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Don Coqui in New Rochelle


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Don Coqui in New Rochelle

PlasticMoonRain | May 20, 2010 06:44 PM

My wife and I went to try this place out after the positive review in the NY Times. We were not crazy about it when it was MacMennamin's, but thankfully they still hold some of the best cooking classes for kids in Westchester.

Very friendly atmosphere and we happened to come there on karaoke night. That got me worried, but it turned out that a few of the employees did nearly all the singing -- a combination of Latina and US pop hits -- and they were surprisingly enjoyable. The decent sized crowd on a Tuesday night was a combination of couples and girls night out.

The centerpiece dishes seem to be the paellas, and after seeing one served at the next table, I had to order a traditional one. Let me tell you I don't know how one person could eat one of those. A moist combination of Spanish rice, lobster, chorizo, shrimp and other goodies, I thought the dish was quite good. I had to take the rest home and have it for lunch a couple of days later -- there was plenty left over.

My wife and I had glasses of sangria, which definitely were a bit on the strong side.

The staff was quite friendly too.

We are looking forward to returning and trying something completely different.

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