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Guatemalan restaurant Mayan 502 Cafe opens in Great Neck

Choripan, an Argentinian sandwich of grilled chorizo topped

Choripan, an Argentinian sandwich of grilled chorizo topped with chimichurri, served at the new Mayan 502 Cafe in Great Neck. Photo Credit: Mayan 502 Cafe

The cuisine of Guatemala (with some side trips to Mexico, El Salvador and Argentina) is the draw at the new Mayan 502 Cafe in Great Neck. The place opened just days ago in the former Northern Boulevard digs of Juliebelle's.

Manager Sergio Quintanilla said the eatery offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its focus is on takeout,  although there are five tables for eating in. The affordably-priced repertoire (priced around $5 to $10) includes such dishes as beef stew, grilled steak with chimichurri, shuko (a Guatemalan sandwich of two sausages topped with mayonnaise and avocado) and choripan, an Argentine sandwich of chorizo crowned with chimichurri sauce.  You'll also find El Salvadoran pupusas as well as beef and chicken tacos on soft corn tortillas with cilantro and avocado. House-baked sweet breads, too.

The eatery's name, Quintanilla said, refers, in part, to the Mayan ancestry of its staff.  And to the telephone country code for Guatemala, 502.

Mayan 502 Cafe is at 98 Northern Blvd., Great Neck, 516-472-7770

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