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Title: el coyote restaurant
Post by: dotley on September 25, 2008, 08:46:23 PM
does anyone have any information regarding a new restaurant set to open on Northern Blvd around 80th Street called El Coyote.  Store front looks nice, not like a fast food place.  It does not give any details.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Shelby2 on September 25, 2008, 09:43:02 PM
The new neighborhood blog that toddg posted about the other day has some info and a link to their website.

http://www.jacksonheightslife.com/community/index.php?topic=1556.0
Title: El Coyote on Northern... coming soon?
Post by: voxcontinental on January 11, 2009, 04:31:58 PM
El Coyote, the Mexican rest. that has been working on opening at 81st & Northern seemingly forever may actually open soon... the place is beautiful and I think it will be good, based on the Web site for their CT. location. I was told just before Xmas that they are still waiting for permits and hoped to open in a few weeks.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: voxcontinental on February 08, 2009, 02:46:02 PM
El Coyote is still "waiting for its permits!... as far as I know. i wonder how much longer they can hang on in this credit climate. They applied for liquor license last April (2008). What is it w/ this town that these things take so long? Absolutely crazy.

I hope they can hang in and open... their Web site makes it sound like they know the cuisine!
Title: El Coyote Mexican restaurant is finally open
Post by: voxcontinental on June 20, 2009, 05:52:16 PM
We just drove past El Coyote restaurant on Northern and 83rd and it has a large sign that says Grand Opening. Finally - we've been waiting for this place to open it seems like forever. Has anyone eaten there yet?

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Title: Re: el coyote restaurant IS OPEN today!
Post by: voxcontinental on June 22, 2009, 08:23:49 PM
FINALLY! I stopped by El Coyote today, on their long-awaited opening day, and the place was full of happy people, with more pouring in the door. I'm not the only one to have been pressing my smudgy nose against their window all these months (we wrote in Sept. 2008 that they looked about ready to open). Others who trotted over from the nearby Towers co-op were greeted like old friends, so clearly these folks had been checking in regularly. Good to see that people had been looking forward to this attractive new eatery. (What a town... where else would a restaurant have to go through a year-long process to open?) We'd already had dinner so we didn't eat at El Coyote, but will do so this week and let you know what we think.

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Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: divanatrix on June 25, 2009, 11:49:45 AM
Anyone eaten there yet??  I'm dying to go, but haven't had the chance yet.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: missmarty on June 26, 2009, 07:21:25 PM
I stopped by there today, but it was more extravagant than what we wanted for lunch. The menu looked fabulous, but it seemed the host wanted to just push me out with a take-out menu. Why oh why did they name it Coyote? Isn't that the term for an illegal human trafficker?? It just rubs me wrong.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: hunnybear on June 27, 2009, 08:21:12 AM
We were treated the same way. We went in to get a menu to see if they had kid friendly food as indicated on their website. I didnt see it on the menu and the prices seemed a bit high for a "family" meal. I'll wait to read some reviews before I waste my time.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: madalyn on June 29, 2009, 03:51:25 PM
West there Saturday night:    delicious food, friendly staff, great ambiance, good service.  We couldn't find any negatives.

It's not as cheap as some places but the food is well worth the price.  I highly recommend it.
Title: El Coyote, dazzles on Northern Blvd.
Post by: will4food on July 04, 2009, 03:04:13 PM
Went to the newly opened El Coyote on Northern Blvd last night and was dazzled by the decor, food and service.  This is the prettiest dining spot in JH with impressive, flavorful food, huge portions, and gracious service.  Looks like a lot of money was spent on this place.  A welcome addition to our neighborhood.
Title: Re: El Coyote, dazzles on Northern Blvd.
Post by: dssjh on July 05, 2009, 10:48:55 AM
can you give any specific dish recommendations? thanks!
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Ernie on July 11, 2009, 09:53:42 PM
We ate here tonight, the staff is very nice. The guacamole is prepared at tableside, according to your taste. We added some extra lime juice, it was delicious. The salsa was very fresh as were the homemade tortilla chips. Another bonus for me was fresh brewed iced tea, no sugar added.
My husband had the Bistec Ranchero, which was a sirloin steak, butterflied into 2 pieces, grilled and served with sauteed poblano peppers and a mild red sauce. I had Chilies Rellenos, one stuffed with cheese and the other with shredded chicken. Both were served with yellow rice and black beans which were delicious. You had a choice of salad or white/yellow rice and black/red beans. We were very happy with our meal, which ended with fried ice cream and a Mexican hot chocolate(cinnamon flavored).
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Griswold Contessa on July 13, 2009, 03:01:26 PM
Why another Mexican Restaurant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We have the best already without all the glitter and $$$$$  Oh well.................I guess the gringos need a place that's a bit more upscale.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: divanatrix on July 13, 2009, 04:05:49 PM
Wow, that was a helpful comment.   ::)

