I noticed that there isn't shit about places to chow down in the D.R., So for the more adventurous types strap on your walking shoes, throw caution to the wind and bust a move in in the D.R. I will order these in hassle level meaning less hassle and dare I say it, "risky." I've never have been ill from the food in the R.D. other than from the slop prepared in my fancy pants hotel. There are a ton of good options in this city, anything you could possibly any can be found here, have an open mind, and a smile on your face and you shouldn't be disappointed.
1. Adrian Tropical (Gascue)-If you are from the US its like the "Denny's" of the city many solid plates where one can get tasty fare that is consistently good. The menu is easy enough to decipher even for personas que no hablan espanol. Also great place to have a meal seaside.
2. Il Caminetto (Naco) - Kick ass wood fired pizza. The great thing about this place it is small and will blow your mind. They speak english and spanish so you can give your brain a rest if you are getting worn out on the communication in a foreign language kind of way. I think the prices are appropriate. I would guess the folks running this place are from Italy,professionally trained,or naturally amazing at making pizzaaaaa???The pies I had were thin crust with unique toppings such as thinly sliced sausage. Really good place-Don't expect anything to resemble Domino's, Pizza hut, or Papa John's gringo.
3. El conuco (Gascue)- This place seems as if it is outfitted to entice the tourist but the food is still pretty legit, the location is certainly not touristy. The fare is representative of traditional Dominican country style cooking. The waitstaff try to act as if they are folks from the rural regions. Have some basic spanish ready to go here. The prices are okay but I wouldn't say they are cheap.
4. Falafel (Zona Colonial)- The name says it all! The falafel was pretty good, the chicken shawarma- well let's just say it was a pretty good chopped up chicken sandwich. What I liked the best in this place was the really cool outdoor seating area they had. The service was excellent and the price was good. English menus are available and I would guess that a few of the staff speak good English.
5. Yokomo Sushi (Gascue)- Enough said---Sushi made without the presence of anyone resembling an asian with in at least a 3 block radius. Still its pretty goddamn good, certainly much unlike anything I have ever had in the States. But I have eaten here atleast 3 times and I plan on stopping in again. Reasonably priced with extremely patient and friendly waitstaff.
6. Richard Pierna (Naco)- Well this has to be one of my favorite treats in Santo Domingo. When you see a pig leg getting ready to be hacked up for your meal in a food truck I don't know if this was going to be my last meal or a fun culinary experience. Well obviously it was the later... This place is a road side "food truck." More like a trailer I think they are open for business around 1900 or somewhere in that time frame. What are they serving up? OMG it is the Dominican version of poutine...they call this dish "yaroa," which is essentially French fries with a veggie and meat mixture on top of it all then almost a BBQ flavored sauce and cheese. So good especially after a few El presidentes. I have researched yaroa and have had many different results but it seems that even in Santiago they make a similar dish with papas fritas. Definitively worth the experience. And it is super cheap. Where is it located...just google it, you will know once you found it.