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China de Puebla - Terrific New Restaurant UUWS

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aimeezing1 Sep 11, 2007 07:15 PM

We just came home from a very satisfying dinner at a new restaurant China De Puebla, located at 3143 Broadway (2 blocks south of 125th Street). It got a great write up in the NY Times, and since that time, it has gotten a liquor license and has a small but good and reasonably priced wine list. Food is a blend of Mexican with some Asian accents, sophisticated and subtle. There were three of us - we split everything - octopus cerviche, mussels in a light tomato broth and guacamole....all very tasty and well done, cerviche was fabulous, octopus very citrusy and incredibly tender! For main courses we had the chicken with black rice and plantains excellent - the striped bass with bok choy also very good - shrimp with udon, a bit heavy, but also tasty. The room is very lovely, good lighting, music level allowed for talking. Service personal and efficient. It is a very welcome addition the the Upper Upper West Side.

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    Peter Cherches Dec 22, 2007 05:24 AM

    I've been working around there and went for lunch with a friend the other day. It was dreadful. The food took forever and was half cold when it arrived. The pollo mole was bland, the huitlacoche fried rice it was served with was tasteless, and my friend's chile relleno was actually foul tasting.

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      aimeezing1 Dec 24, 2007 05:55 PM

      Sorry to hear that. We were hoping for something good to last up there, sounds like it is not to be.

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        Alan Divack Dec 26, 2007 12:39 PM

        We went there o n Sunday night with a group of 6 and it was quite good. The service was friendly and well paced, and the food was for the most part delicious (and my daughter had the chile relleno, which was excellent). I wonder if they were understaffed for Peter's lunch? My only complaint was that their fish selection was very slamon heavy -- it would have been nice to have other options. Anyway, we all agreed that we would go back, happily.

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