Restaurants & Bars 5

La Rosita

Tom M | May 24, 1999 09:47 AM

Noticed with sadness that La Rosita was on the
'Downhill Alert' page; it was a regular haunt back
when I lived on the UWS. However, I ate there
yesterday for the first time in many years and must
say that reports of its demise are greatly
exaggerated. Ordered the Chicharonnes de Pollo, which
were perfectly crispy and garlic-y. Rice and beans
were up-to-snuff, and the cafe con leche was as good
as I remembered it. Two folks at our table ordered
seafood paella, which worried me--I never thought of
La Rosita as a paella-type eatery (for me, the place
was/is great for fried chicken or pork chops, Cubano
sandwiches, and other such unhealthy-but-delicious
foods), but my worries were unjustified: the paella
was excellent!

I didn't recognize anyone working there--I imagine the
place has undergone a change in management sometime in
the past decade. But, IMHO, the place is still pretty
darn good.

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