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Puerto Rican and Dominican sit-down restaurants

Shelly Halpern | Apr 26, 2005 04:31 PM

I'm looking for good Puerto Rican and Dominican "homecooked" food--like "carne guisada" and "ropa vieja" in restaurants that are primarily for gracious sit-down eating (although they may also do take-out). I also hope to find there "maduros" that are slow-cooked, so their sweetness caramelizes (too often they're reheated and bitter, or almost green bananas are used, instead, so "almost tostones" are served: good, but not what I want. I know of the two "Castillo de Jagua" restaurants--on Rivington and Grand Streets; and I know of "Havana Chelsea" (which is Cuban, but similar--oops!, I hope I don't offend anyone), which I love, but sometimes I want something quieter and more gracious. I prefer Lower Manhattan (including Chelsea), but will travel to the Upper West Side or to "nearby" Brooklyn (Park Slope or Williamsburg). I don't want a tourist restaurant, just a simple quiet restaurant with good caribe-Latino food.

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