What's wrong with a new restaurant? 

The food is quite delicious as other posters have mentioned.  Also, the two times I've been there it wasn't chock full o' gringos, by the way.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Griswold Contessa on July 13, 2009, 04:44:11 PM
O.K. in other words a restaurant that serves maybe French or Italian or Middle Eastern anything but Mexican that part of the world has been covered ten times over in JH...let's look for something fresh and new!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: hunnybear on July 13, 2009, 04:58:07 PM
Contessa isnt Gringo like using the "N" or "S" word??? I didn't appreciate that comment at all.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Griswold Contessa on July 13, 2009, 05:24:56 PM
Gringo.........
Term used to refer to a foreigner in a latin-american country. Can be derogatory or not, it usually is derogatory when an article is used before it (Este Gringo.) Believed to have originated from the chant "Green, Go" shouted at US soldiers during the Mexican-American war, It actually originates from the Spanish 'Griego' meaning greek. In spanish, the phrase "Hablar en Griego" or 'to speak in greek' means the same as the english "It's all greek to me." The word Gringo is an evolution of griego, which was used to describe any foreigner that had an accent that prevented them from speaking spanish; particularly the Irish.

This can no way be compared to the"N" or "S" word and the historical stigma attached to both.   

- A Gringa from JH

Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: divanatrix on July 13, 2009, 09:04:43 PM
So another Indian or Colombian restaurant would also not be welcome, correct?
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Griswold Contessa on July 13, 2009, 09:19:17 PM
Actually we could use another nice Indian restaurant but I think we have plenty of Colombian.  As I mentioned in my earlier post it would be nice to have a bit of variety such as a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean/French/Italian and even a great diner you get the picture, right?
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Shelby2 on July 13, 2009, 09:35:17 PM
Actually we could use another nice Indian restaurant but I think we have plenty of Colombian.  As I mentioned in my earlier post it would be nice to have a bit of variety such as a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean/French/Italian and even a great diner you get the picture, right?

I think we already have plenty of threads of the "I wish Jackson Heights had ________ (fill in the blank)" variety.  

I'm not in JH at the moment but I am really looking forward to trying out El Coyote when I get back and would love to hear more reports back from people who have been there.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Chuckster on July 13, 2009, 10:02:30 PM
Here's a link to the Connecticut location of El Coyote.

El Coyote - Connecticut (http://www.elcoyotellc.com/)

For those that have been to the Jackson Heights restaurant, are the menu offerings similar to that of the Connecticut location?
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: toddg on July 13, 2009, 10:43:21 PM
The menu looks similar, but not identical.  I had cochinita pibil, which was delicious and does not seem to be on the Connecticut menu.  Also, while the Jackson Heights location is kid-friendly, for some reason it does not offer a childrens menu.  Hopefully they'll change that soon.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: luzmaria71 on July 17, 2009, 04:24:40 PM
Great service and Great food!!  I would highly recommend!!   A group of my girlfriends and our children were  out for dinner and we had a wonderful time. 

Also -  It doesn't matter what type of restaurant opens up whether indian, colombian, american, mexican, etc...  just as long as it's a nice and fun place to go out with family and friends. 

Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Mike V on July 17, 2009, 05:48:20 PM
I went today for lunch.  I agree, great service, great food.   Lunch for two including a complimentary cream of mushroom soup and a fabulous chips and dips was only $18.  I had the enchiladas (chicken & beef) with a salad and friend had Coyote's Fajitas (steak) both outstanding.  Incredible atmosphere and pleasantly air conditioned.  I plan to return often.  This is an incredible additon to the neighborhood. 
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: hunnybear on July 18, 2009, 02:53:22 PM
Finally went to El Coyote and it was exceptionally good!!! Was seated right away, beautiful clean decor, service fantastic, chips and salsa was so fresh and homemade yummy!!! WE had fajitas, chimichangas, enchiladas, quesidillas all came with rice and beans or salad. The salad dressing was so000 delicious tasted like lime and possibly peanut? . The guacomole was to die for ( Im a guac snob) The rice was perfect not hard not mushy, black beans perfect not soupy but not dry either.  The soup was also very good. Our water was constantly refilled without anyone being on top of us. We were not rushed to leave. We all had leftovers and were stuffed. WE already have plans to go back next week. I am so happy to have this restaurant here!!!!
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: KC on July 19, 2009, 09:57:41 AM
I ate there on Friday, with a friend and my 2 1/2 year old.  Everyone LOVED it!  I had the mole poblano, which was exceptional.  My friend had a salmon preparation, which she said was one of the best pieces of salmon she has ever eaten.  My daughter was pampered, and had rice and beans and chicken fingers and french fries.  She loved mole when she was 13 months old, and hadn't had it since then.  I admit I was saddened when she turned up her nose at it.  But I loved it, and she ate well and had a great time.  We also had the ridiculously decadent cherry/watermelon margaritas.  I don't think I've had a margarita in 5 years, and it was really fun.

I'd like to speak to some of the earlier threads.  Do we need ANOTHER Mexican restaurant in the neighborhood?  Well, my feeling is that this place meets a really different set of needs than the taco stands and Coatzingo.  If you want to eat great Mexican food standing on the corner, or listening to the soccer game, you can do that.  If you want to be pampered in a really beautiful environment with first rate service, and eat great Mexican food, go to El Coyote.  Is it targeted to gringos?  Well, it is targeted to people with a certain amount of disposible income that they chose to spend on fine dining.  As a gringa who lived in Mexico City for three years, (and yeah, I have no problem with the term "gringo"), I find that it reminds me of the upscale restaurants located in affluent Mexico City neighborhoods such as Polanco and San Angel.  And yeah, the more touristy Zona Rosa. 

To make a similar argument, do we need Uncle Peter's and Armondo's when we have Gianni's?  Yeah, we do.  Gianni's is great when I'm coming home with a bag of stuff from the Rite Aid and I'm exhausted and have no desire to cook and I decide I want to sit down and have a great dish of pasta with the TV news in the background, while I catch up on neighborhood gossip.  When I want to unwind and eat an exceptional meal, with exceptional service, in a pampering environment, I go and have a great dish of pasta at Uncle Peter's. 

I am delighted to welcome El Coyote to the neighborhood.  I will eat there frequently.  And hopefully, my toddler/soon to be preschooler will start enjoying the mole again.  She also loved pepian sauce as a baby, and I hope to get her enjoying it again as well. 
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: C11106 on July 19, 2009, 06:20:19 PM
Do they have frozen margaritas here?  Preferably flavored
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: madalyn on July 19, 2009, 07:09:45 PM
Yes.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: eddiestjohns on July 20, 2009, 08:42:46 PM
We went here tonight and ordered the steak fajitas and pollo Mexicano (peppers, onions in a tomato based sauce).  The food and service were excellent.  About 1/3 of the tables were occupied on a Monday night - I think they are off to a very successful start.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: liam0925 on July 23, 2009, 01:07:57 AM
Let me join the chorus of admirers!  Went there Wednesday night and was impressed with the decor, service and food.  Will be back.   :)
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Griswold Contessa on July 23, 2009, 02:02:17 PM
I'd rather spend my "disposable income " at the not so beautiful Tacos Al Suadero or Taqueria Coatzingo where the Mexicanos have their authentic grub and service is great along with amazing food. 
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: hunnybear on July 23, 2009, 02:05:07 PM
good for you    more for us!!!!
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Griswold Contessa on July 23, 2009, 02:08:14 PM
Muchos Gracias!
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: luzmaria71 on July 23, 2009, 02:15:21 PM
margarita's are tasty and strong!!  Just the way i like!!!   :D
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Griswold Contessa on July 23, 2009, 02:21:46 PM
  Drinks made with fresh juice are harder to make the difference between a drink made with sour mix and tequila, and a drink made with tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec and fresh lime juice with amounts of simple syrup for frozen Margaritas is like night and day. And, there's no chemical after-taste. Of course, balance is critical. fresh juice is so concentrated that over-use will destroy the drink.  Unfortunately El Coyote uses sour mix.  :(
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: divanatrix on July 23, 2009, 05:04:11 PM
Griswold Contessa -

