El Papasito Forever Restaurant

Manhattan, New York City

3.9 / 1 vote

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veg-friendly Dominican restaurant

El Papasito's is a no-frills Dominican restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. They offer a vegetarian section that includes vegetable fajitas, vegetable tempura, tofu, eggplant Parmigiana, and vegetable mofongo (fried plantains, mashed with butter, and topped with meat or veggies).

The restaurant is fairly large and has a front and back dining area. They usually have salsa, bachata, and merengue playing and some people dance there on Friday and Saturday nights.

Added by Cass Danger on Apr 17 11 (last updated Apr 17 11)

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A Dominican friend invited me to Papasito's recently and told me that they have really authentic Dominican food. The atmosphere was extremely no-frills and relaxed, which is great if you have time to spare, but let the server know if you're in a rush, as I hear it's the Dominican way to have a long, slow meal so servers take their time. We were in no rush and were enjoying the food and the music so it wasn't a problem. The lighting is dim and the music and TV are loud, so don't expect to have a deep conversation or a romantic date or read the Times while you eat. El Papasito is, however, a great place to hang out with friends.

I was initially very reluctant to go to a Dominican restaurant because they are known for eating nothing but meat and plantains and very little (or no) vegetables but I'm really glad I did. They have an entire vegetarian menu, including tofu, veggie fajitas, and vegetable mofongo. They were out of tofu the night I dined so they recommended the veggie mofongo. It turned out to have butter in it but honestly, I'm just glad they're making an effort to have veggie food. I've been to a million Dominican restaurants that don't even have an appetizer I can eat, let alone an entire veg section, so I'm glad they're trying.

The veggie mofongo was good, but I can't say it was spectacular. The veggies (broccoli and carrots) were obviously frozen, but I was just happy they had a non-animal topping.

My favorite part of the experience was dancing with the waiter. We told him we wanted to listen to bachata and I said I wanted to dance so he turned up the music, turned down the lighting, and we took a spin in the middle of the dining area; it was fantastic. And yes - he did receive an extra tip. :)

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50th St-8th Ave (C, E)
50th St-Broadway (1)
7th Ave-53rd St (B, D, E)


No Reservations


$ - inexpensive


  • MasterCard Visa


  • Caribbean
  • Central American


  • Kid-Friendly
  • Large Group-Friendly


terrible camera phone picture of vegetable mofongo

terrible camera phone picture of vegetable mofongo


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