Because I was meeting friends and my husband--who works in Rye--in the very early evening tonight, I suggested we have an early dinner in Port Chester. I'd only been to Aqui es Santa Fe, at 30 Broad (directly across the street from the train station, NYC-bound side) once, for lunch a couple years ago, but it seemed like a good choice especially since our friends had to take a train back to the city right from dinner.
Wow it was wonderful!!! We started with a tray of mixed empanadas, a dozen (4 each of beef, chicken and cheese) that came with a delicious salsa. These aren't anything like the empanadas I've had before--light tasty not greasy pastry, fluffy mashed potatoes with the filling. They were so good I ordered another dozen ($10) to take home.
We also all had fruit drinks; the Brazilians in the group had mango with water, the Americans had mango with milk and pineapple with water. Delicious and satisfying.
For dinners we had all had tilapia. Mine was served on top of sweet plantains and came with chopped fresh tomato and avocado on top, with a delicious salad of mesclun, queso blanco, cranberries and grapes.
The entire check with a generous tip (and remember, this included an extra order of empanadas to go) for five people was $100. It could easily have been less per person, but we went all out.
This place is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, and the prices for earlier meals are even gentler. It's very easy to find parking in this area at any time of day.
While we were there pretty early in the evening, it still seemed too quiet. The economy and this time/weather of the year is really tough for small family-owned places. Please patronize them and help keep them in business!
Aqui es Santa Fe Cafe
32 Broad St, Port Chester, NY 10573
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