El Malecon Restaurant
4141 Broadway, New York, NY
Recently I was tipped about a famous Dominican restaurant in Washington Heights by a business associate, who claimed that El Malecon made the best Latino-style roast chicken in the universe. It didn’t take much for him to convince me that he should bring me there for lunch. Not having had a large exposure to Dominican food (although I have had my share of Puerto Rican, Cuban, Salvadoran and Colombian) I was quite excited to go — and I’m definitely going back as its literally just over the GW bridge if you live in North Jersey.
El Malecon on the corner of 175th and Broadway. There are several NYC branches but this is the original location.
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A funky converted theatre across the street that is now operating as a church.
El Malecon main dining room.
The window by the rotisserie area, where you can see the chickens being pulled off the spits.
El Malecon’s rotisserie
Roast chickens awaiting their fate. By the way, I don’t reccomend you go shooting a lot of photos in here, this shot nearly got me kicked out of the place.
Everyone starts off with a wonderful garlic bread made from Criollo loaf, which is a light and airy kind of French bread.
Sopa de Mariscos, seafood soup.
Sancocho, a hearty chicken soup with Yuca.
Country Club sodas, the national soft drinks of the Dominican Republic. The red one is raspberry flavor whereas “Merengue” is like a champagne cola.
Dominican rice and beans. Great stuff.
The main event. The skin was crispy and the meat was falling off the bone, tender and flavorful. The small container is like a garlicky salad dressing which is great as a condiment for the chicken.
Cafe con Leche, the Latino version of Cafe Au Lait. Made with very strong coffee.