I really enjoy some good latin food from time to time. Pio Pio is nice, but I really hate their super loud atmosphere. In order to have a conversation in there, I need to scream on like level 10 volume. I found a place on Steinway street (in Astoria) that is a little less populated, but can still offer a pretty decent meal- at a great price. I introduce you to… Tu Casa! The place has a nice home-like atmosphere, it’s quiet, quaint and sweet. The service was great- I mean, I went on a Thursday night, so it wasn’t too crowded. There were a few tables occupied, but it was mostly quiet in there- which I actually liked.
For dinner, I ordered the Half Chicken w/ Rice and Beans, and it came with a fried egg, a huge plantain and sausage. To be quiet honest, I’ve had some better Rotisserie chicken before– but the plantain was surprisingly delicious. I usually don’t like plantains but this one wasn’t super sweet and tasted really fresh. ***BEST PART OF THE MEAL*** – it was the Empenadas! Note! DO NOT ORDER THE CHICKEN- you MUST order the beef one. The chicken one was super dry- but the beef one was amazingly delicious! I think it was the best empenada I’ve ever had, and if I could, I’d go back just to pick one up in the future.
So, there you have it. My meal at Tu Casa. Personally I don’t think I’d make another trip there in the near future. The food was decent, but nothing spectacular. I still think Pio Pio tastes better, but this place has a better atmosphere. The price is also pretty decent here. If you guys aren’t using Yelp Deals, Groupons, Scoutmob, or any other 3rd party coupon sites– YOU NEED TO START NOW!! They work wonders and you really get a great deal out of a delicious meal. I think I had a coupon for $20 worth of $40 food from Yelp– and it came in so handy. SO START NOW!
Taste: 3/5 – Decent. nothing SPECTACULAR…