El Sabroso: Midtown lunch from a hidden Ecuadorian restaurant

265 W 37th St
(between 7th Ave & 8th Ave)
New York, NY 10018

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.

The place is legit hidden on 37th street. It looks tiny from the outside but when we walked in, we realized that small entrance leads to a very large storage-like space.

The menu was pretty large, boasting items like Grilled Cheese, Beef Soup, and Hen Stew.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Everything seems to have been pre-made by this one dude.

Here are my coworkers eagerly waiting for their food.

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 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.

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