Depending on the time of day (or night), Taino's Cafe & Lounge in Coram can feel like a restaurant, a busy bar or a disco — but there's always plenty of mofongo, the hearty, garlicky Caribbean plantain dish.

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The goat mofongo is a particular standout at Taino's Cafe & Lounge in Coram. It features hunks of goat stewed so long in chicken broth, tomatoes, garlic, onion and herbs that they fall easily from the bone.

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Taino's Cafe & Lounge is in owner Luis Almonte's adopted hometown of Coram.

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Taino's Cafe & Lounge in Coram can go from dining room to disco depending on the hour.

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Beef empanadas at Taino's Cafe & Lounge in Coram are greaseless, thick and hand-crimped dough on the outside, garlic-scented ground meat on the inside.

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Pollo yaroa is very shareable at Taino's Cafe & Lounge in Coram. It's an oozy casserole of mashed sweet plantains threaded with chicken, covered in melted mozzarella, and drizzled with a mayo-ketchup “pink sauce"

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The perro taino, an off-the-wall Colombian-style hot dog, features a taut, snappy hot dog in a crackling fold of grilled bread, smothered in crispy plantains, coleslaw and a mayo-ketchup "pink" sauce at Taino's Cafe & Lounge in Coram.

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Owner Luis Almonte at Taino's Cafe & Lounge in Coram.

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