Victor's Café
Victor's Café

Victor's Café

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.victorscafe.com/
  • Phone: 2125867714x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday ~ Thursday 11:45am - 11:00pm
    Thursday (Cuba Lounge) 11:45am - 12:00 am
    Friday ~ Saturday 11:45am - 12:00am
    Friday ~ Saturday (Cuba Lounge) 11:45 - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Cuban, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please e-mail Pablo@victorscafe.com or Diana@victorscafe.com to get information.
  • Entertainment: Live music on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night in our Cuba Lounge and Bar. Live music on Saturday and Sunday in the dining room during our jazzy Brunch.
    Free Wi-Fi
  • Special Events: Please e-mail Pablo@victorscafe.com or Diana@victorscafe.com to get information. We will be able to help you have your special event very special.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 52nd St. between Broadway & 8th Ave
  • Public Transit: Stops E train to 7 Ave, #1 train to 50th Street, N R Q to 49th Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a parking lot across the street from the restaurant, Central Parking, located at 888 8th Ave New York, NY 10019. Victor's Cafe validates for 20% off parking.
A word from Victor's Café
Since 1963, Victor’s Cafe, a family-run New York City landmark, continues to be a culinary voyage to Cuba offering an incomparable experience with its harmony of authentic cuisine, hospitality and stylish environment. Victor’s has the unique distinction of being both luxurious and casual, serene and high energy, family oriented and romantic, exotic yet familiar.

The cuisine at Victor’s includes the most delicious, authentic dishes combined with the restaurant’s exclusive creations that represent the evolution of Cuban cuisine. Signature dishes include Victor’s famous black bean soup, shredded beef (“Ropa Vieja”), and roast suckling pig (“Lechon”).

