For the last decade, Angel (or Piraña, as he is known to customers) has been making an art out of lechon asado (grilled pork) on a quiet corner of the South Bronx. "This real country food, papi! From the mountains!" he boomed on my first visit.
Lechonera La Piraña
Parked on a nondescript street in the South Bronx, the trailer comes alive on Fridays, serving Puerto Rican dishes through the weekend and closing on Sunday evening. The owner and cook, known to the neighborhood as "Piraña," is immensely warm-hearted. Working during the week as a building superintendent, he uses his part-time business (and full-time sound system) to make the corner of Wales and 152nd Street a place to relax, to party, and to gather around good food.