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El Economico Spanish American Restaurant

(West 231st and Broadway)
5589 Broadway
Bronx, NY 10463
Hours: Open 7 Days: 6am - 11pm
Phone: (347) 773-1731

Description: The traditionally Irish and Spanish Kingsbridge neighborhood has, in recent decades, been infused with Hispanic verve. One of the quintessential examples of the latter is El Economico, a Caribbean diner with a long counter flanked by red-leather-topped chrome stools, a faux-brick floor, off-white walls hung with large mirrors, and an enormous, backlit, red-lettered yellow menu board overhead. That final component lists (in Spanish and English) many home-cooked favorites from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico: slow-simmered savory stews, simply roasted meats, and seafood in assertive sauces. Of particular, golden-fried chunks of chicken—and the pulpo al ajillo with its sucker-less cylinders of octopus tentacles swimming in an intoxicating sea of olive oil, minced garlic, and parsley. Read more

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