Eating Along the A Line: Washington Heights/168th St. stop | NY Daily News


Margot Restaurant - Washington Heights

A waitress with dishes of stewed eggplant, sweet plantains and stewed chicken at Margot. (Photo: Andrew Schwartz | NY Daily News)

Broadway gets a bit hilly where the A train hits the Washington Heights/168th St. station. When the neighborhood’s steep streets give you an appetite, here’s where to eat.

Taste of La casa

The nickname of the 36-year-old Margot Restaurant might be “the basement,” but it’s more like a living room for owner Margot Santana, whose specialty is homestyle Dominican cooking.

Santana likes to say the recipes are “not just hers” — but merely what Dominicans would want to eat at home, and regulars who show up daily for lunch and small-talk tend to agree.

She runs the snug place — complete with checkered tablecloths and framed photos of regulars — with help from her sister, Nurys Correa. Together they turn out some of the city’s better pollo guisado (stewed chicken with olives and sweet peppers, $11) and rice with red beans, plump, creamy and rich (a small is $2).

Other specialties of the house include oxtail ($15); a super-smoky eggplant stew in which the eggplants are roasted whole right on the flames of the gas stovetop; plantains twice fried or sweet ($3); and freshly pan-fried arepitas de yuca, or cassava fritters laced with a slight, licorice tang of aniseed ($1.25).

Margot Restaurant: 3822 Broadway at 159th St., (212) 781-8494

Read more: Eating Along the A Line: Washington Heights/168th St. stop – NY Daily News.

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