It's A Dominican Thing

★★☆☆☆
  • 144 W 19th St

    New York, NY 10011

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  • 212-924-3344

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The food is definitely very authentic Dominican and the taste is just fine. The problem I had as a Dominican was that it tasted just the same as if I were eating at a relative's house; which is fine in some circumstances, but when you pay nearly 20 bucks for a plate (when you can spend half that in Washington Heights for the same thing), you expect something more special, something with an interesting twist. This restaurant is alright, but not special, and I expected it to be special based on the prices.

Secondly, I've been small bistros before, but this is as cramped as it could possibly get. When my friend and I arrived there were several people inside just looking at the artwork and it took forever for the owner to notice us and offer us a table. Once we were finally seated and getting ready to order, a large party arrived and they actually made us get up from our table and stand for a couple of minutes while they re-arranged the place to accomadate the party. We were insulted and annoyed, but we stayed for dinner anyway. Throughout our meal we were made uncomfortable by the fact that the staff couldnt get from table to table without walking sideways and squeezing by us, since our table was in the middle of the room. And when a woman at the next table arrived and was getting ready to sit down, her butt was practically resting on my arm--and I mean that quite literally. That's how cramped it was.

Bottom line: If you dont mind spending a little extra for your *average* Dominican dinner plate, then you wouldn't mind going to this restaurant--Just DO NOT STAY if they sit you at the table in the middle of the room! Trust me!

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is definitely very authentic Dominican and the taste is just fine. The problem I had as a Dominican was that it tasted just the same as if I were eating at a relative's house; which is fine in some circumstances, but when you pay nearly 20 bucks for a plate (when you can spend half that in Washington Heights for the same thing), you expect something more special, something with an interesting twist. This restaurant is alright, but not special, and I expected it to be special based on the prices.

Secondly, I've been small bistros before, but this is as cramped as it could possibly get. When my friend and I arrived there were several people inside just looking at the artwork and it took forever for the owner to notice us and offer us a table. Once we were finally seated and getting ready to order, a large party arrived and they actually made us get up from our table and stand for a couple of minutes while they re-arranged the place to accomadate the party. We were insulted and annoyed, but we stayed for dinner anyway. Throughout our meal we were made uncomfortable by the fact that the staff couldnt get from table to table without walking sideways and squeezing by us, since our table was in the middle of the room. And when a woman at the next table arrived and was getting ready to sit down, her butt was practically resting on my arm--and I mean that quite literally. That's how cramped it was.

Bottom line: If you dont mind spending a little extra for your *average* Dominican dinner plate, then you wouldn't mind going to this restaurant--Just DO NOT STAY if they sit you at the table in the middle of the room! Trust me!

Pros: Cute appearance, nice staff

Cons: Food is not worth the price; too cramped.

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This is a very romantic place good for couples when you just want to get away from all the drama. very cozy, wonderful food, affordable. the only thing is its too tiny but still very very nice...

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★★★★☆

This is a very romantic place good for couples when you just want to get away from all the drama. very cozy, wonderful food, affordable. the only thing is its too tiny but still very very nice...

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I had a nice lunch there one afternoon. There was only one waiter who was very quiet, but polite. The food was good. I had the Chicharones de pollo and my mother had the Chivo. The dessert- dulce de leche was delicious. I would definitely return for dinner.

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★★★★☆

I had a nice lunch there one afternoon. There was only one waiter who was very quiet, but polite. The food was good. I had the Chicharones de pollo and my mother had the Chivo. The dessert- dulce de leche was delicious. I would definitely return for dinner.

