Azucar Cuban Cuisine & Cigars
Azucar Cuban Cuisine & Cigars

Azucar Cuban Cuisine & Cigars

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.azucarcubancuisine.com/
  • Phone: 2012220090
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Cuban
  • Executive Chef: Nicholas Vazquez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cigar Room, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Azúcar's private dining space offers sit down dinners for up to 35 people with special prix-fixe party menus. We can also host private cocktail parties for up to 50 people with custom made menus including buffet and/or passed hors d'ouevres.
  • Private Party Contact: Lauren Vazquez 2012220090
  • Entertainment: The lounge at Azúcar is definitely the place to be and be seen! Offering a rotating schedule of Live Music and professional Dj's, our lounge is big enough to show off your dance moves or pick a cozy spot at the bar to sip on a delicious mojito or specialty cocktail. Happy Hour is Tuesday through Friday 4PM-8PM with daily drink specials. When the weather outside permits, the open air outdoor patio provides an extension of the indoors - outdoor speakers and all!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Newport Waterfront
  • Public Transit: PATH train stop is Newport
    Lightrail stop is Newport/Pavonia
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validated parking is available in the South Garage adjacent to the restaurant. Prices are as follows: $2 for any four hours until 10PM. Times after the four hour mark are subject to posted rates. Parking after 10PM is subject to posted rates. No validation is available after 10PM.
A word from Azucar Cuban Cuisine & Cigars
In the booming Newport area of Jersey City, Azúcar offers an escape from the surrounding corporate jungle to the carefree world of 1950s Havana. Inside, robust palm trees and Cuban nostalgia set the scene for a tropical getaway. On Thurs-Sat nights, a live band or DJ in the lounge plays all varieties of Latin music and engages guests to show off their dance moves or relax while enjoying flavorful mojitos. The center of attention is the traditional Cuban cuisine, prepared expertly by Vazquez and his loyal staff. Vazquez's attention to detail and authenticity result in dishes that make his mother proud. Upstairs is the only smoking lounge in Hudson County, a cozy enclave with dark wood paneling, deep couches, a full bar and cigar humidor, and tables for dominos and chess. Also available are a VIP room and a private party space. In season, the outdoor patio offers views of nearby Manhattan. Although you can't enter Cuba legally, a trip to Azúcar certainly comes close.
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Azucar Cuban Cuisine & Cigars reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (4)neighborhood gem (4)great for outdoor dining (4)late-night find (3)good for groups (2)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)romantic (2)special occasion (2)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Cancelled on me
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Had a 830 reservations for 8 people and we were all going by car service. Azucar called me and cancelled at 530 they said the resturant was closing early and were sorry for the inconvenience. It was a mess finding a reservation for 8 on such short notice and the car service charged additional fees for changing the plan. Will never make plans to go there again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Like being in Miami
    BigFanofJClocales
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We travel to Miami every year. We actually go to Coral Gables - so we will check out the sister restaurant when we are down there in February. Love the food, the atmosphere, the music. This little spot in Jersey City had it all. What a great atmosphere! And the food was outstanding. We started with my favorite ham croquetas and they did not disappoint. Then, we had Maduros a La Tentacion - plantains in bacon! WOW. All good. I went traditional with Gambas al Ajillo - the shrimps and sauce were fantastic. We also had Havana Rib-eye - marinated for 24 hours - and DELICIOUS. Truly, a great meal. We are beer drinkers so we cannot comment on the wine selection but the cigars were a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Pretty good food and authentic. Service was not the greatest. No wine list??? Would recommend for the food, don't expect much after that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food was excellent. took a little while for server to come to table but overall pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great place to dine. Food and service are consistently good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cuban without flavor
    ChrisReppinNYCVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I was so excited to try this restaurant. I ordered chicharon de pollo (suppose to be fried -breaded-chunks of chicken) when they serviced a "naked" fried whole piece of chicken I was so disappointed. It had no seasoning or taste either. Tostones are suppose to be thin and crispy, why were these HUGE and fat? no crispy whatsoever. I was expecting a cool atmosphere (decor does looks cool) but no music at all -not even background music-I would even have been ok with elevator music lol. Whats funny is that when we got our order our faces where so filled with disappointment the people sitting next to us turned and said they felt the same. Wont be going there again.
