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Old 04-18-2019, 07:05 PM
 
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Got a Cuban sandwich at some place in Bed-Stuy the other day. Thought it was pretty good.
Probably Pilar Cuban Eatery on Bedford and Greene
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:31 PM
 
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Probably Pilar Cuban Eatery on Bedford and Greene
Probably. The Cuban coffee wasn't that good though. There used to be a Cuban coffee spot in Bushwick a couple years back that was very tasty, but they've since closed.
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Old 04-19-2019, 02:24 AM
 
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I go to Union City, NJ, across the Hudson, for my Cuban fix.

Are there any authentic Cuban restaurants in NYC?
There is a place that has been on the food network/travel channel shows in Corona on Junction, and Roosevelt called Rincon Criollo.
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Old 04-19-2019, 02:27 AM
 
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NYC is not known for cuban culture or cuban cuisine. The best cuban food I have ate was in Miami. I have yet to go to Cuba. If I do remember. Union City NJ is well known for its Cuban population. The your best bet is to take the path to Hoboken and NJ transit bus heading up to union city for cuban food. In Hells kitchen there used to be a cuban restaurant that did amazing tapas and ropa vieja was amazing. As for Sophie's? I think it's OK. Not the best, but not the worst.
There are no Cubans there now, and I doubt there was ever that many in the past to begin with. It was always hyped but you should still see traces of it.

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City data is not a great place to ask these questions to be honest, too many people are biased and not particularly knowledgeable about food.
Tis so true
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Old 04-19-2019, 12:00 PM
 
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I second the Rincon Criollo recommendation. Family owned since the 70's and it's fantastic.
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Old 04-27-2019, 07:38 PM
 
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If you weren't happy with the food in Cuba, you simply didn't go to the right places. I been there 3 times in the recent year and a half, with no complaints. Next time you go try Los Amigos and Locos Por Cuba...there are many more. Haven't been to any of the "high end" places over there, it seems they emphasize more on presentation. You have to do your research before you get there, with limited internet, and the average Cuban can't afford to dine out, you need to know before you go. Also there is a very basic yelp like app to use out there called A La Mesa, and to map your way around offline use MAPS.ME. I'm in love with the country from their culture, music, food, way of life and people altogether, can't wait to head out there again during the winter.

As far as local NYC Cuba experience, I went a few times to Havana Alama De Cuba on Christopher street, but they closed a couple years ago.

Little Havan in Miami is cool to check out, my cousin took me to an outdoor food stand, was like $8 for a huge meal that could feed two. Domino park is something to see while out there.

I just bookmarked Rincon Criollo as mentioned in this thread, I'll stop by as soon as I'm around the neighborhood.

If anyone one was questions about Cuba travel, feel free to message me.
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Old 04-28-2019, 06:29 AM
 
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TINA'S CUBAN is always good. And very reasonable given its location at 23 West 56th St., a fairly tony area.
Waiter service in back room with simple checkered oilclothed tables.


I recommend the Pernil, Ropa Vieha, Camarones al ahillo (shrimp in garlic)...plates come with 2 sides.
Cuban sandwich is also yummy.


It's not like a trip to Havana, but hey, it is only steps from Fifth Avenue, no '53 Buicks driving by.

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Old Today, 07:19 AM
 
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I spoke to my friends who have mentioned Rincon Criollo to me in the past. When I questioned them about it, they only said it's "ok" and that it's "home cooking" (whatever that means). They actually prefer this place in Astoria https://www.yelp.com/biz/sabor-de-cu...oria?osq=cuban -- they said the food is better. But who knows -- sometimes it's all a matter of personal taste anyway.
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