When I first went to this Peruvian chicken chain on the corner of Greenpoint & 46th street, I was amazed at some of their low prices. But that was before I discovered the catch – really high drink prices, and waitresses really pushing for you to get them.
Here it is from the outside – the huge window panes make for a nice view from the inside, but it’s a bit awkward when you’re sitting right next to them.
As a complimentary appetizer they serve these corn seeds (?) with a sauce that complements them quite well. I am not quite sure what the proper way to eat them is, but I just use the spoon to put the sauce on a couple, and then use my fork to pick them up. Anyway, when the waitress brings these, she immediately asks if you want to “start off with some sangria,” which I fell for once, only to realize that the drink cost more than 2 people’s actual meals combined. This time, we asked for “just water”, but guess what – they brought two bottles of Poland Spring and then charged $2 for each.
The standard fare is obviously chicken. This “half-chicken” with rice and beans only costs $7.95, but of course the waitress was really recommending the “daily special”, which was pretty much the same thing, but literally twice as expensive.
This is a quarter chicken with salad & fried in lieu of the rice and beans. This combo is only $4.95 – well worth it, and quite filling (the half-chicken is a lot of food).
These green plantains ($3) were a bit of a disappointment, in that they were rather bland. The green sauce meant for the corn seeds helps though. They are quite heavy, and you definitely get a lot for three bucks – we managed to eat only about half. I should also mention that we got some free wine with the meal, but it had nothing to do with me snapping pictures of all the food – they were giving it out to all the customers at the time, which was nice.