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“One of my favorite neighborhood restaurants”
Review of El Cocotero

El Cocotero
Ranked #4,636 of 13,633 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $1 - $20
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Chelsea
Cross street: Between 7th Ave. & 8th Ave.
Transit: 18 St (1, 2) 14 St (A, C, E) 8 Av (L)
Description: 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!
NEW YORK
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101 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“One of my favorite neighborhood restaurants”
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, and staff are friendly. The food is delicious. My favorites are empanadas, pulled chicken, and shrimp salad. They also have some good beers to choose from. It's definitely worth looking up if you're either a New Yorker or a visitor.

  • Visited March 2014
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Connecticut
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94 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“My food was good but..”
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 popular. Will go again, during the day!

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank MarYelSol
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Dissapointing!”
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.

  • Visited October 2013
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New York, New York, United States
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74 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great food!”
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 also very loud which isn't that big of a deal for me. I recommend giving this restaurant a try if you like Latin food.

  • Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Nice Local in Chelsea ”
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.

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