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Cuban Pete's, Montclair

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A terrific place, good food, nice ambience, reasonable pricing, busy 7 nights a week, the secret is out. Finally got there this weekend. Anyone got some stories to tell about Cuban Pete's? We had a great time!

Cuban Pete's
426 Bloomfield Ave
Montclair

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  1. Cuban Pete's -

    http://www.cubanpetesrestaurant.com/

    We really had just an absolutely wonderful meal there. Atmosphere was very very nice. Decor was fun and enriching to the meal, Cuban music playing in the background was very nice. Service was very very good. Waiter was very very polite, helpful, knowledgable, friendly and professional.

    Food was just absolutely spot on.

    We had a mojito (a non-alcohol one, no liquor license at the place). It was very fresh and flavorful, but maybe a little too sweet. I think that may just be a personal taste thing rather than a criticism. Fresh mint leaves crushed into the drink really took it to the next level.

    For the Tapas (appetizer) we had the goat cheese fritters. Very nice flavor, not over powering, just lightly fried.

    For the entrees, we had the Bahama Coconut Fish - cooked just perfectly. The sweet coconut rice served with the dish was a great compliment to the dish and quite surprising that some sweet worked with a savory dish.

    We also had "Ricky Ricardo's Ribs." I thought the name of the dish was a little weird, but these braised short ribs were cooked perfectly and absolutely delicious.

    We had very nice espresso and the Tres Leches dessert...a wonderfuly light pound cake kind of dessert that topped off the evening just so.

    Highly, highly recommend this place!

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    Cuban Petes
    428 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042

    1. Secret's out? I went a year ago and it was packed. Decent food, I think La Isla in Hoboken is much better but for dinner with a group could be lots of fun.

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      La Isla
      104 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

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      1. re: roro1831

        Food was good, however I much prefer Causal Havana in Hackensack or La Isla in Hoboken for my Cuban fix. Also the service was beyond horrible. Way beyond.

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        La Isla
        104 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

      2. Since my visit here last year I've discovered a much more appealing and more authentic Cuban restaurant in North Bergen, Rumba Cubana. Everything is better, from the food, the service, the ambience, not to mention the lower prices!

        http://restaurantpassion.com/menu.asp...

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        1. re: menton1

          We've been a few times - food is delicious, but service is spotty, and the atmosphere is overwhelming with noise, music, and people. If you're ok with all that, the food is definitely awesome.
          I tried La Isla and was not impressed. Have yet to try Casual Habana or Rumba Cubana, but I've also heard good things about both.
          El Artestano in Union City use to have good Cuban - I'm not sure if it still does, haven't been in years. And Las Palmas is pretty ok for an insanely cheap lunch. There's also a Cuban restaurant on River Road in Edgewater - food is so-so. Some very good dishes, and some that are just mediocre (the rice and beans, beef stew).

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          La Isla
          104 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

          Las Palmas Restaurant
          712 Madison Ave, Paterson, NJ 07501

          Casual Habana Cafe
          125 Main St, Hackensack, NJ 07601

        2. I went there quite some time ago with some friends and had a good meal. I am turned off by the personality of some of the people involved with the restaurant - another good friend of mine (who dined there fairly frequently) had a bad experience when she scheduled a party there and the restaurant cancelled it on her with very little notice.

          I also don't like the fact that they sell "sangria" without wine with her.