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Fusion. 86th and 37th in JH

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Fusion. 86th and 37th in JH

Kodiak | May 9, 2006 10:00 AM

There had been a series of posts earlier on "Manhattan-style" restaurants (and the lack thereof) in JH, and this might be of follow up interest--will probably be greeted with groans by some posters and cheers by the others). Went to Latinfusion restaurant last night (8620 37th avenue), and had a very nice experience. Can't remember what the place was before (think it was one of the pollo palaces) but the interior has been redone quite nicely. Brick wall on one side, architectural detail on the other with art-work in faux recessed windows. Lighting and music are both quite soft and pleasant. They serve four wines by the glass (really a small carafe for six bucks)--reds are from Uruguay, Italy, California, Chile (I think), can't remember them all. Didn't see the full wine list, but I imagine it's pretty good by local standards. Service was friendly and efficient (but might be understaffed if it really fills up, which it certainly didn't yesterday).

On to the food, which was really quite good. Their website suggests they have Mexican food, but the menu showed no signs of that. Instead, it looks more like Pan-South-American fusion with a Peruvian tilt. I had a very good sirloin churrasco that was enormous (15 bucks), that came with Peruvian spicy sauce (the smooth green chili paste, rather than chimichurri), rice and beans (but salad, fries, mashed are all options). My wife had baked salmon (also enormous) that came with mashed potatoes and a garnish of two kinds of olives. That was also very tasty. Didn't have dessert, but think they had dulce de leche, flan and tiramisu among other things. Espresso was slightly watery, but at least they had it. All in all, think it's a very welcome addition to the neighborhood. Just one thing to note--gratuity is already added on to your bill (we were only two people) and there's still a blank for tip on the receipt, so just double check--the gratuity is clearly noted.

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