For this dinner, I joined S + A at Boca Chica on 1st Ave. and 1st St. A little freaky to walk into because the interior looks identical to nearby Guayoyo — another favorite of ours. I keep telling myself I’m going to get out of my neighborhood one of these days to eat at new places, but I just keep ending up in circles. What can I say, the East Village has the hot spots. MANY of them
The food at Boca Chica was pretty standard, reliable Latin. I got a take on arroz con pollo but with a stickier, tastier rice and a side of coco yams that were out of this world. Apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so (check out Yelp and MenuPages reviews making note of these heavenly things).
A got an Argentine steak that must have been good, even though I didn’t ask, because he gobbled it all up. S got a refreshing looking shrimp salad (skinny mini!)
I have no idea what’s wrong with us, but we didn’t get dessert. (Miss Yunks would highly disapprove of a restaurant review without dessert!) My guess is the standard flan is on par though at Boca Chica.
Would I run to Boca Chica for a special event dinner? Probably not. But would I drop in for a casual dinner with friends and margs? Absolutely. Overall, a pretty reliable place with good daily specials, good service and friendly staff. Our fab server (whom S + A had already befriended once before) even honored an old happy hour deal when we mentioned it didn’t appear on our check as usual. These are the neighborhood places I like, people.