Cuban Restaurants in Elmwood Park


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Luis Parada is an unofficial ambassador for Cuban culture. A celebrated musician, he traveled the globe sharing the unique arts of his homeland. But he's also a master of traditional Cuban cooking, having tried his ladle at homestyle dishes that have been passed down through generations. Today, Luis and his fiancee Doris Fenton make it their mission to share the spirit of the island at the Cuban Flavor Cafe. That heritage informs every plate that passes out of the kitchen, whether its a classic Cuban sandwich with roasted pork, ham, and swiss cheese, or a grilled, marinated skirt steak proudly waving a tiny flag. And ears can feast on Cuban flavor as well?live music fills the cozy cafe on Friday and Saturday nights.
197 Diamond Bridge Ave
Hawthorne,
NJ
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Mambo Tea House’s combination of cuisine and teas stems from the cultural backgrounds of its married co-owners, who were profiled in (201) magazine. Louis Nuñez, who is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, supplied many of the restaurant's recipes and oversees Mambo's cuisine along with his head chef. Though the restaurant specializes in authentic Cuban food, its Latin-based eats—such as paella, skirt steak, and mofongo—borrow from traditional Argentinian, Puerto Rican, Spanish, and Dominican cooking. Elsewhere in the eatery, CiCi Chan-Nuñez curates more than 40 loose-leaf teas imported from countries such as China, Sri Lanka, and Taiwan. The BYOB facility also supplies diners with mixes to convert their wines into sangria and mojitos. Up to 60 guests can feast in the dining room, which includes bamboo-wood floors and Cuban-cigar wallpapers. Mambo Tea House hosts live Cuban music every other Thursday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., so visitors can dance off dinner or recite their new poem without worrying that anyone will be able to hear them.
98 Park Avenue
Rutherford,
NJ
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For authentic Cuban cuisine, get lost in El Caney's soups and stews. The menu at El Caney does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge. El Caney tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience. If dining out is not on the agenda, El Caney offers delivery and pickup, too. If you need to feed a big crowd, El Caney also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers. Drivers should plan to park on the street when dining at El Caney's W Church St residence. Frugal foodies will especially love the prices at El Caney, with a meal typically hovering under the $15 mark.
49 W Church St
Bergenfield,
NJ
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Try Cuban Petes' Cuban tamale or some black bean soup for authentic Latin-American fare in Montclair's Montclair district. Cuban Petes is a local eatery that serves up both gluten-free and low-fat dishes. Cuban Petes is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along. Take a great restaurant, add perfect party food and a fun group of people, and get a night for the ages at Cuban Petes. Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Cuban Petes' seasonally available outdoor seating. Crowds are boisterous at the restaurant and the music is blaring, so get ready for a very loud night out. Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time. Jeans are just right for a meal at Cuban Petes, which embraces a casual vibe. You can also grab your grub to go. Take advantage of the free parking next door to Cuban Petes. Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Cuban Petes. It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Cuban Petes.
428 Bloomfield Avenue
Montclair,
NJ
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354 Steakhouse in Cliffside Park offers a wide selection of prime steak choices, including sirloin and filet mignon. Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at 354 Steakhouse. 354 Steakhouse has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties. Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy. Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away. No need to put on airs for a trip to 354 Steakhouse — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from 354 Steakhouse as well. If dining out is not on the agenda, 354 Steakhouse offers delivery and pickup, too. 354 Steakhouse's diners can score a street parking spot just a short walk away. If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to 354 Steakhouse. 354 Steakhouse happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
354 Lawton Ave
Cliffside Park,
NJ
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Rebecca's menu renders grumbling bellies speechless with steak- and seafood-based entrees served in softly lit rooms that "whisper romance" according to Susan Leigh Sherrill of Dining 201. The eatery's unique take on Cuban and Caribbean fare shines through in a grilled double-cut pork chop slathered like a love note to a scarecrow with roasted corn salsa. The espresso crème brûlée, a delicacy crafted from the chef's personal recipe, embellishes white linens indoors or tables strewn about the garden. Patrons swish their own libations while a cherubim fountain gurgles rock ballads to the surrounding flora-laced stone face.
236 River Road
Edgewater,
NJ
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