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El Boqueron, Astoria

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El Boqueron, Astoria

lanseaux | Dec 20, 2002 11:06 PM

My husband and I set out for Malagueta tonight, but since I forgot to write down the address, we didn't find it. We decided to walk back towards Ditmars (longish walk, mildish weather), and came upon El Boqueron at 34th Ave. We were seated right away, and for the most part, we were very pleased with our meal.

We ordered entirely from the tapas selections. We started with serrano and manchego cheese tapas - both good. However, the best by far was the "baby squid in a mildly spicy garlic sauce." The squid was cooked just right - just chewy enough, and the sauce was wonderful, slightly spicy, with lots of lightly caramelized garlic slices. Medallions of lamb were also very good, very tender, with a nice sauce. Sweetbreads were cooked really nicely, crispy and sweet on the outside and soft inside, although the dish was a little too salty for my taste. The only real disappointment was the scallops in asparagus sauce. The scallops were not very fresh, and my husband likened the sauce to Campbell's cream of chicken soup.

Service was attentive, although they pushed the Pellegrino a little too much - 3 times. Unfortunately, we had no room whatsoever for dessert - but that just gives us a handy excuse to go back soon!

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