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By Laura Corrigan

Photo Credit: Laura Corrigan | The Manhattan Times

Perhaps you’ve had a chance to taste a classic food and wine pairing: Champagne and caviar, Sauvignon Blanc and goat cheese, port and dark chocolate. A successful food and wine pairing can elevate both the wine and the meal, turning your dinner (or lunch or snack) into a heavenly experience. A bad pairing puts a meal out of balance. It can make the food taste strange, bold wines and bold dishes can cancel each other out making both appear mediocre.

We’ve been told which wine to drink with steak, pizza, and fish, but what about our neighborhood staple mofongo?

Mofongo is an admirable challenge because it is so versatile. Starting with a base of starchy twice fried plantains and garlic you can add anything from fried pork to goat. I see some similarities with pizza. You might not drink the same wine with a pepperoni and sausage pizza that you might drink with a pie laden with peppers, garlic, and broccoli. The same goes for mofongo. Depending on what’s in your mofongo, you may need a different wine. Hush to all you out there who drink beer with your mofongo and pizza. That’s a different article for a different time!

Read more: http://www.manhattantimesnews.com/2011/the-wine-pairing-challenge-mofongo-at-malecon.html

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BY Led Black (@Led_Black) El Malecon (4141 Broadway at 175th St) is a machine. I mean that in a good way, as in El Malecon is an efficient and delicious Dominican cuisine machine. Great food, great service with a healthy measure of good old Dominican hospitality to match. What more could you ask for? In my estimation, El Malecon is pound for pound one of the best traditional Dominican restaurants in the neighborhood. They are right up there with El Lina (500 West 207th Street) and Margot’s (3822 Broadway). One thing about this place is that it is always packed but the waiters are experts at keeping everything moving and the wait is usually nominal. Another interesting factoid about El Malecon is that its clientele is so diverse. I am talking United Nations diverse. Whites, Blacks, Asians and other Latinos, not to mention Dominicans, are regular customers of this well-run establishment. In all of my visits there, I can honestly say that I haven’t had a bad meal yet. On this particular day, I ordered the Pollo & Camarones Salteados, which is essentially chicken and shrimp stir-fried with peppers and onions. It was delectable as usual, as were the rice, black beans and tostones that accompanied it. I can’t forget the ice-cold Presidente that washed it all down. Speaking of Presidentes, El Malecon has an unbeatable deal of a bucket of 5 Presidentes for just $10. Another favorite off the menu is the Chofan Mixto, which is a Dominican version of Chinese fried rice with steak, shrimp, chicken and vegetables. They also make a mean café con leche. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, you just can’t go wrong with El Malecon.

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While this is by no means a new article, it originally appeared on Gourmet.com in September 2007, it is a gem as Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz lovingly and eloquently discusses Dominican food in our neighborhood. He hits up all the great spots and talks about his favorite dishes. This is not to be missed.

Check out full article: www.gourmet.com/magazine/2000s/2007/09/elalto

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The New York Times’ Local Stop column is featuring our beloved Washington Heights this week.  The article takes a trip through the hood starting at the Morris-Jumel Mansion and ending at a Jazz concert on Edgecombe with such local favorites as El Malecón restaurant thrown in for good measure. 

Check it out for your self: www.nytimes.com/

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