My father told me that a new restaurant serving comida Venezolana (Venezuelan food) opened up in Elmhurst. We went down there for lunch last Saturday. First of all, it is more of a takeout place than a restaurant. There is only one small table for 2, along with 5 seats facing the wall or the window. Even though it is a small place, there were about 8 people working in the back. I later found out that they also operate a food truck at 202nd Street in Manhattan, so all those people must have been prepping for the truck.
On to the food ... I tried the pernil arepa and the ham and cheese arepa. The pernil arepa was very good although I like Arepas Cafe's version better. The ham and cheese used generic ham but it was saved by fried white cheese. Both arepas contained a house green sauce, which was tasty but lacked any heat at all.
It's a limited menu:
Patacones - this sandwich substitutes deep fried green plantain for bread, $5
Cachapas - sweet corn cake, $6
Tacuchos - Venezuelan stype burrito $4.50
The above comes with your choice of chicken, shredded beef, pernil, ham, and cheese. They also have tequenos, pastelitos, and empanadas.
I look forward to trying the patacones next time. Just wish they have a few tables inside.
85-22 Grand Ave
Elmhurst, NY 11373
431 West 202nd St
By the way, on the same block is a fresh tofu maker. They sell mostly to restaurants, but you can also go in to buy different types of tofu. My father buys tofu here frequently which was how he found out about the restaurant. The tofu shop is Chinese and I don't know if anyone speaks English there. But they make fantastic tofu.