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Club Chaos Eye Candy: Cocina Latina Bar and Grill, Kew Gardens, NY


This foodie paradise report is inspired by my girlfriend Deborah Burroughs, an Agent/Loan Officer in Vista, CA. We enjoy sharing a lot of information about our home towns and she has just added a wonderful addition to her Volcano Plug series which you can read here. Deborah, besides supplying some wonderful photographs to take you on a virtual tour of the area, talks about the history of Oceanside and mentions several foodie paradise spots of her own with gorgeous sea scape views. I figured I give her a little New York eye candy: an interior city scape view starting with a gorgeous, kid friendly place to eat with a lot of atmosphere.

Open from 11AM to 11PM every day, the Cocina Latina Bar ad Grill is located at 125-22 Queens Blvd, Kew Gardens NY 11415 (718) 577-9800. It is one of my favorite places to eat because the menu is outstanding and the prices very reasonable. (BTW, they do home delivery, people. Yay! Gourmet food on the run! How cool is that?) Cocina Latina is so close to home that leaving Briarwood to enter Kew Gardens is as simple as crossing to the other side of Queens Blvd. As a Work-at-home-Mom (WAHM), the fact that we don't have far to go when we are in the mood for some great food at a child friendly establishment is a huge plus in my book. I give it four thumbs up! (e.g. Carol, Michael, Stephen and Noah with big, cool aid grins!) The truth is, you may find me there more quickly there than you'd find me sitting in my REMAX People Realty office. It is a great place to meet with clients and a lovely, relaxing spot to work on my laptop.

Little people do not normally sit at the bar, but Stephen has a thing for the ladies employed here and he likes to pick out his mint candy on his own. Everything constructed at C.L. is hand crafted by my neighbor and good friend Thomas Valdez. He's a partner in a wonderful design firm that does excellent work and the C.L. is slated to be showcased on cable television sometime in September. The wood, stone and plaster work is truly amazing. There are so many lovely details one should really stop by to enjoy this type of eye candy up close and personal while soaking in a fine dining experience. You will not be disappointed by the menu, for there are so many excellent meals to choose from. The "Empanadas de Pollo/Carne" and the "Costillitas de Cerdo" (slow roasted baby back ribs in a pineapple guava glazed served with slaw) are a must have! The "Chuttasco a la Brasa" (grilled skirt steak with three chimichurri sauces, served with yuca cheese fries, tomato red onion cilantro salad) is a very tasty foodie paradise meal, indeed. My hubby is a "Filet Mignon" man, and Cocina Latina does this dish proud, for it is served with garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed with mushrooms and brandy sauce. Mmm...

The leather bench is also a custom job that runs along the wall from one end to the other of C.L. It is very comfortable and I always make it a point to sit against the wall when I am enjoying my meal. Stephen's favorite dish is the rice and black beans. Mine is anything on the menu (except Calamari and only because I just don't eat that. It's a personal pref, not a negative to anyone else and certainly not to Cocina Latina).

The Blur Minion was on a lunch date with his two favorite women and all wiggly grins when hugged by my girlfriend Susana. He loves salsa music and spent most of the meal dancing in his high chair. Susana had  the "Salmon al Horno, Encrostado en Yuca" which was divine! I'm talking roasted salmon with yuca and plaintains crusted grilled pineapple sauce - yummy! I went for my favorite which is "Chicken Quesadilla" with mozzarella, cheese, beans, sour cream, guacamole and cilantro sauce. Of course, Stephen got a taste of both of our meals while  enjoying his side order of rice and black beans. If you are ever in Kew Gardens or Briarwood, the Cocina Latina Bar and Grill is a must see and do for your foodie paradise pleasure. Just cross Queens Blvd onto the opposite side from the Court House and Maple Grove Park. You can't miss it.

Here's a little eye candy of Thomas Valdez's work. Enjoy!





