For dessert, don’t be beguiled by the enchantingly titled “delicias de la isla,” which turns out to be an assortment of bland pastries. Opt instead for one of the better local renditions of tres leches cake. So often heavy, here it is saturated with sweet milk, custardy and rich.
Vejigantes has a short list of wine and beer and puts real thought into its cocktail list. Hector Piña’s secret recipe for sangria would be worth stealing, perfectly balanced and not too sweet. Also on offer: a margarita made with pisco, mojitos, and the signature coquitini, which contains coconut rum, cream of coconut, and coconut milk. Not for those who don’t like coconut.
Vejigantes’ dishes may not always hit the mark, sometimes overcooked or underseasoned. But the restaurant offers a welcome taste of Puerto Rico. For many in the neighborhood, it is the taste of home. For others, it is a warm escape.