El Castillo de Jagua is Open For Business!

El Castillo de Jagua, 521 Grand St..

El Castillo de Jagua, 521 Grand St..

For some reason, people on Facebook are sharing a four year-old story about the temporary closure of the Grand Street location of El Castillo de Jagua. We spoke with a manager of the restaurant a short time ago, and both locations (Grand Street and Rivington Street) are very much open for business today. Back in the summer of 2012, El Castillo was closed for a few days by the health department. Today the restaurant enjoys an “A” rating from city inspectors. Please make sure your friends know all is well at these longtime, beloved Lower East Side Dominican diners!


El Castillo de Jagua Open For Business After Being Closed by Health Department

El Castillo de Jagua, 521 Grand Street.

El Castillo de Jagua at 521 Grand Street is back open today after being closed down by the Department of Health last week.  The restaurant received 38 violation points in an inspection on Friday.  There’s a “grade pending” placard in the window today; restaurants are allowed to post these “pending” notices while they appeal an unsatisfactory score.  The closure did not affect El Castillo’s other location at 113 Rivington Street.


Health Department Closes El Castillo De Jagua on Grand Street

El Castillo de Jagua, 521 Grand Street.

El Castillo, de Jagua, the Dominican restaurant at 521 Grand Street, was shuttered by the Department of Health yesterday.  A yellow notice on the window this afternoon reads, “Closed by Order of the Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene.”  There’s no indication of the closure on the Department of Health’s web site. Sometimes it takes a day or two for the online database to be updated.  El Castillo has received “A” letter grades in previous inspections. The restaurant’s other location at 113 Rivington remains open.

JP’s Food Adventures: Where to Eat a Cubano

Castillo de Jagua on Rivington Street. Photo by Cynthia Lamb.

The Cuban sandwich has been a neighborhood staple for decades. While Cuban expats in Florida take credit for its creation, Puerto Rican and Dominican diners and luncheonettes have been the bastions of this delicacy here. Variations have even made it to upscale menus, commanding a price of $14 or more. Fortunately great examples can still be found for $5.

Food Wire: El Castillo de Jagua, Doughnuts, Dufresne, Mulberry Street Bar and Bartenders’ Battle

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