The story goes that the original Borinquen owner Juan ‘Peter’ Figueroa created his signature dish after reading an article in a Puerto Rican newspaper about a sandwich that subbed plantains for bread – a flash of inspiration that birthed the jibarito, a popular dish that piles steak, lettuce, tomato and garlic mayo between two thick, crisply fried plantain slices.

The idea caught on, and the jibarito is all the rage at local Puerto Rican eateries. It’s the marquee item at El Nuevo Borinquen, a new incarnation of Figueroa's original place.