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New Dominican in Jackson Hts - preliminary report

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New Dominican in Jackson Hts - preliminary report

JH Jill | Jan 25, 2003 08:39 PM

A couple of weeks back there were questions about the new 'rotiserie chicken place' across the street from the post office in Jackson Heights (Castillo del Rey, 78-23 37th Ave, to be precise). It replaced a fairly upscale Spanish/Argentine place with a bar and music. Well, it is still somewhat upscale looking, tablecloths and ample waitstaff (around 3 p.m. when there were only 2-3 tables of diners). But this is the only Dominican place in this part of Jackson Heights. I can only make a preliminary report because I went alone with limited cash and the credit card minimum is $15, so I didn't eat more than one dish. I can say that everyone was very friendly and the prices are reasonable, especially for the 'lunch' specials which are mostly on the long, delicious looking and smelling steam table. There are specials every day of the week and some are available daily. The lunch price is $5.25-$6.50, add a dollar after 3:00 p.m. I get the impression they serve this lunch for a long time, maybe until things run out. Well, I must say that I wanted to eat just about everything. It all looked fresh, no exceptions. They also brought warm, buttered Italian bread. I chose the bacalao (codfish stew) and arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas) and they were both good but not great and a little on the tepid side. It could have just been what I chose. However, I would like to give it another try. The lasagna looked good, as did the pastelon de maduro (sweet plantain pie stuffed with meat). There was a nice selection of soups and stews, and the menu includes an interesting selection of sandwiches, appetizers and salads. They have a lot of seafood selections, rice and asopaos as well as a variety of mofongos and desserts. They also serve both American and 'Spanish' (read Dominican) breakfasts. It is certainly worth another try. They also do take out and have a special chicken dinner to go for $12.95 with a whole chicken, rice, beans, sweet plantains and a liter of soda.

Has anyone else tried this place yet?

Also, a side note. A Mexican friend raved to me today about a hole in the wall on Roosevelt Ave a few doors west of the 82nd St. #7 stop with about 3 tables and great chilaquiles, as well as Colombian soups, occasionally spinach pie that is open late at night. I think I'll check out the chilaquiles.

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