The very long menu at Malecon, a casual Dominican spot with three locations around the city, is illustrated with pictures of their dishes, like whole-fried snapper and mofongo de chicharron. They all look delicious, but the most effective advertising here is saved for the rotisserie chicken, which rotates on spits in the front window. For $7.50, you get a half-bird with skin that tastes like it’s coated in brown sugar, and for another $4, you can and should add a side of boiled green bananas.
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From a 24-hour Cuban spot to a bakery with disturbingly good carrot cake, here are the 18 best places to eat in Washington Heights.
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The Trie Café
The Trie Cafe is an outdoor cafe in a courtyard at The Cloisters that’s a good spot for a glass of wine in between museum exhibits.
La Cabaña Salvadoreña
La Cabaña Salvadoreña is a solid option for pupusas and platos tipícos in Washington Heights.
El Floridita Restaurant
Floridita is a Cuban spot in Washington Heights that serves one of the best Cubano sandwiches in the city.
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La Isla Cuchifritos
We love La Isla Cuchifritos for the fact that a) it’s cheap and delicious, and b) it sort of feels like you’re grubbing in tropical Puerto Rico rather than not-so-tropical Brooklyn.
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The Uptown Garrison
The Uptown Garrison is an all-day spot in Washington Heights that works for coffee at 8am or cocktails and bar food at midnight.
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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