Saturday, March 15, 2008
Usually I'm not that high on unqualified claims of poultry superiority, but I really can't argue with this one. I've been eating at Malecon for years now and each visit gives me a reason to come back again. Whether it's the chicken "Malecon Stlye", pollo salteado (sliced breast meet with green peppers and onion), platano maduros or tostones, or just about anything else I've tried, it's always a success.
There are 3 Malecon locations. I have been to the location on 231st and Broadway, just under the 1 train in the Bronx, and the one on 175th and Broadway in Washington Heights. I've never eaten at the Amsterdam between 97th and 98th St. location. The 175th Street location is larger than the Bronx spot and has many more rotisserie chickens cooking in the window. Just by seeing the amount of chickens they have rotating, it is safe to assume that's their specialty.
On my most recent trip to the 231st location I ordered a whole roast chicken, "Pollo Estilo Malecon", with white rice and red beans to go. For 12 bucks, you can't go wrong. The chicken comes in an insulated bag to keep it warm, and is great to use for leftovers in the fridge.
The chicken came chopped up and ready to eat. Just opening the bag is a treat. This is some aromatic shit. Who would have known that garlic, herbs, and the drippings of the rendered chicken fat would smell so good. The skin might be the best part. Burnt and crisp with all the flavor. The entire chicken is moist and delicious. These are small chickens. Not as small as cornish hens, but smaller than a roaster. 2 people could knock off 1 chicken, with the possibilities of some leftovers.
The white rice and red beans are the perfect accompaniment. Unlike most people, I eat the rice plain. The rice served at Spanish restaurants is always on point- the salt and butter and clumpiness at times is perfect. The beans are great too, but I don't even need them. Usually I'd give them to whoever I'm with.
I'd be lying if I said I've had better roast chicken elsewhere. Until I experience dry chicken or a bad meal there, I have no problem sticking with their royal assertion as "El Rey Del Pollo."
5592 Broadway at 231st St.
Bronx, NY 10463
4141 Broadway at the corner of 175th St.
New York, NY 10033