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JH. Best sitdown restaurant under the 7 train?

Will4Food Jul 10, 2008 08:48 AM

What is the best "sitdown" restaurant on Roosevelt Ave., under the 7 train between 75th and 90th Streets. I've noticed a very cool modern looking place (open but with construction still going on) on the corner of 84th and Roosevelt.

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    JFores Jul 10, 2008 10:16 AM

    Between 75th and 90th? Hm... Avoid the cool modern places, they've been bombing terribly (ei. Green Plantains... Mango... etc.) Within your range I'd say only Taqueria Coatzingo and Pequena Colombia. Out of that range I'd say Rincon Criollo, Srip though it's right off, Zabb, Deshi Biryani (1 block off at 75-76 on 37th) etc.

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    1. re: JFores
      Will4Food Jul 10, 2008 10:53 AM

      Thanks for the suggestions. Pequena is the restaurant I noted on 84th Street. They don't have a menu outside...What's best here?

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        Brian S Jul 10, 2008 01:41 PM

        Pequena Colombia isn't cool or modern (unless they renovated) and it's been there forever but it's my favorite Colombian restaurant around. They have hundreds of dishes, and some are excellent, but I always order the plato montanero. It's a pleasant place to eat too.

        About plato montanero: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/42781...

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          JH Jill Jul 10, 2008 06:00 PM

          Yes, La Pequeña Colombia is in the midst of a extensive outdoor remodeling. I haven't been inside to see what's there, but they could use an update inside. However, it's not an unpleasant dining experience. They have good platters (bandejas, like the one mentioned above), but I usually end up having the sobrebarriga a la criolla (flank steak with a red Colombian sauce, not hot spicy) or the grilled spareribs. They have fried too, but I prefer the grilled. It's a plain dish that comes with tostones (fried green plantains) but I love the flavor of the ribs.

          I've also tried the Meson Colombiano a couple of times lately (between 82nd & 83rd) and like their arroz con pollo. Most of the Colombian places serve a salad with most meals, but I really enjoy the avocado salads they sell a la carte, with beets and perhaps peas and hearts of palm. I hear the Meson has good breakfasts.

          1. re: JH Jill
            Brian S Jul 10, 2008 07:30 PM

            The sobrebarriga is good too! As I recall it comes with yuca and potatoes along with the steak, and rice and beans in another plate.

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      yt28 Jul 10, 2008 10:12 AM

      Does it have to be on Roosevelt?

      I like Zabb Queens and Thai Son. Rice Ave has a nice, modern interior (but food is better at Zabb's across the street).

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