El Malecon

Latin American Restaurant, Caribbean Restaurant, and Spanish Restaurant$$$$
Hudson Heights, New York
78 Tips and reviews
  • chicken
  • mangu
  • Spanish food
  • tres leches cake
  • family-friendly
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  • Naz
    NazJuly 14
    Steak was amazing. Chicken n rice everything
  • Julie A.
    Julie AvraJune 13
    the chicken is delicious! And a big portion, the sangria is also good and the fruit in it is very fresh
  • Julie M.
    Julie MorseApril 13
    Great place to get Latin American food. Plates are huge so definitely order to share. I tried the yuca frita, churrasco and chicken mofongo and everything was really good. Totally worth your penny
  • Jeff K.
    Mofongo and mangú were delicious, and the sausage was out of this world salty and tasty ✔️
  • Katt
    KattFebruary 23
    Went back and the food was better. The bathroom was clean 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
  • Paige C.
    Paige CJanuary 27
    Good chicken but the sides leave something to be desired. I actually prefer Pio Pio.
  • Laurie H.
    Laurie HorsmanNovember 6, 2016
    My friend had the chicken (it was lukewarm) and I had the mofongo with shrimp. Totally unimpressed.
  • RUDY R.
    RUDY Rudolph KeithOctober 21, 2016
    Incredible experience!
  • Yelimar R.
    Yelimar RodriguezJune 10, 2016
    Cheap, delicious, traditional eats, and they just got outdoor seating!
  • Olga M.
    Olga MejiaApril 26, 2016
    Mangu and sweet beans are pretty good
  • Olga M.
    Olga MejiaApril 26, 2016
    Dominican food
  • Katt
    KattApril 17, 2016
    Food is aight .. Bathroom is nasty 😖
  • Psychedelic Mess
    Psychedelic MessFebruary 9, 2016
    Spanish food (rice and chicken are great portions for prices), the tres leches dessert is yummy
  • Laura R.
    Laura RamirezDecember 22, 2015
    You can't get enough of there chicken and steak it's well seasoned and the flavor is so good
  • Rita R.
    Rita RodriguezDecember 7, 2015
    The best Mofongo!!!
  • laura r.
    laura ramirezSeptember 18, 2015
    The chicken is delicious the food in general has great flavor I couldn't complaint about anything everything was great
  • Priscilla T.
    Priscilla TorresSeptember 8, 2015
    Best Dominican restaurant in Washington Heights. GREAT rotisserie chicken too and sofrito!
  • Liva
    LivaFebruary 16, 2015
    Get the chicken with rice and beans, sweet plantains and green sauce. Now die. Isn't it just amazing?
  • candia R.
    candia RomainJanuary 31, 2015
    Good stuff!
  • Laura G.
    Laura GrossDecember 30, 2014
    The coffee-the best!! . The roasted chicken-awesome! The pastelitos-almost irresistible! All of it very good, very fast and efficient, and surprisingly cheap! What else you need?
  • stephen C.
    stephen C.December 16, 2014
    Easy to over order!
  • Elvys Antonio P.
    Elvys Antonio Paula ReyesDecember 13, 2014
    GOOD FOOD!!!
  • Reeves
    ReevesDecember 4, 2014
    Roasted chicken is the best thing on the menu
  • Adna
    AdnaNovember 4, 2014
    Friendly and funny staff. The chicken was super tender.
  • Angel D.
    Angel DeAndaSeptember 15, 2014
    Chicken is great!
  • Sean M.
    Sean McKenzieSeptember 14, 2014
    Most consistent Spanish restaurant in Manhattan for many, many years. Go with the lunch for a more affordable version of what's on the main menu. Served anytime.
  • atusa a.
    atusa aAugust 16, 2014
    Went here for dinner with family and can't wait to go back. The food was great and so were the staff. Had the chicken but will try the grouper next time. Yummy.
  • Olivia C.
    Olivia ChangAugust 7, 2014
    Mofongo and chicken with rice & beans - that's all you really need here. You will feel full and happy.
  • Piqui B.
    Piqui BerriosAugust 7, 2014
    Great spanish food.
  • Katrina T.
    Katrina TorresMay 31, 2014
    Love this place !!! I've been coming here since i was a little kid food just like mom use to make it!😁 chicken is a must .
  • Alex L.
    Alex LivadasApril 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're going to a show at the United Palace Theatre, Malecon is right across the street.
  • LaTanya B.
    My mother always says Dominicans know exactly what to do with a whole chicken. I couldn't agree more.
  • Amanda
    AmandaOctober 5, 2013
    So glad I live so close to this amazing restaurant! You get enormous amounts of food for so cheap. And it tastes amazing! Get the 1/2 chicken, yellow rice, pinto beans, and sweet plantains for $13!
  • Melissa B.
    Melissa BorgesSeptember 8, 2013
    Absolutely delicious Domincan food. Portions are large & prices are cheap. I had mofongo de chicharones & tostones along with fresh orange juice... I was hungry! But still took 1/2 of it home
  • Tim V.
    Tim VetterAugust 30, 2013
    Junot Díaz: "El Malecón is an uptown institution and its chicken is a personal favorite. I once saw a scuffle break out in El Malecón because they ran out of chicken. It really is fight-worthy pollo." Read more
  • John M.
    John MoralesJuly 25, 2013
    Good dominican food!
