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“Better Chicken You Will Never Find”

El Malecon Restaurant
Ranked #4,494 of 14,208 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: USD 1 - USD 20
Cuisines: Caribbean, Cuban, Latin, Mexican
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Dining options: Delivery
Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
Reviewed 18 May 2016

El Malecon is a revelation. If it's rotisserie chicken you're craving, then look no further. I'm hesitant to even write this review, because it's already hard to get a table at the prime dinner hour. But their chicken is divine. Tender, juicy, flavorful, amazing. The side dishes are excellent also--rice with black beans, plantains, avocado salad, just to name a few.
On a recent visit our friends tried a shrimp and fish dish and they said they were very good as well. Portions are large so order accordingly. And don't forget to save some room for the flan. Prices are modest given the quality and the amount of food served. We've had the food delivered once or twice, but to really appreciate how good this restaurant is, I recommend eating there when the chicken comes right off the spit.

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Thank ChinadollRVC
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Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

Eat here. It is pretty basic; chicken, rice, beans, some bread, some sauce. You don't need anything more. This isn't a fancy, date- night restaurant (she will leave you if you think it is! ), it is just really good chicken. The plantains ate nice too.

There is nothing special about the decor, in fact, I couldn't even tell you what covers the walls two days after eating there. But that isn't the point of malecon, the food is the point.

We will come here again, and again, and again. Sometimes you just want some good chicken, rice and beans.

Thank Stephen U
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

You have to love NY for the variety of restaurants available. Malecon is one of the many. It's cozy, clean and the portions? Grande. We visited just recently with a party of eight and ordered which seemed to be a coop of chickens (whole chicken Malecon Style), rice for days with both red and blacks, maduros (friend sweet plaintains), tostones (friend green bananas). To say there was food a plenty might be a tad of an understatement. They seem to ignore portion control and if you're hungry you are in the right place to fill up. The maduros are sweet, juicy and have a nice, nice depth of flavor. The tostones, while tasty could have been spiced a little more, found them on the dry side but tasty like a dense chip. The beans, I confess I love beans of any color, while "decent" lacked the conviction that I would have liked. Someone from The Dominican Republic is hiding the spices, please don't. Please don't take that as my saying they are bad, they're not, but when a dish is served, after my first taste I should not be looking for something to "spice" it up for lack of a better term. They are hearty and well cooked as beans, slight snap, not mushy with a thickness of texture. The Malecon Chicken was plentiful, roasted skin on, but again I found myself looking for something to make it "pop". Darker parts of the chicken of course retained the most moisture but it was not fall off the bone moist. The white portion of the chicken was almost on the dry side. I kept looking for skin to match up breast meat with to give it texture and a lot more flavor. Adding the side of garlic sauce which comes with the Malecon Chicken helps, but it's swimming against the current of ho hum. If you're going to Malecon for a meal, it will definitely fill you up and the pricing is spot on reasonable. I plan on going back again to try other dishes as I am interested in food with a Dominican flair. You won't go broke visiting, it's inexpensive and definitely you won't leave hungry. If you're a (SPT) Single Pink Tastebud, seeking a whirlwind romance with flavor and spice bring your rose colored glasses.

Thank Laine A
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Reviewed 9 November 2015

Atmosphere is non existing,service aloof or minimal and while the noise level
has improved still leaves a lot to be desired. (2 damn televisions!! )
The food is good,abundant and tasty served sloppily (family style?? ;-)) in large oval plates and usually hot.
The chicken falls off the bones,rice is hot and abundant with delicious black
beans probably from a can while the roasted pork is a hit or miss kind
of a deal sometimes very tender and well seasoned and other times hard as a rock or dried up.
There are other Caribbean dishes to be had but I haven't tasted them yet because our waiter was very curt and unfriendly unwilling to
explain anything.
Avoid the crowds around 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. Sometimes they run out of roasted chicken too !!.
Stick to the basics like the delicious chicken,beans,rice either yellow or white,
avocado salad,tripe soup,chicharrones de pollo and fried plantains either
soft or tostones.
The guy that buses the tables is very nice,quick and friendly and he never stops
working or helping with water,napkins,condiments or getting the check.
Come for a cheap quick meal if you are in the neighborhood.
Avoid the desserts but they have good coffees.

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Thank louis phillippe d
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Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

Delicious!!! I always order the half rotisserie chicken with yellow rice & red beans. Flavorful & plentiful. I love this place!!!

Thank NYCityslicker
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