Bachue – Jackson Heights, Queens – July 18, 2015
I approached the newest restaurant in Jackson Heights with enthusiasm. Bachue (pronounced bah-chew-ay) is a new addition to the restaurant scene in this dynamic neighborhood. I was immediately taken aback upon viewing the menu. It was much more expensive than I had anticipated. Entrees ranged in price from $15 to the high $20s.
My husband and I dined at Bachue with our friend, Tony, this past weekend. For my entree, I ordered the Typical Antioqueña Platter (pronounced ahn-tee-oh-ken-yah, referring to a region in Colombia). It came with a choice of grilled chicken or steak (I chose the chicken), a quarter of an avocado, white rice with an egg prepared sunny side up, a sausage, red beans in a miniature Dutch oven, sweet plantains, and chicarron (pronounced chee-char-ron, deep fried pork skin and meat). While it was a great deal of food, overall it was mediocre. The highlights were the juicy, tender, and flavorful chicken, the sausage, which tasted as if it had what I thought might be cumin (one of my favorite spices), and the creamy, rich avocado. Chicharron is often fried to the point where it feels like you might break your teeth on it, so I did not enjoy that. The rice was dry and crunchy, even after breaking the egg yolk over it. The beans were unremarkable, though unlike how they are prepared in other restaurants, they were not salty.
I tried some of my husband’s dish. He ordered roast pork with vegetable rice and sweet plantains. It came wrapped in a banana leaf. While the pork was tender, it was bland. The rice was excessively oily.
For the prices they charge, I had hoped for higher quality food. This was disappointing since they scored relatively well in terms of accessibility.
Accessibility Rating for Bachue
I used my wheelchair to visit Bachue.
- Entryway – 5: The entrance has one set of wide doors with a ramp up to them. There are no stairs.
- Bathroom 4: The designated accessible bathroom is spacious and brightly lit. There are two grab bars around the toilet. I could not get close to the sink due to it having a floor-length panel in front of it. Additionally, the handles on the faucet are tiny and difficult to reach.
- Walkways/Space – 3: The restaurant is spacious, and there is plenty of room to move around in no matter what kind of mobility assistive device one uses. The furniture is easily moved to accommodate different patrons’ requirements. I fit comfortably underneath the table while seated in my wheelchair. If crowded, the space could possibly become difficult to navigate. The dining area is dimly lit, and it was very noisy while we were there due to loud music being played. This was odd since the restaurant was almost empty.
- Staff – 4: The staff moved chairs out of the way so that I could access the table. A staff member also helped me open the designated accessible bathroom’s door.
- Braille Menus: They do not have Braille menus.