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Esmeralda's – for the prettiest pargo frito this side of Quito

Lunch was so busy at Esmeralda's the other day that tables didn't open up until around 6:30 p.m. Photo by Lore Croghan

Eye On Real Estate

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

It's got the prettiest pargo frito this side of Quito.

The place is Esmeralda's, a restaurant at 1497 Myrtle Ave. The dish is fried red snapper, which blogging foodies invariably mention as a must-try when they seek out Ecuadorian eateries.

Restaurant owner Esmeralda Valencia's place isn't much to look at from the outside – a small storefront in the shadow of the M train's elevated tracks. But her pargo, perfectly fried, is so pretty and tasty. It's surrounded by crispy plantain slices and salad with avocados and tomatoes.

When we stopped by the other day, Esmeralda's was packed for lunch. So wait your turn. If whole snapper's not your thing, the soups and shrimp dishes are worthwhile as well.

This snapper looks dapper on the plate. Photo by Lore Croghan

The table is set … at this lovely Ecuadorian eatery. Photo by Lore Croghan

April 23, 2014 - 1:30pm


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