Queens Chowhounds are bereft over recent changes at La Pollada de Laura, once a destination for ceviches, roast chicken, and other excellent Peruvian chow. It’s still there, but with new ownership and a pared-down menu that ditches the old Peruvian favorites in favor of burgers, cheese fries, pancakes, and “Feed Your Family” combos. JMF says the former owner had spoken in a vague way about moving or shifting his focus to catering, bottled sauces, and other food businesses. So stay tuned.
In Astoria, El Manara has also gone under. Fans miss this Middle Eastern grocery with its lineup of prepared foods including falafel, babaganoush, and sausage sandwiches. “What a tragedy,” mourns E Eto, for whom this was the go-to spot for white garlic sauce.
In happier news, Park Slope’s Kinara, praised for delicious, fresh-tasting Indian food made to order, has branched out and opened a second restaurant in Fort Greene.
And Little Dishes in the South Slope has rechristened itself Little D Eatery after losing a legal tussle over the original name. Its menu of meze-inspired small plates like salads, cheeses, cured meats, and salt cod fritters–plus such entrees as grilled fish and braised lamb shank–remains unchanged.
La Pollada de Laura [East Elmhurst]
102-03 Northern Blvd., at 102nd St., East Elmhurst, Queens
El Manara [Astoria]
25-95 Steinway St., between 28th and 25th Aves., Astoria, Queens
Kinara Indian Restaurant II [Fort Greene]
368 Myrtle Ave., between Adelphi St. and Clermont Ave., Brooklyn
Kinara Indian Restaurant [Park Slope]
473 5th Ave., between 10th and 11th Sts., Brooklyn