Pros: yummy platanos

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Is it possible to give this place -5 stars? I live right on the block and decided to try this restaurant out one day with 3 friends. There are about 5 tables in the entire place (small!) and one waiter. We waited 10 minutes to get menus and the entire rest of the meal we had to flag him down to ask for water, where food was, drinks, etc. We then decided to order a bottle of wine, but they were out of 3 out of 5 bottles on the list. That would have been ok, since I guess wine isn't "a dominican thing". We all then proceeded to order our own meals. This is about where everything started going downhill. The apps were ok, but then I got my meal. I ordered the Pollo de Rafaela dish. If you want small pieces of greasy OVER-fried chicken about the size of a golfball then get this. Oh, did I mention there were bones in it? Description on the menu says "perfect fried chicken chunks". Nowhere in there does it say there would be tons of BONES. I'd also like to know what part of a chicken is that small and has that many bones in it. Anyway, I cut the roof of my mouth on the chicken biting into it since I couldn't even see what we were eating. That's another issue, the lighting was so dim, we had to hold the one candle on our table up to the menu to read. We politely asked the waiter to turn the lights up a little, but he said he could not since the manager prefers it to be VERY dark. He said he couldn't even read when he was taking down orders. I then attempted to cut off a few pieces of the chicken and ended up just eating beans and rice. So disappointed. This is not even the end of the worst dinner I've ever had in NYC. I wake up around 4am and started throwing up in my apt from FOOD POSONING. Worst case of I've ever had. I couldn't even hold down gatorade, was throwing up until 3pm that day. I almost felt like going back to the restaurant with a carton of eggs to throw at the restaurant, but was too weak to walk from throwing up for 12 hours.

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★☆☆☆☆

Is it possible to give this place -5 stars? I live right on the block and decided to try this restaurant out one day with 3 friends. There are about 5 tables in the entire place (small!) and one waiter. We waited 10 minutes to get menus and the entire rest of the meal we had to flag him down to ask for water, where food was, drinks, etc. We then decided to order a bottle of wine, but they were out of 3 out of 5 bottles on the list. That would have been ok, since I guess wine isn't "a dominican thing". We all then proceeded to order our own meals. This is about where everything started going downhill. The apps were ok, but then I got my meal. I ordered the Pollo de Rafaela dish. If you want small pieces of greasy OVER-fried chicken about the size of a golfball then get this. Oh, did I mention there were bones in it? Description on the menu says "perfect fried chicken chunks". Nowhere in there does it say there would be tons of BONES. I'd also like to know what part of a chicken is that small and has that many bones in it. Anyway, I cut the roof of my mouth on the chicken biting into it since I couldn't even see what we were eating. That's another issue, the lighting was so dim, we had to hold the one candle on our table up to the menu to read. We politely asked the waiter to turn the lights up a little, but he said he could not since the manager prefers it to be VERY dark. He said he couldn't even read when he was taking down orders. I then attempted to cut off a few pieces of the chicken and ended up just eating beans and rice. So disappointed. This is not even the end of the worst dinner I've ever had in NYC. I wake up around 4am and started throwing up in my apt from FOOD POSONING. Worst case of I've ever had. I couldn't even hold down gatorade, was throwing up until 3pm that day. I almost felt like going back to the restaurant with a carton of eggs to throw at the restaurant, but was too weak to walk from throwing up for 12 hours.

Pros: NONE

Cons: Got Sick, Bad food, bad service, Ate in the dark!

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I came here for dinner- the appetizer sampler platter was good, however in the middle of eating it, the lights were turned way down. Almost off. We questioned the server about it and he said the manager insisted the lights be turned that low and he can't even see the pad he takes orders down on. So we ate the rest of our meal in complete darkness. The entrees appeared to be predominantly beans and rice. Very little meat in the meat dishes. Fried chicken "chunks" were essentially inedible due to being hard as a rock. In addition, they had tiny bones in them. Wine list was small to begin with and then they were out of almost everything. We ended up having to order from the only 2 wine selections they actually had in stock. To top it off, one person from our group contracted a food-related illness afterwards.

