9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday to Saturday
a casual mid-sized restaurant in Queens Village that’s as
appropriate for just hanging out as it is for good Spanish and
Restaurant, on Jamaica Avenue between 217th and 218th Streets, has
just under 50 seats in two rooms separated by a swinging half-door.
a television always going with one of the local Spanish-language
stations, and the staff is friendly and attentive in the best way; you
don’t notice they’re there, but they’re aware of your needs.
out of napkins?
Need some more water?
Sitting at the diner-style counter, life is even better.
a jukebox in the restaurant’s rear dining room, filled with
Nothing was spinning during a recent mid-week visit, but the
big room is a perfect space for parties with music.
thing that makes Perez a great place to kick back and relax is that
unlike most take-out and delivery-friendly restaurants, there’s a
large selection of beers to enjoy with (or without!) a meal.
at a good bar, some regulars at the restaurant don’t even have to
As soon as they sit down, their favorite brew is served.
the Queens Village Long Island Railroad station right across the
street, Perez is a great place to stop in for a cold one and dinner to
go before heading home.
another diner-like offering, Perez serves its breakfast foods any time
of the day.
The breakfast menu is more Spanish than American, being heavy
on meat, eggs and fried stuff.
Hamburgers and cheeseburgers, oddly, are also on the breakfast
oh, is breakfast at Perez cheap . . . and good.
Two eggs with sausage, ham or bacon, toast, home fries and
coffee is just $2.50 and classic greasy-spoon.
a big sandwich menu, also big on heavy meats.
All are under $4.50.
restaurant’s platos calientes, or “hot platters,” are also heavy
on meats, and can be interesting for people not familiar with Spanish
Hen is differentiated from chicken (both $5), and you can also
order pig’s feet, ox tail stew and goat stew.
most expensive hot platter is the shrimp, at $9.
All are served with rice and beans, mashed potatoes, fried
plantains or vegetables.
exotic on the menu is an octopus salad, at $10.
a great dessert at Perez, try one of their natural shakes: papaya,
mamey, mango, vanilla and fresa.
All are $2.50.
does free delivery in its neighborhood for orders over $8.50.
Another thing to know about the restaurant is that its
offerings aren’t fixed; you can often get things not printed on the
menu, like the fried chicken on a recent visit.