Guantanamera
Guantanamera

Guantanamera

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://guantanameranyc.com/
  • Phone: 2122625354
  • 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: Latin American, Cuban
  • 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
Guantanamera reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)good for groups (24)special occasion (21)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (14)hot spot (13)fit for foodies (13)romantic (10)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Lovely. Fun and nice restaurant. The food is very good and the ambiance is great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Find It Like IT!
    MainEaterVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was a very good restaurant near Columbus Circle. Short Wait for hot dishes and very good drinks. High noise level so don't plan to settle an argument it may seem as if you are yelling. But the food was excellent
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Meal and Service
    ByrdVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a great time and meal. The only reason for the 4 stars is the menu on Open Table and online were outdated. It was sticker shock when we arrived.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Delicious!
    Linda
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My second time here and it didn't disappoint! Empanadas for appetizer were so tasty served with chimmichurra sauce...avocado salad with pineapple and mago vinegarette was perfect..pork entree with rice and beans and spices was soooo good! But, the homemade individual warm chocolate cake with melting vanilla ice cream on top was GREAT, THE WAITSTAFF WERE SO EFFICIENT, too! The music was wonderful. It was my birthday, and this is where I chose to go! I will keep this as a special place. I love the decor also!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything we had here was great. The empanadas and chicken soup were great starters. The churrasco con chimichurri was excellent and a large serving. The desserts were also outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Changed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We did not find the food to be impressive. The pitcher of sangria at $45 was almost as expensive as our two entrees.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Know what to expect
    MovedonfromSpam
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Service and food where good, the room is a bit dark and live music although a bit loud was good. It is a bit on the expensive side but the high service charge for groups of 5 and more is annoying and offputting.
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  • Great food, amazing service!
    Happy
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food was great, the service even better than that! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decor is nice and friendly staff
    Unimpressed
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food was lacking flavor for a latin restaurant...found it to be very bland. Entrees not worth the upscale price...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not amazing
    TomM
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Very solid and authentic Cuban food (but not amazing), and the sevice was also solid (but not overly warm, just proffeasional). In a small town this would be my favorite, but NYC is not a small town and there are many orher options that put a special flair on the preparation and seasonings that were missiing here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food; music too LOUD.
    Anne
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Cool place, great vibe, excellent food, but the music was way too loud.. Steak was melt in your mouth delicious, veg with rice totally great, fish good too. Just please tone down the music; quality was good but equipment TOO LOUD. Should be in the background and mellow, not DEAFENING.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    JosyVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Love this place! I am Cuban & the food is authentic & good. Music is great, good ambiance. The service is friendly, helpful.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A party after 8:00 Friday-Sunday!
    Steve
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice night!
    FAC123VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cuban food really?
    ArteVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    misleading, mexican maybe.........spanish maybe.......but real cuban food not so much!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice
    spiderguyVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Fantastic location, great food and drink and accommodating with large parties.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be back
    FoodieNYC
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great ambiance and tasty food
    Pjodo
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Guantanamera is a very nice small restaurant providing good and tasty food in an enjoyable setting. Appropriate serving and good selection of foods.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening
    Jaarens
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Found everything to be good. The Mohito drinks were especially good, lots of whit rum.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cuba in NY
    robertbernstein
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous in many ways, except......
    HappyLeaderVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun
    YoungatheartVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Authentic Cuban food and lively musical entertainment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice choice near theater district
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and drinks
    Cyn58
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Is this really Cuban food?
    LegoMyEgg0VIP
    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!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great ambiance
    ChefsKid
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sense of Cuban cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, Solid Cuban Food
    Unimpressed
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Undiscovered Gem
    Egil
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We'd never noticed this place before but we really enjoyed our meal. In particular the seafood paella is a terrific dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't believe everything you read
    287fhVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
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  • fun date place
    dfxb
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is a great!
    Mikes
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Great food, great drinks, and live music. Enough said.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Ambiance and Great Food
    EatNYC
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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!
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Friendly service with a good environment. The black beans are delicious. There is live music on the weekends in the evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 698 reviews are from the Guantanamera reviews archive.
  • Great Find!
    Odalix
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Light Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cuban tradition
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This restaurant is great for the excellent service, food and music.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.