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Jalao, New York, NY

Jalao

4.0
4
375 Reviews
$31 to $50
Caribbean
  • Good for special occasions
  • Great for creative cocktails
  • Charming
Welcome to Jalao! Escape from the streets of New York City to the brightly colored paradise of the Dominican Republic while dining at Jalao. Enjoy authentic Dominican food and vibrant cultural surroundings right in the heart of NYC’s Washington Heights Neighborhood.

Eat surrounded by the vibrant ambiance of Taíno, African, and Spanish influences that blend together in a flavorful splash of Dominican culture. In a courtyard built for live music and dancing, experience the timeless atmosphere of the historic Ciudad Colonial of Santo Domingo.

Located in the brand new Radio Hotel, join Manhattan’s Little Dominican Republic community as they experience a taste of home. Handcrafted Dominican furniture adorns the dining area, while the walls are splashed with brightly colored murals and authentic Carnival masks.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Caribbean
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Mon–Thu 10:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (929) 688-4684
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Wilmer Chuquillanqui
  • Neighborhood
    Washington Heights
  • Cross street
    Amsterdam Ave & 181st St
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 375 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York City

    Caribbean

375 Reviews
  1. KrystalA

    New York City

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Restaurant is really nice, food was really good. Our server was very nice but the service was a bit slow. Overall it was nice.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved this Dominican Restaurant!! My favorite plate was “chivo con moro” it was delicious. The house drink is perfect because there are other places that they charge you 16 for a cup of ice, but there drinks were just right🥰! The service on point fast and cordially! Overall, it is a Dominican high class place ☺️☺️

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  3. goodtimesnyc

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Attractive somewhat upscale for the area. Adjacent to a cool boutique hotel. Nice new option for the neighborhood. (Excellent bourbon, honey cocktail. Great guac and seafood mofongo and steak and onion dishes)

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  4. RitaR

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my 3rd time and the service was outstanding, the food was amazing, ambience was awesome with live music.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was really nice, definitely recommend the yuca sticks

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was cooked the best , other than that everything was great

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  7. KellyJ

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Drinks are good but service is slow and the menu leaves a lot to be desired.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Over rated, most definitely not authentic Dominican cuisine, ordered the plate that define any Dominican kitchen , sancocho and at best was ok, not even good. The appetizers were good but the main course was not good at all. Pork belly(chicharrón) was flavorless so was my churrasco, no sauce or dressing for the proteins on the side. Service was not attentive at all, it has a lot to do with the fact that the tip is built into the bill, no effort to make the customer feel great and provide the expected service. Price was too much for the product offered. They should stop claiming typical Dominican cuisine because is far from it.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me gustó mucho la comida., y el servicio del Personal excepcional

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  10. EvelinR

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time there and it was as wonderful as the first time.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Jalao using the Order Online button. Jalao also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (929) 688-4684.

Jalao is rated 4 stars by 375 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Jalao

2420 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10033-7327

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Amsterdam Ave & 181st St
  • Neighborhood
    Washington Heights
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Happy Hour Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Mon–Thu 10:00 pm–11:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Caribbean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Wilmer Chuquillanqui
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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