The Best Dominican Restaurants in Harlem, NYC

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1 February 2018

When craving Caribbean flavors and Latin American eats, only Dominican will do. Satisfy your hankering for sancocho, mangu, and more at the best Dominican restaurants in Harlem, New York.

Malecon

Restaurant, Caribbean, $$$
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Foodies from across the city choose Malecon’s two uptown locations for Latin American eats worth traveling for— above 95th Street, that is. At this Yelper favorite, Dominican dishes like mangu, or mashed green plantains, garlicky mofongo, and maduros, or fried sweet yellow plantains, shine from breakfast through dinner.

Cuchifritos

Restaurant, Caribbean
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This El Barrio bakery whipping up Puerto Rican and Dominican street food has been endorsed by just about every uptown eater. Visit Cuchifritos to rub elbows with the locals (and maybe get some recommendations) and to dig in to cod fish fritters, rotisserie chicken, fresh juices, and of course, cuchifritos galore.

Flor de Broadway

Restaurant, Caribbean, $$$
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Flor de Broadway serves homestyle Dominican grub your abuela wouldn’t sneeze at — really. Island favorites such as sancocho, or Dominican soup, rice and beans, and hearty beef stew — all served with warm customer service — provide all the comforts of DR without the unappetizing flight fees.

La Barca Restaurant

Restaurant, South American, Caribbean, $$$
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This Washington Heights haunt has been the premier place for Dominican food in Manhattan for more than 23 years. Surveying the menu at La Barca Restaurant, it’s easy to see why. Dominican staples not often found off the island, such as codfish with eggs, ripe plantain casserole, and hen and yucca soup, are all represented (and enthusiastically enjoyed) here.

La Casa Del Mofongo

Restaurant, Bar, Caribbean, $$$
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As the name suggests, the star of La Casa Del Mofongo’s menu is the dish of fried and mashed plantains shaped into a bowl or ball which, though born in Puerto Rico, found its home in the Dominican Republic. Á La Casa, mofongo varieties include a shellfish medley of mussels and crab, traditional fried pork rinds, bacalao, and creamy queso.