La Estrella Del Caribe
875 Paterson Plank Rd
Secaucus, NJ 07094
As I mentioned in an earlier post about El Malecon in Washington Heights, I am somewhat of a newbie when it comes to Dominican food. So I jumped at the chance to go to La Estrella Del Caribe with a group of friends a few weeks ago, which is a Dominican seafood restaurant.
While the address is on Patterson Plank Road, its actually on the access road to Route 3.
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The specialty of this restaurant is Mofongo, which is a dish common to the Dominican Republic as well as Puerto Rico. Mofongo is fried green plantains which are then pulverized into like a Thanksgiving turkey stuffing consistency, and then topped with various kinds of meat and seafood. The restaurant has several types of Mofongos which you can order. This is a shrimp Mofongo which is in like a garlic scampi sauce.
Roast Pork (Pernil) Mofongo
Another Pernil dish.
Scallops in a garlic sauce.
This is a whole fish with coconut sauce.
Whole Red Snapper in a garlic sauce.
Chimichurri Sauce for Steak.
Maduros, fried very ripe sweet plantains. My favorite.
Bistec a la Parilla. Heavily garlic marinaded flank steak served on a sizzling hot plate.
The restaurant also makes a great cortadito coffee with milk (essentially the latino take on Cafe Au Lait like they serve in New Orleans and in Paris) and if you’re going to get cocktails, I highly recommend getting a Coca Cola con Brugal. It’s a Cuba Libre, but instead of being made with the industrial and common Bacardi, its made with Dark Dominican Brugal rum.