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Looking for good mofongo

Syphrite May 25, 2007 10:07 AM

I had some amazing mofongo in Puerto Rico recently. It was almost like a ropa vieja style mofongo with an incredibly tasty tomato broth and beef. I'm looking for something similar in the city. Any suggestions? :-)

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    psawce RE: Syphrite May 25, 2007 10:48 AM

    El Deportivo on 48thst and 9th avenue.

    1. guttergourmet RE: Syphrite May 25, 2007 12:39 PM

      Not my thing but Castillo de Jagua's looked tempting...

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        randumbposter RE: Syphrite May 25, 2007 01:12 PM

        If you want tomato and tripe combinations, you can also check some out italian places. They cook their tripe with tomatoes, peas and onions, i think. On wednesdays i think park avenue italian gourmet located 45th between 5th and 6th serves tripe with tomatoes.

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          Peter Cherches RE: randumbposter May 25, 2007 08:55 PM

          Are you confusing mofongo (mashed plantain) with mondongo (tripe soup), or was this in response to the tomato broth comment?

          Old San Juan on 9th Avenue makes a number of different mofongos, including crabmeat, but I haven't tried any there.


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            guttergourmet RE: Peter Cherches May 26, 2007 06:30 AM

            You're right. I assumed that the OP meant mondongo- Puerto Rican/Dominican tripe soup-based upon his description and I stand by my recommendation. Mofongo-mashed plantains with pork bits is equally popular among Cubans as Puerto Ricans although I can't think of any place in NY I've had it-maybe Havana Chelsea? By the way-Cubans refer to Mofongo as fufu

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              Lau RE: guttergourmet May 26, 2007 07:39 AM

              sucelt on 14th and 7th has mofongo though i havent tried it

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                Peter Cherches RE: guttergourmet May 26, 2007 10:12 AM

                "By the way-Cubans refer to Mofongo as fufu"

                Interesting. I'll bet that's because the shape is similar to the way West African fufu is served.

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                  nfiniti RE: guttergourmet Apr 13, 2009 09:45 AM

                  actually, in Cuba, Fufu is what dominicans would call Mangu .. fufu = mangu = mashed plantains.. if you go down by East harlem (I forget the exact st), there's some places with good P.R.-like mofongo (authentic PR-style has the meat stuffed, not blended in like in NYC)

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                  Syphrite RE: Peter Cherches May 28, 2007 09:04 AM

                  Nope, I meant mofongo - the mashed plantain dish. I figured out what the dish I ate is actually called and it's Beef Mofongo in a Creole Sauce. It seems that this may be a strictly Puerto Rican thing though. Has anyone had a mofongo with Creole sauce in NYC?

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                    randumbposter RE: Peter Cherches May 29, 2007 01:53 PM

                    Yep you are right, Sorry for the confusion. When I read tomato, I thought of italian style tripe. :( plaintains n tomato broth, sounds interesting though.

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                      ammel_99 RE: Peter Cherches Sep 21, 2007 10:24 PM

                      The monfongos at Old San Juan are good but the best I had was in the Bronx .

                  2. Uptownflavor RE: Syphrite May 25, 2007 06:14 PM

                    Ahhh you have to go to Washington Heights for Mofongo. There is also a place in Harlem that makes it but not sure if it is every day and it is more than likely Dominican style more than P.R. There is a place called the Mofongo House in WaHi. I think they may be on here. I hear they make all kinds of Monfongo -- PR and Dominican.

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                      LRS RE: Uptownflavor Sep 20, 2007 08:29 PM

                      Just a note: you will NOT find puertorican mofongo in washington heights. Dominicans, which are the masters of Mangu (their own plaintain breakfast dish which is really good and you can certainly have it in the heights) do a ny-dominican version of puerto rican mofongo, you can have it and it will be nice but it is not going to be like the one you had in PR, it will be very different: they mash the meat with the mofongo and in PR you either have the mofongo by itself (with a little tocino and garlic, of course) with meat or fish sauce on the side, or you will have a mofongo relleno (tasty mofongo stuffed with whatever you want but not blended with the filling). I have to say that nowdays there is no t even 1 restaurant in the city that does a good puerto rican mofongo (and i've tried every place they mention here). 15-20 years ago La taza de oro had a good mofongo dish, now it is not even close. Too bad, since for me is one of the best dishes ever.

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                      darkeraven RE: Syphrite May 28, 2007 03:36 PM

                      Taza d'Oro, Eight Avenue between 14th and 15th streets. The real deal,

                      1. Uptownflavor RE: Syphrite May 29, 2007 08:53 AM

                        An old thread:

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                          cimui RE: Syphrite May 29, 2007 08:53 PM

                          I second Mofongo House (about two blocks away from Inwood Park), though they're pricier than other places. Cafe con Leche on the UWS actually makes a pretty good DR mofongo, as well.

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                            cimui RE: cimui Sep 20, 2007 08:48 PM

                            I have to revise my opinion of Cafe con Leche's mofongo. The past few times I got it, the cracklins were soggy and rubbery. Not as delicious as it once was, sadly.

                          2. financialdistrictresident RE: Syphrite Aug 24, 2007 08:43 AM

                            I just got back from my first trip to Puerto Rico. I am craving mofongo like I had at Metropol or Mi Casita. I have read this thread and the Washington Heights one (thanks for the link, Uptownflavor). I'm a downtown girl and would love to find a place on Avenue C that has good mofongo. I usually go to Casa Adela for bacalau (Puerto Rican style). Does anyone know if she serves mofongo? Prefer a location in EV/LES. Otherwise I'll have to venture uptown to 14th Street and check out the places mentioned above.

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                              AKR RE: financialdistrictresident Aug 24, 2007 09:37 AM

                              Try Sofrito at 57th & 1st for good mofongo. Loosten your belt before you sit down!

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                                financialdistrictresident RE: AKR Aug 24, 2007 11:07 AM

                                Thanks AKR. Know any places downtown (EV/LES location preferred)?

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                                Notorious P.I.G. RE: financialdistrictresident Apr 14, 2009 12:51 AM

                                I go to El Castillo for Mofongo. Rivington between Essex and Ludlow.

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                                rootheee RE: Syphrite Sep 20, 2007 03:04 PM

                                Tauro on Hudson street. The mofongo is the only special thing they do there - but boy, do they do it right. Just as good as Metropol in PR.

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                                  CubanCoffeeGirl RE: rootheee Apr 11, 2008 12:04 PM

                                  Joe's Place in the Bronx. Just hop on the 6 for the best mofongo ever!

                                2. Uptownflavor RE: Syphrite Apr 13, 2009 11:14 PM

                                  Washington Heights/Inwood Area (Northern Manhattan). Make a trip of it as there are also wonderful parks and historic treasures like the Dyckman House. Take the A train to 207 and anywhere along Broadway/Dyckman, that general area. There are a few Monfongo restos in the area.

                                  La Casa del Mofongo
                                  1447 Saint Nicholas Ave, New York, NY 10033

                                  Mofongo del Valle
                                  3340 Broadway, New York, NY 10031

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