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Dominican specials, overwhelming cakes liven up this Bronx nabe

The B sight stop at 167th St./Grand Concourse is the first along this century-old four-mile thoroughfare, which was creatively modeled after Paris’ Champs-Elysées. If you’re circuitously — maybe for The Bronx Museum of the Arts, free to the open — these 3 spots offer excellent area snacking.

Dominican specials

One of just a handful of restaurants in the area with a correct dining room, Punto Coma — the name means duration and comma, in Spanish — lets you settle down for a prohibited dish of homestyle Dominican food.

Dominican goat stew, just goat on the menu, is one of many daily specials at Punto  Coma.

Dominican goat stew, just “goat” on the menu, is one of many daily specials at Punto Coma.

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In further to always-available menu standards like crushed boiled immature plantains called mofongo or Cuban sandwiches ($6.95) — the pulpy heros with ham, fry pig and, here, an additional thick covering of melty cheese — there are also dozens of daily specials.These specials, all served with your choice of stewed pinkish or black beans and 3 kinds of rice, are the standouts here. Roast or baked duck is still-moist and slicked with spices, served for the cost of a deli sandwich ($6.95) at lunch. Another in the revolution is Dominican goat meal with lick-the-plate-clean gravy and immature peppers ($7.50, for lunch) — it’s listed as just “goat” on the menu.

Punto Coma: 239 E. 165th St., nearby Grant Ave., Bronx; (347) 590-1872

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Gorditas, or boiled corn cakes pressed with boiled pork, at Los Rodriguez Productos Mexicanos. 

Gorditas, or boiled corn cakes pressed with boiled pork, at Los Rodriguez Productos Mexicanos. 

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Taqueria takeout

There are a handful of Mexican cupboard products at the tiny bodega called Los Rodriguez Productos Mexicanos, but the genuine reason to revisit is the kitchen in the back. It does so much business in takeout tacos, quesadillas, burritos and other quickie dishes that the splash coolers that line one side of the shop are especially filled with fresh mixture for the cooks.

It’s a tiny menu, wisely focused on a few tried and loyal options where you can select your fillings. In further to the equipment listed above, Los Rodriguez specializes in fantastically disorderly Mexican sandwiches; gorditas de chicharron $6.50, or pompous boiled corn cakes, pressed with chopped boiled pig skin and your choice of meat, $6.50; and a brief list of soups like chilate de res, a chili-rich beef soup filled out with vegetables and chickpeas. It’s $12 with prohibited tortillas and chopped cilantro and honeyed white onion.

The sharp beef soup with vegetables, aka chilate de res, from Los Rodriguez Productos Mexicanos.

The sharp beef soup with vegetables, aka chilate de res, from Los Rodriguez Productos Mexicanos.

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There are also weekday specials like soupy cups of $13 ceviche with crunchy corn tostadas, and a handful of platters with rice and beans.

Los Rodriguez Productos Mexicanos: 190 E. 166th St., nearby Carroll Pl., Bronx; (347) 726-6258

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Bizcocho is the best

The shutter of Cassandra’s Cake Studio proudly reads “Dominican cakes for any occasion,” and the shop lives up to its motto. It sells bizcocho Dominicano — or proposal Dominican-style yellow cake frosted with flattering white meringue frosting like lusciously thick melted marshmallows — in almost any distance or figure you want.

Bizcocho Dominicano, or Dominican-style yellow cake with thick meringue topping and fruit fillings, is sole at Cassandra’s Cake Studio 

Bizcocho Dominicano, or Dominican-style yellow cake with thick meringue topping and fruit fillings, is sole at Cassandra’s Cake Studio 

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Its many mostly built in layers pressed with fruit fillings, sole by the cut or by the cake. A whole 8-inch turn chronicle built high and loaded with guava or pineapple jam can be yours for $25, flashy to your specifications in mixed colors in reduction than 15 minutes.

Many regulars stop by the three-year-old bakery — named after the owner’s daughter — for breakfast sandwiches or eggs and toast. There are many other treats for around a dollar or two as well, including sugar-topped doughnuts, shredded coconut cookies, gummy rectangles of pineapple cake, flan and honeyed yellow cornbread, and delicious snacks like pastelitos, frilly-crusted delicious boiled turnovers.

Cassandra’s Cake Studio: 215 E. 167th St., at Sherman Ave., Bronx; (718) 992-2055

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