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About Guantanamera

At last, a traditional Cuban Restaurant with the best mojitos, live music and hand rolled cigars.

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939 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Cuban, Latin American

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

Cross Street:
Between 55th and 56th Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 262-5354

Website:
http://guantanameranyc.com/

Entertainment:
Live Cuban music, Rumba, Mambo

Public Transit:
A,C,B,D,1 at 59th St/Columbus Circle, N,R,Q,W at 57th St

Additional:
Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Guantanamera Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (32)
Authentic (24)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
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Casual (24)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for a Date (17)
Special Occasion (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Fun (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Late-night Find (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Romantic (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Tapas (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Cozy (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
People Watching (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Healthy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing ambiance, food and great live band. Had a great time!

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Was in the area to see a show. Originally planned to go before the show, however didn't want to feel rushed. So we went after show and we're happy as they had a band playing. The music and food were very good.

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 (Buckinghamshire)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Excellent, food and cocktails were spot on. Music was a bonus, if we hadn't been so tired from exploring, we could have spent the whole evening here

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Very nice place, nice service, good delicious food. Appetizer portion could be larger but overall experience very nice. Music not too loud, just perfect to enjoy company and food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Christmas night. Usual dinner. A littlw bit of noisy latin music, nothing that unconfortable. Tight spaces between tables.
Not that good food. I would say regular.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Out of all the places I could’ve gone to, I chose Guantanamera. I came here on Christmas Day with my boyfriend to celebrate the holiday. We had a great time! The music was a bit too loud, but we already knew it was going to be, because we read the reviews before choosing a destination. Also, the server was great, but it would be nice if he would have checked up on us before we finished our food to see if we wanted more soda or anything else to drink. Other than that he did great. He made us feel welcomed and greeted us with a warm smile. Now to the food. It was beyond exceptional (well for me). I loved what I chose, and I enjoyed every bit of it. My boyfriend on the other hand asked for his steak well done, and it came out a little charred along the edges. He just cut those pieces off and pushed them aside. Orher than that he enjoyed his food as well. I will definitely come back and I have already recommended this restaurant to a couple of my friends. Thank you for everything!

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Live Music, Paleo Friendly, Tasting Menu, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Wait for 30 minutes althoug we had a reservation. Drinks took forever. Service is just bad!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The mojitos are the best along with the Cuban sandwich. Entrees are authentic with quality fresh ingredients. A fine bar, cigar maker plus live music add to the atmosphere.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Healthy, Fun, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food ambience. Live band was an excellent touch

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We went to Guantanamera because it was close to where we were staying and we could use some credits from Hilton. Well, we don’t need any incentive to go back, this place is great as long as you’re not looking for a quiet evening.
There were four of us and we all had something different and all tried each dish. All very good. Lots of seafood in the three meals that had it and it was all cooked to perfection. If you are in NYC, go, you won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great Cuban food!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great Cuban food, lively with great Mojitos and live Cuban music every night !

Tags: Worth the Drive, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent food and live Cuban music! I was here for dinner and it was great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We went for a fairly early dinner for my daughter's birthday. Service and food were wonderful, and we will definitely be back!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I'm Cuban and we've been coming to Guantanamera since it was Azucar! My parents were in town so I decided to bring them by. They had a great time, loved the food and the sever treated my mother like a queen. More than happy

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

My husband and I were in NYC for the Christmas scene and Theater. We choose this restaurant for an early dinner before going to the Theater. The staff was friendly and helpful and food was wonderful. Enjoyable time and looking forward to returning there on our next visit.

Tags: Live Music, Paleo Friendly, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great service, atmosphere, excellent food and customer service!

Tags: Cozy, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very busy place! Food was wonderful. If you are going for a "date night", I would suggest asking to sit downstairs. Upstairs was very loud.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent food, lovely service....
We went here before attending a concert at Lincoln Center, and would recommend it for pre-theater/concert, but also just for a great meal in an area where a reasonably-priced dinner can be hard to come by.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Live Music, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

One of my favorite places to eat. The people and music is incredible!

