Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >
Apr 17, 2014 06:53 AM

Victor's Cafe (Cuban) . . . anyone been recently?

Thinking of going to Victor's before a show. Haven't been in some time.

Not much on this Board. Also took a quick look at Yelp, etc. Still solid and NOT trendy/sceney? Two hours before curtain enough time?

Anyone been recently? Your experience?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Colleagues of mine like it.

    Never been personally, however. Sorry.

    1. Victor's isn't a bargain. Lechon and other Cuban staples are close to $30 an entree. And anyone who orders fish or seafood here is making a terrible mistake.

      No mas!

      1. i have - last fall - pork chops are a good way to go. its remarkably steady and i just like the place, but as someone said expensive for what it is, which is what keeps me from going more often (but i say that about the edison hotel diner too - ha).

        3 Replies
        1. re: mrnyc

          Thanks, everyone. Good to hear it's "steady." Consistency is always important. Most concerned about the food.

          knucklesandwich, can you be more specific about ordering fish or seafood "making a terrible mistake"?

          Location is perfect and price isn't an issue.

          1. re: financialdistrictresident

            I've eaten at Victor's about a dozen times over the last 30 years, and every time I've seen fish or seafood on the table it was old looking and stale smelling. Every time. Stale camarones. Stale bacalao. Horrible ceviche. Foul salmon. No exceptions.

            The most reliable dish on their menu is lechon asado, and they've been known to mess that up too.

            That specific enough?

            1. re: knucklesandwich

              Thanks so much. I'll avoid the fish dishes. That leaves me poultry and vegetarian dishes.

              I like the bacalao (PR style) at Casa Adela's.

        2. We went to Victor's recently.

          Live music was playing in the lounge. We were seated in the dining room with the brightly colored, festive mural that runs the length of one wall (my favorite of the two dining rooms). I forgot how much I liked the ambience and decor.

          Now on to the food:


          Avocado with watercress, red onion, mango vinaigrette. Light, fresh, delicious.


          Piquillo Relleno. Fire roasted piquillo peppers stuffed with bacalao. Very good. Enough for two to share.


          SO had Ropa Vieja (Victor's house specialty) slow braised and pulled skirt steak in garlic, tomato, onion, pepper sauce. He seemed very happy.

          I had the Pollo Manigua, Cuban adobo roasted chicken breast, roasted boniato, watercress, mojo. My chicken was dry. Requested sauce, it helped. I would probably not get this again.

          Both entrees came with rice and black beans.


          We shared flan and tres leches cake. Both were very good. Had coffees.

          Perfect for before the theater or a business lunch. Family owned business. Service was excellent. Will definitely not wait so long to return. Maybe drinks and appetizers in the lounge.

          1. mrnyc, agree "expensive for what it is." Probably due to Midtown, Theater District location.

            I really like the ambience. Upscale, but not overly formal. Also, consistency. SO has been going to Victor's for many years. Sometimes just for a coffee after dinner elsewhere.