Victor's Café

4.6
7210 reviews
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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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

This Thanksgiving, leave the cooking in the hands of your big Cuban family. Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two or a festive celebration for the whole gang, you’ll have the feast of your dreams at Victor’s Café.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

EAT, DRINK, AND BE MERRY THIS CHRISTMAS AT VICTOR’S CAFÉ Enjoy an ambiance filled with live Cuban music and vibrant décor. Our all-day dinner menu will be served, featuring a delectable blend of traditional cuisine and the best mojitos in town.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

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KA
Memphis
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best dinners I have ever had in my life! Totally delectable food, impeccable service, and a wonderful atmosphere. I cannot recommend it enough. My mom and I ate here before a Broadway show, and it was the best choice we could have made in the theatre district. My mom has celiac disease and therefore has to eat gluten free, and our server knew immediately how to help her navigate the menu for options that would work for her. (For my fellow gf folks and family members of gf folks, he even knew that soy sauce has gluten in it—that's the level of in-the-know we're talking about!) Our mojitos, summer salad, and entrees were absolutely perfect, and even the bathroom was worth raving about. I can't say enough about Victor's Cafe; we will definitely be back!

M
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good but the tables are so close together that when the waiter served the people next to me who were jammed in a corner, brushed my head a couple of times.

L
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a taste sensation. Our service was exceptional, as was the food. Thank you!

KF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went for restaurant week. Good food, eh service

JB
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was after theatre so late. We had the assortment of classic Cuban appetizers for two, which was excellent. Staff was very polite and attentive.

BA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant atmosphere very good food and very friendly staff. No wonder my wife and I have been dining here for so many years.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

my waiter was great but unfortunately I was cut off as I was walking by a waiter and he didn’t have the decency to apologize and what made it worse was he look right at me with arrogance and simply looked away. Quick class on respect is need for this gentleman.

YF
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

It was my birthday, which I stated in my reservation. I flu from Miami to NYC and choose this restaurant to celebrate. Even though they new about my Birthday, the reservation was done in advance, and the restaurant wasn’t full at the time, they stuck us in a small table in the middle of the hall. Worst location ever! And also I paid for my happy birthday dessert, which it’s usually cover by any decent restaurant

LN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

service was very good and the food for restaurant week.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Victors is our go-to for a great meal before we see a Broadway show.

OT
New Orleans
34 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Cuban cuisine! The staff was very helpful in guiding our menu choices to produce the best possible experience. And we were able to get out quickly to make our Broadway show. Memorable experience-thanks!

BM
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience from beginning to end! Great Hostess, wait staff, food everything. I have been several times but I brought three friends who have never been and everyone was blown away by the attention and service we received. It was a packed restaurant and we felt like we were the only ones there by their excellent service and food! Highly recommend!

KH
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious meal but side orders are way too expensive. A tinyyyy portion of thinly sliced platanos Maduros for $9.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Todo perfecto

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EM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Post Theater Bday dinner for my wife. We LOVE VICTORS. Sangria is the BEST!

F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff excellent as well as food. Staff attentive and friendly. Atmosphere nice

CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was first greeted with a happy birthday when I checked in for my reservation. My waiter wished me a happy birthday. The ambiance was lovely, and there was a live trio band that played while I was enjoying my lunch. The waiter placed a candle on my dessert, lit the candle, and wished me a happy birthday again which was very sweet! The food and drinks are amazing! It was a fabulous birthday lunch! I will definitely go back again! I have already told many of my friends when they go to New York City, they should go to Victor's Cafe! I sent them pictures to see how lovely Victor's Cafe is including the interior as well as the food and drinks!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Victor's Cafe... it never disappoints! I wish we had one close to home!!! They are extremely accommodating to vegans. They made me a fabulous veggie plate which was filling and delicious! My fiance is very much an American food guy so I had to beg, plead and do a jig for him to try it. He ordered the ROPA Vieja. His first bite he looked at me with a huge smile and said "omg... wow". The staff was attentive and the atmosphere was very romantic. We finished our meal with coconut gelato and a church sandwich - both were excellent. I think the only turnoff for me was the attitude of the hostess... we got there at 7:15 for our 7:30 reservation (ps. Totally make a reservation on open table). There were plenty of seats open but she made us wait over 15 mins to sit and was a little rude that we were early.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Fun night out with friends

j
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We often go to eat here because it never disappoints!

