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Victor's Café, New York, NY

Victor's Café

4.7
4.7
7312 Reviews
$31 to $50
Cuban
Since 1963, Victor’s Café, a family-run New York City neighborhood gem, continues to be a culinary voyage to Cuba offering an incomparable experience with its harmony of authentic cuisine, warm hospitality and stylish environment. It 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. Its Cuba Lounge is intimate and warm, featuring a tapas menu and a variety of Cuban cocktails such as Mojitos and Sangria.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cuban, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 586-7714

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • Catering

    Please e-mail events@victorscafe.com to get information.

  • Private party facilities

    Accommodating from the most intimate of gatherings in one of our private rooms, and up to 200 guests seated or 300 standing in a more cocktail party setting, Victor’s Café is the ideal place for your private, corporate, charitable, fundraiser &/or holiday event.Please e-mail events@victorscafe.com to get information.

  • Private party contact

    Monica Zaldivar: (888) 772-4230

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District / Times Square

  • Cross street

    Between Broadway & 8th Avenue

  • Parking details

    There is a parking lot across the street from the restaurant, Central Parking, located at 888 8th Ave New York, NY 10019.

  • Public transit

    Stops E train to 7 Ave, #1 train to 50th Street, N R Q to 49th Street <br />

  • Entertainment

    Live music in our Cuba Lounge & Bar. Free Wi-Fi

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 7,312 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Cuban

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  1. CC

    CCnyc

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and wonderful food; the staff was exceptional also!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time at Victors Cafe and we will most definitely return. The food was absolutely amazing! I ordered the Ropa Vieja and my husband had the Lechon Asado both dishes were generous portions and delicious. We had the Cuban Guacamole as an appetizer and tostones as a side,they were both delicious as well. We had the white sangria and I can honestly say it was one of the best I’ve had. Our server was Ricardo we he pleasant and attentive. I would highly recommend Victors Cafe.
  3. O

    Omolade

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service staff , atmosphere and drinks were excellent. Food was medicore and too salty. Serving size small for the price.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    162 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    162 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal and never a disappointment. They make you feel welcome while dining on extraordinary food. Enjoy
  5. A

    Anon

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It's been many years since I'd been here, but it's still one of the best values in midtown.
  6. OP

    OPerezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was excellent. I had a reservation and within minutes of arriving I was seated. My waiter was excellent and very attentive. The food was so delicious. I will be back soon!
  7. YL

    YeraldinL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Cuban restaurant ever. The black beans, now I know why they are famous. The service was the best and the food just outstanding. The guayaba dessert was just wonderfull. I cant wait to be there again soon.
  8. k

    karen

    Pittsburgh

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently great! Always make a point to dine at Victor's when we are in NYC.
  9. m

    merryinmelville

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time at victors café. It will certainly not be the last . I am already looking forward to next time. One of our guests is vegan and gluten-free. The waiter was so helpful and she loved what she ordered. I really appreciated that the wait staff was masked . Even though the restaurant was pretty crowded the noise level never got uncomfortable. I highly recommend this restaurant
  10. CR

    ChrisReppinNYC

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious and excels service! Best I’m theatre district!
  11. MA

    MaureenA

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The restaurant has a really good vibe. The service was great but the food was nothing to write home about. We had the appetizer sampler and then paella for dinner. Both were good but neither was a wow. I would go back but just to the bar for drinks.
  12. GK

    GiovannaK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Victors is a classic win. The good and service are amazing and never disappointing. Must try the bean soup!!!
  13. T

    Thomas

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Victor’s staff are very efficient, hospitable, and friendly our meal was excellent and delicious as usual. We always dine there when visiting NYC’s Theater District each year.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent experience
  15. FS

    FelixS

    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing staff ! Customer service. And personal touch made for such a great dining experience.
  16. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We dined at Victor’s Cafe before going to the theatre for a matinee performance. The food was delicious but we were disappointed that there weren’t enough oxtail specials for all. Also, there was no chicken available. This has never happened before in all the times I’ve dined at Victor’s. The kitchen was very busy so we had to skip dessert and coffee.
  17. JD

    JDFoodie

    Philadelphia

    222 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    222 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Walking in, the atmosphere transports you to New World Havana. We started with a jalapeño papaya margarita and the barlitos - 3 delicious but small bites of fried sweet plantains each stuffed with a tiny bit of pork and a minuscule topping of goat cheese. Next we had two fresh salads, then we shared the ropas viejo with white rice and black beans (because my husband has low sodium and this dish helps with that! We finished with a very nice espresso flan. Overall, very good food and the service was excellent!! Thank you, Isaac and everyone who took great care of us!!
  18. C

