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El Duraznito Ossining Ecuadorian

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I've been wanting to try the some off-the-beaten-path Ossinng restaurants for a long time. El Duraznito, across the street from
Churrasqueira Ribatejo, is easy to miss as there's little to no signage and their vertical blinds don't suggest a restaurant.

Inside it's pretty bright, nice tables and chairs but you're not eating here for the decor. Our waitress was warm and welcoming, she helped us pick out a couple of dishes. Carne Asada was very good, a huge portion of delicious, thin cut steak with some nice char served white rice, french fries, salad, avocado, sweet plantain and beans. It was all good except the french fries, which were ok but not worth the caloric intake.

Our other dish was a melange of shrimp, mussels and crab over fried rice with peas, onions and peppers. It was reminiscent of paella except the rice was fried. This truly huge dish Iwas served with avacado and plantain.

the steak was $10, the seafood $13, $1 for soft drinks. On our way out we saw a lot of dishes we'd like to try...we'll definitely be back.

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  1. Thanks for the review, vinous! The Little Peach - cute name, too! So much good eating in Ossining. Looking forward to trying it!

    1. Thanks so much for writing about this place! We went tonight and absolutely never would have found it without your recommendation.

      We had a rice and seafood dish, with peas and avocado. The rice was a bit softer than fried, and there weren't onions, peppers or plantains. Delicious and plentiful, and I especially liked perking it up with the light greenish sauce and fresh limes that came on the side.

      We also had the camarones (shrimp) in salsa verde, which came with a small salad, fried plantains and big slice of perfectly ripe avocado. The shrimp had been sauteed in a lime and egg dip, francese style. This came with a side plate of rice and beans.

      We also had fruit and milk drinks (batidos), one mango and one papaya.

      Whole check was $35 before tip, and although we stuffed ourselves, we still had a nice amount of leftovers to bring home.

      The waitress was a little concerned (in a pleasant way) when we came in--the menu is in Spanish and English, so I'm sure we could have ordered with pointing--but she was relieved that my husband could understand Spanish and sort of fake it himself (he speaks Portuguese, French and Italian). Chowhounders should feel comfortable in this place even without language skills.

      There's a municipal parking lot right by this place; even on a Saturday night, parking was easy to find.

      I'm pretty sure it was cash only. We left a generous tip and it was still a great value. Will return and will bring friends.

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      1. re: Elisa515

        Sounds great-- I always feel a bit concerned going to a place like that;
        off topic but in Sydney we went to a Chinese restaurant which seemed surprised beyond measure that English-only speakers might wander into their restaurant (they had an English sign outside after all). After obvious whispers and huddling, they scrambled to find the one waitress who spoke a bit of English for us.

        1. re: DGresh

          And as a true CHer, you were probably filled with positive anticipation by the consternation in the restaurant!

          I think we were the only non-Ecuadorians at El Duraznito. Everyone was most gracious and I know I'll be returning, bringing others.

          This is a place that, to me, epitomizes what Chowhound was founded for. Not hard to people to learn about high-profile, expensive, or widely-reviewed places.

          1. re: Elisa515

            Agree, thanks for the review, sounds wonderful! Assuming they do not serve alcohol, do you know if byo wine is allowed? Thanks!

            1. re: Marge

              You are correct that they don't serve alcohol. I wondered the same, whether BYOB is allowed.

              In practical terms, I'd eat there first without even trying to BYOB, then ask at the end of the meal for a return visit. Better make sure you know how to ask in Spanish (even if you have it written down).

      2. back here a couple of weeks ago, tried the seafood soup which was really a large stew with hunks of fish, fresh clam, mussels and crab. Served with a plate of rice, limes and hot sauce, squeeze the lime into the soup, spoon the rice into the soup, hot sauce to taste, you've got some mighty fine eating for $12. Saw this on about half the tables...