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El Cocotero - 52 Reviews - 228 W 18th St, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 206-8930

El Cocotero

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228 W 18th St (at nr. Seventh Ave.)
New York, NY 10011
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Reviews

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Best

El cocotero Restaurant is fun, different, and they serve authentically Venezuelan food. For lees that $30,...

Worst

I went with 3 friends to El Cocotero for brunch on Saturday. When we arrived the place was practically empty. We were disappointed to find ONLY ONE brunch item on the menu. Sin...

Editorial review from Citysearch 7/6/2013

Beware of scam on your bill....\r I payed my bill with debit card and left tips in cash, but on my bank statement I noticed that they charged me more that I signed for. \r Scammers.\r Enjoyed food and Sangria. Tres leches desert was really good....\r But will never going back there...... Just for that reason that they charged me more than my bill actually was.... more


Authentic Venezuelan Cuisine from Maracaibo to the Big Apple 2/26/2012

El cocotero Restaurant is fun, different, and they serve authentically Venezuelan food. For lees that $30,... more

Authentic Venezuelan Cuisine from Maracaibo to the Big Apple 2/26/2012

Carlos Provided by Partner
El cocotero Restaurant is fun, different, and they serve authentically Venezuelan food. For lees that $30, there's a Antojitos / Appetizers Empana... more

LOVED IT! 11/19/2010

We all had patacones. They were dee-licious. Prices very reasonable. But what was best was the atmosphere. The two waiters were the friendliest, most attentive wait-persons I think I've ever met. They both took turns taking care of us. It was like going to a party at their house and they made sure everyone in there was having a good time. I think anyone who said the service was lousy probably went in there with a pissy attitude to begin with, 'cause we thought this place was a DELIGHT and can't wait to go back! more

Excelente Venezuelen food! 6/22/2010

I have gone to Cocotero quite a few times and everytime I have a great time. I was warned the very first time I was taken there that sometimes the service was not the greatest but the food made up for it. So my expectation was set. I always go when I have time to enjoy and I really do enjoy.\r \r I always get a cheese empanada, an arepa (my preference carne mechada) and an avocado salad. I accompany it with a pitcher of sangria for the table.\r \r In the past, I've had the mandocas maracuchas, churrasco, and green plantain crostini. I've loved it all! I am actually going today and although i'm eating a yummy lunch I am looking forward to it! Pros: Sangria is always yummy and food is always good Cons: service slow at times more

Best Arepas in NYC 6/17/2009

We walked by this place one late night, saw the menu and finally went a few weeks later. We were upset that we hadn't gone sooner because it was GREAT. the arepas and entrees are delicious. The staff is so friendly that it feels like you've known them for years. The environment is fun yet chilled. The owner has been there the 2 times we've been in the last 3 weeks; and the 2nd time- he was our server! We decided it's a favorite restauarnt of ours and a place we'll take our out of town visitors. Try the mango juice w/milk; the Miss Venezuela arepa, el pepito, tres leches dessert, and the shrimp entree. That's what I've had so far and all was sooooo goooood Pros: friendly staff (like family); delicious food; easy on the $$ Cons: None! more

Travel to Venezuela without leaving the New York! 2/23/2009

I love to travel, but in this dreadful economy I have decided to postpone trips and find alternatives to... more

Travel to Venezuela without leaving the New York! 2/23/2009

wallstfoodie Provided by Partner
I love to travel, but in this dreadful economy I have decided to postpone trips and find alternatives to transport me to exotic locales. I discover... more

Good food, super-friendly service, terrific coffee 10/20/2008

This Venezuelan food was BETTER than I had in Venezuela. The Arepas were more like latkas!\r And friendly??? The staff was so nice, we felt like kissing them good-bye when we left the place.\r You should start with an arepas appetizer, then go to the steak... thin sliced mildly spiced. I had the mechada (chewed? mechanized?) beef and it was delicious. Polar beer is served bien calliente. After get the coffee. Try coffee Negro and enjoy the great black stuff for it's own taste. And the staff?? Kiss 'em for me when you go! --Eat Club is a roving group of NYC gluttons Pros: super-friendly staff, good food, terrific coffee Cons: don't expect spicey! That ain't Venezuelan more

El Cocotero is El Cocotero 9/15/2008

El Cocotero is what it is people. Yes, its a people's place, chill, relax, not uptight, good authentic Venezuelan food, fresh! Yes you have to wait sometimes, yes sometimes its understaffed. Who cares? You get excellent food for what you pay. Go there if you are not in a hurry or in a bad/diva mood. One of the few restaurants left in the city with the ""european attitude"" where they DO NOT rush you out or stuff your bill down your throat right after the dessert.\r \r El Cocotero serves excellent tasty and authentic Venezuelan food at very good prices. Dont expect ""Le Cirque"" or by any chance ""Cirque du Soleil."" Sit there, order, chat with your waiter, wait for your food, eat it slowly, chew it, ask for the bill and pay whenever you want. I like it! Pros: Great AUTHENTIC Venezuelan food. Fresh! Cons: A bit slow in service (this is not a fast food rest). Understaffed sometimes. more

Rude staff. Whats all the commotion about? 8/19/2008

Went there for dinner. The waiter took forever to take our order. Did not ask us if wanted water - we had to ask after sitting there for nearly a half hour. I finished my Corona and waited, and waited to ask for another one, but the waiter was too busy talking to some folks at another table. By the way, the owner was there entertaining some people. Now can you imagine what the service would be like if the owner wasnt there? Dont recommend Cocotero. HORRIBLE service and ok food. I've had better. more

