The Dominican food at El Gran Castillo de Jagua rivals the stuff you’ll find in Washington Heights and Inwood. The sign out front at this casual neighborhood spot on Flatbush Ave has two castle keeps and a curtain wall which we think are meant to defend this spot from people who might expose the secrets of this underrated gem. The pernil here taste like it’s been cooked in its own flavorful pork fat for days and the rotisserie chicken is juicy enough to be a contender for our Roast Chicken guide. Come here for dinner on a casual weeknight and watch whichever sport interests you most with the other two people who chose to stay and eat inside.
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Errol’s Caribbean Bakery
Errol’s Caribbean bakery makes the best coconut rolls in the neighborhood, and some very good jerk chicken.
Daymoves is a good-looking cafe and bar in Williamsburg where you should have coffee meetings and daytime dates.
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Jelisa’s Cafe is a Dominican bakery on Staten Island where you can stop by for a big plate of pernil or a smoothie.
Elsa La Reina Del Chicharron
This is the Inwood location of Elsa La Reina del Chicharron and the chicharron here is worth making a trip for.
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At The Fly, you eat chicken and drink wine. In other words, it’s pretty ideal, and you should grab some dinner at this Bed-Stuy spot.
Habana Outpost is an extremely casual Cuban/American spot in Fort Greene with a huge outdoor patio where they play movies during the summer.
El Rinconcito is a Dominican restaurant in the East Village that’s been around for over 20 years and makes some fantastic mofongo.
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