95th St and Broadway Eats
- sunny side Feb 24, 1999 05:37 PM
I'm reluctantly moving from Sunnyside and all its
wonderful food to the area of 95th and Broadway. Are
there any good, reasonable, ethnic joints up there? I
can get a cup of incredible columbian cafe con leche at
El Triangulo on Greenpoint Avenue for 65 cents. I guess
All is not lost, although 95th and Broadway isn't a
bastion of fine eating. Mosey on over to Amsterdam
and try Gabriela's (685) for a huge Mexican menu, the
uptown outpost of Cafe Con Leche (both praised in
Jim's book), Sal & Carmine's for wonderful pizza on
Broadway and 101(but only get a slice from a new pie,
or better yet, order a whole one -- cheese only).
Gennaro on Amsterdam is extremely popular and
extremely small, a deadly combination. I can never
get in and always end up at Gabriella's (a block up)
or the Ethiopian restaurant (a block down) instead.
Many also like Pampa but I've had bad luck there.
Good marinated barbecued chicken at Le Taza De Oro, a little place on Broadway somewhere in the vicinity of 99th St. It's cheap, too -- half a chicken with rice and beans for $5.
re: Chris E.
Actually, Tacita de Oro and Flor de Mayo are two
separate restaurants. They offer similar food; I think
Flor de Mayo is slightly better. It's certainly a LOT
bigger, and a tad more upscale, although only
comparatively (both are very cheap, very casual; Flor
de Mayo has a more varied clientele).
Flor de Mayo, Broadway and 100, has great Peruvian
chicken $7 with salad and plantains. It can get crowded
but is worth the wait. Dont forget to ask for hot sauce
typical peruvian blend of vinegar,garlic cilantro and
There are a few good places.
Others have recommended Gabrielas, and I concur. This
is real Mexican food, not Tex-Mex. The more unusual
preparations are better, IMHO.
For Italian, there are two reasonable places: Mimi's
Macaroni (95th and Amsterdam) and Farfalle (93rd and
For Japanese, there's Jo-An (on Broadway and, I think,
102nd or so).
There's also a lot of Chinese, but if any are
particularly good, I'm unaware of them.