Dolce Restaurant, serving, per its awning, “typical Colombian cuisine,” has opened in the Manorhaven Boulevard spot that was most recently ¡Ay Que Rico! (and, before that, Livorno and Nick & Pedro’s).
Co-owner Martin Tobon said that he and his partner were originally planning on a New American-Italian menu, hence the name Dolce. But while putting the restaurant together, he said, local residents were vocal about their desire for something that Port Washington didn’t have. Tobon, a native of Colombia, decided to change directions — though it was too late to substitute “Dulce” for “Dolce.”
Dolce’s menu is straight-ahead Colombian and is headlined by that country’s belly-busting national dish, “bandeja paisa,” comprising rice, beans, steak, chicharrón (pork rind), chorizo sausage, fried eggs and an arepa, a fat little tortilla.
Dolce’s large bandeja paisa is $13.95 (small is $11) and the rest of the menu offers comparable value: None of the main dishes tops $20, most are less than $15. Rice with shrimp (plus salad and fries) is $12.95; grilled fish filet with rice, salad and green plantains is $14.95; arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) is $10.95.
Dolce Restaurant is at 95 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington, 516-472-7500