until Sept. of this year, i lived in sunnyside gardens for the past 5 years. occasionally, i'd venture south to greenpoint ave, and walk past a few places that piqued my interest. a few i went into. many i didn't.
then i moved to woodside, just off greenpoint, and for the past few months, i've done just the same thing, but gone into a few more. often, while out walking my dog, i'd smell the most wonderful rotissarie (sp?) chicken smell. finally, i figured out where the scent was coming from.
and i regret waiting 5 years to try La Pollera Colorada, on Greenpoint Ave between 41st and 42nd.
it's very inviting and bright - orange is the theme color, a huge rotissarie spins countless golden chickens which you can see from the outside window, and inside there's a decent eat-in crowd, but a very brisk take-out business.
the counter people are super friendly. as is someone i presumed to be the owner. the restaurant is more or less colombian, and while the menu is in both spanish and english, there are a few things in just spanish only - when i asked what they were in english, they were as helpful as they could be, but somethings just don't translate well.
ok, enough B.S. onto the food! :o)
we didn't order a lot - but rest assured there's about 50 things on the menu i will go back and try. what we did get:
1/2 Chicken - Juicy, Golden, slightly crispy, super tasty, and a wonderful smell that filled the house when i walked in. it's hard to describe and exact flavor, but it was simply wonderful. $3.95
Arroz con Pollo, with salad and fried sweet plaintain - just what it sounds like Yellow rice with pieces of chicken, peas, carrots, and sorts of other goodies in it. yet another amazing dish. Usually, when i have a rice dish, it needs some doctoring. this didn't. it reminded me a bit of a paella. and the portion was huge. perhaps bigger than huge. easily three meals out of it. the salad was essentially lettuce, onions, and a couple of slices of beets. and the plaintains were delicious too - sweet as they should be, not too greasy, and supplied with a spicy, vegetable-laden salsa type sauce for dipping. outstanding. and for $6.45, one of the best bargains i've ever had.
Chicharron con Arepa - a fried pork rind with an Arepa. the Chicharron was a greasy, meaty, yummy mess. almost tasted fried, then grilled, as there was quite a bit of crispy goodness on the ends of every piece. i could eat that stuff all day. the Arepa was the rounded, biscuit type, as opposed to the flattened pancake style, and was the only part of the meal that didn't make me leap for joy - which is fine, since i really ordered it just for the chicharron - $2.50.
that's it. if we had gotten more, we've have leftovers for the week, not just the weekend.
they have daily soups - sunday (Hen in Broth) and wednesday (Green Plaintain), are the days that interest me the most.
there are several breakfast items, about 15 seafood items, a handful of salads, 15 "native dishes" and 8 "Chef's Specials" (many of which are beef or pork), a few things on the kid's menu (like hot dogs and such), several chicken items, a dozen side dish's (rice, plaintains, potatoes, beans, etc etc), a few desserts, and fruit shakes and sodas.
next time i'm there, i'm going for the Plato Montanero - mountain platter: Grilled or Ground Beef, Fried Egg, Beans, Pork Rind, Sweet Plaintain, Rice, and Avocado. mmmmmmmmmmm