El Castillo de Jagua

Manhattan – Lower East Side

El Castillo de Jagua

113 Rivington St between Essex and Ludlow Sts
Manhattan, NY 10002


Time Out NY Leaving any Dominican restaurant hungry is almost impossible, as every dish seems designed to stuff you full. Mofongo, a dense mash of garlicky green plantains and fried pork (meant for dipping in tomato broth), is the champion gut-plugger, though sancocho vies for the title by welcoming potatoes and plantains to an already-starchy stew. The hot Cuban sandwich here is uncharacteristically light, featuring crisp bread, pickles, runny mayo and pork-on-pork action: ham and fabulous pernil (roasted pork). Better yet, just try a serving of roasted pork by itself. It takes over the plate and comes capped with a shard of crackling skin, and a heap of rice and kidney beans on the side.

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