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New York City: Latin Cuisine

on November 1, 2011

Flor De Mayo @ 2651 Broadway

10.1
Known for their Chino Latino fusion food, Flor de Mayo has been a very popular restaurant in the Upper West Side for quite some time. They are almost on a wait, especially on a rainy day. After volleyball, I had the pleasure of dining with Anu and Charles. Since I was a newbie in the area and on the volleyball courts, they showed me a few favorites from this local spot.

Flor de Mayo - Beef with Watercress

Flor de Mayo - Beef with Watercress

Beef was tender and seasoned correctly. Watercress is a very common vegetable used in Chinese cooking. Portion size was pretty large. Delicious simple dish.

Flor de Mayo - Shrimp with Oyster Sauce

Flor de Mayo - Shrimp with Oyster Sauce

Yum. Shrimps stir fried with onions in oyster sauce. Another dish done well. I love how the shrimps weren’t small in size. Each was juicy, plump and cooked right. One can easily overcook shrimps if added too early.

Flor de Mayo - Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken

Flor de Mayo - Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken

One of the best rotisserie chicken I’ve had since moving to NY. Skin was seasoned, crispy. Chicken was tender, moist, juicy. No wonder why everyone raves about the Peruvian style chicken! Must try if you ever visit Flor de Mayo.

Marisco Centro @ 1490 Saint Nicholas Ave
10.5
B.Chu came to visit me at work. We went to a local seafood joint, on recommendation from my co-worker.

Marisco Centro - Fish Soup

Marisco Centro - Fish Soup

This bowl of soup was not specifically ordered by us. I think they gave it to their customers for free. I didn’t really like it. There was bits and pieces of fish, scraps and bones in there. Who knows what else was thrown in!

Marisco Centro - Calamari

Marisco Centro - Calamari

Disappointing. This dish of calamari was hard to stomach since it was tough to chew and lacked any type of seasoning in the batter. The red tomato/marinara sauce was bland and watery. Shakes my head!

Marisco Centro - Stuffed Fish with Shrimps

Marisco Centro - Stuffed Fish with Shrimps

I really thought this dish had potential. I was thinking, what a great concept! Again, it fell short with seasoning. Fish was cooked right and shrimps was deveined nicely. I just wished it had some kick to it.

Maybe it was us ordering the wrong things on the menu, but if you’re going to specialize in seafood, at least keep everything seasoned! Service was okay. They were helpful in recommending items, but I will not be heading back here. EVER.

Prohibition @ 503 Columbus Avenue
10.21

After a day of volleyball, the folks went over to eat at Prohibition, a very popular bar and lounge restaurant with free live music. They offer American style fare and since I ordered the quesadillas, I decided to include them in this Latin cuisine post. Prob one of the best seasoned quesadillas and steak I’ve ever had since I’ve moved to NY. I love the sour cream and hot sauce presentation on top. Servers were also attentive and friendly. I will definitely return to try their other dishes.

Prohibition - Steak Quesadilla

Prohibition - Steak Quesadilla

Q’Kachapa
1552 St Nicholas Ave (between 187th St & 188th St)
10.26

Cachapa is a traditional Venezuelan ground corn pancake filled with cheese and meats, similar to arepas and yo yos. The little restaurant just opened recently and have been doing well. Fresh, homemade, and seasoned well, the place offers many types of pancake sandwiches for your taste buds. My co-worker Will helped me out with the food descriptions. So many choices! So many questions! In the end, I ordered the yo yo with grilled chicken. It was delicious! Included was a sweet plantains fried dough batter sandwich with lettuce, chicken and a spicy mayo type of sauce. I’ve eaten arepas before, and this yo yo doesn’t even compare in terms of taste. Messy to eat, but is simply amazing. Definitely need to come back to try a different sandwich. The workers were nice, but the food took a little longer than usual to cook.

Q' Kachapa - Grilled Pollo YoYo

Q' Kachapa - Grilled Pollo YoYo

Washington Heights and the Upper West Side offers a sea of choices for anyone willing to explore their palates. Everywhere you turn, there is an eatery. Can’t wait to sample other types of new cuisines!

– Charmin Bear J

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