Tasty Latin Food Served in a Relaxing, Nicely Appointed Environment 7/11/2008

Five members of the Thrifty Gourmets Meetup Group and I field-tested this restaurant on Tuesday, July 8th, at 7:45 PM. There was no host on duty, but the one waiter who was busily working the floor greeted me in a friendly manner and with a warm smile. Our reservation for 8 PM had been held and our table was available about 10 minutes beforehand. The waiter, although a bit harried, was courteous and professional as he took our order. All but two of our dishes were delivered promptly and correctly. I ordered the cheese stick as an appetizer. It was thick, soft and chewy, with a light crust and a subtle, herby flavor. I also ordered the arepa with stewed flank steak as my entree. Its filling was moist, hearty and richly flavorful. I also enjoyed a potent drink made with dark rum and passionfruit and mango juices. I was still somewhat hungry after finishing my initial order. Had one of my fellow diners not shared her entree with me, I would have selected another arepa. I commend El Cocotero?s managers on the attention that they pay to the restaurant?s interior design. Unlike those found in many smaller, inexpensive restaurants, the bathroom here was clean and decorated in a style consistent with the restaurant's Latin theme. An exposed standpipe was thoughtfully enclosed in a glass box and decorated with greenery and photographs. Pros: Friendly, efficient service; attractive design; relaxing atmosphere Cons: Limited staff more

Love Cocotero! 4/24/2008

I've walked by El Cocotero with friends numerous times but had never gone in, until recently. Unlike the last reviewer, we found the service to be excellent. More importantly, the food was delicious. I had never eaten Venezuelan cuisine before but now I'm a fan. We'll be back Pros: Food, Service more

Horrible Service; Bland Food 3/28/2008

My co-workers and I decided to try this place out for lunch?what a mistake! The place was nearly empty, but it still took over 10 minutes for the waitress to even come over to our table. We asked for water and did not receive it until our food arrived. The waitress was flat-out rude and seemed to think it was funny that I actually asked a question about the arepa filling. She was completely inappropriate, seemed resentful, and her behavior was the epitome of poor service. The food itself was bland and unimpressive. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. Don't even bother putting up with the attitude...the food isn't worth it! Cons: Rude waitress, bland food more

the best food.............. 3/1/2008

I thins this place is a wonderful. .it is a best service good food too . I would like to try again I like it.\r yo estuve en ese lugar: me trataron muy bien. el menu esta muy espesifico, la musica es muy tradicional.\r es reucido el lugar pero pienso que para comer me unas aprepas buenas no nesecito tanto espacio!\r vale la pena esperar por lo bueno... more

Delicious Venezuelan Food 2/19/2008

I'd highly recommend El Cocotero for the delicious Venezuealn food that I recently enjoyed there. The food was served hot, with fresh ingredients and served by a waitstaff that was friendly and attentive. My only complaint is that it's not closer to where I live. Pros: Food, Service more

Abysmal Service, Hostile atmosphere 2/16/2008

This restaurant had the worst service I've ever experienced. The place itself had a dark, depressive aspect (quite different from the photo above) and was only about half full. We were ignored until we solicited the ""waitress"" who told us we could sit anywhere. We proceeded to wait about ten minutes to get menus and fifteen minutes until anyone approached our table to take our order. We never got water. When the ""waitress"" finally arrived, she gave no apologies or excuses for the delay, and basically seemed to resent our presence. My companion ordered a cafe con leche that never came. His chicken soup was exceedingly difficult to eat, consisting of a chicken breast still on the bone and corn on the cob simply thrown whole into the broth. My arepa was honestly tasty, but we didn't want to order anything else from these people. When we went up to the register to pay, we saw that we were charged for the forgotten cafe con leche. We objected and they re-printed the receipt, but the credit card statement only shows the original charge. This place could not care less about its customers. Cons: Service more

nothing special 11/7/2007

I went with 3 friends to El Cocotero for brunch on Saturday. When we arrived the place was practically empty. We were disappointed to find ONLY ONE brunch item on the menu. Since we weren't familiar with Venezuelan dishes, we ordered an appetizer sampler to help us decide what entrees to order. The Yukka and tostones were okay, but the arrepas (THEIR SPECIALTY) were dry and tasteless. Our entrees weren't much better. And the service, or should I say: what service??? Keeping in mind that it was not crowded - we waited over 10 minutes to get water (which was then spilled by the waitress on one of my friends). Then we waited another 15 - 20 minutes to get our order and the food was served luke warm. The entire dining experience at El Cocotero was disappointing and borderline disastrous. It is a nice casual spot that has a lot of potential... they just need to get it together - QUICKLY! Pros: good location, cozy Cons: food, service more

Great find! 9/10/2007

Stopped in for a late afternoon lunch with my sister and a friend after seeing the place on citysearch. We all had arepas - the pabellon (shredded beef with black beans and plantains - my favorite), pernil (roasted pork with pepper salsa) and one with cheese, avocado, and tomato. Everything was delicious. What made the whole experience, however, was the staff. I was incredibly impressed with the friendliness of the waiters and the owner, who came by to see how our food was - you can tell it is a family-run business where the food is authentic and the people take pride in their service. The decor was also very charming and added to the whole meal. Only thing I can think of that wasn't perfect was the sangria - it was good (better after it sat for a while), but not excellent. Overall a great time and I can't wait to go back. Pros: arepas, service, atmosphere more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    Blue walls, green palms, terra cotta floors, and languid ceiling fans conjure the leisurely cafes of Caracas while the menu's specialties pay homage to Venezuela's unique...

  • 8/21/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Mon- Sat 11am-11pm Sun 11am-9pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Visa, Discover, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Chelsea
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