The corner Mexican bodega on 36th Ave and 33 St in Astoria (Northeast corner) has great civeche right now. I dont know how long they will have it.
Normally the place just sells tacos (which are very good, but not even the best in Astoria. Though the salsa roja, is very nice). But then yesterday, next to the grill, where usually there is nothing, there was a big pot on a turned-off warmer. As I got my tacos, I asked the main man what was in the pot. He was a bit cagey. Some kind of soup, he said. But he referred me to an older man Ive never seen there before. He seemed to confirm that it was soup, perhaps fish soup, and even agreed that I could have some, if I didnt mind that it was cold. I promised I would warm it up later. Its fish soup. I was very happy to see him taking extra effort to ladle out specific chunks of soup, even though I had no idea what they were. It cost $3. For a second it actually seemed like a lot for take-out coffee cup of soup from a place where great tacos costs only $2. But it was worth every penny.
It had plantains, shrimp, scallop, and a large chunk of meaty and boney white fish. I added a little chopped onion and a big squirt of lime. The shrimps werent great, after the reheat. And plantains are well, plantains. But the fish was bone sucking good. The scallop stayed surprisingly tender. And the fish and bones and shrimp gave everything a wonderful flavor. Mmm, the flavor deep and flavorful and spicy and delicious! I hope to see that pot on the corner again.
So today leaving for work, I stopped by the bodega to tell them how great the soup was, and there was a big tray of Peruvian ceviche and a big platter of larded-up rice. He insisted on giving me some to try. Its amazing! Both of them. But good civeche is worth telling people about. Theres no guarantee there will be anything special there tomorrow. He says hes going to try and have more food, now that its getting colder (?). The place is open all night. Dont confuse it with fine dinning. But there are a couple of chairs. Just move the empty beer bottles aside and the sleeping customers are usually quite friendly when theyre awake. The guys who work there are usually the only ones who speak English.