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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

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Live Music (24)
Casual (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
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Good for Birthdays (17)
Authentic (17)
Fun (16)
Good for a Date (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Hot Spot (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Comfort Food (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Romantic (5)
Spicy (5)
People Watching (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Cozy (3)
Business Meals (2)
Healthy (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was just ok. Nothing special. Hostess was not welcoming at all. She just ushered us in without so much as a smile which already set the mood for our experience there. The waiter was friendly and attentive. Food came out fast which was also good. Did not like the ambience at all, but there was no live band (even though this was Saturday night dinner) so maybe it's more fun when they have one. It was just a lot of tables crammed in a poorly lit space, and would have been the sort of place where I would just go for the food had the food been that good which it's not.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent meal music was only half good for dancing Flute player could not help doing jazz solos

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I returned for a second time because I enjoy the atmosphere and the food and I would go back again. The service is fast, a bit hectic and we had to ask for more water. It was a Saturday night and it was VERY BUSY and very noisy. That added to the festive environment if you like that. My friend enjoyed her shrimp and rice but was disappointed that her entrée did not automatically come with plantains as a side. My dish, a generous seafood "casserole" did come with four plantains, plus a generous portion of rice. I recommend Guantanamera for a lively meal. Make a reservation for regular dinner time. Live music starts at 9 PM

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Went to lunch here and everything we ordered was amazing! Ended up going back for dinner 2 days later on a Friday night for dinner and live music! Great lively atmosphere, delicious food, friendly staff! Can't wait to go back next time I'm in NYC!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Fun, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

First time there could the place on yelp food and service was great will be going back

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Casual, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Had the seafood Paella. It was excellent. Highly recommend the jalapeño margarita!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Simply said we can't wait to go back on our next trip to NYC. Food was fantastic, mojito was well done, the cuban coffee was yummy and music was the icing on the cake. Hoping next time to make it for the dancing too!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This a a great place for a “Cuban” experience. The food is great but the live music puts the night over the top!! It is so much fun. If you don’t get up and dance between the tables I’m pronouncing you dead.

Tags: Hot Spot, Live Music, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We had great service and exceptional food. The black bean soup was terrific!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Awesome NYC find for Cuban food

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

My wife and I arrived to the restaurant to celebrate her birthday and the end of our visit to New York.

We received recommendations for many restaurants in NYC but once I heard about this restaurant I chose it because of my love for Cuban music since the days of BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB.
Indeed, the live music was wonderful!

In summary: The music, food, drinking, service and the good atmosphere have made our experience at "Guantanamera" to great!

Uri and Dvorah Haruvi, Kibbutz Hahotrim, Israel

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Food was good and authentic although more expensive than other Cuban restaurants we have been to in the area. Drinks were expensive at $13 for the Caipirinia and especially the Rum and Coke. Rum and Coke at $13 is crazy really. There was a group of 8 at a table near us that were especially loud and obnoxious. Maybe our review would be better if they were not there. Service was good. My wife had the Picadillo a La Habanera for $22 and I had the Filetillo Salteado and more words after that for $26.50. We probably won't go back here as we can find Cuban food better at other places near by.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Spicy, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Great live music, tasty mojitos by the pitcher, and good Cuban food. The music was a more subdued volume when we went but my colleague went another night when it was very loud, making conversation difficult. The food was very tasty and everyone enjoyed their meal. We went on a Monday.

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Before I left the city I wanted to have some authentic Cuban food. I was not disappointed. Everything was very flavorful and the portions generous. I appreciated the prompt and professional service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Absolutely terrific - the atmosphere, the cocktails, the unbelievably delicious food - it was like taking a trip straight to Cuba. Some of the best I've ever had, and we will definitely recommend and go back!

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Authentic
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

The place is inviting good music, I've been there before, we love the place our friends loved it also.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Food was authentic Cuban as was the live music on Thursday night. 4-piece Band was fantastic, especially the keyboard and bass guitar.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We went to Guantanamera prior to going to a concert. At about 6 PM there wasn't much of a dinner crowd resulting in a very quiet experience. The crowd was a little larger when leaving.

We shared a fried calamari appetizer which was excellent. The sea bass entree came with lima beans, onions and vegetables in a light red sauce. It also came with white rice and a very good black bean sauce. While the paella marinara tasted very good the shrimp and the very small piece of lobster was dry, almost as if it had been pre-cooked and then reheated for the entree. But there was plenty of excellent calamari and vegetables.

Overall it really was pretty good

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Excellent Cuban food in a fun place. Convenient for pre-theater

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food was amazing. Wait staff were friendly and attentive. The music was great. Overall it was a great night out. Will definitely go there again.

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 (London)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent atmosphere with charming service and great music. We enjoyed the food and the pitcher of mojito. Reasonably priced for a night out over dinner.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

The service was amazing, mango mojito was awesome. The food was good. Overall a good experience

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Overall quality getting worse. The last time we went there, we got the impression that the restaurant is pretty upscale for both the food quality and services though the ambiance is casual. This time I felt I was in a different restaurant. The appetizer grilled calamari was like rubber, the sea bass was like without seasoning. Somewhat disappointed.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Cute neighborhood place. The food is decent, wine list reasonable. cocktails hit or miss. The bands are great, but they are so loud that when they come on it is impossible to have a conversation with anyone. Aside from that, would recommend

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Outstanding food. A little noisy but other than that wonderful.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Nice place a lil bit small but a lot of happy people

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Lovely restaurant with EXCELLENT service. The food was good, but not exactly superb. The croquettes, in particular, could've been better. Tasted like they'd been fried in old oil. Wonderful live band. That said, however fun the band was, they made it a bit difficult to have a conversation--I wouldn't recommend this place for a date night. Overall, Guantanamera is a great place for a fun night out!

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Live Music, Fun, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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