GH
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there with my daughter to celebrate her 17th birthday. It could not have been a better experience - the service was prompt and friendly, the band played in the background, and we were seated in a light-filled room with lots of good energy. The food was fabulous, and the waiter timed everything so we had enough time to eat and still made it to our Broadway show in time. Awesome!!!

OT
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The branzino was delicious. Service was excellent.

RS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Victor’s is a favorite of ours to have a pre-theater dinner when we’re in NYC!

AT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Every time we are in Mid-town we visit. The food and wine are outstanding.
Sometimes I get the feeling from the servers that they are rushing a bit and not overly anxious for tables that want to sit and enjoy the atmosphere and the music.

Everyone should stop in. It's that good.

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and great service. Thanks friends!

S
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice vibe. Good background music and excellent service. Loved the roast pig. Cuban appetizer for 2 was yum!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a guest from London staying with our Cuban friend so we thought we should take him to a Cuban restaurant.
He enjoyed the ambiance, the food, the service and the music. He remarked that the place is “romantic “..
It was to be his despedida dinner before he went back to London.

M
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was incredible. I had the “special” fish, but I couldn’t understand the waiter when he said what kind it was. The restaurant decor makes you feel like you’re in Havana, but it’s loud. I’ll go again and again.

MG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Oh my goodness, one of the best meals I've ever had.
I highly recommend this restaurant. The staff was so courteous and knowledgeable, the atmosphere was fun (still classy), and the food was truly amazing. Everything we tried was the best of that specific food we had ever tasted. To top it all off, the servers remembered that I said it was my husband's birthday from my OpenTable reservation and sang him "Happy Birthday". Lovely experience all around.

~What we ordered~
Appetizers: Salpicón de Mariscos and Croquetas Corral
Entrées: Slamón Carnaval and Ropa Vieja
Desserts: Flan de Huevo and Arroz con Leche

E
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Victor's Café is one of favorite restaurants! I would continue going back over and over again!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The restroom was broken and not usable. The air was also not working in the section we were seated.

At the end of the night, the waiter said we stole his pen and didn’t took one of the receipts. Which were all signed but stuck together because of the heat.

Will not be going back.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great vibe, great food. Highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

No air conditioning on a 100 degree day and the men’s bathroom was out of order. However, the food was excellent.

I
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Five stars for excellent food, decor, and service/hospitality. I only docked a few because it was the middle of the heat wave and they were struggling to keep the restaurant cool. On any other day this would be a perfect experience.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To say that the food was delicious and service was on point is a understatement. Be sure to make a reservation and be on time - it was Saturday when went. Given the fact it was 110 degrees out and that the air in the back room was not working properly, the staff went above and beyond to address the uncomfortable temperature by putting fans out to make their guests as comfortable as possible. The main course of branzino (was a special$ and pork was cooked perfectly. Food was served nice and hot. You can tell everything is fresh.

D
Philadelphia
157 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

So we saw a Broadway matinee of Cher and Victors is so conveniently located next door that we decided to wait out the hoards of folks leaving Penn Station at 5:00 and stay for dinner. Smart move, because our reservation at 4:45 was perfect timing and by 5:30 the restaurant was packed.
Nice AC inside was welcome as the temps rose to 100 degrees outside.
Service was good and, although I wasn’t wowed by the meal, it was very good. I had the chicken served with sweet potatoes and my husband had a beef dish. The watermelon appetizer was refreshing but I think cucumbers instead of tomatoes would have been a better choice as an ingredient, taste texture and color wise.
We would definitely eat here again, as we have been here for lunch a few times and enjoyed it.

f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a hidden gem around Time Square. I have been in NYC for many years but didn’t know the place until very recently. Everything is decent. Enough space to sit, nice decoration, band. Noise level is comfortable and makes it easy to catch up with friends. The food is delicate with a reasonable price. Highly recommended!

P
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We were very disappointed by this restaurant as we had booked it for our last meal on our trip to New York.
Firstly our table was out on a limb from the main restaurant area, then we struggled to get our drinks refreshed then to cap it all when we asked where the rest rooms were we were told they were out of action and we would have to leave the restaurant and go next door and use there ones!!!
We felt this was the last straw so paid for our food and left

KK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant absolutely has the BEST Cuban food in NYC. The food was so delicious, drinks were strong, and the live music was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Was quiet then got very crowded and loud. Food was delicious, prices kind of out of range of what we got.

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