My son and his family were visiting us for a few days and, as usual, we took the train to New York City for the day. There were eight of us, four kids and four adults, and we were looking for a reasonably hearty lunch which would sustain us through a long day's walk in the Park, and a few hours at Moma.
Fortunately, my son used to work in Midtown, and knows a few inexpensive, good restaurants. Tina's is one of them.
The restaurant is conveniently located right on 56th street, between 5th and 6th avenues. From the outside, it doesn't look like much. The inside isn't all that impressive, either. It looks like what it is - a lunch/takeout diner selling Cuban food. It isn't licensed.
However, the food is really excellent (and inexpensive). We chose to eat there, rather than have a take-out, and they managed to find room for all eight of us.
We started with empanadas - delicious little pockets filled with chicken or beef, and served with a rather nice greenish sauce.
For entree, my wife and I chose pernil (roast pork). The price included two side dishes: I
chose fried green plantain and fried yuca, and my wife chose rice with beans, plus sweet plaintains. The meat was lean, the portions were generous, and I thoroughly enjoyed my first ever taste of yuca.
The restaurant was packed, but our server was very attentive.
We left, suitably fortified, and spent the rest of the day walking around the City.
We'll be back to Tina's: there are several other dishes that we'd like to try.
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