Coqui Mexicano is part Mexican, part Puerto Rican, and all Latin soul, says mayasuess. She loves the tacos (with great, lively salsas), squid salad, and guacamole "so fresh that it's still on the avocado pit." Desserts are a specialty; the flan boasts perfect sweetness and texture, maya says. narcisa singles out the guava cheesecake and piña colada pie.
Open since last year, Coqui Mexicano is a mom-and-pop shop (she's Puerto Rican, he's Mexican) with a small grocery section in addition to a café and lunch counter. Cubanos are served alongside tortas. A chayote salad can be ordered "MexiRican" style, as a quesadilla. Other quesadilla fillings include Puerto Rican–style pernil, or slow-cooked pork.
The vibe is warm and neighborly, and the owners are looking to create a cultural center of sorts for this corner of the South Bronx, with art, music, and a free book exchange. "It has a homey feel to it," narcisa observes, "like the roadside places in Puerto Rico."
Coqui Mexicano [Bronx]
871 Brook Avenue (at Third Avenue), Bronx