2017-04-26 / Restaurant of the Week

El Anzuelo Fino

El Anzuelo Fino is a charming, traditional restaurant featuring the diverse and delicious cuisine of Peru. With 1,500 miles of coastline, and mountains in the interior, Peru’s cuisine offers a breadth of fish, seafood, meat, and chicken dishes that will astound you. This tidy, petite restaurant is easy to find on the corner of Northern Blvd. and 86th Street in Jackson Heights, a neighborhood as diverse as Peruvian cuisine!

Tables are elegantly dressed in pastel and white linens, surrounded by stone walls and arches with lovely photos from Peru and soft, local music fills the air. The 12 cozy tables ensure intimate dining in the front dining room, while another dining room in the rear is ideal for a private affair of up to 40 people. With its own bar and restrooms, the private party room is perfect for your spring communions, confirmations, graduations, and more. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are coming up soon so call now to reserve your special date.

You’ll be transported by some of their fabulous appetizers and an ice cold beer or a bottle of reasonably priced wine. The sangria looked fantastic too, served by the pitcher. Ceviche of fish or mixed seafood is a local tradition where fresh fish is marinated in lime juice and cilantro, finished with red onion for a burst of flavor on your tongue. What a great way to wake up your taste buds for a great meal ahead. Skewers of tender veal hearts are a traditional favorite and don’t let the provenance discourage you from this savory delicacy that tastes like tender beef liver. It’s called Anticuchos and the three skewers are served with potato and traditional corn. The tamales criollos represent a traditional dish made with masa, a type of corn meal, wrapped around a mound of pork or chicken, then wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed ($7). I could have eaten two more of these delicious treats. Pulpo al olivo is tender chunks of octopus dressed in black olive sauce, while fresh mussels are prepared with a special onion relish ($10). Try the Peruvian seafood soup called “parihuela” or a crunchy, tossed salad topped with slices of verdant avocado with vinaigrette dressing that could also be shared as a first course. The bilingual menu makes ordering easy, and Elsa, the sweet waitress, is ever so pleasant and accommodating.

“El Anzuelo Fino” means “The fine fish hook,” and with so much coastline in Peru, it’s no surprise that fish and seafood play such a big role in Peruvian cuisine. Flaky corvina, or sole filet, is prepared a la meuniere, a lo Macho with a creamy sauce, in a fish stew with shrimp, breaded and fried or simply grilled. I ordered the corvina al ajillo, with an aromatic garlic sauce, which I just loved. The fluffy rice that accompanied my dish was perfect for the sauce. My companion had the “trucha a la parilla” which was a whole grilled trout, perfectly cooked and served with your choice of two side dishes such as fried yucca, salad, rice, cassava or French fries.

Many know El Anzuelo Fino for its famous rotisserie roasted chicken, and it’s easy to see why. Supremely tender and juicy, El Anzuelo Fino’s chicken is basted in their secret marinade then roasted on a hot rotisserie. You can order whole, half or quarter chickens, to stay or to go. A whole chicken alone costs just $12, or order a Family Combo with salad, avocado, rice, beans and plantains for just $27 and dinner is done. Pick it up on your way home or eat in at this friendly spot. There are even some pasta dishes such as taglierini ribbon pasta topped with sautéed shrimp and vegetables, sirloin strips, chicken, or grilled fish fillet ($16).

From the “parillada” or grill, the juiciest meats are made and served piping hot on a heated metal platter. The most famous is the Parillada Peruana which offers juicy skirt steak, sausage, a pork chop, and unbelievably succulent beef ribs ($25). This platter can be ordered for one or for two people, but beware that there is enough for twice as many people, and the prices are great. Two side dishes are served with the mixed grill, so choose among sweet or savory plantains, rice, or salad. The grill also renders juicy pork chops, two to an order, grilled salmon, tender sirloin, or a 16- ounce sirloin, all cooked to order and served sizzling hot.

After such a satisfying and savory meal, sweeten your palate with creamy custard called leche asada, or traditional rice pudding made with purple corn. “Picarones” are Peruvian-style donuts that go well with a cup of robust coffee.

El Anzuelo Fino has a great lunch special for just $8.95 that includes soup or salad, and main course of the day. Remember to book your party in the private room with capacity for 40 people. Visit their website for menus and more info. Make any night special with a visit to El Anzuelo Fino great seafood, excellent meats, friendly service and good prices. You’ll be very impressed with Peruvian cuisine at El Anzuelo Fino. Buen provecho!

86-01 Northern Boulevard
Jackson Heights  718.426.8660

www.elanzuelofino.com

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