Victor's Café

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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.

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

What Mama Wants, Mama Gets. So, join us and celebrate Mother’s Day with extraordinary Cuban Cuisine, live music and awesome cocktails. She’ll be loving you long after your meal ends

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed our meals and professional service. It made for a nice last dinner out in NYC with our family.

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PM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Victor's Café was as always an authentic adventure into true Cuban cuisine. After having eaten there many times, the quality has never waned. The drinks are fantastic in the true sense of the word - new creations continuously and imaginatively come into existence. The food comes in reasonable portions so that a true panoply of flavors and dishes can be sampled without becoming uncomfortable. The noise level wasn't overbearing, even though this was a holiday weekend with large groups of out-of-towners.
Absolutely a must for sampling true Cuban cuisine.

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AR
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place I have been coming her from Massachusetts since 1992. The food is always excellent and ambiance is awesome. I bring most of my friends that visit NYC here. One thing that I have noticed trough out the years is the quantity of food has dinmished for some reason. For example the appetizer 1492 used to have more variety of foods like chorizo and meats and those have disappeared as time gone by. Otherwise the food is always delicious and the service is awesome!

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Great food. Terrible service!

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n
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Noise was unbearable. food good, but overall not to be recommended.

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B
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and never about five birthdays while we were there. It’s very festive and the people are very nice. The food was excellent. Well with the visit.

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RA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I have been to Victor's several times. The service and food has gotten less and less favorable. Upon arrival, you are generally offered plantain chips w/garlic dip while you review the menu. We sat for 25 minutes and no "maraquitas" (fried plantains) or bread were offered. When I mentioned this to the Waiter, he said they ran out due to Sunday Brunch. We ordered appetizers and our croquettes arrived cold. I ordered the watercress avocado salad and I got "spring mix" salad with no dressing. When I asked the waiter for the watercress, he said they ran out. They also ran out of the seafood paella. Our mojitos tasted like the ice melted in them. The camarones enchilados tasted like they took a can of tomato paste and added it to the shrimp. The shrimp were tasteless. The churassco had barely any seasoning and no mojo (garlic) was offered. We did not walk out because it was Sunday at 7PM and we were afraid we would not find another establishment available. Victor's Cafe was one of my favorites. However, after this past experience, I will not be returning.

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ML
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the food at Victors is marvelous - has been for years and may even be better than when we started eating there 15 years ago. However, one thing missing from the menu, Tamales, are still available, but you have to ask for them.
MiGOD. Their Tamales are soooooo good. We had them for appetizers. Moist, delicious - unlike Mexican tamales. So much better.
Our server was excellent, friendly, informative.
We highly recommend Victors.

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect mix of homemade food and fine dining. Such a wonderful experience! We will definitely be back.

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NL
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Food is overrated my dish was the combination vaca frita with ropa vieja it was ok very small portions for $30 and it served over a plate of oil,,, my husband had the lechón with Moro’s which was tasty however, my friends ordered appetizers Papá rellenas and avocado salad the potatoes were at room temperature. the ham croquettes were very tasty ,,,The service was absolutely horrible the waiter was quite the snob he treated us with an attitude as we did not order drinks and just asked for water. He is obviously in the wrong business. His attitude was as poor as his behavior! Will NOT ever go back it was not a good experience!!

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HM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were AMAZING! We had a great time!!

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GR
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The quality and that's if the food was not worth the prices. I don't mind paying good money for good
food. The food was mediocre at best and the prices matched that of great food. $164 for two people with two appetizers, two low-level entrees, a dessert and one glass of Chardonnay, low-level Chardonnay at that, that's was too much money!

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f
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, service great.
Victor's has always been a favorite and will continue to be so.

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EC
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is so delicious here at Victor’s Café. The service is also outstanding each and every time I dine here. I have never been disappointed. The atmosphere is energetic and great for people watching.

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f
Detroit
162 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is terrific especially tapas . Love ceviche and the best plantain chips and sauce anywhere . Nice wines by the glass. Great service and the ambiance is perfect

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MZ
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

If you are in the vicinity (Theaters) it is a very nice and reasonable place to have dinner before the show.

