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El Cocotero

228 W. 18th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Seventh Ave.
212-206-8930

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9
Food: 9
Service: 9
Décor: 9
"Highly Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

86% would go back.

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THE BEST vENEZUELAN cUISINE IN THE TOWN

By Chef_Carlos_la_cruz on 12/16/2012

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Despite its relatively small size, Venezuelan cuisine and Refreshment Palace has a menu to match its ambitious name “El cocotero”. Indeed, the dinner selection includes from arepas to aside negro , The best coconut goat dish and the Venezuelan Areapas and patacones, a dish that incorporates all the authentic s Venezuelan ingredients . In addition to its grandiose food menu, this chic Chelsea Street spot also functions as a specialty bar next door and has a room for especially events ; their selection of Guarapitas and wines alone is enough to make the eyes spin, definitively El cocotero is the BEST VENEZUELAN RESTAURANT in the city if New York

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25 out of 45 people found this review helpful.

The Best venezuelan restaurant in New York

By Chef_Carlos_la_cruz on 10/27/2012

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

El cocotero is a traditional comfort Venezuelan restaurant and the service is great i love the menu and the staff, you have to try this place is very warm and the food excellent

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23 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

Oh-So-Good

By rjebaum on 3/21/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

When my friend suggested this restaurant and I looked up the menu online, I expected heavy, greasy arepas with cheese (like the ones you get at The Fair), and a bright, tacky decor. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that El Cocotero was a dimly lit, intimate little restaurant, tucked into 18th street with a visible kitchen so you can see them preparing all of the delicious foods. We ordered a pitcher of Sangria from our friendly waiter and although it wasn't exactly cheap at about $30, we ended up getting at least 6 glasses out of it. The Atun arepa was so good and fresh, marinated in citrus with tomato and onion like a ceviche. We decided not to get dessert but they sounded oh-so-good. Will definitely go back!

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74 out of 162 people found this review helpful.

I guess good place if you look iike the plumber from Desperate Housewives

By douleurexquise on 8/30/2008

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

We always meant to try El Cocotero, especially since it's a neighborhood that makes arepas (we usually trek to Caracas in the East Village). The decor is cute and the food was good enough for lunch. I certainly wasn't blown away by anything. It was annoying that the service was a bit unattentive.

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88 out of 177 people found this review helpful.

I little piece of my country!!

By alexandrachaves on 11/13/2006

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I Love Cocotero.. is a little piece of my country!! Las arepas, tequeños... Chicha, etc. Is a cozy lovely little place in where I travel back in time!! I love venzuelan food

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203 out of 423 people found this review helpful.

Favorite New Lunch/Dinner Spot!

By ALGINNYC on 4/18/2005

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

In sea of New York restaurants that seem to be more about "see and be seen" than food, El Cocotero is a breath of fresh air.This neighborhood lunch/dinner spot has become a favorite of mine. The traditional Venezuelan cuisine is amazing for tastings to full dinners.A great alternative for us vegetarians too! The bright colored walls,furnishings, palm trees and latin music transports you to a tropical get-away.The staff is very friendly and the crowd is lively and fun.

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210 out of 379 people found this review helpful.

Best New Restaurant in Chelsea!

By nyc10011 on 9/20/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I love this place! It is so lively with color and decor,latin music, and Venezuelan cuisine. A great place to meet friends for cheap eats or a full meal. I especially like the fact that there are many items on the menu for us vegetarians.

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202 out of 409 people found this review helpful.

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