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Lechonera La Piraña

East 152nd St., Bronx, NY 10455 40.815679 -73.906201
West of Wales Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
347-609-9714 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Latin American, Seafood
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Hours

Sat-Sun, 10am-8pm (or until the last lechon runs out; usually between 6:00 and 8:00); Mon-Fri, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at E. 149th St.; 2, 5 at Jackson Ave.

Prices

$1.50-$14

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Classic NY
  • Lunch
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required
  • Catering

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Not Accepted

Profile

An homage to Puerto Rican culture, this two-truck outfit—one for serving customers, the other for roasting pig—is parked on an otherwise indistinct South Bronx block. The food, however, is anything but ordinary. There’s an invigorating seafood salad, with chopped squid and olives; a soothing but simple sopa de gandules (pigeon pea soup); and chewy alcapurrias con carne (yucca fritters with beef). Most customers come for the Puerto Rican national dish of lechon con arroz y gandules (roast pork with rice and pigeon peas); the pork’s formidably crunchy skin and fragrant dry rub of oregano, black pepper, and garlic makes for a one-two punch that’s difficult to beat. But it’s Piraña’s pastelillos de jueyes (crab empanadas), with their flaky crusts and juicy, adobo-forward fillings, that are a must-order. Garnishes of housemade mojo, a pungent puréed garlic sauce, and pique, a thin vinegar-based hot sauce, are necessary add-ons.

Note

The first lechon comes out at noon and then more periodically comes out until around 5:00 or 6:00.

For the duration of the summer,  Piraña will be at the Vendy Plaza on Sundays and in the Bronx on Saturdays only.

Recommended Dishes

Pastelillos ($1.50-$2.50; shrimp and crab are best, also available in beef and chicken), lechon con arroz y gandules ($8-$12 for just pork), seafood salad ($14)

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