Hotel concierges still recommend this Malecón institution for Dominican food (it's now a local chain of four), although recently it has been branded as fast food. It's touristy, yes, but Dominicans still make up the majority of customers. You may want to try it for the three-tiered setting overlooking the ocean, or for the excellent sancocho (a rich, meaty stew), mofongo (stuffed mashed plantains), and the sopa de pescado (fish soup). Breakfast and lunch (a buffet) is
served, as well as dinner: it's open 24 hours, and the clubbers come calling for late-night sancocho. Be careful crossing the street here: use the crosswalk. At night on the Malecón, be alert for muggers, also.