Though the Caribbean isles are well-known to outsiders, Caribbean cuisine remains a hidden gem due to tourists frequently subsisting solely off a paste made from sand, ocean water, and puréed linen pants. Uncover the edible treasure of the tropics with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a Puerto Rican dinner for two at Old San Juan Latin Restaurant in Saddle Brook (up to a $55.65 total value). The dinner includes:
- One appetizer (up to a $9.75 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $22.95 value each)
Old San Juan's owners run a rustic yet refined portal to Puerto Rico, complete with mock trees, slate walls, and a bar-backing cascade of water. Embark on a gustatory island getaway with a visit to the appetizer menu, where tropical tastes such as mashed green plantains and chicken in the mofongo de pollo or garlic fried bread and chorizo sausage in the chorizo pan frito en ajo await to acclimate visiting palates to the menu's vibrant flavors and exotic singing voice. Whole rotisserie chickens scrumptiously pivot beside seafood- and meat-based entrees, including salmon prepared steamed, fried, or marinated in garlic and the bandeja del encanto, a deliciously diverse platter of pan-seared steak, sweet plantains, egg, and pork strip. Aside from its titillating feastables, Old San Juan keeps patron's pulses pounding by fueling freewheeling events every weekend, including salsa and karaoke on Friday nights and live Latin music on Saturdays.
Old San Juan
Ropa vieja slow-simmered in garlic and spices from Old San Juan transports taste buds to the island of Puerto Rico, but not just the well-known tourist attractions. The menu delivers authentic tastes of Puerto Rico from its well-trod beaches to its tropical jungles. To set the scene, an indoor tree spreads its branches over the dining room and cave-like stone shelves store glasses and flatware. Servers blend cocktail mixes with BYOB libations at a bar that's offset by a wall of water trickling over stacked gray stones. Flat-screen TVs play sports highlights or the tree's favorite talk shows, and karaoke offers live entertainment once a month.
165 US Hwy. 46
Saddle Brook, New Jersey 07663Get Directions