Pilar Cuban Eatery

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Pilar Cuban Eatery is a restaurant in Brooklyn serving classic Cuban dishes. Featuring a wide range of menu options, Pilar Cuban Eatery has several breakfast options, such as breakfast empanada and heuvos Cubanos with chorizo or avocado. The restaurant also has a multitude of specialty appetizers, including Cuban nachos with black beans and pickled onions, a bocadito plate with creamy ham and pimento spread and stuffed plantain cups.

Pilar Cuban Eatery provides several specialty sandwiches like a pressed Cuban sandwich of roast pork and ham, a stuffed grilled cheese sandwich and a marinated sirloin steak sandwich topped with onions. The restaurant also offers a range of soups, salads, assorted coffees and other beverages.

If reservations cannot be made online due to time being booked out, please contact us directly so we can see if we can work things out depending on how busy it is.
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MommaB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The staff at Pilar is the best thing that they have going for them. The food was nothing to get excited about and not very authentic. We started with caldo gallego which arrived to the table cold. My daughter ordered a vegetarian dish and the portion was really a tasting /snack size. The rest of our food did not arrive any hotter than the soup. We ordered a shrimp and steak dinner and they were just okay. Finally, the drinks needed to be sent back bc a very important ingredient was left out. It’s a cute place best for a coffee and dessert or maybe wine and beer with friends. I’m not in any rush to go back.

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WalterP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I have been here before but this time, all four members of our party thought the food was minimal and the price was high. The portions were extremely small for the appetizers. It also took a long time for us to get the check. I really like this place and I will go back. Hopefully they will do a better job with portion sizes.

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JanetG
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had fabulous appetizers and dinner. And we highly recommend the red sangria and end your dinner with the flan. Service was great!

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GabrielH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoy the creative cooking.

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mactheknife
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good is very good. However, the venue is very drafty in the winter. The only way to warm up is to drink and wear layers.

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vipMonikaB
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pilar offers delicious, authentic Cuban food and tasty cocktails. My ropa vieja brought back the memories of my trip to Cuba :) cocktail with guava and ginger-lemon was refreshing and matched perfectly with the ambience :) would definitely recommend to anyone looking for Cuban cuisine in New York :)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great , excellent service and the drinks super B

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NellK
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience! Delicious, flavorful food, nice atmosphere, and every staff member we interacted with was lovely. Already planning to bring family when they're here visiting from out of town. A great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and impeccable service. Thank you for making my friend’s birthday brunch amazing!

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vipPicky
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday but nothing special was done by our server

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Freddy
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

SUNDAY BRUNCH WAS NOISY AND OVERCROWDED. WE HAD TO SHOUT JUST TO HEAR OUR TABLE COMPANIONS. THE FOOD WAS OK BUT NOTHING SPECIAL. ALSO, NO ACCESS FOR WHEELCHAIRS AS ADVERTISED.

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DianaP
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Because of the bad service I would not go back. I am a foodie and go out to many restaurants. The service here did not impress me.
1)The waitress seems so stressed out the moment we walked in.
2) drinks took 15-20 min to come in when restaurant wasn’t even full. There was only 1 bartender
3) did not check in to see if everything was ok
4) once we finished they cleaned up our table and did not offer dessert menu. We had to ask for a menu after 10 min waiting to get attended.
5) the “gauva cheese cake”is misleading and had way too much gauva. It over powers the cheese cake flavor. I thought this out be an actual cheeks cake with gauva on top. Instead it was more of a guava cheese pie. The layer of cheese was too thin for the amount of gauva it had.
The appetizer and entree was good. Only thing I was expecting just a little more rice for the amount of pork and beans served. I had to order another portion of rice.

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EDavis1
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks are always amazing. Def recommend a reservation.

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ArielleH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Empanadas were AMAZING! The entrees were great as well. Just moved to the neighborhood and I think I just found my new favorite dinner spot!

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TRACYH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I come to this restaurant as we enjoy the "VACA FRITA" which is delicious if you are a steak lover. The environment is very nice and usually busy so a little advice to use open table to make a reservation.

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DionysiaS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food + prompt service! Have the torrejas. Surprised at how affordable the brunch is. Will definitely be back!!

DB
DominiqueB
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely authentic! Loved the vibe. Highly recommend if you're looking for a date night spot or dinner with a friend!

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SelenaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and drinks were good. We ordered the stuffed tostones for appetizer, pernil and seafood for entrees. Portions were just right and the food flavorful. Be sure to try their passion fruit mango mojito.

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IsaacB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently excellent, as is the service. The setting is warm, friendly, welcoming with a touch of Cuba in the air and on the walls...definitely recommend to friends....

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houghtonk
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall1food3service4ambience2

the hostess may want to think about getting a job at a chain restaurant, you know, the kind that hands you one of those flashing devices that lets you know when your table is ready. we made a reservation on a slow Sunday night, preferring the outdoor seating. she barely let me finish my speaking, 'is your party here', 'no, my friend is 1 block away' 'we can't seat you until your party is here', 'yes, let me call her' I barely had the words out of my mouth as she tripped over me to ask the couple behind me if they would like to sit outside, at the table I had hoped we'd sit at. my friend arrived moments later. yes, we were seated outside, but not at the more desirable table. we got the wonky, uneven table along the windows as opposed to the breezier table along the sidewalk. it's really no big deal but for this: this is a local, neighborhood place. she certainly did not make us feel welcome. like I said, she may want to look into a place like, say, Applebees, that more suits her terrible service / manner.

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LindaB
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Food is amazing! We sat outside on a gorgeous evening.

