Em Pineda @TheHungryDominican
Serving up some straight-up, slammin’, classic Dominican dishes that I could not recommend enough, this spot’s amazing food is only matched by their awesome staff (family-owned and almost entirely family run). I just keep coming back, and at this point, I absolutely intend to taste the entire menu. First and foremost, you MUST have their Dominican breakfast. Served with the necessary fried eggs, salami, and fried cheese (Tres Golpes), this one’s a doozy. Absolutely out of this world. For an incredibly tasty appetizer, try the Picadera: sausage, fried cheese, lightly salted beef, crispy chicken, pork, and fried plantains. It technically serves two, but I couldn’t keep my hands off of it, so no one else had much of anything. Their sancocho is a delicious stew with pork and chicken. Drop in some white rice and it’ll be your new favorite winter food if you haven’t tried it yet. And Iast, but certainly not least, they make an exceptional in-house hot sauce by the name of Pisqueya. You can find their bottles all around the restaurant (and online). This spot has become my favorite Dominican restaurant in the city and I cannot wait for many more visits. It’s occupied the same Brooklyn location since 1986, and I would not be surprised if they make it another 30+ years, even in the city’s ever-changing landscape.