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36 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217 40.68195 -73.976733
nr. Dean St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-622-8922 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Latin American
  • Price Range: $$

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Sun-Thu, 8am-midnight; Fri-Sat, 8am-1am

Nearby Subway Stops

2, 3 at Bergen St.; 2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q at Atlantic Ave.-Barclays Center



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch - Daily
  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

Eastern Pkwy. to Union St., Washington Ave. to Smith St.


Considering the gentrifying creep of the northwest corner of Park Slope, it’s impressive that Yayo's (formerly El Viejo Yayo) still has so much real estate on Brooklyn’s Fifth Ave. Its three vast rooms feel like three different restaurants–the first is a takeout lunch counter with a backlit overhead menus and brightly iced cakes; the middle is a bright, glass lantern-lit dining hall with gaudy castle murals; the last could be a dark, cozy, brick-walled inn. A long list of pricy seafood options and a buttoned-up ambience differentiate Yayo's from the borough’s other Dominican greasy spoons, but belt-busting portions of carnivore classics make for bargain eats. And no dish is more antithetical to Park Slope’s food co-op culture than mofongo – mostly tasteless fried green plantains squashed up with shredded pork and molded into a stodgy, stiff cylinder of meaty starch. This neighborhood institution may not fit in with the food boutiques and eco-conscious eateries, but it’s one of the area’s few remaining places for no-nonsense, stick-to-your-ribs food.

Recommended Dishes

Mofongo with braised lobster tail, $32; paella, $29; steak with rice and plantains, $14