Bushwick’s First Nicaraguan Restaurant Opens

Elotitas, on the menu at Chicha (Photo via Bushwick Daily)

In early May, Chicha opened its doors in Bushwick becoming the Brooklyn neighborhood’s first Nicaraguan restaurant. Only a few exist in the borough. Bushwick Daily’s Andrew Tobia writes that Brooklyn native Vanessa Palazio, who runs the eatery with husband Adam Schneider, is the daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants and wanted to share the comfort foods she ate growing up.

The dishes are all traditional Nicaraguan, slightly reimagined either by necessity or for fun. The conchas negras, for example: true conchas negras, clams with distinctive black flesh, can’t be found in the U.S., so a bit of squid ink is added in the Chicha take to mimic that color. There’s also lemongrass, some foamy coconut milk, and a slice of fresh jalapeno. It was an ideal bite — briny ocean, creamy, citrus, and spice all playing together — and a great way to start a meal.

Then there’s the elotitas, quesillos and arroz con pollo arancini. Go to Bushwick Daily for more on these Nicaraguan dishes.

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