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About Victor's Café

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.

236 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Cuban, Latin / Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Sunday ~ 11:45am - 11:00pm
Monday ~ 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Tuesday ~ 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday ~ 11:45am - 11:00pm
Thursday ~ 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday ~ 12:00pm - 12:00am
Saturday ~ 12:00pm - 12:00am

Sunday ~ Thursday: Cuba Lounge open until 12:00am
Friday ~ Saturday: Cuba Lounge open until 1:00am

Cross Street:
Between Broadway & 8th Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 586-7714

Website:
http://www.victorscafe.com/

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

Catering:
Please e-mail monica@victorscafe.com or carla@victorscafe.com to get information.

Parking Details:
There is a parking lot across the street from the restaurant, Central Parking, located at 888 8th Ave New York, NY 10019. Victor's Cafe validates for 20% off parking.

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

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.

Private Party Contact:
Monica Zaldivar: (888) 772-4230

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please e-mail monica@victorscafe.com or carla@victorscafe.com to get information.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Celebrate the holiday season in style at Victor’s Café! Enjoy an ambiance filled with live Cuban music and vibrant decor. Victor's Cafe will be offering an all day dinner menu and holiday chef specials.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Celebrate the holiday season in style at Victor’s Café! Enjoy an ambiance filled with live Cuban music and vibrant decor. Victor's Cafe will be offering an all day Dinner Menu and holiday chef specials.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Celebrate at Victor’s Cafe! The ambiance will be festive, with live music, a champagne toast at midnight, balloons, party favors, and more. Reservations for the late gala seating will be open from 9pm-9:30pm -- serving a Cuban Tasting Menu for $145. Cancellation after 12/29 subject to $50pp Charge.

Victor's Café Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (122)
Good for a Date (112)
Authentic (99)
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Special Occasion (91)
Fun (76)
Good for Birthdays (76)
Good for Anniversaries (67)
Creative Cuisine (66)
Romantic (55)
Live Music (53)
Fit for Foodies (48)
Neighborhood Gem (42)
Handcrafted Cocktails (41)
Good for Groups (40)
Casual (40)
Bar Seating (37)
Cozy (36)
Business Meals (32)
Comfort Food (32)
Vibrant Bar Scene (30)
Great for Lunch (28)
Worth the Drive (28)
Hot Spot (26)
Tapas (24)
Great for Brunch (22)
Happy Hour (19)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Tasting Menu (15)
Late-night Find (14)
People Watching (14)
Spicy (13)
Local Ingredients (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Seasonal (6)
Healthy (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

All around great time and great food.

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 (Nashville)·Dined 3 days ago

In NYC for the weekend. This was place was recommended to us. We went for brunch. Food was excellent and service warm and friendly. We’ll be back.

Tags: Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot
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·Dined 4 days ago

The service was amazing, the food even better. Highly recommended and we will return soon!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Delicious food. Excellent service. I really enjoyed the live music

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great. The staff was so attentive to our needs. He stood near his tables waiting for our questions. very kind to my two teenage sons. Lovely staff. Food was so good and authentic! Thank you for a great holiday dinner with my family. My husband and I ended with a delicious port!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

First visit to Victor’s Café on a snowy afternoon December 9 but warm and cozy in cafe. Food creatively prepared and delicious!!!!!
Waitstaff could not have been friendlier and more helpful! Great service with a smile!!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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·Dined 5 days ago

The bar scene was active and upbeat, as the 3-piece band played familiar Latin tunes and patrons sang along an danced. The hustle outside during Times Square theater district hours added to the excitement of being right in the middle of things. Service was excellent and we didn't feel rushed at all. Great experience and good authentic food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Spicy, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Tapas, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Fun
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 (London)·Dined 5 days ago

Overall a good experience. The food was tasty and our waiter was friendly, although it took a long time for him to come back to take our food order. It's very busy and loud on the weekend. So if you want a quieter, more intimate feel, go during the week when you can actually hear what people are saying without yelling.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Victor's was a scene! I don't mean that in a very good way. Located just steps from the heart of Times Square, this established place should not accept so many Opentable reservations on a Fri night, as we had to wait 25 minutes for our table after I fought my way up to the host stand just to check in. HUGE groups of people filled the tiny lobby area. We couldn't even have the Arroz Con Pollo as it takes 45 minutes to prepare and we were seated so late. The food we did have was good. We both had the one pork dish and we had an order of empanadas. The chicken empanada was only okay and quite bland, although the dough was quite nice. We had time for a quick dessert but i don't even remember what it was. I was toooooo rushed! We made it to our show though but only because it was a block away.

