I recently had a couple of great lunches at La Conquita on the eastern edge of Soho (Spring & Lafayette). I wanted to share this, as I've found very little written about it here.
This is certainly not your ordinary Soho restaurant; the food is the focus here and it doesn't cater to a trendy crowd. To say it's a bit divey is to be generous. (I say this not as a negative, only give an idea of what to expect.) Though there are a half dozen stools along the wall, it is primarily a takeout place. But there's a small park not far up Spring Street to the east.
Meal #1 was simply beans and rice (pinto/yellow). While I often get bored with a meal consisting only of beans and rice, I polished of a huge amount here and enjoyed every bite. Complex flavors and a great combination. I set the hot sauce aside (a rarity) and just enjoyed them as they were.
Meal #2 was a goat stew, tomato based, served over a black bean/white rice mixutre. Again, so flavorful! Meat fell off the bones. Just enough sauce to compliment the rice, not too much to overwhelm.
Meal #3, roasted chicken. Perfectly roasted chicken hacked apart with a clever to order. Marinated onions and a thin gravy spooned over top. A couple of plaintains tossed in. A very good amount of meat for the price.
Follow the line, order at the counter. Usually there are two type of beans (pinto and black), two types of rice (white and yellow), a premixed black bean/white rice mixture, three types of stew, roasted chicken and something that looks like ribs.
Beans and rice are $3. The roasted chicken is $4. Stew over rice is $6. Servings are very generous; the two men who put your order together push the limits of the takeout containers. Enjoy.