In a remote part of Woodside Queens, 15 minutes from the M train, lies a corner that transports you to a tropical party whether it be for lunch or dinner. Andres Carne de tRes is an homage to the popular restaurant franchise in Colombia. With typical Colombian appetizers, party platters, generous entrees and wacky décor, Andres tRes screams good times from its sandy play area at the entrance to its suggestive décor and downstairs party room.

It’s a great place for families or friends to come together who are looking to have a good time. The kids have their own  playground, with a sand covered outdoor dining area. The adults playground can be found downstairs as it doubles for private event space or public parties on weekend nights.

If you’re looking for something fancy, you might as well turn around. This is Colombian comfort food at its finest with mini crispy empanadas and cheesy arepas (friend corn cakes), each bite bursting with flavor. Make sure you try Colombian blood sausage and sweet plantains with guava and cheese. For a mini show before your entrée, order the house made guacamole. A giant cart rolls over to your table making fresh guacamole with your choice of ingredients table side.

When you just can’t decide on an entrée, I suggest the Teia-rrilla Andres. A platter for two filled with assorted meats such as smoked pork ribs, Colombian sausage and blood sausage, flank steak, grilled chicken, fried corn cake and chicharron (fried pork belly). But make sure to order some rice and beans as well. Those were some of the best kidney beans I have had in years. Not over or undercooked, perfectly seasoned with a sweet and smoky flavor.

The service was extremely attentive. They serve various large tables at a time with ease. The ingredients were fresh and dishes well seasoned. The owner, Diana, is very polite and welcoming. This is a great place for birthdays (they make a pretty big deal about those), and everyone is treated like family. Not a place to be missed. With a wonderful ambiance, great food and friendly service, it comes as no surprise they have so many loyal customers. Stepping foot into Andres tRes is like dining at a typical restaurant in Colombia, an unforgettable experience.

For more information, also check out their Facebook page, (and “like” them to receive a free tequila shot!)

Andres Carne de tRes
51-05 58th Street Woodside NY, 11377.
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
(718) 205-7733

Images: Andres Carne de tRes, Andres Carne de tRes 

Kymberlee Fajardo is a freelance food writer and food culture photographer. A culinary school graduate with experience as a line cook in fine dining, South East Asian street market food in NYC, farm to table in Upstate NY, as well as contemporary comfort food in Northern, NJ. Eventually combining her passion for cooking and writing to pursue her career as a food writer. She maintains her own food blog, Free Spirit Eater and regularly contributes to Dialect Magazine and Madly Juicy as well as other food related websites.