Dish no. 18: Roasted chicken from La Vega (472 Lorimer Street, 718-599-2342)
La Vega is a go-to establishment for Williamsburg residents looking for a taste of the authentic and soulful, and it can usually be heard from blocks away — it palys reggaeton classics at maximum volume. Serving a mix of Latin American food spanning everywhere from Colombia to Mexico, it’s known for its roasted chicken and pork. Spun on a rotisserie for hours, the poultry is supremely savory and juicy; it’s served on top of slightly sweet Puerto Rican style rice and beans, flavored with oregano and bay leaf. Enjoyed with a choice of either Corona or Tecate, this meal is a great escape from the Edison bulb-strung restaurants found throughout the neighborhood.
In advance of our 2014 Best of NYC issue, we’re traipsing through the boroughs and divulging our favorite dishes of the year. They’re presented here as a countdown, but we’re listing them in no particular order. Consider this a guide to what’s good to eat in this town right this very second.
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