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El Rincon Criollo

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40-09 Junction Blvd., Queens, NY 11372 40.748881 -73.869189
nr. Roosevelt Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-639-8158 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Latin American
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

rinconcriollo.wix.com

Hours

Daily, noon-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

7 at Junction Blvd.

Prices

$11.95-$15.95

Payment Methods

American Express

Special Features

  • Lunch

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

The entryway is covered with newspaper clippings detailing one family’s journey from the streets of Havana to beachside prosperity to post-Castro exile in Corona, Queens. The interior is little touched by the decades, with staff photos, homages to José Martí, and Yankees-championship plaques. But despite the detritus (or maybe because of it), crowds of Cuban locals gather for the warm scene further sweetened by waiters in ties and leather vests. What they’re rewarded with is well-considered cooking focused squarely on Cuba and hearty meat and bean specials that change daily. Fritter-like plantains are flavorful but not oil-saturated; stuffed cassava root likewise resists greasiness. Also impressive are creamy milkshakes with tropical flavors reaching to mango and trigo, a wheat drink akin to liquefied Sugar Smacks.

Recommended Dishes

Yuca relleno, $3; ropa vieja, $13.95; arroz con pollo (for two), $24.95

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