A Blend Of Latin Flavors

BlendLong Island City is known for it’s waterfront, galleries, easy commute to NYC and now restaurants. This area is full of quaint bistros, cafes and restaurants. My choice for today. Blend.

Blend is a Latin fusion restaurant featuring dishes from the Latin American culture. This spot has a modern decor with dim lighting, cool music in the background and hopping bar scene.

It was chilly day and wanted something to fill and warm me. Paella. I’m picky about my Paella but the waiter assured me that it’s a good choice. I’ll be the judge of that.

My friend and I shared an Avocado Salad that was fantastic. Creamy avocado, mixed greens and a citrus vinaigrette. Round 1 – Very good

The service that day was spotty. I’m assuming the waiter got distracted by watching the game. As a diner, unacceptable.

When our entrees finally arrived, my friend’s tostones were cold and soggy. Tasted like they had been sitting out for a while. She asked for them to make a fresh batch which they graciously did. My paella was actually very good. A heaping serving. I’m embarrassed to say that I ate it all. My fork just wouldn’t sit down. Round 2 – OK

They were  highly recommended by a local who frequents this neighborhood spot. I’m assuming our mixed experience was a result of an off night. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and give them another try. My advice to them is ignore the TV and pay attention to your patrons. You never know who’s watching.

Happiness, $25 and under.


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About The Author

A fierce love of food and twin careers in real estate and fashion taught Rose to look for the hottest item and the hottest deal. Perfect attributes for creating Cheapeatsinc.com. When friends and clients needed a great meal at a great price, she could rattle off restaurant names the way a sports nut ticks off batting averages—but with a lot more home runs. Now it’s all at Cheapeats, where you’ll find “Happiness, $25 and under.”


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