Deconstructed: My caldo de bagre, catfish soup served at this "coffee shop & restaurant" on Saturday and Sunday only, featured a hefty fish steak, high but not dry. I gathered that the fish had been simmered in the soup, which, in addition to hunks of cassava and plantain, also concealed fragments of fish on the bone. The lunch set was filled out by a half-avocado, a bowl of steamed rice, and the indispensable sliced lime — in typical coffee-shop style, a raft of other condiments were already close at hand.
Antojitos Ecuatorianos 2
25-35 36th Ave. (at 28th St.), Astoria, Queens
(former location of the Brazilian restaurant Malagueta)
Also at 3398 Fulton St. (at Autumn Ave.), Cypress Hills, Brooklyn