Persistence of vision, menu department: On previous occasions when my meals at a restaurant have been separated by long intervals, I've noted (generally after the fact) that often I'm drawn, unconciously or unwittingly, to the same dishes again and again. A review of my photo notes informs me that such is the case at this Sichuan restaurant, both at its former location, in Flushing, and at its current location, in College Point. Every lunch, every dinner, dumplings in hot oil. Can you doubt why?
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In many cultures, Catholics who observe the prohibition against eating red meat during Holy Week, preceding Easter, have created special dishes that make their appearance only at this time of year. The hearty Ecuadorian soup fanesca is one of the best-known. In El Salvador, one traditional "especial para Semana Santa" features tortas de pescado, or fried fish cakes, which might be stewed with tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers (lunch, $8.75) or served in soup, with similar accompaniments. Here the fish was tilapia, and a bit salty.
Novelty aside, the more full-bodied lunch specials I spotted on other tables seemed much more appealing. (Indeed, mine was the only order of tortas de pescado in sight.) El Vincentino also prepares an entree-sized portion of riguas, the Salvadoran equivalent of arepas de choclo; they're available year-round.
Also shown: a decorative gable on the residence next door; the elaborately painted underside of an eave outside the nearby New York Hua Lian Tsu Hui Temple.
El Vincentino 21-20 College Point Blvd. (at 22nd Ave.), College Point, Queens 718-353-8300 Also at 43-37 162nd St. (43rd-45th Aves.), Murray Hill, Queens 718-886-7825