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Dec 20, 2007 12:46 PM

Is there a good Dominican Restaurant in Brooklyn

I'm in search of a good Dominican Restaurant, preferably in Brooklyn, but lower Manhattan would be my second choice.


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  1. Well there's a not very good Dominican restaurant in Brooklyn called Castillo de Jagua, at 345 Flatbush, and from what I hear that's what Park Slopers desperate for a Dominican fix go. But there is a very VERY good Dominican restaurant in lower Manhattan with the same name (but totally unrelated, it's a popular name even though it's a Spanish fort in Cuba) at 111 Rivington.

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    1. re: Brian S

      El Gran Castillo de Jagua in Brooklyn is a local favorite of mine. I love the vibe. It's "my neighborhood melting pot."

      1. re: Peter Cherches

        You guys talking about the same place? suggests you are.

        We curious onlookers need more detail: What's good here and what's not so good?

        1. re: squid kun

          Broiled chicken is great (very garlicy), rotisserie chicken is nothing special. The Pernil and Cuban sandwiches can be great unless the Pernil is too dry, which happens on occasion. Also good are the grilled kingfish and arroz con calamares en su tinta. Soups are very good; they vary by day.

          1. re: Peter Cherches

            Interesting -- the squid cooked in its own ink is a Basque favorite.

            1. re: Brian S

              You'll find it at just about every Dominican and Cuban restaurant.

    2. Gee...
      There MUST be a decent Dominican restaurant in Sunset park!

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      1. re: Tay

        Yeah. A quick search on Google found four or five, including two mentioned here:

      2. we loved "El Encuentro" on 6th avenue at 14th st. in park slope. lived around the corner for 10 years- super great rice and beans (porky goodness- vegies beware), great mofongo, chicken sandwiches, pork, grilled chicken, maduros... and all the sunny d you can drink... enjoy fb

        1. Get adventurous...the full-blooded Dominican place right outside the DeKalb Avenue "L" train station (around the corner from Wyckoff Heights Hospital)...maybe on Stockholm Street...the food is in the window and a comfy seating area on the left...forget the name but not the food!

          Exceptional pernil & maduros and the sancocho looked great.