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El Cocotero

228 W. 18th St., New York, NY 10011 40.74137 -73.99869
nr. Seventh Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-206-8930 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: South American
  • Price Range: $$

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Mon-Wed, 11am-10pm; Thu-Fri, 11am-11pm; Sat, 11am-midnight; Sun, 11am-9pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 18th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out


  • Beer and Wine Only


Accepted/Not Necessary


El Cocotero is a bright, cheerful café specializing in arepas, the delectably dense, spongy corn-flour cakes stuffed with everything from chicken and avocado to soft farmer's-style cheese. The small, affordable menu lists a few fresh, vaguely tropical salads enlivened with lime and orange vinaigrettes, pressed sandwiches, and spears of fried yuca meant to be dunked into rich, thick Venezuelan sour cream. (Or, even better: the oily, herby version of guacamole called guasacaca.) There are several entrées, and one is a nap-inducing doozy: pabellon criollo, a heaping platter of slightly chewy stewed flank steak bolstered by mounds of white rice and black beans and decked with fried plantains. The fact that it's dished out unceremoniously from a spotless steam table doesn't diminish the room's homey appeal, with its sky-blue walls and palm trees, colorful ceramic plates, and disarmingly friendly service.


Sat.―Sun., noon―3:30 p.m.

Recommended Dishes

Arepas, $7-$12; pabellon criollo, $20