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Macondo

By Rob Blatt
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Macondo is the latest restaurant to promise its customers the enchantment of pedestrian fare. The name comes from a town in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's magic-realist novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude," and accordingly, the environment is a strange interpretation of tropical fantasy - fresh pineapples suspended from the ceiling, walls lined with exotic jarred fruits - with the concrete grubbiness of a Lower East Side sidewalk. The seating is at too-high bar stools or low-to-the-ground lounge tables; a few of the bar stools extend out onto Houston Street, where hardy customers can dine at a counter window with their backs to the passing crowds.