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
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