Why don't you start an El Coyote bashing thread? 

It's mind boggling how you are so annoyed that this wonderful and well-received restaurant has opened up and have to keep coming back to make snide or passive-aggressive comments. 

No one is saying that Tacos Al Suadero or Taqueria Coatzingo and those mexican establishments are not appreciated, they're just different. 
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Griswold Contessa on July 23, 2009, 05:25:43 PM
divanatrix  - Why are you so angry?  How sad that you cannot welcomed others opinions....I must remind you that this forum is open to everyone's views on various topics rather YOU agree or not is irrelevant.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: divanatrix on July 23, 2009, 06:25:11 PM
Um no, darling. You're the one pooping all over a happy thread.  Try again.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Griswold Contessa on July 23, 2009, 06:51:40 PM
That's a great post...

FOR ME TO POOP ON!!
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Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Jeffsayyes on July 23, 2009, 09:54:29 PM
wait wait, tell me more about why you don't like this place

(very funny with triumph, I hate to admit)
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Queenskid on July 24, 2009, 10:13:15 AM
I'm somewhere in between the Contessa and the divanatrix (never thought I'd write that in my life).  I went to El Coyote last night with some friends.  While I think the food at Coatzingo is better and more authentic, I still liked the food at El Coyote.  What it offered that is not available at Coatzingo is a more upscale dining experience which, from time to time, I enjoy.  I also liked the fact that my evening started and ended at their bar.  I like having a cocktail before I sit down. The bartender was very nice (and, yes, attractive) and I'll go back at happy hour just to hang.
When I order out or I want that no frills experience, or I want to impress a friend with simple authentic food, I'll choose Coatzingo.  When I want a table cloth, nice decor, friendly service and good food, I'll choose El Coyote.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: divanatrix on July 24, 2009, 10:16:10 AM
LOL!!!   :rockon:

Nice review.  PS. I actually like Coatzingo too.  I'm a fan of food. :D




Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: JHICON on July 24, 2009, 11:02:46 AM
Why another Mexican Restaurant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We have the best already without all the glitter and $$$$$  Oh well.................I guess the gringos need a place that's a bit more upscale.

That's exactly what it is, when you open up a restaurant you want to have a target audience. Sad but true, why do you think starbucks and e77 opened up in the nice part or jackson heights they target specific people. All places do, that's why Astoria has a lot more restaurants.

I ate at El coyote, don't get me wrong it was a nice place and good experience, plus the service was great (my glass of water was refilled 5 times lol) Food wise some of it is good and its american Mexican food so how amazing can it get it has a typical menu, chilaquiles, quesedilla, and like i say "un monton de otra mierda" but in reality I think we all know it's americanized mexican food, like american chinese food. The real authentic mexican stuff is amazing like pozole, nopales etc... but not everyone would go, thats why the authentic stuff sticks to roosevelt because they know they will get bussiness from the hispanic community. .


I never hate on new food joints, im glad we have more instead of really crappy "boutiques", discount stores, etc...

Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: markymark on July 24, 2009, 11:04:33 AM
I havent been to el coyote yet but I look forward to it.  But I have to put in a good word for El Sol Azteca.  It's the best Mexican I have found in the nabe.  Much better than Coatzingo.  Depending on who is cooking, the plates sometimes even look quite beautiful.  The beans are delicious, an important test of any Mexican joint's mettle.  
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: JHICON on July 24, 2009, 11:24:15 AM
oh and contessa, you know your stuff pretty well. Are a you a chef or just a big time foodie?! heh.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Griswold Contessa on July 24, 2009, 01:40:26 PM
  I've worked as a chef here and abroad for most of my twenties and still cater a party here and there but prefer cooking for the ones I love which I find much more rewarding.  I moved to JH from Astoria over 6 years ago and in that time I have fallen in love with the local cuisine such as Peruvian, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese and Mexican which happens to be my favorite (hummmm... posole, tamales and mango margaritas) and I must admit I have become quite expert at preparing them all but when I get a craving for either Greek, Italian, Middle Eastern or even a great burger and don't feel like cooking I have to head over to Astoria not that it's a big deal I have a car but it would be nice to take a stroll in my own neighborhood for such cuisine.  I agree with Queenskid that when you want authentic Mexican you head to Coatzingo I choose great food over frills any day but when I want a great dining experience and to be "pampered" I make reservation at La Grenouille or La Bernandin.  I know we can't have it all here in JH but that's not going to keep me from dreaming ::)    Mangia.......???? ?????.....buen apetito.....????? ???....buon appetito....???? ???? 
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: julesnyc on July 24, 2009, 02:46:05 PM
Quote
Sad but true, why do you think starbucks and e77 opened up in the nice part or jackson heights they target specific people.

Not to intrude on your debate, but I can't not reply to JHICON's comment...

The only specific people I would want to "target" to bring into our shop are customers who like good coffee and food!  Our location was chosen based on rent, proximity to a street with good foot traffic, rent, proximity to our apartment (!), rent and the general good atmosphere of the corner that we ended up on.  We nixed the idea of being on northern because the street is too busy for the vibe we were going for and it is also farther away from the train station.

If you have any other questions or thoughts about our motivations, please feel free to PM me!
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: liam0925 on July 25, 2009, 01:58:27 AM
Wow, you need a roll of Rolaids or Tums after reading this thread--and it isn't the food causing the agita!  No place will ever be perfect for everyone so we are lucky to have so many places to choose from.  If you like a place, its food or one of its specialties, by all means tell a friend, write a blurb and more importantly become a regular.  If it doesn't meet your expectations, move on, and find a place that does.  JH is lucky to have so many restaurants and so many styles of cuisine. There really is no reason for all the venom expressed here.   :embarassed:
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Griswold Contessa on July 25, 2009, 07:36:02 AM
As the old adage goes "IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT GET OUT OF THE THREAD"   ;D
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Jeffsayyes on July 25, 2009, 11:17:41 AM
Can anyone compare it to Fiesta Mexicana?
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: liam0925 on July 25, 2009, 03:36:14 PM
As the old adage goes "IF YOU CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT GET OUT OF THE THREAD"   ;D

This brought back another not as old adage "I love mankind; it's people I can't stand."  Good old Charlie Brown, a real classy guy!   :coolsmiley:
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Chuckster on July 25, 2009, 09:02:51 PM
Hey guys, let's stop talking adages and let's talk El Coyote food!

Was there tonight for the first time.  Very pretty inside, great service and good food.  I tired the Ensalada de Aguacate...huge, and definitely enough for 4.  It's basically chunks of avocado atop a bed of greens in this fabulous lite citrusy dressing with some pico de gallo mixed in.  I love cilantro!  After that huge salad, I could only think of ordering some kind of veggie, so I had the veggie fajitas.  Awesome!  I definitely recommend this place for a nice night out...a date, with friends or family.  They also have those nice frozen drinks and a great looking dessert menu.

