El Castillo de Jagua

Latin American Restaurant and Caribbean Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
  • Chantae V.
    "Best Dominican & Cuban food..."(3 Tips)
    The Maharlikans
    "quick bite and a deal try the best cubano in the city."(8 Tips)
    Cesar R.
    "Homemade beef stew with rice and beans for $6? Sure"(3 Tips)
    "Baked chicken was mehhhh"(4 Tips)
36 Tips and reviews
  • dominican
  • Cuban sandwiches
  • beef stew
  • fried plantains
  • rice and beans
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  • Gayle F.
    All, plus service
  • Mike F.
    Mike FriedmanDecember 25, 2015
    Refreshingly unpretentious, no-frills Dominican grub spot in the LES. "Small" 1/4 Baked Chicken is served wiith a mountain of yellow rice and beans for ~$7 and will send you home with leftovers.
  • Katie E.
    Katie EytchDecember 15, 2015
    The baked chicken is so tender I started tearing up 😋
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJune 14, 2015
    Their daily specials are delicious. Get their pernil!
  • Raúl J.
    Raúl JimenezMay 30, 2015
    After many years the food is still good. Might need a face lift and the bathroom needs a little more attention
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerApril 28, 2015
    cuban sandwich $5
  • Jake S.
    Jake SinsheimerSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pre-buttered bread is legitimately definitive
  • Neky R.
    Neky RomeroAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    One of the homie spots. Cheap eats
  • Sherina D.
    Sherina DavisAugust 12, 2014
    Lunch specials and sandwiches
  • Dylan O.
    Dylan OusleyJuly 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Half chicken with rice and beans, can't go wrong. Cafe con leche for desert.
  • Drizzy Drea
    Drizzy DreaApril 17, 2014
    Oxtails tasted very tomato-y and rather spicy for my liking....not puerto rican abuela style...do not recommend :(
  • Terry S.
    Terry SonMarch 18, 2014
    Get the cubano and maybe a side of fried plantains if you're feeling naughty.
  • Robert M.
    Robert MOctober 9, 2013
    Good Dominican food til midnight, daily specials, but Camaron-fongo is where it's at. Monfongo (smashed fried plantain) with camarones (shrimp ) with a garlic sauce hit the spot
  • Heidi B.
    Heidi BSeptember 13, 2013
    I had the lunch special - every day $6.50- today i had the pork
  • Jen D.
    Jen DigneyAugust 22, 2013
    Get the mofongo! "It looks like cat food but its good"
  • Kathy L.
    Kathy LienAugust 22, 2013
    Mofunga is great!
  • John S.
    John SpaldingAugust 4, 2013
    Awful. Just awful. Cool was handling breakfast meat with his bare hands. And that's *not* what she said! Got charged more than the menu price. Seriously?
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 25, 2013
    At just $5, you'll be hard pressed to find a better Cuban sandwich in the Lower East Side.
  • Arthur T.
    Arthur T.April 10, 2013
    Cubanos are great here!!
  • The Maharlikans
    The MaharlikansMarch 24, 2013
    get the beef stew and mofongo, but for a quick bite and a deal try the best cubano in the city.
  • Alex F.
    Alex FriasJanuary 23, 2013
    Don't come in a hurry.
    HOMAGE BROOKLYNJanuary 13, 2013
    You can't go wrong with this spot
  • Jeffrey E.
    Jeffrey EngJuly 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the morir soñando - it's like a creamsicle milkshake! Also, they make a damn good Cuban sandwich
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJuly 20, 2012
    After the cast of 'How To Make it in America' began eating here between takes, the restaurant was soon transformed into a filming location. Find out more: Read more
  • Chantae V.
    Chantae VetriceFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Dominican & Cuban food...
  • Carlo M.
    Carlo MirasolJanuary 16, 2012
    Tres leches is sublime
  • KaHee
    KaHeeOctober 16, 2011
    Baked chicken was mehhhh
  • Gerald S.
    Gerald SotoOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place for Slow Carb Dieters. 4 hour Body. But choose, choose wisely.
  • Gerald S.
    Gerald SotoAugust 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit at the counter for best service.
  • Richard S.
    Richard SarrachAugust 20, 2011
    Cubano sandwich
  • Cesar R.
    Cesar R.August 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Homemade beef stew with rice and beans for $6? Sure
  • Braulio M.
    Braulio MotusJuly 25, 2011
    Back of the menu has great combination plates.
  • Miguel S.
    Miguel SenquizJune 30, 2011
    One of the only spots in Manhattan to get a real Cuban sandwich
  • Jose J.
    Jose JimenezJanuary 27, 2011
    Mofongo. Yes.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 9, 2010
    Try the Baked Chicken
  • Aja
    AjaApril 17, 2010
    Order a nice chilled glass of red wine. Refreshing! :-|
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