I used to think we had a little Salvadoran section here, what with Bahia on Grand, Pupuseria on Graham, then the new place (I think just called El Salvador Restaurant?) opening up on Grand last year (I believe). I can't say how it compares to Salvadoran in Queens, but for me these places were close and convenient, and Pupuseria was especially delicious. Their pupusas were always exceptional to me, and I LOVED the fresh corn tamales with cream. The plantain empanadas were a wonderful treat as well.
Then one day when I called for delivery, there were no more tamales. I reluctantly asked for plantains instead and they were even more reluctant to say yes. When I got my delivery I found out why--they had changed their name to "New Mexico Place" and while they still had pupusas, the tamales, plantains, and empanadas were off the menu.
I think that was the transitional stage, since they still gave me the maduro with cream. But the last time I tried to call, they confirmed that I should be using the new menus, and that the pupusas are the only things left. Their Mexican food is quite good, and actually offers goat and beef tongue options for fillings, but I'm curious what happened to the Salvadoran food...pressure to switch to a more marketable cuisine, or just new owners?
If anyone knows what happened to Pupuseria, I'd love to know. Meanwhile, has anyone tried the relatively newer Salvadoran place on Grand? Just like Bahia, they have plenty of other dishes (pizza and burgers) that seem sketchy. I loved Pupuseria because it seemed thoroughly Salvadoran...no Italian/American concessions.
Sorry this was little long, I just ordered from "New Mexico Place" this weekend so it was on my mind.