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Guantanamera
Guantanamera

Guantanamera Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://guantanameranyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 262-5354
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:30am-4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Sunday 11:30-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday & Sunday 4:00pm-12:00am, Thursday - Saturday 4:00pm-1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Cuban, Latin American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Cuban music, Rumba, Mambo

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 55th and 56th Streets
  • Public Transit: A,C,B,D,1 at 59th St/Columbus Circle, N,R,Q,W at 57th St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Guantanamera
At last, a traditional Cuban Restaurant with the best mojitos, live music and hand rolled cigars.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerCuban
Diner Reviews
  • "Terrific traditional Cuban- Caribbean food, with truly friendly service in a bustling restaurant bordering Times Square that still manages to retain a neighborhood feel. Add traditional live music weekend nights and it is an unbeatable evening!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "They have great lunch specials. Love the ambiance &quiet during lunch. Try the Cuban sandwich, salmon, or chicken albino for entree & soup or beef empanadas for appetizer & definitely flan for dessert. If you don't do the pric-fixe then try the garlicky chicken. Skirt steak used to be good but was tough last time. Never did dinner but they have live band then. Probably too noisy for me, but sounds good for others"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "misleading, mexican maybe.........spanish maybe.......but real cuban food not so much!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Good good, good service. Band was a little loud but still set the mood. Decent prices for Midtown. Would go back again."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Good, hearty Cuban food. The lechon was very juicy and tender, and the maduros were expectedly delicious. Would've gotten dessert if I hadn't been so full!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This place never disappoints. Great food, great table location, friendly service and a fun and lively atmosphere. A great dinner, enjoyed by all. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Guantanamera is a very nice small restaurant providing good and tasty food in an enjoyable setting. Appropriate serving and good selection of foods."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Found everything to be good. The Mohito drinks were especially good, lots of whit rum."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I passed by this restaurant for years and thought it looked like fun. When we finally went, it was a great experience. The food was very good. The mojitos were great! The big surprise was the live music starting at 9. The musicians were great and the singer excellent. I left dancing on air."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "First the good part: The food, the music, and the service were excellent. It's a fun place. Now... the problem: They offer something to regulars they call "Member's Club". I signed up & got a discount card. The accompanying letter reads: "Members shall receive fifteen percent (15%) discount at Guantanamera restaurant for any occasion for up to a MAXIMUM group size of ten (10) people dining". Pretty clear, right. But when one presents the card, the waiter sends the manager over, for whom English is clearly not his 1st language, and he tells me that I don't understand English - it's only valid if there are 10 people or MORE. WTF? Eventually he succumbed, but it was ugly. And I don't think they're planning to change it. So.... beware!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I was looking for a well reviewed spot near the theater district and Guantanamera didn't disappoint. The service was great even when we were late for our reservation. Only one thing, the sweet plantains weren't sweet, they weren't ripe. We sent them back but the chef said they couldn't get them sweeter. They didn't charge us and the rest of the food was amazing."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Authentic Cuban food and lively musical entertainment."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was excellent, serving size was just right. A little on the noisy, but we knew that going in, plus the World Cup was going on. Very lively atmosphere! Excellent cocktails, especially the Mojiotos. A great find for mid- town area. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Way over priced Cuban food even for NYC. Now... If the food was well Seasoned and appropriately proportioned, this would be a different review. But sadly, the food is bland and missing all of the Cuban flavor I was hoping for!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The live music was definitely a hit. It was awesome seeing people dancing and enjoying the music. The food was good. I had the stuffed chicken breast with sweet plaintains and mozarella cheese. I've had a similar dish at a restaurant in Brooklyn and I thought it was better there."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "A nice variety of appetizers and mains, with an assortment of adult beverages to wash everything down. The musicians showed up on stage around 9p. All in all, a good evening, which didn't break the bank."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Loved the atmosphere,red sangria and mojito was flavorful. Live band was wonderful and went very well with the fried calamari and paella mariner. Great atmosphere, great service and would highly recommend this establishment if you're looking for a great dinning experience"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great food, great drinks, and live music. Enough said."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We'd never noticed this place before but we really enjoyed our meal. In particular the seafood paella is a terrific dish."