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Best Cuban in Westchester?

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Kirkcollm Feb 10, 2009 08:04 AM

Where can you find the best cuban food in Westchester? Is there anywhere that is better than city?

Looking for something that has great flavor and reflects the culture. Food first, followed by ambiance.

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    Westjanie Feb 10, 2009 09:21 AM

    Latin American Cafe in White Plains. Certainly authentic, and compares quite favorably with what I've had in Miami.

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      Bloombee Feb 10, 2009 10:41 AM

      I enjoy Latin American Cafe - and it most certainly meets your requirements of food way before ambiance. I like their Papas Rellenas, Chorizo con Tostones, Tamales (can you tell I generally like a appetizers) and Puerca Asado. I have not had their Cubano sandwich personally but have heard good things about it. Service is friendly.

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        laylag Feb 10, 2009 01:04 PM

        I third the rec for Latin American Cafe. Lived in Miami for 4 years and have to say this place is pretty darned good. I have had the Cubano and it was delicious. Pork was actually much more tender than many I've had in FL.

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          Kirkcollm Feb 13, 2009 11:44 AM

          Is it currently closed?

      2. adamclyde Feb 11, 2009 03:39 AM

        best cuban in Westchester may = only cuban in Westchester. Is there a full Cuban place anywhere in Westchester besides Latin American Cafe?

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          Marge Feb 11, 2009 03:55 AM

          I actually really like Salsa Latin Eatery in Jefferson Valley. It looks like an "upscale" fast food joint, but everything is homemade, and everything I've had there so far (Cuban sandwich, mofongo, bacala salad on yuca) has been delicious.
          http://www.salsalatineatery.com/Menu....

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            mary30 Feb 14, 2009 05:49 AM

            I've been to Belle Havana twice and both times the food was excellent but the service was so incredibly slow I swear the seasons were changing while we were sitting there. So I haven't been back. Has anyone been recently?

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            Jon1856 Feb 11, 2009 08:07 AM

            Yes, or at least rather close:
            Karamba Café
            185 Main St.
            (Court St.)
            White Plains, NY
            914-946-5550

            Belle Havana
            35 Main St.
            (Riverdale Ave.)
            Yonkers, NY
            914-969-1006

            Cuban Eddies
            130 W Shore Ave
            Dumont, NJ
            201-338-2382

            Coco Rumba's
            443 Lexington Ave.
            (Radio Circle Dr.)
            Mt. Kisco, NY
            914-241-2299

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              intrepid Feb 11, 2009 10:52 AM

              coco rumba food is cuban food by disney..

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                laylag Feb 11, 2009 12:29 PM

                Shortly after moving to Westchester, husband and I went into Karamba expecting Cuban. We left after looking at the menu - before even ordering. I can't really remember what the menu had on it but it wasn't Cuban as I knew it from either Manhattan or Miami. When we left we went for the first time to Latin American Cafe and haven't seen a need to go back and try Karamba. Is there a reason that I'm missing?

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                  Westjanie Feb 11, 2009 03:45 PM

                  Haven't been to Karamba in a very long time, but from what I remember, they were not Cuban, but some sort of pan-Latino mix. Okay for what it is (or was, since I haven't been in so long a time.)

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                chowdom Feb 13, 2009 12:51 PM

                Karamba cafe has a cuban that I like more than the cuban at latin american. I don't care for the rest of their food though, and do like the food at latin american. Neither of these places can compare to the cubans I have had at a place on Broadway near 165th st (sorry don't know the name)

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                  Jon1856 Feb 14, 2009 04:10 AM

                  Would it be either Havana Central or La Caridad?

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                    chowdom Feb 14, 2009 04:30 AM

                    Unfortunately I don't remember the name of the place.

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                      laylag Feb 14, 2009 12:13 PM

                      Isn't La Caridad the Chino Latino place on the UWS?

