If you have ever eaten at a Peruvian restaurant, you know first hand how good the food tastes. Nevertheless, imagine how much better the food could taste if the ambience were as delightful as the house specialties.
El Sol, located in Jackson Heights, brings the rich history and traditions of Peru to each dish on its menu.
“El Sol,” which means, ‘the sun,’ was thought to be the adored God of the Inca Empire according to Peruvian legend. A small and rectangular golden monument to the sun greets customers at the entrance of the restaurant. It lends a dawn-like atmosphere to the room. At the back of the room there are two carved stones adorned with images from Peru. In front of these works, and on the front of the bar are the “L’neas de Nazca” (Nazca lines), composed by several zoomorphic figures and geometric designs drawn in the hills of Ica which can only be seen from above, to the south of the Peruvian capital of Lima.
And to top it all, bottles of the sought-after Peruvian beer Pilsen, next to a splendid picture of one of the streets of the imperial city of Cuzco, complete the backdrop for your dinner.
With a great variety of seafood and delights from the grill, maintaining a diet will be extremely hard. Begin your lunch or dinner, with the classic drink Pisco Sour. In fact, a Pisco Sour made from liquor distilled from grapes, (grown in Peru), clear lemon juice, an egg and cracked ice, is a refreshing and ideal delight for this hot season.
We had as appetizers, the stuffed “Palta rellena” - avocado filled with shrimps - and a “Papa a la huanca’na” - potato with huancaina sauce - two succulent delights. We followed this exquisite magic of our first course with Sudado de Mariscos - poached, seasoned seafood - an explosion of incomparable flavor.
Another main course we had was the “Seco de cabrito” - which is goat with frijoles or yucca.
If you want dessert, you can try the ice cream of lcuma (or ‘lucmo,’ a subtropical fruit of Andean origin), which will finish conquering you completely. Anything else?
87-07 Northern Boulevard
Jackson Heights, NY 11369
Telephone: (718) 446-1149
Hours: Mon. through Thurs. 12p.m. to 11p.m., Friday 12p.m. to 12a.m.
Saturday 10a.m. to 12p.m.
Sunday 10a.m. to 11p.m.
Credit cards: All major credit cards accepted
Reservations only from Monday through Thursday
Walk-ins are welcome
Parking: some valet parking on site
Full bar and wine list