Since the demise of the Peruvian places in Jackson Heights near the 7 train like Inti Raymi and Chabuca Limena, it's either been Pollada de Laura deeper in Corona or no Peruvian at all. I was very enthused to find Fiesta Latina nearby in Woodside on the corner of 61st St and 37th Ave (a couple blocks north of the 61st St stop on the 7 train). Tonight was my first go at Fiesta Latina and I got some good vibes. Maybe it was due to how friendly and welcoming everyone was to us, the only non-Latinos in there. Weekend evenings feature live music, and it gets very loud in there, but if you're into it, it's a lot of fun. Seems like a real local joint where most of the people in there really knew each other. OK, to the food. The papas a la huacaina was high quality, if standard issue (I don't think I've had a really bad version of this dish), the ceviche de pescado (fish) was also nicely done. While I do prefer the ceviche at Pollada de Laura, the one here is also good quality. The wildcard dish was the arroz con mariscos (seafood rice, kind of like a paella). I thought this version was better than the one I had at Pollada de Laura. I'll have to go through more of the menu with their tacu tacu dishes and some of the fried stuff. While this may not be the best Peruvian around, I'm happy to find a local spot where I can eat good quality stuff.
Fiesta Latina (El Palacio de Mariscos)
37-01 61st St