Cuy alley: On weekends in temperate weather, spit-roasted Ecuadorian guinea pig can be found in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Typically four carts do business along one short stretch in the eastern reaches of the park, just as they have for some number of years. No advance notice is required to procure cuy (Coo-ee), and, at Mi Pequeño Terruño, no Spanish; English will serve you just fine.
You will, however, do well to call on your negotiating skills, and to weigh fatness of cuy against fatness of wallet: This platter cost $50 (courtesy of EthnoJunkie). For that price the proprietor included several sugar-sprinkled fritters (not shown) as an appetizer while the cuy was rewarmed on the grill (standard practice at all of these carts), and she frieghted the tray with hefty golden potato cakes and an underlayer of those outsize kernels of Andean corn. Accompaniments included, this was more than enough for two (fortunately, EthnoJunkie is always prepared to pack out leftovers).
The cuy itself was far superior to the guinea pig I tried several years ago; "tastes like turkey" had been my earlier capsule review. This more recent specimen was particularly large, and the meat from different parts of the animal had distinctly different characters — more garlicky closer to the skin, especially the fattier bits, richer in the hindquarters, gamier closer to the spine. Two kidneys were thumbnail-size treats; crisp skin paired well with everything.
Mi Pequeño Terruño
Cart near the intersection of Progress and Discovery Aves., inside Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
Open daily in temperate weather, but serving cuy only on Saturday and Sunday