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“Ethnically correct”
Review of Estrella Latina

Estrella Latina
Ranked #45 of 112 Restaurants in Corona
Price range: US$0 - US$8
Cuisines: Spanish
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Tour stop after the Louis Armstrong House. It easily accommodated a large group. The set up is like a classic Chinese restaurant choice of pre prepared fare. It is clean. Freshly prepared food keeps coming from the kitchen and the service is fast. This is a Dominican restaurant. The young wait staff do not speak English well and the menu is in Spanish with translations. I recommend asking for Valery for help she is patient. You don't have to stick to the menu. You can order what you want more or less how you want it if they understand you. I recognized the flavors and presentation of the food from an unforgettable trip to the Dominican Republic. They serve bottled water and they do not over salt or sugar the food. I was told the idea is that you are in a cave. I wish I could have gotten a more en dept story as the decor is unusual to say the least. On the outside you would not give this place a second look. But, when you step inside you feel at home. The staff make you feel welcome and they make every effort to ensure that you are comfortable and well fed. They work well with each other and seem to either very much enjoy what they do or have been well trained in hospitality. Most of them at least. The bathroom is a one seater. Parking is an issue. This is a very urban area and for some may be intimidating. Especially after dark. I do recommend that you take the risk. They have a lively lit and decorated bar area and many flat screens. So date, game time, celebrations, place to gather yourself and your friends after a hard day at work; this is your place. They cater, free delivery and you can takeout.

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Reviewed 4 March 2012

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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Reviewed 4 January 2012

Came here after visiting Louis Armstrong's house on a cold December day. We selected from the buffet display and ate in the interestingly decorated restaurant area. Good food, great value.

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