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El Cocotero

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228 W 18th St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10011-4529
+1 212-206-8930
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible6%
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Closes in 4 min
All hours
Latin, Venezuelan, South American
$$ - $$$
228 W 18th St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10011-4529
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Reviewed August 11, 2014

While walking around Chelsea we discovered this restaurnat last year. On Sat after attending a performance at the Joyce Theatre we went backe, as last year wqas so pleasant. We were not disappointed. This restaurant is so cheerful and happy, decorated in the colors and...More

Thank dorothy g
Reviewed July 2, 2014

Having never tried Venezuelan food before, I really didn't know what to expect and was definitely delighted by the meal I had at El Cocotero. There was definitely something to suit every taste on the menu (my only criticism would be that there's possibly too...More

Thank Kathy O
Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

Wanted to have a healthy and good meal close by to the #ABFF2014 Venue... One of MY #favorite #Chelsea restaurants!!! You can never go wrong with #Venezuelan food-can we say YUM??? It is always hard to decide what to eat on the menu!!! #foodie FOJ

Thank JBrock29
Reviewed May 29, 2014

If you fancy a taste of authentic/traditional South American food, then this is a solid choice. I have been about 1/2 a dozen times. It is a little tight in regard to space, but that also makes it cozy. Restaurant manager is a nice guy,...More

Reviewed May 5, 2014

The service was poor, rushed and cold. Too dark... We had to use the flashlights apps in our phones to be able to read the menu. We felt rushed by the waitress to finish our meal as the place is very small and it is...More

Thank MarYelSol
Reviewed October 23, 2013

Very boring plain food, no taste, not cheap. Dark room, almost to dark to read the menu. Small place but not cosy.

1  Thank Jesper D
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We came here for our anniversary dinner. We wanted to try Venezuelan food and we found this restaurant. The food was excellent. However it is a very small restaurant; we had to squeeze in between two larger tables for a table of two. It is...More

Thank vyferri
Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

Great food, attitude in this local Venezuelan joint. Real food real people. Sometimes food comes slowly, but always good.

Thank 8foo
Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

I'm Venezuelan and I must said that el Cocotero is the most wonderful restaurant I'd ever been.Luis ( the owner) is perfect and the food is absolutely wonderful. You must definitely come to El Cocotero

Thank OscarSLB
Reviewed May 28, 2013

First is the atmosphere - first impressions and all. You walk in to a brightly multi-colored room. On the left are masks that you see in Venezuela all the time. On the right is more traditional folk art. Directly ahead of you is the outside-indoors...More

Thank BSFTravels
Home to hundreds of art galleries, beautiful
brownstones, and one of New York’s newest and most
popular attractions, Chelsea is one of the city’s
jewels when it comes to neighborhood life. The
contemporary art scene is an integral part of the
neighborhood’s identity, with gallery openings almost
every night of the week and countless exhibits to
explore. As a longtime hub of gay culture in New York
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 228 W 18th St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10011-4529
    (Between 7th Ave. & 8th Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: 18 St (1, 2) 14 St (A, C, E) 8 Av (L)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Chelsea
  • Neighborhood: Chelsea
  • Phone Number: +1 212-206-8930
  • E-mail
Long ago (actually 1985), Luis "Lucho" Quintero left Cabimas (the western state of Zulia), Venezuela for the bright lights of New York City. Though his native land was many miles away, the food, music and culture never left his heart. In fact, absence made the heart grow fonder. Longing for authentic Venezuelan cuisine, Lucho took the plunge in 2004 and opened El Cocotero (The Little Coconut) to introduce his love of food to the public. Now, right in the heart of Chelsea, you can experience the flavors of Venezuela without having to look for your passport. El Cocotero has not only become a favorite neighborhood haunt, but a gastronomic destination serving foodies and celebrities alike. So sit back, have a Polar and prepare to feast. Wepa arepa!
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