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Oct 2, 2006 11:56 PM


Any cool dominican place in the city...really authentic? if possible in "manhattan", as in below 100th! thanx...if its worth it i guess ill cross into triple digit territory..

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  1. There's a place called "Its a Dominican Thing" on 19th between 6th & 5th aves, I think. I've never been there myself but it looks nice. There's also a place in the LES called CAstillo de Jagua.

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      1. re: susiec80

        thanx suzie..... ill try girl is from dr so i hope its traditional... :)

      2. Castillo de Jagua ia at 113 Rivington St and it's my favorite. Even their ready made stews show quite a bit of subtlety -- Saturday's goat stew has a rich brown gravy flavored with wine -- and some of their made to order stuff is even better. Their Asopaos, for example, are bisque-like soups made with rice. I wouldn't order a grilled, sauceless steak or chicken, though, I'd be afraid they'd dry it out.

        1. i agree with brian.... i second castillo de jagua.
          love everything i've had there.
          the cubano is divine.
          the flan is very good.
          fish in the creamy garlic sauce (Forgot what its called) amazing.
          and their smoothies and shakes are great too!

          oh and the sancocho! the BEST!!!

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          1. re: junglekitte

            Is this place a lot better than the Clinton Restaurant on Clinton and Houston? If it is, let me know but don't jump on me, because I haven't been to Castillo de Jagua; I'm just trying to get a sense of the latter's quality.

          2. If you accept 109th st as almost below 100th - Rositas on Broadway.

            1. The best in the city is the long-established, tiny Restaurant Margot on Broadway at 159th. There are other good bets in Washington Heights.

              Downtown, we have found Joselito's on Avenue C to be very reliable for meals and sandwiches (no cuchifritos). El Nuevo Castillo on Avenue D and Castillo de Jagua on Rivington are runners up. For a specialist in asopao, try Nuevo Amanecer on Essex. Some of these places have big signs claiming to be Mexican, but that's just to bring the drinkers in - don't worry.

              For cuchifritos, La Isla (or something like that) on 14th Street between A and B, or the little joint on Clinton. By far our favorite for cuchifritos - Ignacio Restaurant at the bottom of Avenue D, has closed.

              Note: The owners of It's a Dominican Thing are from the DR, but I have the strong impression they have tried to Americanize the experience - it would not be my first choice to take someone from the DR.

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              1. re: Wilfrid

                thanx W! good recommendations....will check it out...

                1. re: Wilfrid

                  Back in February there was another thread and posters mentioned El Capri, El Presidente, El Malecon, all near Margot. I haven't tried any of these uptown places... but it is the biggest Dominican nabe in the city, perhaps the world.