touch of sweet cream â€” taste wholly of the tropics. Fargasâ€™s deeply hued chicken noodle soup is restorative, and her sancocho â€” a murky oxtail and plantain stew redolent with cilantro and chock-full of corn, potatoes, and yucca â€” puts lesser bowls to shame. Sate your sweet tooth with the only dessert option: roughly sliced rectangles of jiggling flan.