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Victor's Café
Victor's Café

Victor's Café Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.victorscafe.com
  • Phone: (212) 586-7714
  • 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 & Promotions: 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
Diner Reviews
  • "I've been to Victor's Cafe several times. It's always been great."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Took a family of 5 after the show. Very nice and the waiter, Aaron was extremely friendly and informative. Had a superb dinner and then an equally superb desert. Can't recommend it highly enough."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Took my daughter and 2 friends for her 15 th birthday with my husband and a friend. My daughter is a picky eater and we all loved it. We ordered an assortment of appetizers and they were delicious. Great food and ambience. The service was great. I had a special request for them to sing Happy Birthday to my daughter and they honored it. Not knowing that they had a live band, it turned out to be a special treat for her. Most importantly, the food was really good. I picked the restaurant because it was near the Gershwin Theater. As a group of 6 from different Spanish countries we were all very satisfied.The reviews on line were good. Definitely going back again with my husband for our anniversary. We loved their live band."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Fine dining from the sangria all the way to the flan!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner at Victor's. The food was prepared perfectly and served beautifully. The staff was attentive and friendly. And a celebrity stopped in for a meal as well. A great evening."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "As always this place never lets me down. Food was great."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Victor's was not bad. The sangria was excellent. Their combo signature appetizer was a disappointment. The entrees were ok. Service was just fine. Ask to sit in the nice room toward the back with the ceiling fans and sky light. I might return if I was going to the Neil Simon Theatre."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My wife and I went to Victor's café after seeing a Broadway show. We couldn't have been more pleased with our choice for dinner. Service and ambience were great, but the food was AMAZING! Try the braised oxtail or ropa vieja. They are both incredible. If your in Midtown, you have to go to Victor's!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My family had dinner after an afternoon Broadway show. We had a reservation and, despite being 15 minutes early, we were seated immediately. Our server was friendly, and made us aware of the specials. Our drink orders were taken quickly, and were served immediately. The appetizers were outstanding, and our meals were even better!! Being of Hispanic descent, we can truly appreciate good Spanish cuisine; our visit to Victor's Café did not disappoint. The ambience is outstanding, and we never felt rushed. An excellent find in the theater district; we will definitely be back!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was our second dinner at Victor's Cafe in Manhattan. Great dinner, once again. The champagne sangria was fabulous! Service was terrific as we remembered it, and the appetizers (Ceviche de Pargo and Croquetas Corral) and entrees were fabulous. In my reservation, I had asked them to get us served and out in time for our 7 pm show. They didn't rush us at all and we were in our seats at the theater with time to spare. We really love this place. I always have some sort of fish entree and it's always been prepared to perfection. The others in our party have had the steak and the Ropa Vieja. You cannot go wrong with this great restaurant. It's convenient to the theater district as well."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I've eaten at victors many times before. I enjoy it every time including this one. I was disappointed at the fact that open table allowed me to secure a reservation for a time that victors was initially unwilling to accommodate. I told them that I made the reservation through open table as I do every time and they were very surprised to here that. My reservation was for 2:45 pm and they told me that they are closed between 2:45 and 5:00 to prepare for dinner. To their credit they eventually made the exception which they should have, but I was still irritated that I met any resistance. I'm not sure if it was an oversight on their part or on open tables. The food was delicious as always and because they did the right thing I will return."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This was my husband 1st time at Victor's. He really enjoy the good food!,,,'"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Have been there a few other times and loved it. Things have changed, not nearly as good."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This place was recommended to us as the best Cuban food in NYC. Yes, the food was good, but overpriced, and the service was unacceptable. The restaurant was not crowded and yet we, a party of four, were served after two large parties that arrived after us. Somehow they managed to get those parties in and out, with multiple rounds of drinks, before us."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Unfortunately, I have eaten several times at Victor's Cafe and this has been the worst. The menu has been condensed to one page and the service was very bad."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food is overpriced and not especially memorable. The service and ambiance are nonetheless great if you are aiming for a small group gathering."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Had a very nice meal at Victor's Cafe when we visited NYC. The food was good and the atmosphere was fun for a Thursday night. Our table wasn't in the 'romantic' part of the restaurant and it was a little loud for talking, but not so much that we requested a change."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Lively atmosphere, Latin rhythms; excellent service at dinner on a summer Saturday evening. Adobo filet mignon was tender but adobo flavor didn't come through strongly. Ropa vieja, house special, was tender, not overpowering by any means. Portion sizes were nice, not too big. Only sides included were black beans and rice without much flavor. We enjoyed sharing seafood appetizer sampler - several distinct and delicious flavors. LChocolate lava cake with ice cream was delicious end to meal. I'm sure it would have been enhanced by tawny port, but I didn't go there. Bill for 1 appetizer, 4 drinks, 2 entrees, 2 desserts was 148 plus 13 in tax (plus tip of course), so it isn't cheap. We were in at 6:20 and out in plenty of time for 8 pm theatre."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We have dined at Victors many times and have always enjoyed the meal, however, last night was not the case. We were celebrating our 38 wedding anniversary and expected the same attention to detail that we have always enjoyed. In contrast, we waited endlessly for orders to be taken. When our food arrived it was warm! And when dessert didn't arrive after sitting for 2 hours, we cancelled it in order to pay the check and walk to the theater, arriving 5 minutes before an 8pm show. Keep in mind, we had 5:30 dinner reservations. What we later learned, was that Senator Green from Michigan was having a private party in the restaurant. I'm assuming he enjoyed hot food in a timely fashion as did his entourage. The food was merely acceptable!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Dined at victors cafe with friends loved our waiter . The food was fantastic. The whole menu is delicious. Will be back soon. Friendly staff."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "If you were to order salmon, rare, and it came cooked thoroughly all the way through, and you have a theatre curtain to catch, what would you do? Never go back to what is a mediocre but very convenient restaurant. That's our decision. The same critisism can be applied to the ceviche we ordered -- it had been sitting so long in the liquid that it was completely "cooked.""
