El Cocotero
  • 228 W. 18th St. (Seventh–Eighth Aves.)
  • NYC, 10011
  (212) 206-8930

  • 228 W. 18th St. (Seventh–Eighth Aves.)
  • NYC, 10011
  (212) 206-8930

El Cocotero is a bright, cheerful restaurant specializing in arepas, the delectably dense, spongy corn-flour cakes stuffed with everything from chicken and avocado to soft, farmer's-style cheese. The small, affordable menu lists a few fresh, vaguely tropical salads enlivened with lime and orange vinaigrettes, pressed sandwiches and spears of fried yucca meant to be dunked into rich, thick Venezuelan sour cream. The entrees include pabellon criollo, stewed flank steak bolstered by mounds of white rice and black beans and decked with fried plantains. The fact that it's dished out unceremoniously from a spotless steam table doesn't diminish the room's homey appeal, with its sky-blue walls and palm trees, colorful ceramic plates and disarmingly friendly service.

General
  • Multilingual Staff:
Restaurants
  • Banquet Capacity: 40
  • Meals Served:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Buyout Available:

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