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La Vuelta -- pan Hispanic-Caribbean in L.I.C.

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La Vuelta -- pan Hispanic-Caribbean in L.I.C.

Sandra Levine | Oct 10, 2002 07:52 PM

We've been to this simple, inexpensive restaurant a number of times and have always been pleased with the food, which is copious, carefully prepared, attractively plated and very tasty. The cuisine is more-or-less pan-Spanish Caribbean.

Last time, my husband, Alan, started with a mojito, while I had a house cocktail --"Caribbean Screwdriver" -- rum and orange juice garnished with chopped mint, served in a graceful martini glass. Very refreshing. Instead of bread, they give you a basket of house-made, greaseless plaintain chips -- long ones, cut from the plaintain end-to-end. We couldn't stop eating them.

Alan had a credible arroz con pollo and I had something called el muchacho -- translated as stuffed eye round with spinach rice. The stuffing was a hard-cooked egg. There were two 1/2" slices of beef cut from the roast topped with a chunky tomato sauce, surrounding a neatly molded mound of the rice.

Service was informal, but professional.

No desserts this time, but the last time I had the flan, it was extraordinary.

With two cocktails, one beer, and one espresso, the meal cost about $40.
(We had the cheapest entrees on the menu -- $10 each. The most expensive is the grilled rack of lamb with chipotle mashed potatoes --$22.

The downside: a DJ plays contemporary Latino pop music, not all that loud, but not to my taste.

La Vuelta
10-43 44th Drive
Long Island City
(718) 361-1858

23rd St-Ely Avenue on the E or V (from Manhattan, go the to rear of the train)

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