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Victors was perfect for us because we were going to see Jersey Boys which was located across the street.. The only complaint was the waiter didn't tell us about the specials that night and we over heard another waiter telling the people next to us.. The Red Sangria was one of the best I've ever had."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Great food, service and decor. Felt like I was on vacation in the middle of the workday!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "It was a good choice. The food and the service was really good."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Brought my husband to dine for Pre-Fathers day dinner. The ambience was really nice and naturally loud as expected since it was a Saturday night. We dined and laughed and enjoyed our meals which was the main goal. Skirt steak is a must!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The resturant decor was inviting, there was a live band in the bar area, I and my guest were there for an early dinner before a b'way show. Everything was on point and the food wpresentation and taste were excellent. I would highly reccommend this venue. I chose "A Taste of Cuba" it had a wide range of offerings on the menu it was great"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Attractive setting with a vibrant energy. You pay for the atmosphere, not the food. A little better than a wedding reception. While the Arroz con Pollo was more rice than meat, the chicken was ample and moist but the chorizo (1 checker size slice cut in quarters), 2 small olives, and sprinkle of asparagus were a meager light garnish. The Aquacate Relleno (stuffed avocado) was a nice appetizer that 2 could share."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was our second time dining at Victor's Cafe. If you want to dine after a show, they serve dinner late and you can order from the tapas menu so it is not a heavy meal. Totally enjoyed it."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I hadn't been to Victor's Café in a few years. Am happy to say that it is even better than I remembered. Food was great, service good; we were able to have a pleasant, relaxed meal and get out in time for theater. I'll be back soon."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Terrible ambience. So noisy could not bear it. Sad because food is good, especially appetizers.management could control"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Had not been in years. Will return soon. Food was wonderful, service professional and helpful."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I absolutely loved Victor's Cafe. The drinks, food, & environment were great! We really enjoyed our meal and definitely plan on coming back to try new items on the menu."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Waiter recommended a beef dish that was not that good. Other food was much better. Overall food is different and quite good."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We went after a show at 10 pm. The restaurant was still busy and the service and good were great. Authentic Cuban food run by the third generation of a family. One of the best meals we had in NYC."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "GREAT ambiance - authentic, open, huge skylight and very good food. This is a unique experience in an area of tourist lameness. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I sincerely enjoyed my dining at Victor's Cafe and will dine there with every visit NY. I recommend to any and everyone longing for the best cuisine and service."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We had a great dinner, this was my second time in 6 months. Appetizers, to desert were all delicious. Would highly recommend it for groups it's fun, light and great service. The specials were amazing."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We arrived early for our 6:15 reservation before a broadway play. Had a drink in the bar while waiting. Another couple decided to give up their 6pm reservation to eat in the bar. They gave us their reservation. By 6:30 we still had no table even though we kept asking and they told us our table was being cleaned.....it appeared they kept giving away our table to others. We finally were seated at 6:45. Had to rush thru dinner. Would highly suggest you make your reservation a half hour earlier than you thought necessary. Then you'll be able to enjoy your meal before a play!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Best Cuban food I've ever had! Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a fantastic dining experience."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Victor's is a long time favorite. Go slightly on the early side and you won't find too big a crowd. Gets a little noisy as curtain time approaches and the restaurant fills, but a pleasant crowd. Fish was perfectly cooked."
    Dined on 6/12/2014