Love it or hate it.  Let's move the discussion along!  :D
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: dssjh on August 01, 2009, 07:34:24 AM
so i finally stopped in on thursday night and, frankly, i don't see what all the fuss is about.

first thing i'd like to point out: the service *is* extremely nice and attentive, and the waitpersons seem genuine about it, not forced at all.

but the food? good. solid. not spectacular, not great, not worth a particularly long detour. we had the guacamole to start -- probably the best part of the meal -- and that dish, made tableside, is always nice. taquitos were cleanly fried but fairly dull, veggie fajitas pretty much the same (the spicing/flavoring on those was such that they could've been a mix-veg dish at a chinese restaurant). the veggie mixture was a good bit varied than at most places. my chicken mole was pretty good . two nice pieces of thigh meat, but pounded paillard thin, and the mole seemed to be free from shortcuts.

margs were kinda lousy. as griswold contessa pointed out, def. seems like sour mix is in there as opposed to the fresh squeezed juice promised on the menu. free glasses of mulled wine at the end of the meal was a sweet touch.

all in all, a decent place. but from one visit -- and i would go again if prompted -- it just seems like an average mid-scale ny mexican place, the kind of thing you could find in pretty much any neighborhood. no, i am not saying 'it's just like chi-chi's fast food,' just that there's nothing particularly 'wow!' to me
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: NYC Native on August 02, 2009, 09:41:41 PM
I stopped by today.  The place is very pretty and well laid out.  They used wood strips or laminate for the cubicle like dividers.  The lighter wood accent on them were a nice detail.  It had a nice and warm decor overall.  The bar was nice looking and while it was empty looks like a nice place to have a couple of glasses of wine or a few beers and actually have a conversation beside who won the game.  

Had the mixed appetizer.  The wings tasted different, not bad just seemed that the skin was thicker than I prefer.  The plate had what I believe were mini flautas.  They were crispy and it didn't taste greasy like in many Mexican joints I've been to.  It had the tortilla with the bean and melted cheese.  It also had mini empanadas which is what I liked best out of the dish since I put some of the really fresh salsa on it.  I noticed an appetizer they call sombreritos, (what we call tostosnes rellenos, green plantains with your choice of meat or shrimp) which are not a Mexican dish.  Actually, I noticed a few items I would not categorize as Mexican.

We had the 2 pork dishes..Can't recall the name.  One was served on a banana leaf - It was pretty good.  The wife had the pork in a sauce called Pilin I think. It was very flavorful and somewhat different than I'm used to from a Mexican place. I think the sauce was added to it after they fully cooked it because it didn't taste like a sauce that simmered the pork. The rice was edible and the beans were in need of some flavor...like they were afraid of seasoning it.  The pork was very tender but if you are looking for good margaritas you'll need to go somewhere else.  The house Merlot was good and to my surprisewas gato negro which I don't remember being good at all  (must have been a good year  ;D ).  I remember drinking gato negro many years ago and I ended using it to make sangria because it just wasn't drinkable.  

I would definitely go again since I did see some dishes that I would like to try.  The place is pleasant, the pork dishes were very good (Wish I had the guacamole instead of the mix appetizers) but I usually won't recommend or judge a restaurant on just 2 or 3 dishes.    I rarely eat pork in restaurants since I'm usually disappointed but if you like pork, the dishes wont disappoint. My guys are working a few blocks away so I'll try something else this week.  
 
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: NYC Native on August 02, 2009, 10:12:34 PM
Oh yeah - skip the bread pudding - Totally forgettable (as you can tell)
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: elyaqim on August 18, 2009, 04:38:10 PM
The group Out Jackson Heights ate at Coyote on the 7th. We had a special ten dollar prix fixe meal. I ordered a chicken dish that was perfectly fine. It was not my weekly carbohydrate day, so I gave away my rice and beans to a friend. Because I only ate there that one time, ate only a main dish, and do not drink alcohol, I wouldn’t want to make any sweeping generalizations, but the food was good and the atmosphere fine for socializing with a group of friends. They make some attempt at being vaguely upscale: One of the men wore a sleeveless shirt and the management lent him a promotional t-shirt to cover himself. The staff was cordial and helpful.

