Rotisserie chicken is their specialty, but as I make my way through the entire menu I realize that's not all that special! Roast pernil, beef stew, plantains, rice & beans, mofongo... With Adela often behind the counter and Novelas blaring out of the TV, this hidden jewel hasn't lost its authenticity and charm in a neighborhood that's evolving quicker than its residents.
If you are looking for a great lunch option and a taste of "true" local life in Manhattan, head to the Alphabet City section at the bottom of the East Village. Casa Adela on Avenue C at 5th street is unbelievable. It's run by Adela, who's been a Puerto Rican institution in our community for decades. The fresh roast chicken, rice and red beans only costs $8. Great deal.