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Washington Hts - your fave ethnic restos around 160th & Bway

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rawcuzima Feb 5, 2011 04:26 AM

I'll be part of a crew filming around 160th & BWay and Ft. Washington on Monday (I apologize in advance ;-) and am rarely in this part of town. Would love to discover some great new little restaurants/bakeries/delis, etc.

What's a great little restaurant where I can duck in and have a fast-ish (half hour) lunch? Indian, Mexican, Dominican, Peruvian... cuisines hard to find elsewhere are welcome. (Don't need a great slice of pizza)

In addition to lunch, I'm also looking for a bakery or something else where I can buy empanadas or something like that which I can buy a quantity of (100+) as a treat for the crew. Empanadas or some other kind of pastry are ideal because they can be eaten by hand, without plasticware or plates.

Appreciate any recs!

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    rawcuzima Feb 8, 2011 06:22 AM

    I ended up at Punta Cana, a little countertop restaurant on the corner of 162nd Street and Broadway. I had a heaping plate of moist and garlicky pernil on top of white rice and black beans (they serve them already mixed together). The rice and beans were rich with flavor and it was more food than I could finish. All for $7. I chose Punta Cana over other restaurants because they had a Health Department rating of A. The other diners seemed to be local regulars, all of whom spoke Spanish. I had no problem with my limited Spanish and by pointing to what I wanted behind the counter. If I'm in the neighborhood again, I would definitely go back.

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      cnut Feb 8, 2011 01:14 PM

      Thanks for the report. Parts of upper Manhattan are underdocumented on this site, so it's particularly nice to get recs from uptown.

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