For some time now Lawman has been after me to try out El Viejo Yayo in Park Slope. And for just as long I've resisted. At this point I don't even know why I didn't want to go in the first place. Perhaps because their 5th Avenue outpost is dimly lit and dingy...which come to think of it tend to be the hallmarks of excellent hole-in-the-wall cuisine. Any way, yesterday we finally made it back to good old Brooklyn and were faced with the perpetual question, what's for dinner? I had been up since 3:30 in the morning, I'd traveled over 2000 miles on a nectarine, a cup of ice water and a Biscoff cookie, there was no food to speak of in our apartment and frankly, I was in a weakened state. So I capitulated and we placed an order for delivery. And I freely admit that I'm glad we did. Why you ask? Two words...fried pork.
When we ordered fried pork I was expecting something more like chicharrón--mainly crispy pork skin and bits of meat--but this was fried pork like I've never experienced before. Chunks of delicious tender pork deep fried so the outside was a wee bit crispy while the inside remained moist. When combine with a generous spritz of lime juice this was piggy heaven. Not one morsel was left once Lawman, Lawman-in-law, and I attacked it. I would definitely go back to have this again.
Their pernil was also good though it could have used some sort of sauce (though I suspect this is one of the hazards of takeout, they probably have sauces available at the restaurant).
In the end did I like El Viejo Yayo? Yes. Will I make a return trip? Yes. Was Lawman right? I suppose. Did I eat to much fried pork? Hurts so good.
El Viejo Yayo*
317 9th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
*I'm not really sure what affiliation this location has with the restaurant of the same name on 5th Ave between Dean and Bergen. Anyone have the scoop?
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Pernil from El Viejo Yayo