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Comment balloon 23 commentsC Tann-Starr • August 19 2008 07:44AM


Cool looking place

Posted by Douglas Cartwright (Bankers Life/Colonial Penn) about 12 years ago

Douglas, very cool, indeed. A very nice family runs it and the service is excellent. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Morning C,

Great pictures of an outstanding landmark. Good, reasonably priced food in a family friendly establishment  to boot!! What more could one ask for!


Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Good morning Hal, I'm with you on this one. It is a lovely place to dine, indeed. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Wow, that place is beautiful.  I love eating in lovely places like that!  It looks like you are having a great time on vacation. 

Posted by Cristal Drake, Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate (Prudential California Realty) about 12 years ago

What a little cutie, you're Stephen!! The place looks and sounds fantastic--now I'm hungry!

Posted by Deborah Burroughs about 12 years ago

I believe I have fallen in love with your kids :-)   Even though I rarely comment, know that I am enjoying your wonderful blog articles about your surroundings and your kids.

Posted by Kris Wales, Real Estate Blog & Homes for Sale search site, Macomb County MI (Keller Williams Realty - Lakeside Market Center) about 12 years ago

I like it!  It looks like a place I will have to check out when I come for a visit.  One question, "Where is the Margarita?"

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) about 12 years ago

This is a pheonominal post.  Love the pictures of Stephen.  The pictures of the inside of this restaurant look charming.  Thanks for sharing, C.

Posted by Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889 (Johnson Real Estate, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Really nice eye candy C.  I am very hungry right now so it all sounds good.  Stephen is sitting relatively still for the mint I see.  Now I know his weakness is food.  It is the only time he is not the Blur other than when sleeping.

Posted by Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi, Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY (Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty) about 12 years ago

C, C, C,

I am thinking Salmon, yucca, ribs, yucca, salmon, yucca, black beans & rice, yucca, plantains, yucca, calamari, yucca, filet mignon, plantains and did I mention yucca this sounds like someplace I will have to go visit.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 12 years ago

You're making me hungry!!!  What a beautiful place. 

Posted by Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate (Silvercreek Realty Group) about 12 years ago

Pam, Thank you.

Don, you would enjoy it.

Paddy, I do believe you are right, he does pause for food (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Cristal, vacation has been very interesting...

Deb, thank you, he's sweet when he's not zipping around(LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Kris, thank you. I'm glad you are enjoying the boys and the blog. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Mel, we will definitely dine there! The Mars are behind the bar, chicka can't hold her liquor (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Valerie, thank you. :-)

Paddy, I don't think I've paid enough attention to the M-B sleep factor. You may be right, but I am now curious... :-)   Very curious (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

C - That place looks wonderful!  I am with you - I can't eat Calamari either - anything else on the planet but that!  That Salmon dish - WOW! 

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) about 12 years ago

Leesa, that dish was awesome. I love "trading tastes" when I get together with friends. Everyone buys something different and we all divvy up the plates so we can figure out what we do and don't like. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

C - you got me hungry for this stuff, especially calamari (one of my favorites and not too available around here, at least not done interestingly). Great shots. And the ladies better watch out when The Blur gets a little older, like 4 or so.

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) about 12 years ago

Hola! Te invito a conocer nuestro nuevo proyecto llamado Sabor continental.

Se trata de un blog interactivo de recetas de cocina, en el que planificamos ampliar mas adelante una serie de tips de cocina, tips de etiqueta, tips para cenas romanticas, tenemos comida light para bajar de peso o para mejorar nuestra salud. Mas adelante también queremos introducir un paseo por los mejores restaurantes, bares y hoteles a nivel mundial.

Visítanos, tenemos pocos días en producción, y ya contamos con algo de publicidad! Tambien nos puedes buscar en google: sabor continental y ya aparecemos de primeros!!! ha sido un duro trabajo!


Gracias por tu apoyo y compartelo con tus parientes y amigos!

Posted by sabor continental over 11 years ago

Big Mike, how did I miss this? Calamari, eh?

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Sabor Continental, your site has bandwidth issues. I can't see what you want me to see. Sorry. I really was curious to see what you were talking about. Will try again later. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 11 years ago

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