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El Cocotero

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228 W 18th St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10011-4529 (Between 7th Ave. & 8th Ave.)
+1 212-206-8930
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Pricey but great food! Authentic Venezuelan arepas and empanadas. Delicious! Service was great! Price was a bit in the higher side. I would recommend it and I will go back.

Thank VictorG2
Baltimore, Maryland
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41 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I decided to try this restaurant because I'd never had Venezuelan food before. I chose an arepa with queso fresco, lettuce, and beans, as well as papelón con limón, an interesting drink with brown sugar cane and limeade. Sweet and sour at the same time. Great food and drink. My waiter was very friendly too.

Thank Beth A
Oak Hill, Virginia, United States
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96 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

El Cocotero is a nice, cozy neighborhood place that serves excellent food. I had never had Venezuelan food before. It came highly recommended by our friends who took us there. They also recommended several dishes that were excellent also. One of them was an appetizer which was like a plantain sandwich... delicious ingredients between crispy plantain... tasty and interesting. The... More 

Thank Dennis C
Brussels, Belgium
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Great food, excellent service,decent price,great beer! Service personnel are great, Authentic Venezuelan food. Had a great Chivito al coco.

Thank pedrorangel13
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

El Cocotero has a nice atmosphere and I love the decoration, which combines elements from the Venezuelan culture and landspace and gives your visit a welcoming feeling. The place is small and dimly lit, but I think that adds to the atmosphere. As for the food, the last time I went I tried the tequeños and also had an empanada... More 

Thank ValAdrian
Richmond, Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

I really enjoyed eating at El Cocotero last night. The food was so good and the owners and employees were all so nice and attentive. They made me feel like family. I can't wait to return!

Thank bradhartva
Santa Barbara, CA
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279 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

We have a Venezuelan friend who has cooked for us, which we love. We decided to give this restaurant a try. We ordered the typical Venezuelan dish. It came with shredded beef, rice, beans & plantains. The flavors of the dish reminded us of our friend's cooking. We tried to eat slow so we could savor every taste. The restaurant... More 

Thank SBCATraveler
Singapore, Singapore
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75 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

A different food experience. Food does not contain much spices and it has a mild, pleasant palate. Portion sizes could be larger. Still a good meal.

Thank gobanification
Barcelona, Spain
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

I'm from Venezuela and I know the Venezuelan food. I went with my friend we asked for several plates and no one was good. When we asked for the check they charged us almost 200% of the original amount. We complained and they said that we ate that food. We took the menu and after our calculations we told the... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

I loved it! I'm latina so I'm picky with any latin food and this hit the spot! the vibe was great too. It felt like I was in south america having amazing food and drinks. Good playlist too! will definitely come back

Thank Yumi H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
Latin, Venezuelan, South American
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 228 W 18th St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10011-4529
    (Between 7th Ave. & 8th Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: 18 St (1, 2) 14 St (A, C, E) 8 Av (L)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Chelsea
  • Neighbourhood: Chelsea
  • Phone Number: +1 212-206-8930
Long ago (actually 1985), Luis "Lucho" Quintero left Cabimas (the western state of Zulia), Venezuela for the bright lights of New York City. Though his native land was many miles away, the food, music and culture never left his heart. In fact, absence made the heart grow fonder. Longing for authentic Venezuelan cuisine, Lucho took the plunge in 2004 and opened El Cocotero (The Little Coconut) to introduce his love of food to the public. Now, right in the heart of Chelsea, you can experience the flavors of Venezuela without having to look for your passport. El Cocotero has not only become a favorite neighborhood haunt, but a gastronomic destination serving foodies and celebrities alike. So sit back, have a Polar and prepare to feast. Wepa arepa!

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