Cuban Restaurants in New York

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  • Sophie's Cuban Cuisine
    The story of Sophie's Cuban Cuisine is not the story of a family of Cuban restaurateurs passing down recipes between generations. The road to the first Sophie's location and the ones that followed was longer and more unpredictable than that. Its founders—the Luna family—arrived in New York from Lima, Peru, and started out scratching together capital by selling Peruvian food from carts at New York City soccer fields. At the time, however, their native cuisine might have seemed a little too out of the ordinary for the city's palate, so the Lunas began to do some research: what kind of menu could form the ideal home for their love of hearty portions and fresh ingredients? With the help of Havana-trained chef Eduardo Morgado, they found the answer. The Cuban recipes at the spot they opened up were wildly popular. Their reputation grew with each roast-pork-and-ham sandwich served, and by 2001 they were operating four different Sophie's locations. But then came September 11, which demolished two outposts near the World Trade Center. A third was gobbled up by a landlord who bought them out. In the face of these setbacks, the Lunas did what they'd always done: roll up their sleeves and keep working. Today, they've planted the seeds for a franchise they expect to populate the entire East Coast with the aroma of sizzling plantains. Their Cuban sandwich is still a customer favorite, as are pernil sandwiches with roast pork, sweet plantains, and Sophie's signature green sauce (also available bottled, although the exact recipe is kept secret, hidden at the bottom of an enormous vat of oxtail stew). In a 2008 New York Times review, Pete Wells accordingly called Sophie's a destination for "authentic sandwich bliss," and for piquant roast turkey "worth eating far, far more often than once a year." Empanadas stuffed with beef, chicken, or guavas often precede entrees of chicken fricassee or oxtail stew. The batidos (milkshakes) conclude meals on a relatively healthy note, blended from tropical fruits such as mango, papaya, and passion fruit.
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    27 Smith Street
    New York, NY US
  • El Viejo Yayo Restaurant
    Featuring a laid-back vibe and traditional Mexican fare, El Viejo Yayo Restaurant aims to please its casual-dining guests. Cautious diners will appreciate the low-fat and gluten-free fare at El Viejo Yayo Restaurant. Find time to peruse the wine list here — El Viejo Yayo Restaurant offers a variety of drink options. Bring the whole family to El Viejo Yayo Restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms. Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi. El Viejo Yayo Restaurant is a prime location to dine with a group. Planning a special night? Call ahead to reserve a table. Formal attire is required so that you can look as nice as your meal does. If dining out is not on the agenda, El Viejo Yayo Restaurant offers delivery and pickup, too. A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the guests at your next shindig. Parking is never an issue at El Viejo Yayo Restaurant, a local restaurant near garages, lots and street parking. Commute by bike to El Viejo Yayo Restaurant and find easy bike parking. You can take it easy on your wallet at El Viejo Yayo Restaurant — prices are generally less than $30 per person. El Viejo Yayo Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
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    36 5th Ave
    Brooklyn, NY US
  • Sofrito Puerto Rican Cuisine
    As lively Latin music plays, guests, including celebrities such as P. Diddy, sidle up to white-clothed tables to eat large portions of Sofrito Puerto Rican Cuisine's authentic oxtail soup, fried green plantains, and skirt steak with chimichurri sauce. They can also visit the bar area, where bartenders make specialty cocktails out of fresh fruit in front of a blue-backlit bar. DJ sets and live music keep guests entertained every night of the week, and a strict dress code, no sneakers or hats, ensures that diners do not impersonate professional baseball players.
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    400 E 57th St
    New York, NY US
  • Havana Central Restaurant & Bar
    In 2002, entrepreneur Jeremy Merrin teamed with fellow restaurant mogul Arlene Spiegel and head chef Stanley Licairac to establish Havana Central, a family-friendly enterprise based on lively Latin music and the rich flavors of Cuban cuisine. The food of Cuba draws from disparate influences across the globe⎯Spanish, French, African, Chinese, and indigenous cultures⎯manifesting into tender skirt-steak ropa vieja, empanadas stuffed with savory meats and goat cheese, and salmon, chicken, and shrimp marinated in tangy citrus juices. Though the restaurant's leafy palms and tropical cocktails hint at the freewheeling good times of 1950s Havana, the staff pairs their joie de vivre with social responsibility, specifically by donating to local charities and taking on numerous green initiatives. As guests sip mojitos and sangria and sup upon slow-roasted meats and chicken sofrito, a lineup of live entertainment keeps feet moving in rhythm. Interactive events include salsa-dance lessons, charanga bands, and reenactments of the charge up San Juan Hill.
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    238 Market St.
    Yonkers, NY US
  • Cabana
    Catch a taste of the Caribbean at Cabana. Put the diet on pause when you visit Cabana — there are no low-fat menu items. The bar at Cabana is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer. Tots and tykes will be right at home at Cabana with its kid-approved food and ambience. With plenty of room to go around, Cabana also offers a private area perfect for large groups. Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Cabana's seasonally available outdoor seating. Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud. Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation. If time is of the essence, Cabana's take-out option may be a better fit. Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Cabana also offers catering. Parking is plentiful — the restaurant provides valet in the nearby lot, where regular parking is also available. Drivers can take advantage of alternate street parking when the lot is packed. The menu at Cabana is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
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    107 W 70th St
    New York, NY US
  • Chili Dog
    For tasty Mexican fare, New Rochelle's Chili Dog is hard to top. Looking for low-fat, gluten-free meal options? Look no further at Chili Dog. No need to be formal, business casual will pass. If you need to feed a big crowd, Chili Dog also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers. Grab your meal to go at Chili Dog if you're in a hurry — or better yet, have them bring it to you through their delivery service! Drivers will embrace the number of street and lot parking choices close to Chili Dog. Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near Chili Dog. You can eat for next to nothing at Chili Dog, where a typical meal will cost you less than $15. Credit cards are not accepted at Chili Dog, it's cash only.
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    297 North Ave
    New Rochelle, NY US