Wanted to share a fabulous discovery: Genesis at 511 West 181st Street between Audobon and Amsterdam Avenue. I lived in Ecuador 18 years ago and was just there this summer. Genesis is a veritable piece of Ecuador right here in Manhattan.
If you go, try the Ayacas... steamed cornmeal (similar to tamales but better) cakes stuffed with chicken, olives, raisins, hard boiled egg, carrots and peas. A whole meal in itself. Also good are the humitas- similar but less puddinglike.
On my next visit I will try the Corvina Frita ($8.00)- fried chilean sea bass or the shrimp ceviche (also $8.00).
The prices are not cheap, but the quality is excellent and the portions large. The restaurant itself is tiny-2 or 3 tables and a counter. The owners, a couple from the Ecuadorian coast run the place and are very friendly and accomodating.
Well worth a visit.
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