After a late lunch at Sripraphai, I spotted a Chilean place on Roosevelt (near 68th St) that I hadn't noticed before. The place otherwise looks like a pizzeria, but they have a section of non-Italian items on the menu that seem pretty interesting. My only chilean experience is from the chilean sandwich stand in downtown crossing in boston, but at El Guaton, they have an entire list of sandwiches including the chacarero sandwiches I've become accustomed to eating. This one is made on a homemade foccacia-textured flat round bread with ample slices of grilled beef, avocado, string beans, tomatoes, and mayo. It's a real monster of a sandwich. The menu here is pretty extensive with the pizza and italian stuff and all kinds of chilean items like empanadas, tamales, soups and stews, grilled meats and chicken. They also carry a line of sodas that look like they're brought over from south america, including a version of the oh so elusive lemon soda I really enjoy. Since this was my first visit, I can't attest to the overall quality of their food, but it seems pretty promising. Anyone know more about this place? Are there other places for chilean in NYC?
El Guaton Pizzeria and Amasanderia
68-14 Roosevelt Ave