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Braulio and Familia in Woodside and TJ's Asian Bistro in Sunnyside


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Braulio and Familia in Woodside and TJ's Asian Bistro in Sunnyside

MarcInSunnysideGardens | Sep 20, 2007 07:19 AM

On the latter: I don't think it's gonna make it. It's often mostly empty when I walk by it, and last night, at 8:45, they were pitching a shut-out. Nobody in the joint. It's a perfectly fine place for sushi, but it faces many obstacles:
-Queens just doesn't seem like the place for Japanese restaurants. I don't think they are supported that wholeheartedly by people who live here.
-There's established, if somewhat inferior competition, on Queens Boulevard, a few blocks away. Whatever local crowd there is for sushi already goes to these places and doesn't seem all that curious about the new place.
-They didn't serve alcohol forever, and I don't even know if people realize they have beer and sake now.

I know tkey do some delivery business, but still, I doubt they make it 6 more months.

The former: Drinks at the Cuckoo's Nest on Woodside Ave last night (it's a fine pub, about a year old, but nothing great) followed by dinner at the once-in-a-while touted Braulio and Familia, an Ecuadorian place with reportedly excellent ceviches. I understood the culture of these places to be aimed mostly at single guys who need a meal after work, or something like that, with B and F supposedly being a bit different, an environment that is more varied. Instead, it was indeed just a bunch of single guys sitting at tables lapping up ceviche--not a woman in the place at 7pm. The food was reasonably good. Avocado salad, fine, and the cheese empanadas were excellent--better than the chicken ones. The pescado ceviche was good but yeah, I prefer Peruvian-style (less soupy, bigger chunks). They were out of both Ecuadorian beer and Budweiser. My buddy and I drank Heineken and split a Shrimp Ajillo dish, pretty mellow for a dish that is all about garlic, but from what I understand Ecuadorian cuisine isn't that spicy and the shrimp were quite flavorful. It was a fine place, but the energy in the room, it was hard to embrace. I couldn't imagine bringing wife and 2-yr-old daughter there. I believe we were served by Braulio himself and he was super-nice, but still, overall, this place just didn't excite me. Though those cheese empanadas rocked.

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