Santiago’s Beer Garden
Bachata playing in a beer garden is an unlikely pairing, which is why this snug yet lively Dominican kitchen hits the spot for us. A rare find uptown, its exposed brick, colorful plating, and tropical murals create the perfect visuals for a reggaeton and bachata filled chillout spot in East Harlem. Santiago’s menu features familiar and beautifully garnished Dominican dishes like roasted chicken, coconut rice and beans, juicy and crispy empanadas, and traditional beans and maduros done right as attested to by natives who have reported the fare to be reminiscent of their grandma’s cooking and have found a home away from home in the eatery. And set in a vibrant atmosphere, Santiago’s hosts brunches with bottomless mimosas with music loud enough to dance but low enough to carry on a convo. Santiago’s is the spot for anyone needing a good drink and familiar foods on a Friday night.