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Guayas

551 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215 40.666341 -73.991911
nr. 16th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-788-9354 Send to Phone

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Hours

Sun-Thu, 10am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 10am-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

R at Prospect Ave.

Prices

$6-$14

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Profile

This venue is closed.

In 1991, Ecuador natives Eva and Guillermo Alvarado opened shop on a quiet stretch of Fourth Avenue in Park Slope, then named it after their shared hometown. They’ve since employed various nieces and nephews to help them run the place, turning out homemade platters of rice, meats and seafood, true to Guayaquil’s status as the center of Ecuador’s fishing industry. Midweek visits may be quietly disappointing affairs, with shriveled bits of fried pork and greasy rice, but on weekends the kitchen returns to form, serving up fresh mixed ceviche packed with clams, shrimp, and cod in a dark and tangy lime, onion, and tomato-juice sauce. Even the meatier selections improve, with slices of roast pork marinated with red onions and goat stew, smoky and strong with cilantro and yellow rice. The haphazard dining area, furnished with mismatched chairs, woodcuts of Guayaquil city scenes, and two televisions, is usually occupied by the elderly Alvarados, who read the paper and watch telenovelas between kitchen duties. Note the first-communion decorations dangling from the ceiling; Guayas hosts so many that the paper chalices stay up all spring and summer.

Recommended Dishes

Mixed ceviche, $14

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