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The Dominican community’s influence is evident at every turn in Washington Heights and Inwood, but locals know that the best version of the Dominican street-food burger, the chimi, is at Chimichury El Malecon’s truck. El Malecon’s massive sandwiches are stuffed with freshly ground beef—the precise blend is the well-kept secret of owner Manuel Cruz—as well as cabbage, tomato, onion and generous slathers of ketchup and mayo.
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Despite New York’s large Latino population, it’s incredibly hard to find great versions of horchata, a milky Latin-American drink often made with rice, sesame seeds or almond. Most places reconstitute a popular powder that leaves you with thin, white water. But La Cabana Salvadorena turns out homemade batches of the tawny-colored drink, using imported morro seeds, sesame seeds, rice, milk and sugar before spicing it up with cinnamon and vanilla.
La Cabana Salvadorena
4384 Broadway at W. 187th St. (map)
New York, NY 10040
The yoyo, a Venezuelan sandwich that replaces bread with fried yellow plantains, is a fatter, sweeter version of the patacon Maracucho, made with green plantains. Both sandwiches are piled high with the same meaty fillings. This carne mechada yoyo stars shredded beef. Order it “with everything” — lettuce, tomato, mayo, ketchup, and a little white cheese — and you’ll appreciate how that foil wrap helps keep the juices from dripping (pretty much).
- (Photo by Law & Food)
At night (and all night), a Venezuelan food truck in Inwood serves arepas, cachapas and patacones, a sandwich of marinated shredded beef, pork, chicken or carne asada, placed between two large fried plantain slices acting as bread.