Sometimes it is really easy to know when you've found a good thing, even from the street. As I was walking north on Hudson Avenue in West New York recently, I knew just that when I spotted the awning of this gem. I was across the street scrutinizing the menu of another pupusa joint when I turned around and was immediately in love. La Union was obviously something special.
I only ordered a couple pupusas ($1.50 each, with beans below), but it was enough to know that this is a go-to place for the Salvadoran specialty. This neighborhood has a good amount of Central American fare on offer from here and Honduras. While I continue to search for more Guatemalan food and find a first Nicaraguan restaurant [UPDATE: A short-lived Nicaraguan pop-up called Little Nica' served quesillo in DUMBO and when the right chef is there can still be ordered), New Jersey is obviously the place to go for this region.
I was excited after ordering the pupusa with loroco, a flower that is common in some countries of Central America and a delicious ingredient within. If a restaurant is importing it, I will always select it, as it is not the most common thing up north.
There is no menu here at La Union, so I am not sure what else they are cooking, but I will be sure to update this just as soon as I go back and find out.