Just a brief note, which I hope to add to later when I have more time.
Four of us had dinner at the newly opened El Coqui at 400 Mendocino (NE corner of 5th) last night. I had some concerns due to reviews on Bite Club complaining of long waits, poor service, cold and substandard food, etc, but decided to check it out. Glad I did!
This is the real deal. La deal real! Yay!
I'll skip the room and decor and just go for the food for now.
We had the Pollo al Horno, Palomilla Encebollado, Arroz con Huevos, and the Chuletas. We all opted for fried sweet plantains (you have your choice of that or fried green plantains) and black beans, instead of red. We had a split decision or yellow v. white rice.
The Pollo was tender and flavorful. I didn't taste the steak or pork, but they were big hits. I had the eggs, which were wonderful. Perfectly fried. I cut them up and mixed them into the garlic scented white rice and went to heaven. I have never had such fabulous black beans. There was a small portion of marinated tomatoes, avocados, and onions on the plate. Very fresh and clean tasting. I had cerveza (Corona) and one of us had the molasses soda, which I loved. Prices were very reasonable.
We had a perfect time, but if you need a guarantee of reasonable wait, good service, and hot food, you may want to wait a few weeks until things settle down to be on the safe side, as things seem a bit hit and miss this early in the game judging by BC comments.
But do go!
PS: I can't make the link thing work. I'm in spazz mode. Can someone else do it? Thanks.