When it comes to food, New York City has everything. People have immigrated from all over the world to NYC, and they’ve brought their recipes and their cooking with them. Somewhere in the city there’s a neighborhood for every ethnicity you could think of, and for Dominicans that neighborhood is Washington Heights and Inwood in Upper Manhattan. These neighborhoods are home to nearly 100,000 Dominicans, so it’s no surprise that that’s where the majority of the best Dominican food can be found. From breakfast to slowly stewed meat to plantains to milky desserts, here’s a list of some of the city’s best Dominican restaurants.
When Dominican restaurants in NYC are discussed, Malecon is usually the first place brought up. It was started 30 years ago by two brothers who wanted to bring their family’s home cooking to the neighborhood, and it’s still one of the best places to eat a Dominican breakfast in NYC. If you’ve never had Dominican breakfast get the cuatro gulpos, which translates literally to ‘four hits.’ It comes with mashed plantains, fried eggs, Spanish sausage and fried cheese, and may be one of the most satisfying things you can eat.
A small simple restaurant serving tasty food, Leche y Miel was opened in 2014 by husband and wife team Rideiby Peña (the chef) and Altagracia Peña. Both have Dominican roots, and Peña’s approachable home-style cooking shows it. Some favorite dishes here include the slow-cooked oxtail and the mofonguitos: fried green plantains made into small chips topped with shrimp and parmesan.