BY Rachel Wharton | NEW YORK 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
Check out the video below for the Food Warriors culinary trip to 168th Street.