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ANY GUATEMALAN RESTAURANTS???

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  • Sharon Feb 10, 2006 01:41 PM
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My husband is Guatemalan and so far, we have only found one Guatemalan restauarnat in all of New York. It is in Jamaica, Queens and to be honest, it is not worth the trip!

Does anyone know of any other GUATEMALAN restaurants in Brooklyn, the Bronx or Manhattan?

Your help would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Sadly, I don't know of any. However, there are 2 or 3 stands selling Guatemalan food at the Red Hook ballfields (though they're robably not open for the season yet). Not great, but they at least fulfill my craving for rellenitos.

    1. Guatemala Restaurant
      4 Park Ave
      Newark, NJ

      Guatemala Bakery
      2908 Bergenline Ave
      Union City, NJ

      These places aren't in the boroughs but they are very close. They have been on my "to do " list for a very long time, but I have not had a chance to visit them. If you go please report back to us. Also let your husband know many markets in the Jackson Heights/Corona section of Queens carry Gallo(a type of beer) under the name Famosa.

      Another thought for you if you are willing to travel a bit farther: Stamford Connecticut has a very large population of Guatemalans and I think if you search on the tri-state board you can find some reviews of restaurants there. Its about 40 minutes on the New Haven line of Metro North. Also Palms Nightclub in Stamford is owned by a Guatemalan and very soon they will be celebrating Central American Independence Day with a marimba band from Guatemala City. I don’t know if they will be serving food.

      Wait, one last thought. The village of Brewster in Putnam county(outside of Danbury CT) has a significant Guate population too(from Chiquimula). I don’t know of any restaurants but it might be worth some searching, easy to get to on Metro North. Good Luck!

      1. Hey Sharon!
        I live in Brooklyn and am also from Guatemala. Haven't found any restaurants here unfortunately. Thank you for inquiring about this since I've been looking for places for a while. Another poster mentioned some places in Ct., thanks for that. Think I may give them a try. Also look forward to the rellenitos in Red Hook!

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        1. re: marco2b23

          POLLO CAMPERO
          103-16 Roosevelt Ave.
          Corona, NY

          1. re: JohnnyCT

            Interesting. Their only other outlet in NY is in Brentwood, in Suffolk County. I've only been to the one in Adams-Morgan in D.C., but I know that when the one in Corona opened, there were lines down the block for weeks.

            1. re: JH Jill

              They have a place in Hempsead on Hemp Tpk. i likes it pretty good.

        2. Hey ..I noticed that people continue to post to my original question. Thanks for all the tips!! I have actually followed up on some of them.

          Made it to the ballfield in Redhook this past summer and I thought it was FANTASTIC. The tamales were the best ever (soft, tasty and NOT greasy) and the rellenitos were also to die for. If it is still open next year...I will definitely go back!

          Pollo Campero- been there...a few times. It is Ok ..not my favorite but does remind the hubby of home so I guess that is the good part.

          Have not ventured to Newark, though we did try a place in Trenton NJ. They have quite a few guatemalans out there. Can't remember the name of the restaurant but it was only mediocre anyway.

          Well unfortunately, no new places have popped up in new york since my last post. And so I have learned to make some of the traditional foods myself. I have gotten my hands on a good cookbook, which is out of print, called "False Tongues and Sunday Bread" by Copeland Marks.

          If anyone feels like opening a guatemalan restaurant in New York..let us know and we will be the first to visit : )

          Sharon

          1. A GREAT restaurant we go to is called La Colmena in Union City, NJ. It is just outside the Lincoln Tunnel and is fantastic, worth the drive. 4201 Park Avenue, Union City, NJ 201-348-1579. Very authentic and true to the tastes of Guatemala.

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            1. re: ronnifrey

              Thanks for this information. the only other one I had tried was the one in jamaica, Tierras Centroamericanas. it was good, but not so worth the long-ass trip.

              1. re: Mariposa_3676

                There is acutally a few places in NYC you can try.....in jamaica theres more than just those 2 u are talking about Xelaju and the tierras centroamericanas on sutphin blvd.
                there is also an guatemalan bakery o jamaica ave and 184th st that is pretty good. also there is a place in brooklyn on 18th ave and 86th st....i forgot the name of the place but its not too bad at all.....

                if anyone is looking for an authentic Guatemalan dish.... my mother has been selling Guatemalan food for years. she specializes in all types of Guatemalan dishes (comida typica Guatemalteca) chiles rellenos, rellenitos de manjar o frijol, tamales, chuchitos, paches, magdelena, quesadillas, lo que se le antoje......lol and we are in the area....917 282 3662

                1. re: BkChapin

                  wow, quite an old thread! but timely because there was a review of the tierras centroamericanas place in the village voice last week; sounds delish!

                  http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-10-2...

                2. re: Mariposa_3676

                  Looking to cater a baby shower and the father is from Guatemala. Does your mother still cook. Please respond to samantagos@aol.com

              2. yeah there is this new place in Mamaroneck NY. Close to the city....its a guatemalan bakery and restaurant. asi todo lo de guatemala....concha, champurada, frances, quesadilla, tostado...y de comida hay churrascos, chuchitos, tamales de elote, atol de elote, rellenitos, tacos...todo muy bueno!!! la direccion es 362 Mamaroneck Ave. Mamaroneck NY

                1. There are two guatemalan restaurants within a few blocks of each other in Newark on Bloomfield Ave.

                  As JohnnyCT mentioned there is the one at 4 Park Ave. It is the intersection of Park and Bloomfield. The name is actually something like "Restaurante Centroamericano."

                  And the other is called Sinai Guatemalan Restaurant. 115 Bloomfield Ave., Newark. If driving or walking north...... this one is two blocks from the park ave. location on the right hand side.

                  Cannot recommend the quality of each, but they are on my do-to-list . I see them everyday on the way to work. I can't get a good feel for the safety of the neighborhood....so maybe it is best to go during the day??

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                  1. re: Mootsarell

                    There is also a great guatemalan spot in Mount Kisco, NY .. very nice restuarant.. called Mango's Cafe. The owner is guatemalan and specializes in some but not all dishes. Check it out! http://www.mangocafe.com/

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                    Mount Kisco
                    137 Oakland Ave, Closter, NJ 07624

                  2. I agree, my husband is from Guatemala and it's so not worth a trip over there. They should have my mother in law as a chef and update their restaurant and it would be awesome.