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                        Sra. Swanky Feb 14, 2009 01:59 PM

                        There are a few Caridad restos throughout the Bronx. The Chino Latino place you're thinking of is La Caridad 78...how I love that place!

                        http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

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                          Sammy Diaz Feb 22, 2009 06:31 AM

                          I second the Caridad in the Bronx for the best thing closest to Cuban in Westchester. i Just gave up on Westchester -- have tried ALL the above and never really satisfies my cravings for Cuban. BTW I am Cuban, born and raised in Miami if that means anything LOL

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                            laylag Feb 22, 2009 10:14 AM

                            It does mean quite a bit. You don't care for Latin American Cafe Sammy?

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                              Sammy Diaz Feb 23, 2009 11:44 AM

                              Not really. To be honest I've only had one meal there, the ropa vieja and tostones. The ropa vieja didnt melt in my mouth as expected and the sauce had too much tomato paste (or sauce) in it and didnt have the sazon flavors I like with cilantro and recaito, etc... just didnt have the kick and tasted, dare I say -- "gentrified" and I've had better tostones, crispier, nice and salty, in cuchifritos in the Bronx or upper Manhattan. That's just my opinion.
                              I love the Cubanos at Colonial cafe in Pellham parkway in the Bronx -- our go to place for Carribean closest to Westchester. They toast their bread with mojito, so it has a nice garlicky flavor to it...Maybe theres something else out there but I haven't tried it.

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                                laylag Feb 24, 2009 04:08 PM

                                Noting the rec for Colonial Cafe and will try - I'm not so familiar with the Bronx so where on Pelham Pkwy - i.e. - get off 95 or Hutch and go West I assume but how far?

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                                  Alex318 Feb 25, 2009 06:27 PM

                                  i agree with your review of Latin American Cafe - i was very disappointed with my meal - cant even remember what it was to be honest-and they didnt even have vaca frita or bunuelos on the menu

                  2. MMRuth Feb 11, 2009 03:41 AM

                    This doesn't fit the bill for a Cuban restaurant, but the Cuban sandwich at the Bakery at Four corners is excellent, in case you hadn't seen that thread:

                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/570411

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                      raider Apr 7, 2009 06:37 AM

                      finally tried the cuban at four corners bakery. wow. not just a great cuban, but one of the best sandwiches i've ever eaten. definitely wrap up half for dinner. and next time i'll ask for mustard instead of mayo, but next time will be soon. very soon.

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                        sdchowcom Apr 9, 2009 10:56 AM

                        I'm cuban born and raised in Miami. Latin American Cafe and Karamba do not reflect the cuban culture nor flavor!!

                        The Karamba menu is less Cuban than Latin American. I'd say they are more Dominican. Out of the two, I'd pick Karamba for the price.

                        So to answer your question, there is no good Cuban restaurant in Westchester that I know of. I'm not avid restaurant goer by any means, but from my time living in New York, I have learned that best Latin food is found in Dominican restaurants. I've found several good ones in the Bronx, none in Westchester.

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                          laylag Apr 9, 2009 04:51 PM

                          Even though this is a Westchester thread on the tristate board, do post your recs in the Bronx - it's really so close. Arthur Ave. places are often mentioned here too so crossing fingers your response won't get relocated to the outer boroughs board.

                          Btw - lived in Miami for a few years. What was your favorite Cuban down there?

                        2. MikiLovesSugar Dec 10, 2009 07:28 PM

                          I went this past wednesday and it was my first time eating there. The food was really good and flavorful!!! The fried plantains were perfecto and my shrimp were nice and plump! It was my first time having cuban food and this was definitely a nice intro to it!

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                            timIam May 5, 2010 11:50 AM

                            As a Cuban food junkie who spent a decade in Miami, I hear what you're saying about Latin American. But I would try the Cuban there anyway, it's a real treat even if it's not exactly what you would expect in Miami. It's more like a pan con lechon with a little ham and Swiss just for seasoning but it's very tasty

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