- Zion 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..
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.
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.