My first three years in New York City I spent living in Marble Hill—a small neighborhood located in the Bronx, right across the Hudson River from Manhattan’s northernmost neighborhood, Inwood. Similar to both Inwood and the other northern Manhattan neighborhood, Washington Heights, a large portion of Marble Hill’s residents are Dominican. It didn’t take long before I eagerly adopted Caribbean cuisine—opted for yucca or plantains instead of potatoes on my weekly trips to the grocery store. When I wasn’t making my own Caribbean fare, I would head to Malecon Restauranta few blocks away. My go-to menu item was the Whole Chicken “Malecon Style”—spit-roasted chicken packed with flavor, with a slightly crisp, golden brown skin and tender juicy meat. This unpretentious Caribbean restaurant is the best place for authentic Caribbean cuisine, with an extensive menu of appetizers, main dishes and more. Malecon Restaurant also has a location on the Upper West Side. For more information, click here.