Out to C
by Julie Besonen, 04/23/2014
Photo: Will Steacy
66 Ave. C, 212-473-1882, East Village, Manhattan
Casa Adela is the capital of what some still call "Loisaida," Puerto Rican slang for Lower East Side. Spanish is the dominant language, from the staff to the customers to the dramas unspooling on a flat screen, though glass-topped tables are also infiltrated by budget-minded college kids and uptowners on a downtown adventure. Burnished rotisserie chicken, hearty stew (sancocho) bobbing with oxtail on the bone, mashed plantains threaded with garlic and pork (mofongo) and rosy sliced pork (pernil) are why this place has remained popular since 1976. You can stop in anytime from 7am to 10pm and fill up for a little cash (no credit cards). The plainspoken, brightly lit cafeteria stocks soda in its deli fridge, so if you'd like a cold beer with your supper pick up some beforehand.