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Cops release photos of suspect sought in subway bias attack


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Photos courtesy of NYPD

Police have released photos of the suspect who allegedly punched a Hispanic man, then made anti-Mexican statements towards him on a No. 7 train.

The 43-year-old victim was on a Queens-bound train about 4 p.m. Sunday when the suspect approached him and punched him twice in the face, then made the bias remarks, cops said. The suspect then fled at the Court Square station in Long Island City.

The victim sustained bruises to the nose and a lacerated lip, but refused medical aid at the scene, according to police.

Authorities describe the suspect as a black male, 6′ tall and 165 pounds.

In addition to the surveillance photos, which were obtained from after the assault, police have also released a sketch of the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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Man sought in bias assault on No. 7 train


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

A suspect allegedly assaulted a Hispanic man on a No. 7 train before making anti-Mexican statements towards him, cops said.

The 43-year-old victim was on a northbound train about 4 p.m. Sunday when the suspect approached him and punched him twice in the face, then made the bias remarks, police said. The suspect then fled the train at the Court Square station in Long Island City.

The victim sustained bruises to the nose and a lacerated lip, but refused medical aid at the scene, according to cops.

Police describe the suspect as a black male, 6′ tall and 165 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

 

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A new party at Pachanga Patterson


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Photo by Bradley Hawks

BRADLEY HAWKS

Peyton Powell recently took over as executive chef in the kitchen at Astoria’s Pachanga Patterson, the third restaurant of the Mexican trio that also includes Vesta in Astoria and Venturo in Sunnyside. Powell had been the executive sous chef at Casa Mono since 2009 and also worked at DB Bistro Moderne, as well as Daniel.

Powell met the owners of Pachanga by eating at Vesta and seeing them around Astoria, where he has been living for the last four years.

“I loved what they were doing in the neighborhood, and wanted to be a part of it,” explains the chef.

Previously, Pachanga focused on serving “family meals,” incorporating  nontraditional ingredients into classic Mexican recipes.  A family meal, in the restaurant industry, is a staff meal served before a shift.  While tacos stuffed with duck remain, the theme has moved from fusion to classic Mexican.

“What I’m trying to do at Pachanga is not strictly Oaxacan,” says Powell, “even though it’s my favorite region of Mexico, foodwise. I want to incorporate traditional Mexican flavors and ingredients influenced by my background, in a local, seasonal, and comfortable environment.”

The result is some of the most delicious Mexican food in the entire city.  A surprisingly light queso fundido arrives in a shallow clay dish, studded with hen of the woods mushrooms, tiny diced cubes of butternut squash, and pumpkin seeds.  Quacamole is served in the classic style, or can be ordered jazzed up with pomegranate seeds, queso fresco, and chipotle pepper oil, making it sweet and spicy.

Cabernet colored beets are delicately charred on the grill, and served with pickled apples, crushed peanuts, and hibiscus.  Grilled octopus is stewed with cannellini beans and jalapeno oil, giving just the right spark of heat to remarkably tender tentacles.

If you order the fideos con mariscos, do not plan on sharing even a single bite, as these head-on prawns are sweet and tender, swimming with mussels in a pot of broken capellini, stewed with cactus paddles in a habanero aioli.  From the land, never has pork belly been executed to such deliciousness, glazed with tamarind and served with crunchy chicharrones and tangy tangerines.

“Pachanga” can loosely be translated as “street party,” which means there are plenty of unique cocktails to sip.  Drinks range from a Coriander en Fuego to a Cactus Cooler, made from organic prickly pear puree, blended with tequila blanco.

From appetizers to desserts, Pachanga Patterson is hitting it out of the park.  Chef Powell is dishing out some pretty remarkable dishes worthy of at least a visit, if not two… or 20.  If only all Mexican food could taste this fantastic.

Pachanga Patterson
33-17 31st Ave., Astoria
718-554-0525

 

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K.Pacho – brand new, and absolutely outstanding


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Four words can describe the dining experience at the brand new K.Pacho: stupendous, outrageous, delicious, and outstanding.

These adjectives especially describe the featured dessert, called a Mexican frozen hot chocolate. Served in an enormous margarita glass with cinnamon and homemade churros in a warm cajeta sauce and topped with whipped cream, it’s a show stopper that you must try!

But let’s get back to basics. The setting for the newly-created K.Pacho, the former Two Steak & Sushi Den, is gothic Mexican. As I walked on the red carpet and opened the glass-etched doors, the mood was set with a rack of red candles glowing. We were met by a gracious hostess and walked past the packed bar that had intimate tables nestled in the rear and sofas for seating beside the bar itself. I loved the warm, flattering lighting that set a relaxed mood.

Our table overlooked the dining room. Behind us was one of their three private rooms. Of course our first course was the classic guacamole, prepared table-side to our request. We had ours prepared with just the right combination of jalapeño, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, onions and lime, adding a kick. It’s a must!

There are other starters, including a rich pumpkin soup served with cornbread croutons, toasted pepitas and cinnamon crème fraîche. Chef James McDevitt has added a unique and consistent quality and creativity to every dish.

Our main courses were equally as impressive. My favorite was the Mexi-Q for two or more (I took home enough for another meal). It is a platter of grilled Mexican shrimp, roasted chicken – soft and moist – grilled skirt steak prepared to our requested (medium rare) and tasty and nicely-spiced baby back ribs. It was accompanied with black beans, rice and grilled corn tortillas. What a combination!

There are tacos and tortas (sandwiches) served with the most delious, crspy sweet potato fries I have ever tasted.

And of course there is a full bar and wine menu, but you must try one of their margaritas, served in an enormous glass.

Opened only two weeks ago, K.Pacho it is a must go. Try it, you’ll love it!

 

K.Pacho Cocina & Teqila Bar

1270 Union Turnpike, New Hyde Park

516-358-2222

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Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Sunday, 4 p.m. to midnight

All major credit cards accepted

Private Party Facilities

Full bar and lounge

Handicap accessible