Queens Eats: Rincon Criollo

Rincon Criollo in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, is a classic cuban-style family restaurant. Easily accessible from the city (half a block from the 7 train Junction Boulevard) this place is a must stop if you are in the neighborhood to do fun things like visit the Louie Armstrong House or have an Italian Ice in Corona Park. Fried pork chops, with big slabs of onion; cooked perfectly.
 Shrimp in Spanish sauce. Really flavorful, spicy and boiling hot. Best served spooned over some white rice so you can enjoy the sauce.
 An taste-tantalizing trio of yuca (cassava) in a sticky and starchy rich garlic sauce, fried sweet plantains, and of course Moros y Cristianos (black beans and white rice with bacon, the name is an comedic allusion to the Islamic conquest of Spain, and subsequent Christian Reconquista).
 Close out the meal with an espresso and a Dulde de Leche (made by boiling down sweetened condensed milk, it goes well with a bitter coffee).

Rincon Criollo 40-09 Junction Blvd Corona, NY 11368

Spumoni Gardens – Brooklyn 

L & B Spumoni Gardens, a Bensonhurst, Brooklyn staple (opened 1939) has the best squares in New York City.

I’m not sure how to define Spumoni Garden’s squares. They are not exactly a grandma slice, they are definitely not a typical Sicilian slice, it’s just kind of it’s own thing. A Sicilian slice with the sauce on the top. Each square has its own personality; the saucy center square is just as coveted by the grabbing hands at Spumoni Garden’s picnic tables as the crispy corners.

 Another thing to note: Spumoni Garden’s has a full menu’d Italian restaurant indoors, so if you want, don’t be afraid to chase your squares with a chicken parmigiana hero…

According to wikipedia: Spumone (from spuma or “foam”), plural spumoni, is a molded Italian ice cream made with layers of different colors and flavors, usually containing candied fruits and nuts. I actually find it lighter and more refreshing than typical American ice cream, and really a nice way to follow up a heavy carb-filled cheese feast.

L&B Spumoni Gardens 2725 86th St, Brooklyn, NY 11223