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Where to find authentic Puerto Rican food in NYC

The annual Puerto Rican Day Parade returns to Fifth Avenue this Sunday. Whether you are more of a hole-in-the-wall type or prefer a proper sit-down dinner to celebrate, here's where to go to indulge in authentic Puerto Rican fare on parade day -- and beyond.

La Fonda Boricua

This iconic restaurant is located in the heart
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This iconic restaurant is located in the heart of East Harlem and is known for its authentic Puerto Rican fare, including crispy fried plantains, classic Puerto Rican-style roast pork and vanilla flan for dessert. 169 E. 106th St., 212-410-7292, fondaboricua.com

Sofrito

Sofritos expansive menu will be available at its
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Sofritos expansive menu will be available at its new Harlem location, opening June 20. The menu includes classic Latin American dishes such as seafood paella (pictured), empanadas, tostones and mofongo. 679 Riverside Drive, 212-754-5999, sofritony.com

Sazón

Sharing an owner and a corporate chef, Frank
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Sharing an owner and a corporate chef, Frank Maldonado, with Sofrito, Sazon offers classic, Puerto Rican staples at this bi-level TriBeCa restaurant such as ropa vieja and roast pork with pigeon pea-rice and sweet plantains. For dessert, get the flan or tres leches. 105 Reade St., 212-406-1900, sazonnyc.com

Albert’s Mofongo House

Mofongo, a dish with fried green plantains, is,
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Mofongo, a dish with fried green plantains, is, as the name implies, featured in the majority of the entrees at this famous Dominican diner-style establishment in Washington Heights. (Mofongo is an Afro-Puerto Rican dish introduced to the Caribbean by Africans in the Spanish New World colonies such as the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico.) Popular items on the menu include chicharron fongo, pollo fongo and queso fongo. 4762 Broadway, 212-569-3441, albertsmofongohouse.com

Casa Adela

The star on the menu at this institution,
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The star on the menu at this institution, which has been around since the 1970s, is the rotisserie chicken. The East Village spot does offer limited seating, but many customers get their old school Puerto Rican food to go. 66 Ave. C, 212-473-1882

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