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May 16, 2001 11:34 AM

e village s.american or carribean

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Looking for a new spot in the e.village fo s.american or carribean. Heard esperanto is good, but there are issues. Also there is a new spot on bowery called afro turf, anyone been?

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    Caitlin Wheeler

    I had a very good meal at Cucina di Cuzco (Ave. A at 3rd st, I believe) Highlights were a cilantro lime sauce served for dipping, mixed ceviche and roast chicken (a great deal at $6.50 for half a chicken and a huge plate of fried yuca) Stay away from their cocktails (I don't know what it was but it wasn't a mojito) but they do have beer and wine. It was a nice ambience and good food for a good price.

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    1. re: Caitlin Wheeler

      Boca Chica, on First Ave. & First Street, has very good mojitos and caprihinas (watch out, they are lethal). But I haven't eaten there in a while--can anyone give an update on the food? It used to be good--and Cucina de Cuzco certainly sounds worth trying.

      1. re: Martha Gehan

        Boca Chica is still good (there a few weeks ago)!! Shared a pitcher of the Sangria - also lethal - but a little pricey for what you end up drinking ($15 or so).

      2. re: Caitlin Wheeler

        Sorry, Cocina Cuzco completely left me flat. Meat overcooked, bland sauces on the fish, -and- imitation crabmeat ceviche! What's up with that?? I think Boca Chica and Esperanto are better bets. There's also an Ecuadorean restaurant on 1st between 7th and St. Mark's called Galapagos. Nice ambiance, a garden, great skewers, llapingachos, and lots of fresh fish. More laid back than Boca or Esperanto if that's the atmosphere you're looking for.

        1. re: Chowbabe

          I went to Galapagos several months ago and was quite underwhelmed. The food was merely OK, and not dirt cheap. I have never been tempted to go back. I remember we got paella there, which I expect to be very tasty. It wasn't.