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The Senor Pollo madness started with fellow Serious Eats contributor Kathy YL Chan. A few months ago she professed her Senor Pollo love in her blog and has since then repeatedly informed me, "You can get a quarter chicken and two sides for only $6.50—it's so good!" with such zeal that if we were in a cartoon, little pink hearts would've popped up next to her face. Not being one to turn down Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken (or meals that cost less than $10), I finally got my Senor Pollo Night last Wednesday.

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Along with Kathy and two other friends, we each went for the $6.50 deal. With 12 sides to choose from, you could go as healthy as salad and steamed vegetables, or fill your plate with fried starches. I went for a fried/non-fried starch combo of fried yucca and mashed potatoes with spinach. If I ever get the chance to have fried yucca sticks over french fries, I take it; I like the more substantial texture of yucca. The creamy mashed potatoes weren't bland, but didn't have much spinach flavor either; at least the green tint said, "There's spinach in here somewhere."

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As for the chicken, it was moist enough and the skin was appealingly crisp. Everything tasted better with the accompanying sauces: a non-spicy parsley and oil sauce, a spicy creamy sauce (aji sauce), and a creamy garlic sauce (mojo sauce I assume, which we received upon my friend's request to use as dipping sauce for her tostones).

While you may not go out of your way for Senor Pollo, if I worked or lived near Senor Pollo (Kathy lives around the corner), I would be a repeat customer for the $6.50 deal. You can sit down, get fast, friendly service, and leave feeling satisfied, not overly stuffed.

Senor Pollo

221 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003 (b/n 13th and 14th;map)
212-777-0362

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