Sweet Plantains and Oxtail Soup in Washington Heights


It was pouring rain, and I was dreaming about soup (again).

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I was soaked as I pedaled to Washington Heights but kept the thought of Margot’s sancocho in mind — the Dominican restaurant make its rich stew with oxtail meat.

After a few misunderstandings with my rusty Spanish, I dug into that soup along with arroz con gandules (rice and pigeon peas, $5), berenjena (stewed eggplant $5), and maduros (sweet plantains $2.50). Everything was so cheap, and so satisfying.

This restorative sweet drink is the Morir Soñando. It tasted like a creamsicle, but it means “to die dreaming.”

Margot Restaurant
3822 Broadway

L. Nichols is a Brooklyn-based artist.