Authentic Latin Cuisine in Manhattan’s Northern Reaches

Authentic Latin Cuisine in Manhattan’s Northern Reaches

Northern Manhattan, or Uptown as it’s known to locals, is home to a large population of people that hail from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and other Latin countries. Foods like tostones, yucca and mangu make a regular appearance on menus in Washington Heights and Inwood—the two neighborhoods located in the northern part of the island. Getting authentic Latin fare, without a trip to South America, is as easy as a quick subway ride Uptown; and, below are a few places to check out when you get there.

For the best roast chicken in town, head to Malecon Restaurant, where crispy, crackly skin covers moist meat. The restaurant, with locations in both Washington Heights and the Bronx, also serves up a pretty mean Cuban sandwich, as well as Arroz Con Pollo (chicken with rice). With striking Old World décor, Inwood’s Guadalupe is great for traditional Mexican delights, including enchiladas, burritos and tacos. Also in Inwood, Elsa La Reina Del Chicharron is a favorite among locals for its almost never-ending mofongo (a fried plantain dish from Puerto Rico) selections, including versions with cheese, salami, fried pork chunks and Dominican sausage. If headed across the Hudson, the eatery also has a location in Teaneck, New Jersey. 

 

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