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  • Zion Oct 2, 2006 11:56 PM
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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

      FWIW: http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

      A bit expensive for Dominican, IMO.

      1. re: susiec80

        thanx suzie..... ill try it....my 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.

                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                2. I have eaten at Capri, which is just fine. Margot is kind of considered the original, and I think their long-cooked meat dishes (goat, oxtail, etc) are outstanding. I am honestly not sure if I've been to Presidente or Malecon. Looking at the other thread reminded me of the Cibao restaurant on Clinton, just across the street from Alias - same owner as Joselito's on Avenue C.

                  From my notes, I see I liked the cow's foot soup at Capri!

                  All these places, to be fair, offer reliable home-cooking - meat and rice and beans (la bandera) - so we are talking small degrees of better and worse.

                  1. El Malecon (Amsterdam between 97th and 98th Sts.) - roast chicken

                    There is more in Elmhurst/Corona if you want to trek out for chow:

                    Gran Rancho Jubilee
                    23-04 94th St., East Elmhurst
                    718.335.1700
                    Subway: N or W to Astoria Blvd., then M60 Bus to 94th St.
                    The decor here offers a fun, over the top taste of the tropics.
                    Lots of bamboo and thatch.
                    Dominican

                    Amolex Restaurant
                    102-47 43rd Ave., Corona
                    718.779.5757
                    #7 to 103rd St.

                    Quisqueya Restaurant
                    97-03 Roosevelt Ave., Corona
                    718.478.0704
                    #7 to Junction Blvd.

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                    1. re: designerboy01

                      I have only heard negatives (and from Dominicans) about the Gran Rancho place. It's primarily a dancehall, it's not good food, and it's ambience might be described as edgy...

                      I'll happily note the other tips.

                      1. re: Wilfrid

                        There's a Gran Rancho Jubilee complete with bamboo and thatch in Manhattan. Forget where exactly, but it's on or just off B'way a little north of 190th or so. Although I've suprisingly eaten excellent Dominican food in some places that seemed more nightclub-ish than genuine restaurant, the food at Jubilee was forgettable. Not recommended.

                    2. I've been to It's a Dominican thing a couple times.

                      It is much mroe expensive than most Dominican places, the food seems a little better, perhaps, but mostly I think you are paying for the setting, which is much nicer and more relaxed than many Dominican places.

                      If I wanted to grab some food for lunch, I'd go to a cheaper place.

                      If I wanted to take someone out, and they wanted Dominican food, I'd strongly consider It's a Dominican Thing

                      1. You would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't stray, as you say, into the "triple digits". Just walking through Washington Heights, between, say, the 160's and the 190's, there are huge stretches of Broadway where you can practically taste the chicken as it wafts out of the restaurants. You're taking in not only great scents, tastes, aromas, but the entire culture up from which they've percolated.

                        El Mundo Fried Chicken, at the 191st street station stop, fries up a crispy, garlicy masterpiece of a bird. Trace of vinnegar in there, too.

                        By the way, wherever you go, don't forget to wash it all down with a frothy Spanish coffee.