  • Ezra H.
    Ezra HugJuly 6, 2013
    It's a toss up for best rotisserie chicken in Manhattan: El Malecon or Mambi (at 176th)
  • Isabel Z.
    Isabel ZapataJune 22, 2013
    Mofongo my love.
  • David B.
    David BerkowitzMay 27, 2013
    Try the tres leches - This tres leches cake is so good, you'll swear there are seis leches in it. Really, leave room for dessert, or just skip dinner entirely and get this.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MarmarApril 28, 2013
    All about the chicken. Everything else falls short.
  • Keylla O.
    Keylla OgandoApril 16, 2013
    Service here sucks major! They need to get them selves together.
  • Pam B.
    Pam B.March 10, 2013
    Get the rotisserie chicken
  • Lyons L.
    Lyons LexMarch 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is DELICIOUSLY INSANE!!! They have a new look but the food is absolutely amazing!!!
  • Mishell
    MishellSeptember 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Dulce de Tres Leche there is NYC!!!! Delicious...
  • YourNYAgent
    YourNYAgentJune 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the whole chicken, rice and beans. $12 lunch for two. I think this is the best chicken on the planet.
  • Nidia M.
    Nidia MartinezMay 6, 2012
    The place is a mad house, but great food.
  • Rodney L.
    Rodney LancasterApril 17, 2012
    Great coffee while waiting on my laundry.
  • Paul K.
    Paul KatcherApril 9, 2012
    The chicken breast with shrimp, pepper and onion was great! Gotta come up more often just to eat here
  • svetlana
    svetlanaFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
  • Doctor K.
    Doctor KleinJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Pollo Estilo Malecon - Some of the best roast chicken you'll ever have.
  • Doctor K.
    Doctor KleinJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the chicharrones - A plate of fried pork belly! Awesome.
  • IG
    IGJanuary 20, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get Mondongo!
  • Leon I.
    Leon IngulsrudDecember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken, yellow rice, black beans... HEAVEN!!!
  • annie c.
    annie cruzNovember 5, 2011
    Best chicken ever
  • annie c.
    annie cruzNovember 5, 2011
    Best chicken al carbon ever! Last time I checked
  • Lenny P.
    Lenny PerdomoSeptember 25, 2011
    The food is great, but there's too much activity going on at once. Wish I could enjoy my food a lil better
  • Nisha F.
    Nisha FelizSeptember 11, 2011
    This is my spot! Best food in Washington heights.
  • Alexander H.
    Alexander HawsonJuly 17, 2011
    Get the fried cheese from the breakfast options!
  • Efrain N.
    Efrain NievesJuly 11, 2011
    guayaba cake with cafe con leche. Nuff said!
  • Marlon
    MarlonMay 8, 2011
    Good restaurant, but keep in mind there's 1,000 other Dominican restaurants in The Heights that are cheaper and just as good.
  • Noah @Noah_Xifr X.
    No matter what u order, even take out, the service is perfect & speeeedy. And then the food es magnifico!
  • Felix A.
    Felix AbarcaFebruary 22, 2011
    Baked beef ribs are the best from the tuesday's specials.
  • a t.
    a tFebruary 22, 2011
    the black beans has pork despite what the waitress may have told you...
  • Kegsy C.
    Kegsy CastilloNovember 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The best Spanish food in the Heights
  • Cathy N.
    Cathy NevinsNovember 6, 2010
    If with a group, just order the roast chicken.
  • Noah @Noah_Xifr X.
    Noah @Noah_Xifr XifrAugust 5, 2010
    Sopa de pollo - absolutely LUV IT if u hava cold. Their chicken is the best and they use batata, not potato, for a slightly sweeter nice texture.
  • Arlene P.
    Arlene PierretJuly 25, 2010
    The Mangu for breakfast is heavenly
  • gustut
    gustutJuly 19, 2010
    try this delicious menu
  • nymag
    nymagJune 30, 2010
    The Underground Gourmet picked the juicy rotisserie chicken here as the best thing to eat in Washington Heights. Grab some after a show at the nearby United Palace. Read more
  • Alex
    AlexJune 19, 2010
    Try the arroz con pollo is good for two people and it tastes amazing
  • C N.
    C NegraFebruary 20, 2010
    Hittin that chicken!!!
  • Girl Gone Travel
    Girl Gone TravelJanuary 30, 2010
    Best known for roasted chicken, try their pork "mofongo" (mashed plantains with fried pork bits), or have breakfast and have the mangu (also mashed plantains for breakfast with side of friend cheese! Read more
  • Allan
    AllanJanuary 15, 2010
    Best chicken in the city. Get some rice, beans and totones on the side.
  • Darrell W.
    Darrell WhitelawJune 21, 2009
    order the salmon salad. delicious and huge. easily feeds two.
  • Lenin R.
    Lenin RosaMarch 22, 2015
    Pechuga de pollo en salsa blanca
  • Rolando C.
    Rolando CCDecember 25, 2013
    Terrible atención !!!!!
  • Osvaldo J.
    Osvaldo JohnsonJuly 10, 2011
    Digale no al pollo al limón y a la yuca frita! Not what you expect!
  • Rarraa C.
    Rarraa CassiopeiaMarch 6, 2011
    bangunbangun langsung kelaperan . . Ckck
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