The very long menu at Malecon, a casual Dominican spot with three locations around the city, is illustrated with pictures of their dishes, like whole-fried snapper and mofongo de chicharron. They all look delicious, but the most effective advertising here is saved for the rotisserie chicken, which rotates on spits in the front window. For $7.50, you get a half-bird with skin that tastes like it’s coated in brown sugar, and for another $4, you can and should add a side of boiled green bananas.
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From a 24-hour Cuban spot to a bakery with disturbingly good carrot cake, here are the 18 best places to eat in Washington Heights.
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Grito Mexican Grill
Grito is a neighborhood spot in Washington Heights with strong cocktails and some pretty decent Mexican food. Plus, it’s open late.
Saggio is a casual Italian spot in Washington Heights where you’ll want to become a regular.
George’s is a small counter-service pizza spot in Washington Heights that serves some very good slices and garlic bread.
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Cabana Restaurant & Bar
Cabana is a Latin American restaurant in Forest Hills where you can eat some steak and drink a pitcher of sangria.
Matiz Latin Cuisine
Matiz serves big portions of Latin food right on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills.
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The Uptown Garrison
The Uptown Garrison is an all-day spot in Washington Heights that works for coffee at 8am or cocktails and bar food at midnight.
El Floridita Restaurant
Floridita is a Cuban spot in Washington Heights that serves one of the best Cubano sandwiches in the city.
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