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AR
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here before and have always enjoyed our meal which is why we return. Our server, Jacob, was friendly and gave us great input. We ended up with our favorite, ropa viejha and left satisfied and happy.

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J
Baltimore
155 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Victor's Cafe, a Cuban restaurant, was highly recommended by a friend who frequently visits NYC. This was our first visit to the City and Victor's was within walking distance from the hotel.

Our Server was very professional, friendly, charming and helpful. When I told him about my dietary restrictions, he left us to look at the menu. A few moments later he returned and asked if I would be interested in the day's special, a Branzino dinner. There was one dinner left and I said yes. It was absolutely delicious! My husband and I split it along with an interesting crispy coating surrounding mashed potato balls with a center of tender chopped steak in a light gravy. Our dessert was house made sorbet. It was a perfect amount of food for the two of us, not being able to store leftovers. We will certainly recommend Victor's Cafe to friends and when we visit NYC again, it is a definite must!

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BA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Waiter was very rude . Almost as if he just didn’t want to be there. Our first time there and he suggested absolutely nothing. Two of us wanted the salmon and red snapper. You ran out of both !! It was only 5:45pm on a Sunday . This was a head scratcher for me. Very disappointed. I was quite embarrassed since I bragged about this place. My friends were not impressed. I didn’t blame them. I guess My expectations were way too high.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal.. I have been recommending this place to everyone! Best spanish food I’ve found in the city!!

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MS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent great place , great food, great service will return.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The meal was tasty (though small portions for the price). I was here for a birthday dinner and the surprise to me was when the men on either side of us received a dessert with a candle on it for their birthday. I understand sometimes this comes at an additional price, but our table with a female celebrating didn’t even receive the offer to purchase a birthday experience. I included it was a birthday dinner in my reservation. Won’t be dining here again.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good authentic Cuban food and great and friendly service.

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MH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A friend and I go to New York a couple of times a year, and we always go the Victor's for great food and service. I had my usual ropa vieja and my friend had oxtail. Plus empanadas. Everything was fantastic. I highly recommend Victor's.

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B
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant! The food, the staff, the decor... all excellent! We look forward to our next visit!

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SR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Victor’s was fabulous. Always a go to when we are in town! I highly recommend.

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JD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Restaurant was beautiful with a contemporary Cuban flair. Our waiter was a bit aggressive perhaps because it is a loud restaurant and he had poor hearing and became frustrated or just hated his job. Food was excellent although we had 6pm reservations the food prep was extremely slow making it's way to our table. Plan on a good 2 hours for dinner. Recommend the coconut mojito and ceviche appetizer.

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EC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect authentic Cuban experience per usual! Can’t wait to come back next time we’re in the city. No other Cuban restaurant in the Northeast can compete with Victor’s.

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f
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the salads were wonderful, large and very tasty. We shared a platter of assorted appetizers some were great some were so so .

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IM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, service and ambiance.

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JS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Priced moderately for Manhattan. Service was good but food was mediocre compared to Cuban restaurants that we frequent here at home. I would recommend this restaurant to patrons wanting Cuban fare in Manhattan but would definitely advise arriving by 5PM if you want to make a Broadway show like Wicked which was just around the corner. We arrived at Victor's Cafe at 5:30 PM (our fault) and felt pressured to make our 7PM seating for Wicked.

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RD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good, but I thought it would have more spice. We had a nice business dinner there and our large group was pleased with the service and menu options.

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OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very nice after theater (matinee) experience. It is a perfect location for the theater district. Food was very good especially the Cuban Appetizer sampler. Service was prompt and friendly. Nice ambience.

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f
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were celebrating 2 birthday’s. One of the birthday women received the wrong food and was offered other selections. Very disappointing

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OT
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gran lugar

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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food and service. We got a table in the back room on the upper platform, we always ask for that section because it is nicest. The sangria is expensive but worth every penny.

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is nothing like it anywhere, even in Miami Florida. These people do Cuban with class and finesse. Love it every time we come to the city!

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was a little on the slow side. Food was excellent. Very touristy.

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CR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting Victor’s has become a tradition when we take guests to NYC. They never disappoint!! Food is phenomenal, drinks are delicious, and ambience is fun.

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AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was outstanding.

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