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "good restaurant, service wasn't that appealing. dinner was good, but not amazing especially for the price. mostly had MSG experience with the food, not a huge fan. i hear they have good happy hour, maybe i'll shoot for that next time."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "A truly bad experience...food awful, service dreadful, menu write-ups misleading, noise level - very loud. In fact, the only positive was the very proactive and professional bus-boy...who really tried. I'd go to Taco Bell before I'd go back to Guantanemara."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This was great, authentic Cuban food. It is hard to find a place that specializes in Cuban - Spanish or Mexican sure but real Cuban can be a challenge. Our waiter "Gogo" was very attentive and warm. He offered suggestions and did not steer us wrong. I was also fortunate to try one of their hand-rolled cigars that evening after I left. I wish I was there to hear the live music, next time I will make it a point. As Gogo said, just slide the table to the side and you can dance the night away. Just don't leave without drinking some Cafe Cubano for desert."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I brought my parents to Guantanamera when they were visiting NYC. The ambiance, service, and food made for a wonderful experience. The paella was fantastic, as were the gambas al ajillo appetizer. The restaurant has a cigar roller who sits up at the front and rolls complimentary "fat boy" cigars which my Dad really enjoyed. All in all this was a lovely dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Truly phenomenal food and Great live music, but very loud. We decided to sit downstairs because we were dining with old friends and wanted to be able to hear the conversation, but we will go back next time to eat and to listen - not to talk! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I went there with my Boyfriend earlier this month (May). We had an early dinner (7.30), so we missed the live band. All I can say is that the service was really good (nice manager, waiters), the atmosphere was fun and the food was great. We had empanadas, Ceviche, Paella, yellow rice with shrimp, and chocolate fondant for dessert (yummy). I'm not a big fan of Mojitos, but my boyfriend said they were delicious. Have fun!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Friendly service with a good environment. The black beans are delicious. There is live music on the weekends in the evening. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "This restaurant is great for the excellent service, food and music."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Meals were on the small side for what they charged but nonetheless delicious. It became quite loud soon after we arrived so would make a great spot to eat before heading to a show or out later for the night."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I love this restaurant the food was serve well and the steak I ate was just right my family love what they order and all the appetizer that we order like the fried yuca, tostones rellenos and fried calamares it was delicioso. The music was excellent is like inviting you to dance."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Usually go for dinner but did lunch this time. Food was very good as always but service was a bit slow. Water was never refilled and they got my firned's yellow rice request wrong and brought him white. Some of the sides came out a little bit too long after the main course had arrived. Love the place overall, though, and will certainly be back. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "The food was awesome; very tasty and flavorful. The portions were reasonable, though not monstrous. Costs were reasonable. The staff were very engaging, efficient, and courteous. I would happily return. My wife and I both enjoyed our respective entrees and appetizers. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We were greeted, everyone was kind and helpful. The atmosphere was comfortable. The meal was great. We will absolutely return. Thank you"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Amazing food and music. We enjoyed a lot our dinner! "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The food was okay. I tried the oxtail with mashed sweet plantains and rice and beans. In my opinion, it was a little salty. The decor was cool. But the highlight was the couple who got up during their meal and danced to the live music that was playing. They were great!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "My husband had the a salad with citrus dressing and shreded pork which were excellent. My dish was good but more ordinary. The portions were very plentiful so I'm glad we didn't order appetizers for just the two of us. We plan on going back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We went at on a Friday at 6:30, pre-theater. Food was very good. All service staff were very nice if a bit harried. Noise was pretty loud. We were in the corner, so it was probably a little quieter. There's a bandstand and they must have music later on. Probably lots of fun, but not for conversation!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great service and food. Had a really nice time. Will be back"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I've dined here a few times and I'm never disappointed....great food, great music and great service. You can never go wrong."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "A Cuban restaurant with atmosphere, live music and yummy appetizers, drinks and main courses. Highly recommend if you are in midtown. Tends to be quite noisy."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had such a great experience at this neighborhood gem. The drinks were AMAZING and the food was great too. We had perfect reservations at 8 and live music started at 9. The atmosphere was fun, energetic and inviting. I will most definitely be taking anyone visiting from out of town to Guantanamera."
    Dined on 3/29/2014