Who doesn’t love Cuban food, is there anything more refreshing than an ice-cold mojito on a hot day?  We are going to take you on a tour of “Havana on the Hudson”. Outside of the Miami area you will not find a better location than the border of NY and NJ to nosh on a Cuban sandwich or skirt steak.  NYNJ has compiled a list of our Favorite 10 Cuban Restaurants.

Las Palmas – WNY, NJ

Cuban eatery & nightclub serving traditional Cuban cuisine, festive environment with live music.  Incredible skirt steak.  This is a must visit for locals and visitors.

6153 Bergenline Ave, West New York, NJ 07093

Phone: (201) 861-1400

Calle Ocho – Upper West Side, Manhattan.

Technically this is Pan-Latin, but I will not let that bother me.  This establishment is a staple on the UWS.  Try the Gallitos.  All of their Mojitos and Sangrias are delicious.

45 W 81st Street in the Excelsior Hotel New York, New York 10024

Phone: (212) 873-5025

Havana Cafe – The Bronx, NY

Two locations in the Bronx (Castle Hill and East Tremont).  Indoor and Outdoor seating available.  Famous for their brick oven Cuban sandwich.

3151 E Tremont Ave, Bronx, NY 10461

Phone: (718) 518-1800

Rincon Criollo (Corona) Queens, NY

Family-run Cuban spot serving classics like lechon asado (roasted suckling pig) since 1970’s.  Great menu selection.

40-09 Junction Blvd, Queens, NY 11368

Phone: (718) 458-0236

Pilar Cuban Eatery – Brooklyn

Lively, modern spot with sidewalk seats for Cuban-style sandwiches & mains, draft beer and nice wine list.

397 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Phone: (718) 623-2822

Habana Outpost  – Brooklyn (Seasonal)

This order-at-the-counter outdoor eatery serves Mexican-Cuban fare.  Only downside closed in the winter.  Which may make me crave it more during the winter.

757 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Phone: (718) 858-9500

Cafe Cello – NYC

Located near Rockefeller Center. Pan-Latin take-out spot featuring pork & other steam-table fare.  All around great cuisine.

48 West 46th St, New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 764-8701

Cuban Petes – Montclair NJ

Cuban joint with an island vibe. A local perennial favorite, located in downtown Montclair. Wonderful outdoor seating.

428 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042

Phone: (973) 746-1100

Cuban Eddies – Rivervale, NJ

Classic Cuban menu with a few added dishes.  Clean and simple decor.

216 Rivervale Rd, Rivervale, NJ 07675

Phone: (201) 497-6888

Rumba Cubana – WNY, NJ

Yes this our second trip to West New York, but it is the home of the Cuban-American, there’s a reason they call it “Havana on the Hudson”.  One of the highest rated restaurants on the list.  This Tropical Cuban restaurant & bar serving delicious traditional dishes, shakes & cocktails

6909 J F Kennedy Blvd E, West New York, NJ 07093

Phone: (201) 854-4000

Honorable Mention

1958 Cuban Cuisine, Westfield, NJ

Cuba – 222 Thompson Street, Manhattan, NY.

Did we forget any restaurants, please let us know.  Email us at Media@NYNJ.com and let us know who to put on our 2019 list!

Written by Christopher Santini of NYNJ.COM




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