The last notable Mexican restaurant I haven’t been to yet is Arriba Arriba, which we finally visited today. It was relatively good food-wise, but the pricing, atmosphere, and service were worse than at other area restaurants. It’s located on Queens Blvd north, near 40th street.
Before I get any further in this review, I just have to share this picture of our dog, Leto, dressed up as Nibbler from Futurama for Halloween. If you don’t think he’s cute, you’re not human.
Here it is from the outside. It’s worth noting that the place has a full bar with lots of specialty drinks (in particular, various margaritas for $7 and up), so it’s possible to just come here and hang out at the bar.
Soon after getting seated the waitress brought over these complimentary chips and salsa. They were good and there were a lot of them (we never ended up eating all). We also got small glasses of water (tried ordering Orchata, which is on the menu for $3, but they were out), which the waitress only refilled once – when we explicitly asked her to do so.
I believe this is the first time in my life that I’ve had Chiles Rellenos ($14), which essentially consist of a stuffed pepper (stuffed with chicken in this case) with all your regular enchilada-type stuff on top. It also comes with rice and beans on the side (seen in the background above), and some small tortilla wraps as well (those wraps actually tasted a little stale). The main dish was very good though, except for some bits at the top of the pepper which were crunchy in an unappetizing way. It’s moderately spicy.
This chimichangas with chicken entree (also $14) also came with rice and beans on the side. The chimichanga itself was much softer (less crunchy) than would be expected, but other than that it was good; there was a lot of cheese on it. The small salad on the side was a nice addition. Overall the food was good, but I would still prefer going to Chips for Mexican food.