A Guatemalan eatery of any size is sure to serve caldo de res.
The confluence of Bath Beach and Bensonhurst is home to at least three such venues, two of which double as grocery stores. Jireh, which assumed the corner location and telephone number of an established predecessor called Maranata, is purely a restaurant, of a modest sort. The caldo de res (beef soup, $7), accompanied by a basket of tortillas and a helping of white rice, at first also appears unassuming. But squeeze in some lemon and dip your spoon, and you'll encounter a logjam that includes corn on the cob, carrot, squash, and yuca. It's big on beef, too, as evidenced by the photo of the emptied bowl below.
Same story, smaller bone: a chicken chuchito ($1.50), the compact Guatemalan version of the tamal, with dark meat and dense masa. Also shown below: the restaurant by day, and by night.
8715 18th Ave. (at Benson Ave.), Bath Beach, Brooklyn