On Jan. 1 after noon we were out looking for Eva's Ecuadorian restuarant that was recommended in Leff's book. We mistakenly went into a Puerto Rican restaurant on the corner of 4th and 16th St. called J-R, I believe, and decided to try it out. We just had a potato ball (spiced ground beef in a potato croquette) and an order of pastellos (mashed up plaintains mixed with spiced beef and stewed in a leaf), as we planned on hitting Eva's later. This place warrants another visit. The menu looks spot on, and the cooks were busily preparing everything fresh for the day ahead. What we had was great (the hostess insisted the pastellos be served with some gravy from the beef stew, and she was right) and the prices were very low.
Then off to Guayas, fka Eva's, on 4th between 16th and 15th. The batida drink was pretty amazing, as was the mixed ceviche. This ceviche was more like a Thai soup, warm and filled with red onion, cilantro, fresh shrimp, salt cod, and yucca. We took the roasted goat home and made tacos with it a few days later with the great salsa they serve with it. So Eva's (Guayas) still serves great food, and the Puerto Rican place was a great find. Bodes well for the New Year.