I like surprises, especially when they're in the form of a veggie entree and they're served in a steakhouse setting.
I'd walked past Madera on Vernon Boulevard in LIC before, and though I'd nearly been lured in by promises of mojitos, jalapeno margaritas, and a veggie stir fry that the staff would make for vegetarians, I'd opted to visit another resto on Vernon that night- having just come back from Colombia, I needed something different! But this past weekend, my honey and I were both equally curious about Madera's offerings (okay, and part of it was that we were super hungry and didn't want to cook at home) and visited the upscale-casual resto with lively Cuban music emanating from the bar.
And kudos to Madera for coming through with an entree! In addition to savory fried plantains and an avocado-pineapple salad, I enjoyed a stir fried veggie entree of yellow rice, green beans, and broccoli, with a little bit of cilantro for a kick. Very basic, but tasty!
I can't say I'll be a frequent visitor to Madera- woman cannot live on Cuban rice stir fry alone- but for any Queens vegetarians whose friends are always talking up steakhouses, just know that you can selfishly steer your pals towards Madera, and still enjoy a good night out.
Especially if you include a jalapeno margarita.Or two.
Madera, 47-29 Vernon Blvd, between 47th Road and 48th Ave, LIC 718-606-1236