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Apr 4, 2007 10:09 AM

Around W168th St

Ciao Hounds,

Doing a bit of forward planning for the impending arrival of a new baby, and wondering about food options on Broadway and 168th St.

Anything considered, from Latino to Chinois, as long as it's delicious, nutritious, won't kill Mama, and won't have me checking into the ER, down the hall from the Delivery Room.


- Sean

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  1. Congratulations on the baby, Sean. Now, on to the important stuff ; )El Malecon is on Broadway and about 175th on the west side of the street has awesome roast chicken. There is another place same side of the street maybe a block or 2 further that has amazing steaks. The cuts aren't the fanciest but they are marinated and the favor is not to be believed. Sorry I can't remember the name of the place but it's been a few years since I ate there. I know you'll be busy but that stretch of Broadway is full of nice little Dominican restaurants.

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    1. re: KTinNYC

      Ciao Hounds,

      Many thanks for all this. El Malecon will certainly be high on my list, as I know Mamacita has a weakness for rotisserie chicken.


      - Sean

    2. I just put in some time in that immediate area over the Christmas holidays, my mom was in the hospital and the hospital food was worse than awful. I live a few more than 10 blocks north of there. If you find yourself with time on your hands take a stroll up to 181st and there is a good pizza place or two, a good Chino-Latino restaurant, and a great rice and beans joint, and the best bakery in the neighborhood (Mexican)...and a Starbuck's and Dunkin Donuts. Walking briskly it takes 11 minutes -- hahaha -- I timed it.

      Plum Pomidoro on Broadway between 168th and 169th is highly recommended for pastas.

      There is a somewhat controversial place new place for Indian takeout right next door, Tawaa. I haven't tried it for myself yet.

      Mike's Bagel Shop on that block is good as well.

      If you need a drink to steady your impending parent nerves, Coogan's on 169th and Broadway is a great pub and a throwback to when the neighborhood was mostly Irish. They serve your standard breaded and fried and burgered bar food.

      There's a new, bare bones Korean restaurant on Broadway and 164th, Joa. I've heard good things on CH.

      Jou Jou Cafe right outside the ambulance entrance to the ER on 168th a few doors in from Broadway makes a very decent sandwich and a decent cup of coffee, both very very necessary during hospital stays!

      Mambi on 177th and Broadway is famous city-wide for their Cuban sandwiches.

      El Malecon, as already mentioned, does indeed have a great rotisserie chicken, tripe soup, etc. You can smell the chickens roasting in the windows a couple of blocks away. It's also open 24 hours, late night there are usually a bunch of cop cars double parked outside. El Malecon is one of the few "destination" restaurants we have in the area.

      And the Domincan steakhouse KT couldn't remember the name of is probably El Conde on 175th and Broadway. In the last couple of years three steakhouses have opened up within a few blocks of each other. Tipico on 177th is the most colorful, but El Conde serves the best food. As mentioned, you won't get thick cut American style steaks. Dominicans favor thin cuts of meat (it's impossible to get anything else in the butchers too!) from tougher parts of the cow. But there is a ton of good seafood on the menu as well. Good smoothies and tropical juices too.

      For emergency provisions and snacks, there is a very large Gristedes on the corner of 170th and Broadway.

      Congratulations on the impending addition to your family!

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      1. re: ballulah

        El Conde, yep that's the one. I use to be in that neighborhood a lot a few years back but not so much since my ex and I broke up. Nice call on Coogan's. Decent burgers and pub grub.

      2. I knew the uptowners had a recent discussion here on just this topic. Here's the thread for more detail and reviews of places a bit further north and a bit further south, as well as some of the places KT and I already mention.

        1. I started working at the hospital a couple of weeks ago and have yet to find any amazing places. Malecon is a classic, and you should try it if you can get up that high. Right near the hospital is a deli called tasty deli- i think its on St. Nicholas and 168 (right across from mcdonalds) and there is a little place called in vino veritas- only been for lunch but i think you can get a good panini and salad for $8- its a little past Dunkin donuts on St. Nicholas. Plum Pomidora and Jou Jou's are also pretty good.
          Good luck with the food and the baby!

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          1. re: JillAnn

            congrats on the baby. i've worked up there for many yrs. conde and malicon are especially good and well-liked by my colleagues. mike's bagel store has amazing bagels and very fresh deli items. the bagels are made daily and they are really nice in there. this is one of my favorite places up there. jou jou is fine and they actually have another location right in the lobby of babies hospital so you won't have to walk to w168th for jou jou. cafe x is also ok. plum pomidoro has completely gone downhill b/c they just lost their best cook, armando. i still miss their old place, kuhinya, that was a huge success but they felt a need to expand and change the menu so they moved next door. it was just barely tolerable for a while after the switched from kuhinya to pomidoro (while i cried for 3 months)but now it's a lost cause. tawaa is another disaster. i posted about this earlier. i find myself in wendy's these days [sigh] on w165 and brdwy right out the door of babies hospital. coogans is mediocre. i always liked el presidente, especially the cuban sandwich. dallas bbqs will do if you are desperate. oh, and then there's carrot top next door to wendy's which has good sandwiches but you might like the sandwiches better at mike's bagels. there are a couple of more places i know by sight but i'll check menus from my office and post details later today. you might also want to walk over to the milstein hospital which is on fort wash behind babies hosp and go up to "top of the nines" on the 9th floor. it's a restaurant on the fancy smancy floor of milstein where famous people are hospitalized. the food is not great but the views of the river and the bridge from the huge windows are astounding. if anyone who is reading this is thinking of opening a restaurant up this way, PLEASE DO!!! we were teased with some new, hopeful openings only to be disappointed. kuhinya was the best of the bunch with people waiting on lines out the door and then it closed.

            1. re: nativeNYer

              Ah yes! I'd forgotten El Presidente! Their cubans are good.

              I wish I'd known about the 9th floor of Milstein. My mom was on the 7th for 10 days!

              I'm sorry to hear that Plum Pomidoro has gone south. That's a bummer, you really recommended it highly!

              1. re: ballulah

                i know i did. [shudder]. this is true. [sigh]. i am so devastated. i was just there Tuesday after a short break (yeh, it wasn't so great the last time i went) from the place and.... ugghh... i asked for al dente pasta which took 20 min to prepare (not a good sign) and, when it arrived, it was like mush. even though i had made no indication that i felt i was waiting too long, i heard the waiter tell another waiter "al dente means cook shorter. why are they taking so long?!" after awhile, the waiter stopped by, saw the mush on my plate and said there are new cooks in the back and that armando had left. ugghhhh!!!!!!!

          2. BTW, I just had a Cuban sandwich from Mambi on 177th and Broadway last night, and I know I recommended it before, but I'm back to give my original recommendation a sound pat, make that a thump, on the back. It had been awhile since I'd last had one, and I obviously forgot how friggin' good they are. $3.25 for the perfect Cuban. So good, it's ridiculous. Did I mention the $3.25. Haha. I was waiting at the counter with a friend late at night last night, and everything on the steam tables being served up looked unbelievably good as well.