Junot Diaz is best known for his intricately woven narrative about a nerd seeking love and challenging fate — but many fans of the literary star say his writing is actually at its most poignant when he’s describing Dominican food.
The acclaimed author of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” and the short story collection “Drown” often frames his stories within the Dominican community in the United States, and he seems to revel in waxing literary about plantains and rotisserie chicken.
And when he’s in Brooklyn, there’s only one place he goes: Junior Luncheonette in Bushwick.
“This place in Brooklyn, I really couldn’t believe it, this little f—— hole in the wall,” Diaz said. “That s— was dynamite!”
Junior Luncheonette [685 Knickerbocker Ave. between Putnam Avenue and Cornelia Street in Bushwick, (718) 417-9465].
— Eli Rosenberg