Last week, my boyfriend and I were invited to try Tu Casa, a Spanish and Peruvian restaurant which has locations in Kew Gardens and in Astoria. Â We decided to check out the Astoria spot, and despite living here for nearly two years, I had never noticed this place on Steinway and 30th Ave.
We decided to kick off the meal with sangria, and I noticed on a Sunday evening, they were offering margaritas and sangria for $5 each. To start, we got the chorizo with the tostones, or crispy green plantains, which frankly reminded me of a potato ($8.99). Â While the appetizer didn’t look that appetizing, it was actually delicious. The chorizo wasn’t overly spicy, and the portion was huge – I knew after we finished the appetizer, there was no way I’d be able to finish my dinner. Â The plantains were great too, especially because I dipped them in the green and white sauces that were provided. Â Now, the white sauce tasted like a ranch, but that green sauce was spicy and addicting. Â I’m a fan of spicy foods (the boyfriend is not), so I was pouring that green sauce all over everything – and it was delicious.
I’ve had Peruvian food before, so knowing how amazing the green sauce is, for dinner, I kept it simple and just ordered a half of a rotisserie chicken ($6). It was juicy and I got two huge pieces, and once again, I found myself using the chicken as a vehicle to eat that green sauce. Â I also ordered a side of sweet plantains (maduros), to get that sweet and savory combination ($4). Â My boyfriend got the Lomo Saltado, orÂ sliced beef sauteed with onions, tomatoes & cilantro, served with rice & fries ($14.99). He was very happy with his dish, and I thought it was good too – meat was pretty tender.
We had intentions of splitting the two dishes, but to be honest, we were stuffed. Â We packed up all out leftovers, and we were each able to make another meal out of our dinners – and to be honest, I couldn’t even finish all the plantains. Â So since our meal was valued at $34 (without the drinks), you could say we were able to get 4 dinners out of it – not bad at all.
If you want to try a Peruvian restaurant that has great food, large portions and decent prices, check out Tu Casa – and definitely make a point to ask for the green sauce. Also, be sure to check out Yelp before you go. Â Looks like you’ll be able to score a free frozen margarita at check-in via the Yelp mobile app.The Basics Name: Tu Casa Location: 30-10 Steinway Street, Astoria Who to Bring: Friends Price: $$ Between $10 – $20 per dinner Overall: Gimme that green sauce. 4 stars.