    Carrie

    Houston

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautiful atmosphere, fun, vibrant and excellent Cuban cuisine! Started with a delicious and elegant Hemingway Daiquiri. The Ropa Vieja was superb and took me right back to days in Miami. Don't miss the side of fried plantains, cooked perfectly. I enjoyed the salmon with grilled pineapple salsa. Seared to perfection with crispy skin. And all dishes include wonderful Cuban black beans and rice. Add the bunelos for dessert. Best ever as little bites. Noise level is loud! We came early and it was great until it filled up. Quite loud. Service was impeccable. We loved it.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a date, great staff and building
  20. E

    Eater1

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    White Sangria was very good. Havana guacamole was tasty. Paella de Mariscos and Camerones enchilados were delicious. Would order all of the above again, but there are so many other dishes to try!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch today! Darwin and crew were amazing. Cuban vibe was really cool. 100% must go
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    The entire experience felt like a throwback to gentler, kinder times. Our waiter Darwin, & all of his backup staff were beyond wonderful, helpful, cheerful and thoughtful.
  23. NO

    NanceO

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my second time at Victor's Cafe. Again, outstanding food, service and atmosphere! I'll be back.
  24. J

    Janice

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Good outstanding except for dessert. Flan was too hard. Kiwi lime pie was grainy and sandy tasting.
  25. JS

    JoanS

    Orlando

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has always been one of our favorite restaurants in NY and we were happy to return to it for the first time since the pandemic began. I’m happy to report that the quality remains the same.
  26. RF

    RhondaF

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent food and service. truly enjoyed our firend's special birthday luncheon.
  27. RV

    RachelV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic eats right in the theater district- l’ll dream about those black beans for years!
  28. TF

    TimothyF

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food - server was super attentive and made great recommendations. 24 hour pork dish was so flavorful. Loved it!
  29. IL

    IlonaL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best quality of food Staff is very professional and polite
  30. HH

    HelenH

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    gets very crowded and noisy with the pre theatre crowd
  31. GB

    GabiB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The pros: The food is excellent - great flavours, fresh. Recommend ropa vieja! Staff is great! The cons: TINY portions for BIG prices. You're in NY, you're right outside Times Square, but the appetizer portions are hilarious (legit, my partner and I cracked up it was so perfectly NY). So, if you're coming for drinks and appetizers only, be prepared to order a lot to satisfy your hunger.
  32. CL

    ChristineinLA

    Los Angeles

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I guess my expectations were a bit higher given the number of good yelp reviews. While the menu selection is extensive, the food was a little hit or miss. The seafood paella and black beans were both really good, the lechon asado was a big disappointment. I've had this dish at several Cuban restaurants both here and in Cuba and I've never had it taste this salty. I actually couldn't taste anything except salt (not even the pork), it was almost inedible and I only ate about half of it-- and drank a ton of water. The garlic mojo yucca and moros that came with it was really good though. On a more positive note, the restaurant is fairly big and has a nice little bar area, the service was very good, the staff try very hard to get you in and out on time if you're going to the theater, and they have a nice selection of wine and cocktails. All that said, I don't think I'd make a point to go back here. There are just too many other really great restaurants nearby.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Other than moms cooking. This is best Cuban restaurant I've been to.
  34. JB

    JamesB

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived early for our reservation,but we’re seated immediately. Out server Diego was awesome …, he explained different items patiently and offered suggestions. Diego overheard me mention my wife’s birthday and her dessert was served with a candle for the occasion. The kitchen delivered us both wonderful dinners.., the oxtail was some of the best I’ve had. We will be back !!
  35. f

    foodlover

    Dallas

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite NYC Resturant before a Broadway play. We always have a great meal and great service.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food. Great service..
  37. SG

    SusanG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious with wonderful, attentive service.
  38. S

    Sarge

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent from service to food to ambiance. Only distraction was a loud group that sat next to us. Not the restaurants fault. Never had Cuban food but loved it!
  39. L

    Longtimecutomer

    New York Area

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The pork(le he) was over salted.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Victor's Café offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 586-7714.

Victor's Café is rated 4.7 stars by 7312 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today
Google Map for Victor's Café

236 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Broadway & 8th Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District / Times Square

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cuban, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a parking lot across the street from the restaurant, Central Parking, located at 888 8th Ave New York, NY 10019.

  • Public transit

    Stops E train to 7 Ave, #1 train to 50th Street, N R Q to 49th Street

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • Entertainment

    Live music in our Cuba Lounge & Bar. Free Wi-Fi

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 586-7714

  • Catering

    Please e-mail events@victorscafe.com to get information.

  • Private party facilities

    Accommodating from the most intimate of gatherings in one of our private rooms, and up to 200 guests seated or 300 standing in a more cocktail party setting, Victor’s Café is the ideal place for your private, corporate, charitable, fundraiser &/or holiday event.Please e-mail events@victorscafe.com to get information.

  • Private party contact

    Monica Zaldivar: (888) 772-4230

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