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El Cocotero

228 W 18th St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10011-4529
+1 212-206-8930
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“arepas” (18 reviews)
“shredded beef” (4 reviews)
“plantains” (3 reviews)
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Latin, Venezuelan, South American
$$ - $$$
228 W 18th St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10011-4529
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Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

I generally enjoy south-american style foods and in an attempt to avoid burgers I popped in for lunch. I went for tequeños for starters followed by a lonche with shredded beef and it was all delicious. I liked the atmosphere in the restaurant and the...More

Thank Sergeant_N
Reviewed 24 May 2017

A real bad experience, we went there to celebrate my son 26 birthday only 5 of us, place wasn't even busy and the waitress forgot my son food. She brought 4 plates in a 5 persons table, excuse me. She didn't even told us until...More

Thank nieltica
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
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....More

Thank Beth A
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...More

Thank Dennis C
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
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...More

Thank ValAdrian
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
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...More

Thank SBCATraveler
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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
  • E-mail
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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