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KateA
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing, as always! My brother loves this place, so when he comes to visit Brooklyn from Boston, he is always requesting Pilar. This past weekend didn't disappoint!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great staff and amazing food, might go back tomorrow.

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BKBorn
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was authentic - the adjacent bakery, by the same name, was excellent.

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Kidjru
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great sangria (white and sidre), authentic and delicious empanadas (chicken and spinach) with nice flaky pastry, and super good cubano sandwich: very luscious with the melty cheese! Also, the half chicken had great seasoning and a legit crispy skin. The accompanying maduros were on point too!

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DevonM
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is refreshing and great. Some of the best Cuban food I've had.

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suze
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, casual atmosphete

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Schjannar
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautifully designed space with great Cuban food. The cod croquettes are killer , the traditional cuban sandwich is fantastic and the Caldo Gallego is not to be missed. Great bar with excellent cocktail list - perfect for meeting friends. A great brunch spot to bring your parents.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Menu was limited, food was horrible and service was not good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was subpar, the restaurant rushes people out which was exhibited by a rude comment from the waitress. Would never eat there again. Waste of money.

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staciem
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing and the service matched it. Definitely, going back
They have their own bakery too

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TylerG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They make killed food, and now that they have a complete bar, it's a one stop destination.

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DavidM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had an appetizer and 3 entrees and all were very good. We will be going again.

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Antongil
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I have been eating here for over 5 years and up until recently my experience was amazing. The last 2 times I was there the service was great, however, the manager, Sylvie, was horrible so that puts the service in jeopardy.

She was very nasty in tone and short in response. We arrived and were waiting for an additional person to arrive. She nastily told us we had to wait to be seated, which I understand. But tone and demeanor is everything.

When I tried to engage her in friendly conversation she rolled her eyes and quickly moved away. She seemed very overwhelmed and had absolutely no people skills. She just seemed so out if place for this former wonderful place with a wonderful environment. She made several other patrons look at her like she was going through a meltdown as she frantically cleared tables, threw down silverware and seemed to bark at the staff.

The time before the last time, I had invited a couple friends to introduce them to what I called an amazing place. She was so rude that they both said they will never come back and questioned what I found wonderful about it.

I really want this place to continue to thrive and offer value to the neighborhood. However I have spoken to other friends who have gone and all have had a similar experience with her. Another one said he is not going back because of her.

I hate writing bad reviews but this can not go unnoticed and undocumented. The sad part is that you are as weak as your weakest link. I hope the owner realizes that she is pushing people away and does something about it.

EVERYTHING else is wonderful. The food is amazing. The drinks are artistic. The atmosphere is inviting. She is the sore thumb!

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D191
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place, good food, good vibes! Perfect place in BK for good Cuban food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour drink menu and delicious food!

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vipAmyW
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and memorable, and the staff was really incredible. Our only gripe was that, at least to us, the wine and beer list seem a little overpriced— one relatively small drink each added $25 to our check, which seems considerable. We look forward to going back.

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Felipe
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This little restaurant tucked away on the edge of Bedstuy has come a long way from the hidden gem it once was. The food is always solid, particularly the ropa vieja and pressed cubanos. The yuca fries were just ok, but the sweet plantains were delicious. Skip the churros. It's quite loud on the weekends, so be prepared for that. They really dim down the lighting as well, making it feel more like an upscale caribbean bar with restaurant seating. In any case, the two main downsides to our dining experience were 1) making a reservation and 2) price for value. I had booked a table for 4 at 8 pm on a Saturday a few days before our dinner and received a frantic voicemail claiming their system had made a mistake by allowing us to book a table because they were, in fact, fully booked. We should show up at 8:30 and expect a short wait, urged the disembodied voice. Fine, no problem. About 30 minutes later I get a new message from the same person saying they've had a cancellation and asked that we show up on time, or else we'll be placed on a waitlist. And they don't seat incomplete parties. Well now that's just rude. I understand the hipocrisy to a certain extent; there's nothing special about Pilar's reservation policy. But they need learn to manage guest's expectations and either update their system so that OpenTable reflects the real availability according to their floor plan , or stick to walk-ins. Blaming the technology when in fact it's user error ain't fooling anyone. Finally, Pilar is on the expensive side for what they offer (read $16 for a pulled pork sandwich), and maybe it would be a better value proposition if it didn't take the kitchen 45 minutes to bring out the food. After writing this review I realize it comes across as slightly negative, but I promise we had a great time. In fact we barely noticed the wait, but I'm including that information for the benefit of others.

PROS: food, ambience, attentive waitstaff
CONS: reservations, price, slow kitchen service

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PrimaMartinez
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Cuban meal we have had in a long time! Empanadas, Croquetas, Cuban Sandwiches (we went for lunch) served with their homemade cilantro lime sauce and hot sauce (they sell it) - OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! AND, you must visit their new bakery (it just opened 4 days prior to our visit). Pastelitos, Tres Leches, and their Dulce de Leche brownie, TO DIE FOR! Congrats Ricky and Liz!!! You have kept our Cuban tradition alive!!!

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KethiaJ
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Overall the service was good and the waitstaff was very friendly.

However, the space was very cold, which was very unfortunate given that it is late January and most people want to escape the cold. Most people in the restaurant kept hats, jackets, and even scarfs on to stay warm. Surprised no one working a Pilar noticed. Also when my food was served it was cold. It may have something to do with the whole restaurant being cold that caused this.

The food was just okay.

Based on this occurrence, I would not recommend considering what you pay for the food.

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Pilar Cuban Eatery does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. Pilar Cuban Eatery also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (718) 623-2822.

Pilar Cuban Eatery is rated 4.6 stars by 100 OpenTable diners.