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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Carrot Top Pastries
Carrot Top Pastries is a bakery and cafe that’s been making some of the best carrot cake in NYC since 1979.
George’s is a small counter-service pizza spot in Washington Heights that serves some very good slices and garlic bread.
Saggio is a casual Italian spot in Washington Heights where you’ll want to become a regular.
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The rotisserie chicken at Pio Pio is one of the best ways you can spend $10 anywhere in the city.
My Cuban Spot
My Cuban Spot is a takeout window in Gowanus that serves really good rice bowls and some of the best sandwiches in Brooklyn.
Bogota is a casual spot for Latin food in Park Slope to meet friends for a dinner that you’ll all agree is “fun.”
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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 Riconcito 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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