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Above is my friend’s chicken dish, identical to what I ordered.

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Above is a friend’s steak dish.

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Above is another friend’s plantain dessert.

My pictures, as usual, can be viewed on Facebook in my photo album (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=127863&id=510279107&l=54d84f317b) beginning with picture number thirty-nine (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3135447&id=510279107&l=54d84f317b). Looking at them will give you some idea of the décor of the place, and you can see what some of the guests drank as well. (A Facebook account is not required to view the pictures.)
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: NYC Native on August 18, 2009, 10:59:00 PM
elyaqim -- You don't drink alcohol?   :(

WTF?
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: MarcusW on September 07, 2009, 07:21:31 PM
Jesse and I ate there tonight - perfectly good food. Yes, I know there are more 'authentic' tastes to be had in the neighborhood, but sometimes you want Mexican food served on a nice plate, on a nice tablecloth, with real flowers on each table, in a nicely decorated space with no elevated subway rumbling by and television on. I love the places on Roosevelt Ave, but it's nice to find a neighborhood Mexican restaurant that's a bit more upscale.

We split a half-pitcher of Sangria and had comfort food (chimichangas and chili relleno), although there are lots of other things on the menu we want to try.  The service was friendly and attentive, and we'll definitely be back.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: NYC Native on September 07, 2009, 09:26:59 PM
Yes, I know there are more 'authentic' tastes to be had in the neighborhood, but sometimes you want Mexican food served on a nice plate, on... I love the places on Roosevelt Ave, but it's nice to find a neighborhood Mexican restaurant that's a bit more upscale.

We split a half-pitcher of Sangria and had comfort food (chimichangas and chili relleno), although there are lots of other things on the menu we want to try.  The service was friendly and attentive, and we'll definitely be back.

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Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: NYC Native on September 07, 2009, 09:29:44 PM
OK

let's get together and eat at Coyote people. 
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: jadasie on September 08, 2009, 05:50:49 PM
I ate there yesterday for lunch. I agree with MarcusW: the food may not be the most authentic, but it was nevertheless very tasty and the atmosphere was a pleasant change of pace from the wooliness of Roosevelt Ave. I noticed the dinner prices seemed a bit high, but the lunch prices were reasonable. I'll definitely go again.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: TooFrank on February 20, 2010, 07:20:53 PM
I finally had lunch at El Coyote today and wasted some time writing a blog post about it. If anyone's curious, you can find it here:

http://www.toofrank.com/journal/2010/2/20/el-coyote.html
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: rita Lahoud on February 21, 2010, 12:31:11 AM
I went to El Coyote last night with husband and 4 kids.  To my surprise the place was full.  There were 4 large parties(including us) and several small tables of two as well as some at the bar.  Mariachi was playing and it was a really fun atmosphere.  The kids had a blast and they were so nice to the kids the band came over and played them a marcarena songs.

We had the fajitas, black bean soup, plantain with chicken, guacamole, pork shoulder in banana leaf (forgot the official name) and the tortilla and ice cream dessert.  Food was good and service was very good. The food could have been a bit spicier, so I will probably request it that way up front.  The price was very reasonable and we had food to take home.  (my kids do not eat so much)   WE will go back again.  Passes by today and not as busy but there were several tables full of customers. 

If you have not been yet, try them out. 
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: madalyn on February 21, 2010, 08:02:30 AM
I'm glad to hear they had a nice dinner crowd.  Went twice recently for lunch which is a huge bargain.  The lunch special is $6.95 - delicious and, at that price, cheaper and better than McDonalds.  On both occasions, we were the only ones in the restaurant.  I really want to support them because I think the place deserves it:  friendly service, good food, clean, pleasant ambiance, reasonable prices.
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: Marlene on February 21, 2010, 05:10:12 PM
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/633927#4829518
Title: Re: el coyote restaurant
Post by: bellabella on February 21, 2010, 05:24:35 PM
we ate here again today. I love their avocado salad and the sangria was great. I noticed they had a pre fix for $20!! includes appetizer, entree, dessert and margarita. Next time we are going to try that.