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La Orquidea

500 E. 149th St., The Bronx, NY 10455 40.814978 -73.915153
at Brook Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-585-1488 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Latin American
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

2, 4, 5 at 149th St.-Grand Concourse

Prices

$9-$13.50

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Dine at the Bar
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

This venue is closed.

Unless you’re a homesick Honduran or you live in Mott Haven, there’s little chance you’ll find your way to this unassuming, down-at-heel-looking eatery. Outfitted with a handful of creaky booths and barstools, peeling linoleum, and a couple of battered pool tables, it’s the kind of place that, even for many locals, is eclipsed by the area’s flashier, cheaper fast-food joints, like the giant Burger King right across the street. But for Central American immigrants missing the tastes of home, this shabby spot is a stellar hub, a reliable base where a couple bucks buys an edible passport, no visa required: a steaming pupusa—a griddle-fried cornmeal pocket stuffed with melted cheese and pork cracklings—or a hearty, homemade baleada, which folds a thick tortilla around black beans, crumbled manchego cheese, fresh avocado and slightly spicy marinated beef. The sweet café con leche is the finish of choice, along with a side of conversation about what the family is up to back home—or at least what Los Yanquis are up to a few subway stops away.

Recommended Dishes

Baleada con aguacate, $2.50; pupusa de queso chicharron o revueltas, $2; pechuga al vino blanco, $9.50; platanos maduros, $3

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