Tags: Hot Spot, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Although dinner was delicious, the restaurant admitted it was very overbooked. We almost did not make it to our Broadway show. Victor’s has been one of my go-to pre-show restaurants for years, but not anymore since it is completely unreliable fro get us seated, served and to our show.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Never disappointed at Victor's!
Service so polite, patient and accommodating.
My friends' get-together was a leisurely 2.5 hr meal in which every morsel and drop from cocktails, to apps, to wine with entrees, finishing by sharing delectable desserts was so very tasty and deliciously appreciated.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Live Music, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent food, excellent service, and fun atmosphere. The sangria is delicious! Servers were very attentive and there was always someone available to assist us. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fun
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·Dined 6 days ago

Food ok, centralized location, good after theater event.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Victors Cafe again disappoints, I was a regular in the 70's, 80's and 90's when I worked in the City. The last time I was there was 4 years ago for my Hubby's 60th Birthday and I was not pleased and wrote a review regarding that visit. I figured I'd give it one more shot on a business dinner, I will only say that I won't be going there anymore, they are not the same place from the 80's and 90's the food isn't all that great anymore and way overpriced and their staff is not welcoming or warm, they act snooty as if they are doing you a favor, I ordered what I've always ordered each and every time I went there Pargo en Camisa de Plátano, a favorite of mine it was over cooked , as it was the last time, worse my business associates were not thrilled either which was too bad since I highly recommended the place. The only thing I enjoyed was Rice and Beans and the Cafe con Leche., For me, this place has lost their luster... Havana Central is much better and their food is delicious I will be going there whenever I'm in town again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

The Hostess was very unorganized. The line was out the door with people waiting to be seated but she kept answering the phone and taking reservations. The waiter was NO help when it came to questions he was just trying to get us up and out. I, Wasn’t happy nor my business colleague who didn’t finished her food due to no taste just a bad experience not sure if I will be back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The food is simply fantastic. Our server Armando was so attentive. The bar/lounge scene was active and fun with live music.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The hostess was a bit disorganized. She began seating patrons that came after we did and only sat us after we reminded her that we were waiting for our table. We were celebrating our anniversary and it dampen our experience. She sat us all the way to the back of the restaurant were a cool breeze made me feel as if I was outside in the cold. Fortunately, our server was impeccable. He was attentive and knowledgeable of the menu. I would not return to celebrate any special occasion but would return for casual dining.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was good but portions are too small for the price, I had a dish called ponle ropa a la vaca a meat combination of ropa vieja and vaca frita with black beans and white rice

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 7 days ago

All the review parameters were "Outstanding", but there should have been an "Exceptionally Outstanding" for the Value option. 5-star service and quisine for a 3-star price. The live Cuban band (during weeknight) was the icing :)

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Visited Victors several times and it does not disappoint. Great authentic food and attentive professional service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Amazing meal and service. We were there for lunch on our last day in the city. I regret not booking this restaurant earlier in our trip as I would have loved to dined at Victors more than once. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Overpriced, pushy server, food was cold & portions were small for the price. We were a group of seven and very familiar with cuban cusine, not a great representation.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Utterly charming restaurant with outstanding service. My only complaint: the tables are incredibly close together, and it's quite a squeeze to get in-and-out.
Additional plus: you can admire the amazing steak window of Gallaghers Steakhouse a few doors down!

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 (Portland)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We dined st Victor's before a show. The service was great, food delicious and location ideal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was very good. Lots of choices. Service was solid

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food here is phenomenal! Our group had family from Miami and Cuba. We can say it is authentic and delicious! The service is outstanding as well! Highly recommended! Despite all the great options in NYC we always come to Victor’s when we are in town.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (London)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I have been here before and enjoyed. But today’s experience was very disappointing. The service was very slow. 2 hours for appetizer, main course and dessert. We were celebrating an anniversary and they did not look at the open table comments. They tried to make up by holding our credit cards to close out the bill for 20 minutes to give us a toast.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our 4th time here we brought friends and everyone had a great time. Food was wonderful

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 2, 2017

I have been to Victor's Café at least 5 times now and I will go back again. The food, service, and atmosphere are outstanding. Everyone we bring loves also.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent as always. I’ve eaten here about 10 times and I’ve never been disappointed. The arroz con pollo was outstanding, and always the best mojitos in town!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great place to go if you looking for good food in the heart of Midtown

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Eaten here before but this time was the best ever for food and service. My drink was great too. Took my sister who was in town for business and she loved it too. She even went back the next day.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent food and drinks as usual. The ropes is delicious.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

The plantain crusted red snapper is amazing! Loved everything. Drinks are delicious also. Great experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Tapas, Bar Seating, Live Music, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Celebrating our 26th Anniversary.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

This is my 3rd time going to Victors, each and every time everything is AMAZING! Food is GREAT! Service SUPERB! Overall great place to go - Highly Recommended

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

The service was impeccable. The ambiance was good with live music. The food was ordinary. The most common Cuban dish is Arroz con Pollo but there is a 45 minute wait to order this dish? I was very disappointed. The alternative we chose was Ropa Vieja. For the price, the meal was extremely small. I am not a quantity person and prefer quality. I make a better dish than what was served. When we were rushing to go to our play, the server was upset with us that we didn't order dessert. Very arrogant. Thought he knew everything and was not interested in our table since we didn't order wine or dessert. Not sure if I would go back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Live Music
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Wonderful experience! Live music, delicious food, attentive & accommodating service. Reviewer is of Cuban heritage & enjoyed the authentic food. The visit brought back many happy memories.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great Business lunch spot. Food is consistently excellent. Service is old-school very professional waiters, polite and pleasant. The fixed price lunch is a good deal. Cerviche, Ropa, Flan all top notch. Had Tostones appetizer which was OK but not outstanding. Red Sangria also very nice, not too sweet and potent. I will come back again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent service, food, ambiance and friendly helpful staff

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