Tags: Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Comfort Food, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

This is my go to restaurant with out of town friends or everyday dining. I enjoy the delicious food, live band and decor. The staff are professional and very friendly which is a plus.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Bar Seating, Paleo Friendly, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Unprofessional hosts. The hostess couldn't even feign interest in our reservation and didn't even speak to us but merely pointed to where we should sit. The food was expensive which would be worth it if the space and ambiance were worth it. I'm afraid the high entree prices pay for the bands which, while musically good, make this more a cabaret than a restaurant. Do not eat here if you wish to dine.

Tags: Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Met some friends there. We just had a drink each and some appetizers which had taste really good. The people that work there were friendly and accommodating. I'd definitely go back again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great Mojitos and Cuban sandwich. Not much ambiance, but great food.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Authentic
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great food. Solid service. If you like music nice live band. Good value.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We were in NYC for Thanksgiving. As a firm believer in Open Table I did a search for Cuban cuisine and Midtown, read the reviews and booked a table. Good food and great service. However, the heat level of the restaurant was intense. The waiter even apologized.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I can't rate the food since we were never seated. After waiting five minutes for the hostess to get off the phone, we told her our name and that we had reservations and she went off without a word to run someone's credit card through a machine. A person I assumed to be the manager came up to the desk and asked us the same question, put his finger in the air as if to say just a minute and walked away, never to be seen again. A waiter repeated the same. Original hostess finally returned, was ready to seat us right next to the noisy bar- we asked to be seated toward the back, which had several tables empty but she said those were for people with reservations (um, WE have reservations) and then said we could sit downstairs where it is quieter. We said yes and then she said, but only if it's open, she didn't know when it would be open. That's when we realize there are about 100 restaurants in a two block are and we didn't have to put up with this garbage and left.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Monica provided excellent, timely and friendly service. She made our experience even better!

Tags: Healthy
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 13, 2017

It was a cute place with a friendly staff. The food was great, and we are going back soon to eat dinner and hopefully hear live music!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

The restaurant met our needs perfectly-- near theater, near subway, and Cuban food. The person in our group most familiar with Cuban cuisine had only one dish in mind, Paella. He commented that this was authentic, fresh and flavorful and would order here again. Also, tried the piccadillo which was tasty as well. We found 3rd menu item, but cannot remember the name, and liked it very much. It was made up of shredded,fried beef and soooo wonderful. I drank a beautiful Sangria, since I do not like rum, but rest of the party consumed Mojitos at a special price and fell in love the coconut one. As it was a weeknight, we did not hear any live music, but the bar was lined with after work people, the workers were friendly, and all was fine. Will return again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Casual, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was pretty good and lots of nice dessert options. Sangria (white) was tasty. The waiters were nice but we felt rushed. Also, my note when I made the reservation to wish someone at our table a happy Birthday didn’t get passed on to the waiter so it never happened. There are just two restrooms and lines for both which gave a dinner occasion a clubby feel at 7 o’clock. All in all, I would still go back again for the food and drink but their customer service skills need a bit more polishing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Many love the live music upstairs, but we sit downstairs so we have have a conversation. The food is fabulous, and we have been very pleased with the service.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic live music, great food, and a very accommodating staff.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Live Music, Late-night Find, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Had a great time!!!!@

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent food and service. Good music vibe.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Awesome love this place💕Great food ,salsa dancing and cocktails. Highly reccommended!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Tapas, Live Music, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food good. The Cuban sandwich was excellent. The remaining food ok.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great everything !!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was awesome, great service, wonderful company, music was very energetic. Atmosphere was amazing!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I tried the chicken with coconut and it was very good, original flavor. My friend tried a bunch of side dishes and she was also very satisfied

Tags: Live Music, Casual, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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