With Continental Trimmings
95-26 Queens Blvd., Rego Park
with choices of French and Italian
and Dinner Daily
- Thursday noon to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday - noon to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday - 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
suggested on weekends
major cards accepted
cuisine with touches of French and Italian selections in an intimate,
yet casual setting are found at El Prado, where wood paneled walls
lined with old world art, and continental music make for a memorable
and restaurateur at the long-established location, Diego Franch
escorted me to a cozy corner table dressed in white cloth with a
greeting of warm bread and crudities.
the menu offered a full variety of appetizers, fish, poultry, meats
and pasta dishes to suit the family crowd that gathers there on a
regular basis, I left the choices up to Franch.
there were tastings of ham and Spanish imported Manchego cheese,
recently popularized by gourmets at chic eateries, in addition to
mussels cooked in white wine with garlic, butter, sprinkled with
parsley, giving the “must dunk” sauce a slightly sweet flavor.
boasted of seafood specialties and suggested a 20-30 minute wait for
the “made from scratch” Paella selections.
Traditional Mariscada in Green Sauce is made with a variety of
shellfish and plump chunks of lobster, and all dishes are served with
salad, vegetable du jour, and oven baked browned potato slices.
I feasted on the special of the day, Broiled Trout, also cooked
in white wine, lightly seasoned, moist and soft. ($14.95)
Franch insisted I taste a chop from rack of lamb, still popular among
in its natural flavors, the chop was medium rare, just the way I like
it, juicy and tender. Quite a treat and a bargain at $17.95.
there room for dessert?
the tempting list, I chose the house specialty Peach Melba —a
refreshing finale to an enjoyable evening.
full bar and specialty coffees, including Spanish coffee with liqueur