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Aug 19, 2009 04:24 PM

fiesta mexicana -- gone again?

last couple of days, fiesta msxicana has been closed and looking as if it were edging towards another exit. chairs gone, tables moved towards corners, bags of junk strewn around. any insight?

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  1. If you are referring to Jackson Heights, Time Out New York says it's closed.

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    1. re: Brklynbobby

      I thikn that was the last incarnation which they said was closed....

      This is a recent development, which who can say they didn't see it coming?

      They had a terrible case of restaurant ADD. and while the owner definitely had passion and integrity, they didn't know how to give the people what they want and how they want. I went with a group and when I heard he was opening a pasta station... uh oh...
      then they went 24 hours and sold tacos - which seemed like not such a bad idea. then they did the buffets. then they were advertising for a pizza maker....

      too much

      1. re: Jeffsayyes

        yeah, i got the carryout menu slipped under my door a few weeks ago, with the heading 'fiesta mexicana italian deli.' had a lot of hope for the place near the end of its first incarnation and was stunned to actually see it reopen after a year-plus of 'reopening soon' signage.

        1. re: david sprague

          last time I got their menu, the italian section was crossed off in pen.

          1. re: Jeffsayyes

            A work order was posted on Oct 2 at the former Fiesta Mexicana at 75th & Roosevelt. Someone has taken over the space but don't know who.

            1. re: Mike V

              La Abunduncia is coming soon. This is the same name as the place on B'way up a bit further in Woodside (near spicy mina). That place gets very busy late at night. not sure what the difference is. I thought the food was just good.
              They actually expanded into the place next door about 6 months ago, I think.

              1. re: Jeffsayyes

                Jeff, thanks. I've been wondering what would open. I'll look for La Abunduncia when I'm in the area. I've ordered two take out lunches (bargain) recently at El Rinconcito de Mama at 63-16 Broadway. Lots of daily choices. The inside is amazing. Its very large, modern, bright & clean with 3 televisions playing. Across the street is a Spanish Cafeteria that I'm told also has good food at low prices which I'll try next time which is always very busy for lunch. Also, El Rinconcito de Mama has an International Buffet every Sunday from 10AM to 5PM for $9,95. They deliver family style meals to your door. Pick up a menu. Ex: whole chicken, rice, beans, salad, green fried plantain & 2 Lt Soda for $15.95. Goat stew is $16.95 plus many other choices.

                1. re: Mike V

                  I've gone to rinconcito 2x and I always get the pernil (which is good but not as great as other place) - but I'm such an idiot because they have about 10 choices for lunch - which I believe is something cheap like $5. oh, it's dominican.

                  Across the street is... casa de pollo? I've gone in and it seems like a nice cafeteria, but I haven't been so enticed to order. down the block is an ecuadorian place. and across the street is hyberadabi. there's also a new bakery. This section of woodside is so intriguing to me. Add this to the double store of La Abunduncia and there's lots of exploring to be had in these 2 blocks.

    2. got two pan de bono today; the soft classic one (mild, great texture) and a big puffy hard one. the hard one had no flavor but cool texture; the rest of the offerings looked very good; chorizo, fried fish, good looking rice; this is a colombian bakery right? the empanadas didnt look amazing but maybe they were.

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      1. re: bigjeff

        We are talkign about la abunduncia now. There is another location about a mile away up Bway. That location is constantly busy, and so is this one. It sucks to see fiesta mexicana go, but la abunduncia just has the formula right.

        1. re: Jeffsayyes

          yes to clarify, La Abunduncia. and they are open 24 hours. saw some people getting containers of sweet milk which looked crazy good!