Like a hearty handclasp or a greeting card, comfort fare is most consoling when stuffed with bacon. Ease an anxiety-ridden appetite with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get a comfort-fare dinner for two at El Ay Si in Long Island City (up to an $86 total value). The dinner includes:
- One appetizer (up to a $10 value).
- Two entrees (up to a $25 value each).
- One dessert (up to a $10 value).
- Two glasses of wine or beer (up to a $8 value each).<p>
El Ay Si’s culinary wizards conjure an eclectic menu of Southwestern comfort cuisine that incorporates an eclectic array of transnational ingredients. Tabletop candles glint off small plates of jalapeño-sweet-corn fritters, which plummet into pots of pure honey alongside black-eyed-pea cakes drizzled in chipotle mayo. Pulled-pork tacos al pastor crush south-of-the-border cravings, and arrows speared with caramelized apples soar from kitchens before neatly plunging into hearty plates of slow-cooked pressed pork belly. Diners can cap off sated stomachs by submerging spoons into a host of enticing meal closers, including a chocolate-bourbon pecan pie and cherry crumble crowned with vanilla ice cream.
Fetching artwork pairs with gritty brick walls and decorative graffiti in El Ay Si’s dimly lit interior, fostering a brash, upscale environment that honors the innercity flair of the surrounding neighborhood. Patrons can dampen palates with brews such as Saranac India Pale Ale or the Mexican Modelo Especial pilsner, or peruse a globetrotting array of seasonal wines available by the bottle, glass, or upturned sombrero.
El Ay Si
Fetching artwork pairs with gritty brick walls and decorative graffiti in El Ay Si’s interior, where diners study an eclectic menu of Southwestern comfort cuisine. Fusing traditional recipes with international ingredients, they craft pulled-pork tacos al pastor with grilled pineapple, as well as slow-cooked pressed pork belly with caramelized apples. Brews such as Saranac India Pale Ale or the Mexican Modelo Especial pilsner complement hearty dishes as diners submerge spoons into chocolate-bourbon pecan pie or cherry crumble crowned with vanilla ice cream.
47-38 Vernon Blvd.
Long Island City, New York 11101