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Authentic Cuban Restaurant in NYC ?

stevel May 15, 2008 11:55 AM

I'm taking my wife and her friend out for dinner in a few weeks. Her friend is originally from Cuba. She doesn't like fusion. So where is the most authentic Cuban food in NYC

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  1. guttergourmet RE: stevel May 15, 2008 12:23 PM

    I'd try Sophies.

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      stevel RE: guttergourmet May 15, 2008 02:42 PM

      I wouldn't consider Sophies authentic. We've eaten their for lunch and she was not impressed!

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        guttergourmet RE: stevel May 15, 2008 03:28 PM

        Cafecito on Ave C?

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        sugartoof RE: guttergourmet May 16, 2008 01:42 AM

        Cafecito as mentioned or Cortadito .... but staaaay away from the Sophies (which I think is just open for lunch anyway)....

        There's a place in hells kitchen on 10th I know some Cubans go to for authentic flavors, but it's not actually Cuban from what I know. I can find out the exact place if interested.

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        Lucia RE: stevel May 15, 2008 02:06 PM

        Little Havana. I haven't been in over a year, though.

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          rdc RE: stevel May 15, 2008 04:37 PM

          'Cuba' at 224 Thompson St. is pretty good. I also like Guantanamera at 939 8th Ave. I don't know about authentic since I've never been to Cuba but both places' food reminds me of the Cuban we used to get growing up in S. Florida (though to be fair I'm many years removed from that now).

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            intrepid RE: stevel May 16, 2008 04:07 AM

            ideya, in soho, agozar on the bowery

            1. Brian S RE: stevel May 16, 2008 11:31 AM

              I've been going to Rincon Criollo for years. It's the daily specials of slow-cooked meat that I love. And the history of the place -- that entrances me.

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                la di da RE: stevel May 16, 2008 12:18 PM

                i've never been to cafecito but my parents, both born in cuba, were not impressed. we always go to victor's on 52nd st for the ropa vieja - it's a little overpriced but definitely tastes authentic to me (i too use miami as the standard).

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                  drummergirl RE: stevel Feb 15, 2009 08:25 AM

                  If y'all don't mind, I'm bumping this back up. A dear friend of mine would love to celebrate her birthday in an authentic (but healthy) Cuban restaurant, with mojitos and live music, if possible.

                  I've checked out the above, but wonder if you might have ideas that involve those three elements. Another friend mentioned that I should rather look at New Jersey for that, which I will do, but I thought to check the Manhattan board for convenience sake.

                  Many thanks, as always, and I understand if you don't have ideas beyond what is on this thread.

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                    billyboy RE: drummergirl Feb 15, 2009 09:46 AM

                    I had seen an episode of Bobby Flay's "Boy Meets Grill" and he went to Jersey City in search of some Cuban and think he may have mentioned that it has the largest Cuban population outside of Miami.

                    Here's the link to the restaurant he ate at: www.hardgrovecafe.com

                    Hope this is helpful!

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                      drummergirl RE: billyboy Feb 15, 2009 10:57 AM

                      billyboy, you rock. Thanks, I'll check that out. And hey, quien sabe about the Cuban population of Jersey City!

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                    Carrie2doggies RE: stevel Sep 26, 2009 08:31 AM

                    How about Havana Central? 151 W 46th Street, NYC,NY. I had a Cuban sandwich there that was delicious and their mojitos are authentic, with fresh mint, limes, and sugar cane sticks in them!

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