Fran Heller, we owe you big--Genesis (b'ween Amsterdam and Audubon) is wonderful. We've never had Ecuadorian food before, so have nothing to compare it to, but we had a terrific time. As you reported, the place is tiny, but the people were friendly and the food was plentiful and delicious. We had the perfect avocado salad served with with grilled beef over rice, and the fried fish smothered with pickled onions. The meat was chewy but tasty. The fish was mild and not too oily. They didn't have anything with cornmeal in it (tomorrow they promise they'll have those tamale-like things), and no prices are posted. It was $12 for the both of us (guess they gave us the lunch-sized platters), and that included a bunch of Spanish lessons! In fact, they were going to charge us $16 for both platters, but our new friend there who admired my husband's motorcycle reminded them of what we ordered. We have to go back and try everything (the menu seems to vary remarkably every night). The only thing that confused us--a man passed us our plates from the counter (otherwise there was no real service). Were we supposed to tip? Maybe someone can advise us.
We didn't need dessert, but of course we had to check out Esmeraldo's on the southwest corner of 181 and Audubon. The make these chewy, rich, dense coconut cookies which we loved (even though I am not a coconut fan). I wasn't wild about their millefeuille guava pastry, but then again I'm not wild about guava. According to a regular we met there, the flan is supposed to be good, as is their cornbread and onion-filled bread.
The floodgates are open. We will return and will take all our friends with us.