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  • Good restaurant
    Foodfun
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Yummy food (steak dishes, rice/beans).... Plantain/guacamole appetizer was delicious- great mango mojitos-
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    Angel
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    First time at Azucar and it was fantastic. Delicious food and the coconut flan was the best I ever had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    Annasama
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Everything we tried was delish! From the Peach Sangria, the empanadas, the plantains wrapped in bacon to our entrees. I had the slow cooked then fried pork- with moro (rice with black beans). My husband had the fresh slow cooked ham with yucca, moro, plantains. Also very good. The arroz con leche was very cinamommy - just how we like it. We recommend this place and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 132 reviews are from the Azucar Cuban Cuisine & Cigars reviews archive.
  • Cessie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food was great and the service was even better...this is my third time and I have no complains
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Big portions
    FoodGrl79
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Food was really good and they give you huge portions. You could probably order an appetizer and one meal and share. That is probably why they are a little bit expensive, but all in all it was an all around enjoyable time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    LadyBern
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food at Azucar was amazing. In addition the drinks (mojitos) were excellent. We will be back very shortly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JackieO
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My husband ate here on Saturday night. It was our anniversary. We ordered the sampler for the appetizer. It was huge and everything on it was well prepared and served hot. We then ordered the breaded steak with white rice and black beans. The portions were huge. My husband and I had to share it and take one order home. I am definitely going back and spreading the word to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere.....slow waiters
    Leon
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I look forward to visiting again. The smoke room waiter was very timely, friendly and visited us often. She made the slow service downstairs bearable!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I really enjoyed the food. It was very tasty and fresh. I loved the music, I couldn't stop dancing in my chair.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be...
    Yearlyvisit
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Went with a group of six to celebrate my parent's anniversary. While the waitresses were very nice, they did not come by very often. We had to constantly ask other servers for items such as refilling our water glasses. They would stay empty and no one would refill them unless we asked. The food was good, but ended up being very salty as many of us were very thirsty. I've been going to this establishment for over 10 years and its just not what it used to be. I cant say we had a bad time, because we had a good time, but whomever is managing this place needs to take a hard look at the way things were ran back in 2005-2008 and go back to that formula.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    MDanteVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The food was very good and I'm a fan of Cuban food and have eaten at just about every one in Jersey City, Hoboken, West New York and Manhattan. However, the mojitos are not nearly as good as those at The Cuban in Hoboken. Nice place overall though and service was good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    niry
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food and drinks were delicious. Its a very romantic place to Take a date or love one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was ok, nothing great;
    Juan
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was ok, nothing great; I was really disappointed with the fact that they charged me $1 for extra lemons, which was ridiculous!!!
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Experience! I Will Definitely
    nwnw
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Great Experience! I Will Definitely Go Back! The Food And Service Was Amazing... I Recommend Going For Any Type Of Occasion!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • special help
    MrBobeVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    went for an early business lunch and when we arrived there was lively music playing so the waitress suggested we go upstairs for quiet and she would serve us there. What a great living room type atmosphere and lunch was great. The staff went out of their way to take care of us. Would definitely go back soon and look forward to dinner in this lively place. Thanks again to all!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and music
    AnaT
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    I have been back many times and each time the food doesnt dissapoint! Great late night dancing too with a DJ, this time it was not crowded, maybe before Christmas it was kind of empty, usually busier. only negative, the wine list is weak :(, but the sangria is very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food. Way too loud
    Val46
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    I have booked a small bday party dinner at Azucar. Despite me noting on the reservation that it was a birthday celebration, the restaturant did not do one of their customary deserts with bongos celebration. No biggie. The place was freezing to the point where we asked the waiter twice to turn up the temperature. People were sitting in coats. He finally brought out a space heater. We sat down around 9 pm and the music was blasting. If I had known the noise level, I would not have made dinner reservations there. WAY too Loud to eat and converse. The music if fine after dinner hours, when they close the restaurant section, but to have it blasting before is just inconsiderate. Food was delicious, portions generous and the drinks were decent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cuban Hot Spot
    Orlo
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    If you like Cuban, this is IT. My friends took me out for my birthday and instead of ordering dinner, we ordered a large variety of appetizers and they were all delicious. The waiter gave us tips on popular dishes and was very attentive, except for keeping my water glass full. Food was a hit. They had great music and dancing too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Cuban Food
    NYCoupleVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Some of the best food I've ever had. Try the steak with fruit or the pork dishes, all are great. The service was excellent. A bit pricey for the area but a real find. Nice bar scene too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great find in Jersey City, NJ
    Khcall
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    My wife and I went there on a whim and coudn't have been more pleased. I had the rib eye, it was glorious.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Havana North
    PirateBlue
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Great food, great service, great music, and a cigar bar to cap off dinner... Priceless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun, lively place
    bigfan
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    $5 glasses of Veuve Cliquot? I thought I heard them incorrectly. Friendly service and tasty Cuban fare. A bit loud but otherwise a fun night out.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Latin food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Food's always good especially masitas de puerco. Nice variety of food.Sangria needs help. Taste like snapple with a wine cooler. plus at $26 for small pitcher not a good value.Service is good especially hostess. Nice hearing salsa music as you eat in the background . We'll go back and stick to mojitos.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Azucar is Cuban Bliss!
    LEMitchellVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    A real find in the Newport section of Jersey City. Food and service were really outstanding and the restaurant made every effort to accommodate both food allergies and allergies to cigar smoke. Warning: despite an excellent air system the smell of cigar smoke is still present in the restaurant. We sat outside and it was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch but.........
    VinuVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    I had a great lunch there but cannot give it a good review as I returned the next evening for drinks after dinner (and possibly a smoke) with some important out of town guests - long line at bar - was told no cocktail waitress in smoking lounge so get your drinks at bar - well after waiting 20 minutes at bar and then being informed 'we are short of staff' I said so we should go elsewhere - restaurant did not seemed bothered at all!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie Cigar Smokers
    dey99
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    Really nice and underused cigar lounge upstairs. I was surprised there weren't more people there. I met an old colleague to have some dinner and smoke a cigar. I was surprised that no ginger mohitos were on the drink menu. Dinner was good we both got the red snapper special. Fish and rice and beans were excellent. We had to ask for some sauce for the fish and they were great too. There is a really nice outside seating area off of the bar. We bought cigars there, smoked outside and had a few bourbons and cognac. Not much selection of cigars, but the vibrant outdoor area was great fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Azucar experience
    Cubansmoke
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    This place has it all! You can dine inside or out, either way you will have a great time. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, from the appetizers to the chicken,steak or fish. After your done eating you can enjoy the cigar lounge upstairs or go outside. Great place to enjoy during anytime of the day or night. The party starts at night with live dj's playing all styles of music. Love this place!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly Cultural Gem
    WinemakerVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    I made a last minute reservation for one for a late dinner Thursday night. The staff was very nice and helpful. I dined outside. Enjoyed different style mojitas, chorizo, black bean soup, and the special which was filleted red snapper - all yummy! Will go again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A few service flaws
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    Food was very good, and our SECOND server was excellent. I'll explain, upon arrival on a Wednesday night at 8pm, very few tables were occupied, my girlfriend and I were seated by the door which was a bit annoying due the winds coming in every time the door was opened. We inquired about a semi circle table which was close by which seated 4 people, the waiter once again asked the hostess and we were informed that's only for 4 people, now I can understand if the place was even remotely close to capacity on a Wednesday night, which it wasn't, and the semi circle table sat empty along with the rest of the other tables the rest of the night.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service
    wilberhdez
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    We left the restaurant because it took 30 minutes for us to get a waiter. Even after he arrived, he had a bit of an attitude. After that I wasn't interested in sticking around to have a bad dining experience. I didn't like the idea that I had to tip him after making what I just experienced. We walked up to the hostess and asked her to cancel the order.
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  • I wish the cigar lounge was
    JuicenShelly
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    I wish the cigar lounge was a little nicer, basically just a small room with a couple couches. Also it was not well ventilated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was a bit disappointed that
    Cass
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    I was a bit disappointed that this was a Cuban restaurant and there wasn't a pulled-pork option on the menu. The pork cubes were good but a little dry and needed a sauce to go with them. The drinks were good and the music was nice but there wasn't a live band. And considering that it was a beautiful night there weren't that many people there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice atmosphere
    BeauGosse
    Dined on 5/16/2013
    This restaurant is worth your every dime. The waitresses are veey nice. The atmosphere is incredibly wowww! !! The food is extremely delicious. I already start planning my next date.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great apps
    mbmd
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Took my mom for her birthday and we had a great time. We split an assortment of appetizers that satisfied the taste buds and the presentation pleased the eyes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.