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yvonne johnson Nov 5, 2000 08:35 PM

Went to Good, 89 Greenwich Ave--at W 12 and Bank--212/691-8080 for dinner last night. Good used to be called Campo and is no relation to Campo uptown. The name has changed, the place has been redecorated but the chef remains the same. There’s still a south american flavor to many of the dishes. It feels more upbeat than before, yet it doesn’t quite seem to hit the spot.

Apps included arepa with scallop and salad. The salad included thick chunks of tomato and sour cream on top. Peanut coated chicken was well spiced and probably the best thing we tried. The accompanying salads in both dishes tho were not that appealing.

My main was pork tenderloin with fried yucca (and mountains of them). Other mains were: steak (good quality) with garlic and parsley. I found this overpowering in the garlic and parsley departments. Pulled pork with fried plantain was very good. A fourth main was a mix of tortilla, chicken and spicy sauce. Despite looking unappetizing it was full of flavor. When we finished our main courses something struck me. We are all good eaters, but three out of four of us had a lot of food left on our plates. Something was amiss here. The ingredients all looked good, but the main courses were not more-ish either because there was an over intensity of flavor or lack of it (e.g., pork tenderloin).

The cocktails are very good. Caipirinhas are mouth-puckeringly satisfying and a special cocktail called bad girl (an alcoholic concoction that includes orange and cranberry juices) was as good as a margarita. Service is good at good! The bread is of the very bland variety. They should get or use another baker. But all this said, the prices are moderately low.

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