Corner of 38th and La Quinta Restaurants
This corner in the far North End is turning out to have the biggest and best collection of restaurants, both large and small, in Playa. One after another, they sprout up like mushrooms. Make it your business to pass through the apparant darkness after 34th Street to explore this great dining destination.
I just returned from Playa after a 10 week stay at home, and found 7 new places open or opening. I need feedback on your experiences with many of them, because I cannot try them all out for inclusion in the restaurant list. Here is a list of the places surrounding this new hot spot corner:
On 38th Street:
Cueva de Chango - Fantastic and reliable place that gave the name 'funky' to Playa's best experiences. Best breakfast in town.
La Piola - Lovely new pizza and pasta place with a great jungle feel to the setting. IMO the best pizza in town, and the pasta is excellent.
La Cava - Have not tried this. A wine bar, but I think with more to note.
Baremar - Beautiful seafood place that has been struggling a bit and needs time to refine its food and service. But it should do well once it gets settled. There is a mexican place that just opened in the floor above. I have no name for it or reports. Give me feedback.
La Portena - small place with only 5 stools and the best Argentinian sausage sandwich in town.
La Rampa - New Pizza place. Any people tried this?
El Emporio - Fine Argentianian style meat place that seems too empty for the high quality of its food. They say it is Uruguayan food, but I cannot tell the difference from Argentinian.
Along La Quinta:
La Bodega del Medio just opened between 32nd and 34th and it is beautiful and has a terrific band of Cuban music. Great for drinks and appetizers, but I have not heard great reports on their dinners.
Chez Celine and Da Gabi - Between 32nd and 34th this bright new plaza haz Chez Celine with its great breakfasts and French pastry and breads and Da Gabi with pretty good Italian food.
Cocina 38 - Continental food of the best order. Best tuna carpaccio I ever ate. IMO the best meal in town.
Deli Panini - A tiny ne place selling 15 kinds of paninis with 4 stools.
Cool Fish - Fish place that originally chased everyone away with their foolishly loud music, but that toned down and I see some customers there. Any reports on the food?
El Facon - A new Argentinian restaurant in the same vein as El Diez. The food is not as good as other meat places and the prices are not cheap.
Pacha Mama - Small but comfortable with a lighter menu of salads, sandwiches and fish dishes.
Como Como - A great new Italian restaurant that seats maybe 30 people. The chef is talented, but often seems to rush his food with the loss of that finished sine qua non. People love this place.
Guacamole - This is the 3rd transformation of this location in 2 years. It seems dark and uninviting, but who knows what they turn out?
El Taco Bongo - A shiny new taco place that looks pretty spiffy. They were just getting ready to open when I left.
Quiote a choice of new places. Give them all a turn and please post your experiences for the consideration of other Playa regulars and newbies.