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★☆☆☆☆

I came here for dinner- the appetizer sampler platter was good, however in the middle of eating it, the lights were turned way down. Almost off. We questioned the server about it and he said the manager insisted the lights be turned that low and he can't even see the pad he takes orders down on. So we ate the rest of our meal in complete darkness. The entrees appeared to be predominantly beans and rice. Very little meat in the meat dishes. Fried chicken "chunks" were essentially inedible due to being hard as a rock. In addition, they had tiny bones in them. Wine list was small to begin with and then they were out of almost everything. We ended up having to order from the only 2 wine selections they actually had in stock. To top it off, one person from our group contracted a food-related illness afterwards.

Pros: appetizers were ok. who doesn't like fried cheese though?

Cons: eating overpriced beans and rice in total darkness, extremely limited wine list

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a GREAT restuarant, more like a family. The food was really good. Better than Dominican food in the Dominican Republic!! Obivously prepared with care. Slightly expensive for island food (our bill was $50 each). The staff was friendly, attentive, and patient with our shinannigans . And I was the only gringo in the place. (I asked the waiter. Kenichi does not qualify as a gringo, he said.) It was a small place, with subtile lighting. I'll be back. --Eat Club is a roving NYC group of gluttons.

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★★★★★

a GREAT restuarant, more like a family. The food was really good. Better than Dominican food in the Dominican Republic!! Obivously prepared with care. Slightly expensive for island food (our bill was $50 each). The staff was friendly, attentive, and patient with our shinannigans . And I was the only gringo in the place. (I asked the waiter. Kenichi does not qualify as a gringo, he said.) It was a small place, with subtile lighting. I'll be back. --Eat Club is a roving NYC group of gluttons.

Pros: Food, service, atmosphere

Cons: slightly on the expensive side

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Beginning with the appetizer which was served at thesame time as the main course, we diners were in for a horrible unforgettable experience. Next, the waitress poured an entire bowl of beans into the lap of my friend who was gracious but obviously upset about his destroyed suit. The waitress did not offer ANYTHING in return.. not a drycleaning, not a free meal, not even a drink to take the edge off of hot beans in the lap! When the bill came, I approached the "manager" (quotes b/c she is totally unprofessional). She begrudgingly comped the meal and drink of the spill victim after saying "it was an accident". DUH! Really? I thought she did it on purpose....
Then as we got up to leave, I noticed my umbrella was missing. It was pouring outside. I alerted the waitress and she exclaimed in anger "oh, you want me to pay for THAT too?!" Shocked, I approached the "manager" who handed me her personal umbrella (much cheaper and flimsier than the one I came in with). Instead of a sincere apology, she stated, "Hey I've been to plenty of restaurants where I lost my jacket." Thanks. That makes alot of sense. And it is a classy way to deal with customers.
Please avoid this restaurant if you want service that is polite, competent, and if you want to leave with your belongings in tact.

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★☆☆☆☆

Beginning with the appetizer which was served at thesame time as the main course, we diners were in for a horrible unforgettable experience. Next, the waitress poured an entire bowl of beans into the lap of my friend who was gracious but obviously upset about his destroyed suit. The waitress did not offer ANYTHING in return.. not a drycleaning, not a free meal, not even a drink to take the edge off of hot beans in the lap! When the bill came, I approached the "manager" (quotes b/c she is totally unprofessional). She begrudgingly comped the meal and drink of the spill victim after saying "it was an accident". DUH! Really? I thought she did it on purpose....
Then as we got up to leave, I noticed my umbrella was missing. It was pouring outside. I alerted the waitress and she exclaimed in anger "oh, you want me to pay for THAT too?!" Shocked, I approached the "manager" who handed me her personal umbrella (much cheaper and flimsier than the one I came in with). Instead of a sincere apology, she stated, "Hey I've been to plenty of restaurants where I lost my jacket." Thanks. That makes alot of sense. And it is a classy way to deal with customers.
Please avoid this restaurant if you want service that is polite, competent, and if you want to leave with your belongings in tact.

Pros: fish, tomatoes with goat cheese

Cons: atrocious service

 

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