We spotted this new place on Union Turnpike, south side, just 1/2 block east of the intersection of Little Neck Parkway. We tried it last night and were delighted. It's billed as a "Spanish-American" restaurant. Clean, not fancy, but inviting; each table has these little ceramic pots with two sauces in them; one is reddish with a strong flavor of cilantro and a little kick to it. It wasn't salsa, at least not as I know it, but the flavors were similar. The other sauce I think they called "mojito" sauce; strong lime and garlic flavors in a thinner sauce. I jokingly asked for the recipes and the cook told me "lots and lots of garlic!" Maybe there are authentic names for these, but I don't know them; I just enjoyed them so much and put the sauces on everything I ordered......which WAS:
stuffed maduro appy; the maduro was filled with a ground beef mixture - the savory meat and the sweet maduro played off each other very nicely; pernil - very tasty (although a few outside pieces were dry, but to be fair it was late in the day, so maybe it dried out a bit); tostones and a mixed green salad. SO had chicken quesadillas and a cubano sandwich, which he thoroughly enjoyed. The people in there were very nice and seemed so happy that we were enjoying their food so much.
Fine dining? No - but a sweet, comfortable place to have some good food on a budget ($31 before tip!) on a busy work night.
Go to Manny's.