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Aug 12, 2008 05:56 AM

Restaurants near Columbia Presb. Hospital

It's up on 168th and Broadway. Any recommendations for good Spanish or Cuban food? Thanks.

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  1. Most of the food in this area is Dominican, albeit very similar to cuban food. My personal favorites,

    1. Malecon- the roast chicken is great, and a great deal, the rest of the food is kinda bleh.
    2. Floridita- Knock out Cubano sandwich, get it with some Tostones for a truly great lunch.

    I've also heard praise for nuevo Caridad between 171st and 172nd, but haven't been there myself.

    If you want something more upscale Plum Pomidor is nice, Great fries, mussells are good. If you want a tasty sandwich, Ju Ju on 168th just off broadway (across from the ambulance bay) makes good ones, great smoked turkey on brie. And the grilled sandwiches at the neighboring university deli are surprisingly great.

    If you want fancy dominican, hop the A up to Dyckman and find Mamajuana north of fort tryon park. What I've had has been good, not amazing, but I hear people speak of their roast pork in reverant whispers, next time I go that's what I'm getting.

    At most of the dominican places in the neighborhood, roast chicken, fried pork or Mofongo are safe bets.

    Have fun, I've been living here a year now and I still haven't hit up all the neighborhood joints.

    El Malecon
    4141 Broadway, New York, NY 10033

    Mamajuana Cafe
    247 Dyckman St, New York, NY 10034

    Jou Jou
    603 W 168th St, New York, NY 10032

    4162 Broadway, New York, NY 10033

    Plum Pomidor
    603 W 168th St, New York, NY 10032

    3 Replies
    1. re: chargeorge

      Chicken at Malecon is always a great bet, but their pernil is pretty good too.

      1. re: Peter Cherches

        Malecon also makes a very good mofongo.

        1. re: Peter Cherches

          I was in there a couple of months ago and they gave me a dumfounded look when I asked for Pernil. I'm not sure if it's a rotating special, or something that's come or gone recently. I'd love to try me some though!

      2. For dessert, go to Carrot Top!

        Carrot Top
        3931 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

        2 Replies
        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

          This is great! I'm moving up there in a week, so I'm excited to see all these great food recs in the area. Thanks!

          1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

            Sorry, I realized afterwards that the OP wanted Spanish and Cuban... still, Carrot Top is awesome! :)

          2. I think harlem to go delivers there. Not sure.