After a nice meal at Coatzingo -- I had pork ribs with a RED pipian sauce, which is a new one on me -- I took a stroll up Roosevelt. I noticed a big new Ecuadorian place. It was packed, and the menu has all the usual Ecuadorian suspects. Guatita, seco de chivo, bandeja, etc. But what makes this place unusual is that a sign in the window offered cuy, Ecuadorian guinea pigs, for $35. I've never seen this in Queens, only in Sunset Park. A photo shows two darling little cooked guinea pigs happily (it seems) reclining on a bed made of various kinds of vegetables and salads.
Sietsema of the Vill Voice wrote this about cuy in Sunset Park: "It arrives poised on all fours, standing at attention in a patch of boiled potatoes. Not really a guinea pig, but a distant cousin, cuy has a chewy skin and dense, stringy, flavorful meat. These two-pound beauties are farmed in Ecuador and imported by Salinas, and if you can get over your initial squeamishness, cuy is one of the city's great culinary experiences"
Oh, one other thing. On 83 St I stopped in that elegant old Spanish restaurant Meson Asturias to ask if they are still offering a $9 three course lunch. They are, until 4PM, weekdays (closed Tuesday),
Pequeno Coffee Shop, 86-10 Roosevelt Ave (718) 205-7128
photo is of a plate of cuy. It's not from this restaurant, though