The restaurant itself is divided into three spacious dining rooms, accented with warm lighting, colorful Cuban art, tropical ceiling fans, and lofty sky-lit ceilings. The restaurant's Cuba Lounge is intimate and warm, featuring a tapas menu and a variety of traditional Cuban cocktails such as Mojitos and Sangria.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCuban
Victor's Café reviews from OpenTable diners
327 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (161)special occasion (145)good for groups (114)romantic (110)neighborhood gem (106)great for lunch (70)hot spot (69)vibrant bar scene (48)late-night find (46)great for brunch (30)notable wine list (25)kid-friendly (18)scenic view (14)great for outdoor dining (9)Show More
  • Underwhelmed
    WhatsinyourpicnicbasketVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I went to Victors because a friend said it was the "real deal" for Cuban food. We were not impressed. It was very expensive and it lacked ambience, the food was okay but no Wow this is good was uttered from any of my guests.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As Close to being in Cuba
    KMF58VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Fabulous food and great helpful wait staff. We imagined ourselves being in Cuba without the traveling! We will be definitely back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay After Theatre
    jagman8f
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Walked across the street after show. Pleasant greeting. Drinks good; food, no complaints. Service poor throughout. Menus deposited and server disappeared to be replaced with another. After the mains, dessert menu deposited on the table and server never seen again. Finally, I got up to seek a check. There was the entire wait staff gathered at what I suppose was the credit card machine. I guess it was late and the help tired out. Management might consider taking a lesson from BECCO on how to handle customer service.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Cuban Restaurant in the world
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I'm from Miami. Victors Cafe in NY beats hands down any Cuban restaurant in Miami in food, class and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TXCuban
    KindReviewer
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Excellent food and service. The lechon asado is outstanding and the ropa vieja is always a great choice. Somewhat disappointed that they no longer have masitas de Puerco on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had to wait 50 minutes beyond our reservation time for a table to open up, while standing awkwardly in a cramped spot at the door. The hostess and management gave barely an apology. We were forced to rush through our dinner to make our show time. The food was good, but overall we were grossly disappointed in the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Administrative mess...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    It was mayhem at the check-in desk. Many parties waited to be seated while empty tables existed in the restaurant. We waited almost a half hour to gain our reservation. The food and service were fine, but I would not go back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We dined at the restaurant before seeing a show across the street at the August Wilson Theater. There were many unhappy people waiting to be seated for their reservations. I felt the hostesses did the best they could with what they could control. Maybe too man reservations were taken prior to the show. We had a 5:45 reservation and was seated at 6:20. We still had plenty of time to eat and did not feel rushed. Our waiter was excellent and took a picture of my daughter and myself as a memento.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Drink
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Love the Latin music,Best Sangria and love the attention the waiters give the customers at all times....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 25 Years & Counting
    JLCastellanos
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Always a pleasure and never dissapointing. The food, service and ambiance is priceless. My money and time is well spent. Thank you
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aLWAYS HAVE AN AMAZING TIME AND WONDERFUL FOOD
    loalee
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    GREAT BARTENDER! AARON WAS AMAZING. THE FOOD IS ALWAYS CONSISTANTLY GOOD
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great Cuban food
    Jeannie
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    authentic Cuban food .. great service and atmosphere wonderful staff lovely dinner music the taste of Cuba special is highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One word- spectacular
    NeileVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We had a great time at victors. I understand why it's a historic restaurant. Waitress was lovely and very helpful. We had the 50th anniversary mojito and it was better than any mojito that we have had. Dinner was exceptional. My wife and I disagreed as to who's dish was better, they were both muy Bueno. Live music was playing and we were the right distance away. Not too far, not too,close. All in all, great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little lackluster
    CeeBeeVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Restaurant ambience is nice and located conveniently for theatre. It may have just been this particular evening, but service was very slow and unattentive (even though the restaurant was not nearly filled). Food was well presented, but mediocre in taste. Disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    food was great! My dinner partners of Cuban descent thought it was the best and couldn't believe they had never been there before so we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and Service were Great!
    SandyinNYC
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We went here for dinner before going to a Broadway show. We were running late and the fast service at Victor's really helped us out! We were able to eat dinner and enjoy a glass of wine before walking over to the theater...and we made it in plenty of time. We shared a few appetizers and they were all great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-so
    Bunty
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The ambiance was great but the food disappointing. The assortment of hot and cold appetizers was good but not worth the price. The arroz con pollo was sad...too much rice, not enough chicken and hardly any chorizo. The camarones enchilados was much better but best of all was the platains that came when we sat. The sangria was excellent but at $42.00/pitcher, was a bit over priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost the edge
    AmateurChef
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I was a long time Victors patron, mostly their upper west side place back in the day, and I made a few visits to 52, though not for some years. My visit Tuesday night was just ok. The food was rather bland. My guest, a Cuban, was also disappointed. There are plenty of better Spanish places in midtown. I regret having to say this because I loved their food before they went tourist.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Victor's Cafe
    Mr615Love
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Great food as always!!! This was my second time back for a little piece of Cuba and culture.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and drinks are awesome!
    ILuvFoodVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Great ambience and authentic food! Have been going for many years and have only been able to save room for dessert once :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carol D.
    whatatreat
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I dined there on a Sunday with my sister. We are both in our 70s. We enjoyed the ambience. A trio played Cuban music in the background. There were families and couples. All appeared to be enjoying the Cuban treats. Food was excellent. Service was excellent. I highly recommend Victor's Cafe. I picked it because it is in theater district. I would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A taste of Cuba in NYC
    DanaluvVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My family had a fantastic lunch. The wait staff is attentive and polite. The food is always excellent. The apps we tried- ceviche, shirt steak skewers, and soft tortillas with pork hash, we're all wonderful! The Cuban sandwich was also good. We enjoyed the live music and the ambiance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food had excellent taste
    GBE1
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Staff cordial and helpful-Bar area could use enlargement especially on busy nights. Live music in bar a nice touch
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent - never disappoints!
    LM14
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Victor's is a great combination of outstanding food and fantastic location. It is even more beautiful now, with a new additional room and overall remodling of the larger dining room. It's truly beautiful and the food is awesome. Great service, fun bar to wait in while other parties arrive. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy Fun
    KatieG
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Having visited Cuba two years ago, I would not say that Victor's food is "authentically Cuban!" However, it has Cuban flair and flavors and was fresh, delicious with more than adequate portions. I booked two months in advance of our trip and the place was hopping with the before-theater crowd on a Saturday night. This was my 4th or 5th visit and definitely the best! Fun atmosphere in the small bar area with live music, excellent service. Energetically noisy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dependable quality and service
    Semifoodier
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I've been here a few times through the years. Service and food quality have never disappointed. Some may believe this is a place for NY tourists, bit its not. Authentic Cuban food with some twists.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great suggestion!
    MyTruLuvIsFood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A coworker suggested Victor's Café, saying it was really good. We were NOT disappointed! No one in our group of 4 had ever eaten "Cuban" cuisine before. 2 had the Arroz con Pollo a la Chorrera, one had the Aguacate Relleno and Churrasco al Pincho and I had the Lechon Asado...and we shared a side of platanos maduros...plus 3 Mojitos and one red Sangria...everything was delicious! We would all recommend Victor's Café and hope to have the chance to dine there again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Cuban Vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Traditional and imaginative Cuban fare featuring warm staff and attractive surroundings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Victor's for Cuban
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    A nice recommendation spot by NY friends. Good ambience and décor. Cozy and fun. Food was good as well as service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Matinee
    Liza
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We had lunch on a Wensday before seeing Jersey Boys ( across the street) we ate in the bar area, food was good, we were running late, we would of liked it better if we were not so rushed, our fault, they accommodated us.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Was expecting something extra special for a special occasion . No wow factor at all to the evening , food ok but have had better Cuban food . not a vibrant restuarant . Sad to say it was a disapoinment .
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • smokey
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Always a pleasure, lovely staff and wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tremendous Cuban Food
    RIRicardo
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Victor's Café is awesome! When in NYC, you need to stop by for tremendous Cuban cuisine. You'll never be disappointed and will be satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • rushed
    nydinerVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    If you are going to the theatre, this is a great spot as they get you in and out. If you are not going to the theatre, like us, the meal was super rushed. The waiter did not ask if we were going to see a show until we were ordering dessert. Appetizers showed up before our drinks. Then dinner shows up 10 minutes later while apps are still on the table. Food was good but presentation was not. Food did not arrive hot, but warm. Waiter never asked if we wanted a second round of drinks... so we drank water..their loss. It was a pricey meal, ok food, service was rushed. The place is beautiful, and clean. This place is not the same as it used to be.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner before Theatre Neil Simon
    NYDining
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Delightful experience! Superb food, wonderful staff, beautiful surroundings.....what more can you ask for? Best mojitos in town! An absolute "do not miss" restaurant in NYC.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite place in the city
    SiegKyle
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This place is my favorite in the city. The food is always wonderful, the wait staff is fantastic, and even though it's slightly expensive, you always get your money's worth.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Linda
    LoveNYC
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We have been eating at Victor's for years. It always pleases, service is friendly and the food, especially good! Favorite dish - Vaca Frita
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very special
    MarkM
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Atmosphere was very Cuban (romantic). A great dining experience for a special occasion. Wait staff were excellent, friendly and ready to assist within a moments notice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the food etc.
    Angie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great evening spent with family. Delicious food, Mojitos and bright, vibrant ambiance. Special birthday occasion choice restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Broadway find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We were looking for something Different before heading to a Broadway show. Victors was vibrant, the Cuban food was fun and different. It but us us in the perfect festive mood for the evening ahead.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate