standard Buen Provecho! Nicaraguan Street Food ‘Pops-Up’ in DUMBO

Vanessa Palazio Opened 'Quesillo' in Her 'Little Muenster' DUMBO Branch (Photo by Matthew Taub)

Vanessa Palazio Opened ‘Little Nica’ in Her ‘Little Muenster’ DUMBO Branch (Photo by Matthew Taub)

A pop-up restaurant is all the rage with DUMBO’s lunch crowd, selling out on its first day on Wednesday. But don’t fret: Little Nica, serving Quesillo (typical Nicaraguan¬†street fare), will be open daily (on weekdays) until September.

The exotic cuisine–Nicaraguan food is a rare find in the city–is currently available within a tiny takeout restaurant at 145 Front Street. Vanessa Palazio is the owner.

The Menu at Little Nica (Photo by Matthew Taub)

The Menu at Little Nica (Photo by Matthew Taub)

“I grew up working for my parents, who run the Key Food on Montague Street,” Palazio said. From that experience came the desire to branch out on her own, but in the restaurant world. Thus came “Little Muenster,” a popular grilled cheese destination, already sprouting three locations–two in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn.

Diamond Hagan, Daniel Santiago, and Vanessa Palazio (Photo by Matthew Taub)

Diamond Hagan, Daniel Santiago, and Vanessa Palazio (Photo by Matthew Taub)

Comfortable¬†enough to branch out into more daring cuisine, Palazio has now delved into her cultural heritage, with spicy delicacies that include pork (cerdo desmenuzado) and tongue (lengua), along with a more classic tortilla and soft cheese concoction (quesillo sencillo) with or without guacamole (aguacate), all of which is topped off with cilantro–admittedly an Americanized addition.

“Most people are a little scared to try the tongue,” Palazio said. “But it’s really good.”

Tongue from Little Nica (Photo by Matthew Taub)

Tongue from Little Nica (Photo by Matthew Taub)