The Budget: $5
The Specs: Stewed pork and chicken
The Mood: Eat in a freight elevator
The Place: 306 W 37th St.
If you can find Acuario Cafe, you are in for a treat. You could call it a hole-in-the-wall, or you could call it as it is, a freight elevator back entrance to a building on 37th Street. But this back entrance also houses a restaurant serving Latin American dishes, all for $5.
I feel like hole-in-the-wall places are notorious for getting people through a line as quickly as possible and for being rude. However, while there was a line out the door, the women serving the food were very kind and helpful as I tried to navigate through what it was I was trying to order.
There’s two areas for seating, and they are all against the wall. It’s no special atmosphere, but what do you expect for a freight elevator loading area where the food is $5?
Stewed Pork ($5)
At least, this is what I think I ordered. And it sure tasted like pork, so this description is probably accurate.
Wow, what a dish. This meat had been soaking in juices and flavors the whole day, and boy, was it tasty. I’m not sure what all is in this, but I don’t care. All you need to know is it tastes really good, and is perfect with the white rice and beans. Watch out for the bones–there are a lot of them.
Stewed Chicken ($5)
I was actually trying to order the fried half chicken, but there was a little confusion with the language barrier. However, I was not disappointed. Stick your fork in this bird and it ‘s so tender, it will fall to pieces.
Get in line. Try it all. And if you’re feeling a little bit more of a sit-down atmosphere, take your food over the hotel next door, pretend like you are just a normal gal from South Dakota, and seat yourself in their dining area. Is that what I did? No…
Put a fork in it.