I was dismayed to learn of the recent closing of Rotico Rotisserie Cafe, which had an all-too-short run (about a year) in Garden City.
More a takeout place than a sit- down spot, Rotico turned out some knockout Mexican and Central American dishes. Before opening the place, chef and co-owner Rob Bates cooked at Aureole in Manhattan. He and his wife, Freya, drew upon recipes from their travels South of the border.
In an article on Long Island’s top chicken dishes, I wrote of the rotisserie chicken adobo at Rotico: “It's slow-cooked, coppery brown on the outside, juicy and crackling with spices down to the bone.”
I'd love some of the chicken right about now.
The rotisserie chicken adobo at Rotico in Garden City (File Photo, 2009 / Charles Eckert