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“Horrible food!”

El Pollito Mexicano
Ranked #2,737 of 5,349 Restaurants in Brooklyn
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Sterling Pl.
Transit: Bergen St (2, 3, 4) Union St (D, N, R) Atlantic Av - Pacific St (D, N, R)
Description: We are a Mexican restaurant with a large selection of tequilas & Mexican beers at our bar. We also have a variety of Latin dishes like Ceviche; with a full bar bar we offer a casual atmosphere with great traditional Mexican dishes and a friendly staff.
New York City, New York
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Horrible food!”
Reviewed May 19, 2012

I'm visiting a friend that recently moved to Brooklyn and we decided to stop at this restaurant while we were walking around downtown. We both grew up in Texas, so we've had our share of Mexican/Spanish food, even around NYC. We started with the chips and salsa of course, and noticed that the salsa had an odd tomato-y flavor to it. The chips were great - nice and thick - but the salsa wasn't worth dipping them in. I also noticed it was odd that the first round of chips and salsa was free, but after that, they are $4 - NOT typical of a good Mexican restaurant, even in the city. I ordered the cheese chili relleno and he ordered 3 flautos with rice and beans. My friend, who doesn't even cook, said he could make better Spanish rice than that. It was bland and tasteless. The beans were unseasoned and the cheese on top was unbelievably dry. The red sauce on my chili relleno was not the usual sauce for such a dish, in any way - it tasted like MARINARA. Overall, my dish had the taste and consistency of a slice of fried cheese pizza sitting in marinara sauce. It was really weird and not what I was expecting from a Mexican restaurant at all. His flautos were pretty gross, too. None had any seasoning - the chicken and beef ones tasted like bland boiled meat, and the cheese one seemed to be mozzarella, though we're not entirely sure. Either way, it was like a cheese stick wrapped in a fried tortilla - maybe it was string cheese? The entire experience was a let-down and we will not be going there again. There are plenty of better restaurants in the area; no need to waste your time here.

  • Visited May 2012
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New York City, New York
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150 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Tasteless and Fattening…and what was that chicken?”
Reviewed February 21, 2012

Stopped by this joint for a quick bite. Prices were good and the interior seemed friendly. Service was good, the food – definitely was not. We started with guacamole and chips

Guac. was very average and chips were tasteless. Ordered 2 soft tacos; one with chicken, the other with beef. When the tacos arrived, both looked very plain and unappetizing. I looked inside the chicken taco and saw that chicken meat did not even look like chicken! It was pieces of fat and non-white pieces of meat. Inedible. The beef taco was a disaster as well. Soft taco itself was greasy and completely tasteless. The vegetables in the taco were not fresh. The only good thing about this dining experience was a bottled Corona .

  • Visited February 2012
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Maine
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fun place for a family meal.”
Reviewed February 10, 2012

We took the kids, ages five and six, and everyone had a good time. This is the cozy casual sort of place where a person at the next table might enter right into the conversation. The chicken soup was especially good, other than that the food was ok. Waiters made a good show of a flaming dessert for the children. I gave a Very Good rating because of the over-all lively atmosphere. On a cold damp December evening in Brooklyn, this was a good place to be. The price was average for Brooklyn.

  • Visited December 2011
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Thank MarieLaine
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