I ate at Estrella (Star) Latina before and after visits to the Louis Armstrong House Museum on 107th Street in Corona - Queens. The restaurant is just a short distance from the #7 subway line -103rd St. and Corona Plaza stop in a Latino working class neighborhood. Both visits I had delicious, very inexpensive and plentiful meals. Friendly, neighborhood atmosphere with a unique cave-like decor, large sit-down dining area, a full bar and take-out. Apparently, not many non-Spanish speaking customers come to the restaurant adding to the experience. The waitress cheerfully took on the challenge of helping us choose our meals. She didn't speak English well but made every effort to answer our questions, often getting translation help from her daughters, who were standing nearby. Very sweet and eager to please.
The food was served in generous portions. Leftovers from our dinner entrees provided a couple of small meals on the following days. The entrée “Chicken Breast in Secret Style” was not typical Dominican but really delicious. The large garden salad was full of fresh vegetables --including broccoli and cauliflower--mixed with chopped greens and topped with a light, fresh-tasting dressing. Sancocho soup is a must! Dinners had sides of rice (can get white or yellow) and beans. The dinner platters took some time to prepare. For faster service, one can order from the take-out buffet offerings. Good coffee and authentic Tres Leche cake. Hugs and kisses upon departure from the waitress. A delightful, memorable eating experience.
Bathrooms at the restaurant were nice but could have been cleaned after the lunch crowd. A minor issue.
I would come out to Queens to eat at Estrella Latina for a delicious and unbelievably inexpensive meal and a different experience from the Manhattan dining scene.
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