Eating international fare locally eliminates the woes associated with trans-Atlantic travel, such as jet lag and oar splinters. Stamp your palate’s passport with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a three-course Puerto Rican dinner for two at La Cocina Boricua in the Bronx (up to a $53 total value). The dinner includes:
- One appetizer (up to a $10 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $38 value)
- One dessert (up to a $5 value)
The sounds of La Cocina Boricua's talented chefs waft out of the kitchen to the ears of eagerly awaiting diners, who eagerly eye options from a [menu](http://www.lacocinaboricua.com/#!menu) of traditional Puerto Rican cuisine. Diners can kick-start hunger engines and congenial chatter with nibbles of appetizers such as maduros, slices of sweet, ripe plantains cooked to tenderness. The tostones app fries immature plantains in oil, yielding an even golden hue that attracts jealous prodding from King Midas. Patrons can revel in the time-tested flavors of dishes such as arroz con pollo, a plated tornado of yellow rice, boneless chicken, and veggies, or tear into the moist strands of shredded skirt steak in ropa vieja. After sultry house-made salsas deliver infusions of spice, desserts such as coconut flan and fried bananas caramelized with rum and topped with vanilla ice cream soothe warm mouths with slow folk tunes.
La Cocina Boricua
A cavalcade of steamy soups and toasty empanadas marches forth from La Cocina Boricua’s kitchens, where chefs douse succulent cutlets of chicken, steak, and pork with the piquant sauces that characterize Puerto Rican cuisine. The menu bursts with fresh seafood, creamy custards, and tropical plantains that strike an accord between sweet and savory as glasses filled with sangria and flavored mojitos clink in approval. Walls flecked with traditional and modern artworks add color to the restaurant's earth-toned interior, which regularly comes to life with the sounds of live salsa music or poets reading the metered cadences of Roberto Clemente's batting averages.