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Get off the subway at Steinway Street in Astoria, and the first things you’ll see are the back of a pink Cadellac sticking out of a building and a statue of a pirate, a la Captain Morgan. The car belongs to a club called Ritmos 60, and the pirate belongs to a restaurant called El Basurero. On New Year’s Eve, 2006, El Basurero sustained heavy fire damage after a Christmas tree ignited, and was closed for three months. Now, however, El Basurero (which means The Trash Can, in Spanish) is back and as popular as ever.
El Basurero serves Colombian food–so don’t ask for enchiladas, because they are not on the menu. (If you do inadvertently ask for something that isn’t on the menu, don’t worry–the staff won’t be offended.) The menu features all sorts of grilled fish and meat (a great place to bring your carnivore date), fried plantains, and other Colombian delicacies. The sangria will cure what ales you and the tres leches cake will send you to heaven. (The cake is so rich you have to share it, and yes, that is a hint of amaretto you’re tasting).
The atmosphere is both kitschy and lively, with plenty of Salsa music to keep you feeling energized. You’ll leave wanting to come back again.
32-17 Steinway Street. R,V to Steinway Street in Astoria.
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