Colina Cuervo

Kevin and Olivia - waiters

Kevin and Olivia - waiters

Empanada, a favorite

Empanada, a favorite

Lentil soup at Colina Cuervo

Lentil soup at Colina Cuervo

Karina and Santiago, waiters

Karina and Santiago, waiters

Colina Cuervo coffee bar and restaurant is located at 759 Nostrand Ave. between Lincoln and St. Johns. The food is Latin American and the decor is simple and colorful. The warm and cozy atmosphere attracts young people with laptops sipping coffee, neighborhood regulars and families with children enjoying meals. It is a place to meet up with friends or have work meetings. Colina Cuervo is a popular restaurant and at certain times there may be a wait for a table. The staff are friendly and efficient and do all they can to seat people as quickly and comfortably as possible.

Jorge Salamea, owner of Colina Cuervo, grew up in Ecuador and the food reflects Ecuadoran flavors. It is consistently fresh and delicious. The lentil-carrot soup is a meal in itself, nicely but not overly spiced, and served with sourdough toast. The buttermilk pancakes are light and come with real maple syrup. Particularly popular are the baked empanadas offerred with a choice of beef, chicken or cheese. At $5 each, one is tempted to try them all. The sandwiches and salads are varied and unique and, like the whole menu, fresh and flavorful. There are a variety of coffees and teas (teas served in a bright personal teapot) and fresh pastries if one is not looking for a meal.

Colina Cuervo is like the town square where regular patrons and staff greet each other as friends. Look for the two pink benches outside and you are there.

– Louise Kurshan

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