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Authentic Cuban Restaurant in NYC ?

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. re: guttergourmet

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

      1. re: guttergourmet

        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.

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

        1. '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).

          1. ideya, in soho, agozar on the bowery

            1. 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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