Los Viejos Amigos
Nearby Subway Stops
2, 3 at Grand Army Plaza; B, Q at Seventh Ave.
- No Alcohol
Park Pl. to Atlantic Ave., Classon Ave. to Flatbush Ave.
This venue is closed.
Los Viejos Amigos may have opened in 2004, but its cracked linoleum floor, black counter stools, and block-letter wall menu give the impression that it’s been around forever. Prices are as old-school as the atmosphere. On a sleepy stretch of Vanderbilt Avenue, the small Dominican lunch counter keeps busy, dishing out piles of roast meats to a loyal constituency of hungry locals, many of whom the staff know by name. The two white-jacketed chef-owners may spend most of the day at a back table, sipping coffee and watching the Spanish-language television that blares overhead, but their work in the kitchen proves trustworthy. Slow-cooked roast pork is a house specialty, with chunks of tender white pernil laden with rich fat and crackly red skin. Roast chicken and pepper steaks are equally satisfying; a grilled flounder seasoned simply with lemon and pepper is a lighter, welcome alternative to the meaty dishes, and neighborhood kids dig the melty ham-and-American-cheese baguette sandwiches. Every entrée is accompanied by a massive serving of rice and beans or sweet plantains. Los Viejos Amigos also whips up fresh papaya shakes, startlingly bright orange saffron potatoes, and slabs of sweet cinnamon French toast.Recommended Dishes
French toast, $2.50, grilled flounder, $10, ham-and-cheese sandwich, $2.50, papaya shake, $2.75
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