El Tesoro Ecuatoriano

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Photograph: Sean Ellingson
Sunset Park
Make sure you go to this Ecuadoran joint on a weekend, when caldo de bola is on offer. The centerpiece of this $7 soup is a softball of mashed plantains, ground beef, peas, raisins and chunks of hard-boiled egg. The spongy orb sits in a cilantro-accented broth surrounded by carrots, potatoes and corn on the cob—and it’s a perfect opener for El Tesoro’s other specialty: seafood. Of the nearly 20 ceviches, you’ll be particularly seduced by the one overflowing with shrimp ($8). The accompanying giant kernels of roasted corn will have you grabbing for something to cut the starch, like a supersweet tropical apple soda.
Venue name: El Tesoro Ecuatoriano
Address: 4015 Fifth Ave
Cross street: between 40th and 41st Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 9am–11pm; Fri–Sun 9am–3am
Transport: Subway: R to 45th St
Price: Average main course: $10. Disc, MC, V
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