I am not one for heavy lunches because I tend to go all out for dinner. I know it’s healthier to eat more for lunch and less for dinner … but I get sleepy at work and I think my dinner cooking or East Village options are better than what Midtown West has to offer. I also use lunch as an opportunity to get aaaall the good veggies my body craves. I refuse to have salads for dinner.
Buuuuut there are exceptions. Someone at work mentioned a hidden Ecuadorian place by our office and V.V. convinced me to go by essentially guilt tripping me and accusing me of missing out on a blogging opportunity. So here we go.
I ordered the Pollo Asado or Chicken Stew ($6.00) because it seemed to be their best seller. The “stew” ended up being two gigantic pieces of tender, moist, fall-off-the-bone chicken with lettuce and beans on the side over yellow rice. This pollo puts rotisserie chicken to shame.
The meat was pretty flavorful and the hot sauce had a nice kick. Chicken like this is so easily overcooked so I was happy to see the meat slide off the bone. For $6, this is probably the cheapest and most fulfilling meal you could have in the area.
Will I come again? Maybe on a rare occasion where I crave something heavier at lunch. The halal cart on 53rd and 6th is better: the chicken/lamb are both more flavorful, the rice is way better quality (chewier and more polished), and the hot sauce is WAY spicier.
For now, my salads, although $1.61 more expensive than the Pollo Asado, are still my top choice.