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May 29, 2007 01:08 PM

Authentic Dominican Food

I have very little experience with Dominican food and am interested in exploring. Are there any good Dominican restaurants in Manhattan? I work in midtown and live in Bay Ridge so anything in between would be great.

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  1. Lali in the 40s on 10th

    1. I like Malecon. I've only been to the one in the Bronx, but I do believe there is a location on the UWS.

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      1. re: Miss Needle

        Their flagship is on 175th and Broadway, and their UWS location is on Amsterdam between 97th and 98th Sts. Their forte is pollo a la brasa (rotisserie chicken).

      2. Yes, Lali is the place to go. It's lunch and breakfast only, but absolutely worth the effort. We wrote about it (with photos) a few months back, and have been back a dozen or more times since.



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        1. re: Nosher

          Thanks, Nosher. I found your post before you replied! Great description. I'll have to check this place out for lunch as I work nearby.

        2. If you want to have an adventure, go downtown to El Castillo de Jagua on Rivington at Essex on the Lower East Side. It's basically just a modest diner that has been converted over for service of Dominican food. I thought it was a really sweet place. Very friendly service. Good, solid food.

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          1. re: foodmonk

            Yes, I like the food a lot. I've been going there for years. I still can't decide whether I prefer the daily specials, which are slow-cooked stews made in advance, or the a la carte menu, which features stuff made to order (but sometimes not as skillfully made as the stews, still great though) I'd never order anything grilled or baked, though. The sauce is the thing.

            1. re: Brian S

              This place sounds great. I'll try this one too.

              1. re: PAnhandler

                Restaurant Margot, 3822 Broadway (near 159th) is long-established and widely considered the best place in Manhattan for Dominican home-cooking. I prefer Joselito's (Avenue D) to El Castillo. Also consider El Nuevo Amanecer on the corner of Stanton and Essex - especially for asopao.

                1. re: Wilfrid

                  I haven't tried any of the uptown Dominicans. There are too darn many! If you walk down 207 or Dyckman, or St Nick in the 180s, every second door is a Dominican restaurant! (slight exaggeration) I saw a place called Tres Marias (3 owners all named Maria) on Amsterdam long ago, but I think it's gone.

                  Castillo de Jagua has a good asopao too.

          2. I really like La Nueva Caridad, whose slogan is "un cuadrangular en sabor"-- a homerun in taste (flavor).

            the menu is a bit ridiculous, though--there are pictures of famous baseball players and their supposed favorite dishes, the Jose Reyes is Chicken with rice, i think. The Brian Cashman (not a player, but General Manager of the NY Yankees) is a grilled chicken breast over a green salad...

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            1. re: MaspethMaven

              Location? There are a bunch of restaurants with "Caridad" in their names, and the first one that came to my mind is a Cuban-Chinese place on Broadway near 78 St. Perhaps these menupages search results will help:


              1. re: MaspethMaven

                It's El Nuevo Caridad 1004 St Nicholas Avenue At W. 191st Street
                There are also 3 other branches

                1. re: Brian S

                  Sorry about that Pan... the one I go to is on Broadway near 173rd St.

                  1. re: MaspethMaven

                    Thanks, MaspethMaven and Brian. I'm glad to know about the little chain. Which of the dishes on their extensive menu do you like best?