Thanks and abrazos to Angela, who told me about La Conquita; I found it last night after some effort (for anyone who may want to follow in my footsteps, it's at Grove and Bay, a block north of the Grove St. PATH station at Newark Ave.), and as soon as I entered, the misery induced by the windy, bitterly cold walk dropped away and I felt the happiness that comes of knowing you're in a sanctuary of great food. As per Angela's enticing suggestion, I ordered the pernil asado (and asked for some lime to squeeze on it), and as soon as I had the first mouthful I was in a state of bliss. It may be the best roast pork I've had; it's certainly way up there, and the yellow rice and beans kept it good company. I finished with a cup of excellent cafe con leche and headed out into the night, which no longer seemed so cold.
While I was there, I looked around for Tania's, which was said to be "roughly across the street," and didn't see it; what I did see, cattycorner across the same intersection, was a Moroccan joint, Casablanca. Does anyone know 1) if this has taken Tania's place, and 2) how the food is? Of course I could try it myself, but 1) I'm a little dubious as to how good tajines could be for $6.25, or bastela [sic -- this is a new variation to me] for $5.50, and 2) it's going to be very hard for me to visit that corner and not head straight into La Conquita.