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
17 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (6)great for outdoor dining (5)neighborhood gem (5)special occasion (4)good for groups (4)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)hot spot (3)romantic (3)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Good Cuban food in Jersey City
    SirenaVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    Spend a few days (on business) in JC and we found Azucar a few feet from our hotel (the Westin). Food was authentic with a twist. Very generous portions - which is the norm in Cuban dining. They have outdoor seating which would be great once the weather is a bit warmer. Spanish tip: Azucar is sugar in spanish and most Cuban's don't pronounce the the R in azucar :-). Enjoy (Buen Provecho).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is great. The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    This place is great. The food and drinks are great. The price is decent. Be warned. You have to order beans for the white rice. I can't understand why it just doesn't come with the dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Place is and was great it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Place is and was great it usually is. This visit the service was definitely off and they provided a wine list that they did not have half the bottles. Then when we just settle with 2 glasses of Pinot Grigio they bring Chardonnay instead. My wife wanted to complain but I just figured what's the point. Definitely an off night for this restaurant and it is sad because it is a normal stop for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went early so not so lively
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Went early so not so lively but great food and atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Azucar isn’t cheap, but you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Azucar isn’t cheap, but you could get away with a full meal for less than you’d spend at many Manhattan...The food and drinks are amazing! I love spending time sitting on a bar! I'll recommed this place to everybody!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood gem for some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    Neighborhood gem for some authentic Cuban food. Great flavors and their black beans are amazing and so different (has a mix of spices and white wine..very unique)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waiter very attentive. Also
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Waiter very attentive. Also bus boy (if they are still call that) was quick in clearing table.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loved the food, music, and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    loved the food, music, and they validate parking! overall great time and definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Hour Thursdays are perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    Happy Hour Thursdays are perfect for after work outings with the office crowd!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is delicious, however
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    The food is delicious, however the hostess at the entrance did not pay attention to us as soon as we arrived. We had to wait long time, but the waitress was very kind!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food, service, drinks
    JessVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Great food, service, drinks and music. Overall fantastic experience!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Pleasant and quick service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/18/2012
    Pleasant and quick service plus great food made our special lunch a fun experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy! will go again and again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Yummy! will go again and again and again.. Great service, food, location!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Smoke permedated the air as
    SlabbyVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Smoke permedated the air as it is a cigar bar. They did a good job of minimizing it but it was still there. The food and service was good but the noise level was loud. The hostess try to sit us in the middle of some families but I asked if we can change our seats and we did to a quitier place. Platanos and Tostones are very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The employees there were energetic
    lovetodance
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    The employees there were energetic and helpful! They understood that we were late due to traffic and still accomodated us. For a nice evening out of drinks and dancing, it is a great placet to meet up with friends. Not too crowded but not empty either. Deejay is there by 9 pm and the dance floor opens up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent with exception....
    1stAnni
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    The hostess is extremely rude. Was there Saturday night 10/6/12. Hostess told one of my guests from the Philippines to "take off your hat you are not at a ball game" Further, she rudely commented on how my party arrived late; as we arrived at 8:30. Hostess mistakenly thought our reservation of 8 was for 8:00pm. However, the food and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My friend and I came here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    My friend and I came here for dinner on a Sunday night. It was very quiet, probably only 5 tables were occupied. We were seated quickly, the server came and took care of us promptly, and made sure to get us our empenadas within a reasonable time. We ordered the escondido and the ropa vieja. Both dishes were amazing, sizable portions, and we had enough for leftovers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went there for my Husband's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    We went there for my Husband's birthday! We had a nice time, the food was very good, even my kids that are picky ate all their food. The portions were big enough for sharing. It was also a nice surprise when they sang the happy birthday to my husband. The prices were not bad ranging from 7 to 35 dollars, and the mojitos around 12 dollars. We do not go out that much, I really liked the entire experience until after we paid, the waiter run after us like if we forgot to pay! she wanted tell us that we did not left her enough tip, although we left a 10%, she wanted a 15%+. It was very embarrassing since there were more people at the door waiting to be seated! I might be wrong but, isn't the tip optional?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    The food was excellent but it took a long time for our waitress to even greet us. We ordered brings and all of our food at once. Bar is small but there was a good mix if music. Cigar bar was upstairs but it was really just another place for people to sit/stand around at. Drinks were good but pricey like any other place in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always on point, great classic
    AlexD
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    Always on point, great classic Cuban entrees and fantastic dessert. I highly recommend the panetela borracha.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Easy choice for dinner in
    NJdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    Easy choice for dinner in Newport area of Jersey City. Food was excellent and serivce was good. Portions are manageble in size.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food great service going
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/2/2012
    Great food great service going to definetly go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • -Great food -Excellent service -F
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    -Great food -Excellent service -Friendly /great decor -overall a great place
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dbl A, Jackson, NJ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    We had a reservation for 6:15pm we arrived early about 6pm we were seated immediately. The staff was courteous and friendly and the appetizers arrived on time were great. Our mojito's made with Captain Morgan were top notch!!! The coconut flan dessert is out of this world. Overall everything was outstanding, can't wait to go back...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • At a short notice, we were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/19/2012
    At a short notice, we were able to have great cuban dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Bachelor Party Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    I went here for my bachelor party to see my friends who I haven't seen in years and to get a good meal in me before a heavy night of drinking. The food was really good. I shared the appetizer sampler which had a little bit of everything. I liked the Yuca Fries and the chicarron de pollo the most. For dinner I ordered the Filet Mignon which doesnt have too much flavor than what I expected. My friend ordered the porkchop which was juicy and flavorful. I ate half of his meal since we share food so we try a little bit of this and that. I would recommend the porkchop with the morro rice. The Mojitos there are infamous there ans the flavored version (Mango) was just as good. I would definitely take my future wife there some time soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The ambience, the service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    The ambience, the service, the food presentation and the FOOD are all excellent! This is my son's favorite Cuban Restaurant and every time he comes home from California has to dine at Azucar. We have been trying the different dishes each time and have not been disapointed. I recently hosted a party for a birthday with friends who came from Nassau, Westchester, Orange, and Bergen Counties. They were all delighted. The birthday song with the "maracas" was fun. The appetizer tower is the best way to start your dining experience . . .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot In Jersey City
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    This was a last minute dinner reservation for my girlfriend and I. We were able to reserve a nice outdoor table. The food and drinks were great! My girlfriend, was especially impressed on the presentation of the food. The have dancing on Friday nights, so you can dance off those calories!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Guac isn't so good. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2012
    Guac isn't so good. Service was bad- maybe it was just a bad night? Otherwise food was amazing. Would def go back!! ... I love it when I find a good place to eat at in JC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WE arrrive before our reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/27/2012
    WE arrrive before our reservation time, but it was not problems, all were very nice and friendly. I like teh decoration and also the falt tv showing Cuban scenes and history, very nice, also the outdoor bar and indoor bar were really nice, tasted decoration, overallis a very nice place to be. Every plate of food was delicious, and very nice prices too. I'll come back soon
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • THE best Spanish/Cuban/Caribbean
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/12/2012
    THE best Spanish/Cuban/Caribbean food A N Y W H E R E !!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I had the Havana Rib Eye that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/3/2012
    I had the Havana Rib Eye that just melted in mouth!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We found the food to be good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/25/2012
    We found the food to be good and presented well. The portions were more than ample. But our memories of no frills fare at the Habana of the sixties and seventies as well that in our recent experience at Victor's were better. The ambience is very pleasant and our server was delightful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went for lunch and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/25/2012
    We went for lunch and the food was fantastic! Great service. Great presentation. Will definitely go here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible SERVICE!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    Azucar did not live up to its expectation. My family and I were excited and built high expectations to dine and celebrate my sister's college graduation at Azucar. The food was absolutely amazing! The lounge is not spacious at all and drinks were really expensive. What left each of us astonished and completely turned off was the service. We were a party of 6 and treated poorly. The waiter pretended to not see us when we tried to wave her down. she did not care to work for her tip since she was guaranteed gratuity based on how large our party was. If gratuity was not required she would have NOT received a dime as tip! SERVICE was bad & the manager did not do much to make us feel better about choosing Azucar to celebrate this special event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was incredible!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/18/2012
    The food was incredible!! Our waitress forgot both of our appetizers and we had to switch table because they seated us next to a horribly loud party. The atmosphere was cool but next time we will sit outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was very good and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2012
    The food was very good and my family enjoyed it very much Thank you
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Great food and great service. You can't ask for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/12/2012
    Service and food was very good. We come for My birthday and recently Mother's Day. It was very nice and even though it was a holiday service was till the same. Portions were good.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the best Latin Resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    The resturant has good ambience and they have a nice dance section. For 6 adults it was quite pricey for latin food. There meal come with no beans (HELLO), that additional. A side order of sweet plantians was $5 for four pieces, that's not even whole plaintain. There cocktails were weak. I would probably go back if I was dragged.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate