2013-11-22 / Columnists

Slice of Life

And A Slice Of Pico
by Beth Hanning

One has to admit that there has been a lot of progress in the restaurant industry in the last few years on the peninsula. I am enjoying trying out all of the new restaurants and am still hoping to visit a few more.

If you have not tried the new restaurant on Beach 129th Street, try to squeeze it into your plans soon. The old Rockaway Seafood House has been renovated and it looks fabulous. PICO RBNY has a wonderful ambience. The staff was very friendly and the service was excellent. My favorite part of the restaurant, even though I did not sit there, is the community table situated directly in the middle of the front room. I also know I will probably only sit there with a large group because my husband would never sit at a table with people he does not know personally. He has claimed he will never go on a cruise unless with a large group because he has heard you have to sit with strangers at certain meals.

I went on a Friday at 6 p.m. and at first felt awful because the place was not too crowded, however once 7 rolled around the place was jam packed and bustling with activity. Another wonderful thing about when I went was I saw so many familiar faces, some who I had not seen for some time.

The food is not your traditional Tex- Mex type. It is a bit fancier than those types of restaurants, which is similar to how the menu was at the seafood place. I only went with one other person so I did not get a chance to sample too many items but what I did have was excellent. I do wish they would add fajitas and fancy them up a bit, because I love fajitas! The table next to us was kind enough to answer a question about what they had ordered. They ordered a few appetizers and the item that stood out was five different kinds of tacos. I will be sure to try it out next time.

The drink menu does not disappoint, the drinks are original and delicious. I had the sangria and it was very good, my friend had the margarita and said it was delicious!

If you read this column you know I am always waiting until the last minute to do things and it is now 23 minutes until my deadline. I tried to Facebook message PICO and as of right now have not heard back from them. I was hoping to ask them a few questions. I am sure the money that was invested was costly and it seems like they are off to a prosperous start.

If you are looking for a place to meet some friends during the upcoming holiday season this is the place. In addition to their community table the booths fit six plus very comfortably.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!

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