A four night birthday celebration culminated in a fantastic dinner at a slightly upscale, totally friendly, great samba music to feed the soul playing
dominican restaurant.(I feel like I read something about it under its former name (republi'k) on this board or maybe in jim's newsletter but couldn't find any info on a search..)
They welcome you with a guacamole/bean dip served with plaintain chips - quite tasty. Nice wine list, though some temptation exists with pineapple mojitos. Simple space with a blue lit ceiling, an eating under the carribean sky motif I guess, that cools down an atmosphere of hot music and spicy food. Wonderful seviche's served in a three dish combo - the shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce and the squid/octopus in a sprightly green sauce were fought over. I had a plain arepa being a non meat eater (delicious) but apparently the arepa with braised shortribs was outstanding. Coconut shrimp on a stick - filled with the true taste of coconut, well spiced and meaty served with an orange tinged sauce in a half coconut round that worked well but were best on their own.
The dominican fish soup drew gasps from the table as it arrived - looking and smelling divine, the tastes of the varied shellfish in the tomato 'essence of the sea' broth surpassing the expectations... Other dishes tried were a filet mignon with a batata (potato au gratin)cooked with chipotles, a shrimp dish cooked in garlic and spices - all so fresh and perfectly clear in the mouth. Nothing is too much, nothing is convoluted or compromised....
There seems to be a champagne lounge upstairs but we never made it that far - way too full. The churros came with three dipping sauces - chocolate, guava and though these were great, they were still surpassed by the dulche con leche.
A definite new favorite. 114 dyckman street, inwood 212.304.1717