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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.

Victor's Café Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (124)
Good for a Date (123)
Authentic (115)
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Special Occasion (105)
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Creative Cuisine (77)
Live Music (64)
Romantic (61)
Fit for Foodies (59)
Good for Groups (57)
Neighborhood Gem (53)
Casual (48)
Handcrafted Cocktails (47)
Cozy (44)
Worth the Drive (38)
Bar Seating (37)
Comfort Food (37)
Business Meals (35)
Vibrant Bar Scene (34)
Hot Spot (32)
Tapas (32)
Great for Lunch (30)
Sunday Lunch (23)
Happy Hour (22)
Late-night Find (20)
Great for Brunch (19)
Tasting Menu (19)
Spicy (18)
People Watching (16)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Seasonal (10)
Local Ingredients (8)
Kid-friendly (6)
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Afternoon Coffee (3)
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vip
 (München)·Dined 2 days ago

All of the dishes- 1492 apertivo (appetizer combo) tasty. Lechon was like butter. Everything just delicious. Best dessert- guyabitas de Maria- a guava crumble. Service excellent.
We will be back.

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·Dined 3 days ago

We ordered a pitcher of red sangria which was plenty for two and the sample appetizer platter ( definitely a good choice ).For the main entree my husband had shredded steak and I had a slow roasted pig. Both excellent, but the slow roasted pig is definitely more interesting dish compare to the steak entree which is more like an pot roast with white rice. Our waiter was extreamly nice. Overall we had a very pleasant experience.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was great! The noise level was a bit high if you wanted to carry on a conversation but it had a vibrant and energetic atmosphere!

Tags: Spicy, Fun, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music
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·Dined 3 days ago

Anniversary

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food & atmosphere in walking distance to our show-Book of Mormon

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 (Miami)·Dined 4 days ago

Everything was amazing!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Victor’s is our “must place” to have dinner when we come to NYC. The food is excellent and Mojitos are fantastic!! For those staying in the Times Square area, it is a nice leisurely walk. Just right for building on your hunger on the walk to it and then afterwards to help settle the food before returning to your room.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined 5 days ago

Outstanding in every level - great food, attentive and efficient service. Hope to return soon.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

I took my nephew there for his 22nd birthday. The food and service was excellent. My only disappointment was that they seated us in the bar area,I guess because it wasn’t a busy time of day, she told us that the dining room was closed and that we would be seated I’m cigar room. Other than that everything was great. She was right when she said that we would get the same service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and great service!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Overall fantastic, except for the fact that upon arrival, the hostess couldn’t seat us not provide an indication of how long we would have to wait.

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Overall this was a wonderful dining experience. Food was incredible and very authentic cuisine.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was exceptional. I had the Ropa Vieja and it was delicious. The coconut mojito is really good too.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Food was excellent as usual, but having just one waiter during lunch hour was a bit disappointing. Just to take our order took awhile, and getting our food took awhile. This was a lunch that my boss was taking me out for, and it kind of marred the experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

I have been coming here for years and its a great restaurant!

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great atmosphere! Great food! Great drinks! Live entertainment was nice!

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The seating was unfavorable, the food was average and the price for average food was too high. I much enjoyed their first restaurant in Miami, where everything was upscale. They need to review that very good history and try to repeat it in NYC.

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

Love love love this place hands-down you must be here to enjoy the activities of the bar and the restaurant

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

Nice experience for my grandchildren, 4 and 6, in from England for a visit to see Grandma and go to the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Came to Victor's Cafe after a play the food was good and the ambience was great. Definitely recommend making a reservation if going on a Saturday evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very disappointed. This place used to be a great food restaurant but now it appears they are surviving off of past reputation. Too bad!

Tags: Live Music
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great place! A must if you are in the area. The food was great and the service was awesome. The live 3 pc bad was really cool.

Tags: Tapas, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food, excellent service, warm ambiance.
Highly recommend Victor's Café for any occasion or just a good eat!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was good. I had the lechon with yuca and it was delicious. Ambience was great too.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Came here for a pre-theater dinner. Food and drinks were excellent. Dinner was not open until 5 so we sat in the bar lounge area and had drinks before we were seated. The mojitos are delicious and strong! I ordered the ceviche as an appetizer and ropa vieja as my main course and it was excellent. Definitely will be coming back.

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vip
 (Western NC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Victor's was exactly what we had hoped for - authentic food, great vibe. One thing to note... diners should check in advance to confirm if live music will be offered.

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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Love this place. Great food - fun atmosphere.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Maitre d’ was very accommodating. He held our pre-theater reservation for over 40 mins while we waited for the last of our party to arrive (cross town holiday traffic was the culprit—Next time will take public transit!!)
Waiter was attentive, food was tasty. Some entrees were small portioned, but that left room for dessert!! Flan excellent, and would have loved it even more if top was caramelized. Would go again for pre-theater gathering.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

First time to eat at victors, and will sure go back!

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Everything was excellent except when we arrived they wanted to sit us at the bar lounge area it was small and not what I wanted . Based on the pictures I was looking to experience the actual dining area which apparently they close from 3-5 pm it would be helpful to say that when you reserve. After speaking to the hostess she sat us in the middle area which was ok . The waiters were on point and very frendly . The sangria was on point . The vegetables paella was excellent ,

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Victor's is a lovely spot I can always count on when in the city! The food is delicious, the environment is vibrant, the service is excellent, and it's conveniently located in the heart of midtown without being in the hustle-bustle. From the way you're greeted upon arrival to the way food is presented and the entire experience in between, Victor's is wonderful.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We arrived about one hour before our reservation. The place was packed, but still they managed to sit us, which was greatly appreciated.
There. was live cuban music, the volume was perfect, not too loud that you couldn’t chat confortably. We liked the band a lot.
The food was very good, if you like cuban, which we do.
We were served by Felipe, professional, efficient and friendly.
A very nice dinner, and we will surely go back the next time that we are in NYC.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great food. First time for Cuban cuisine. Waiters were very obliging. What can I say—-the music was absolutely wonderful!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Spicy, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Don’t waste your time and money. The service was lack luster, the waiter, Filpe had no personality and was inattentive, so much so that after appetizers we left. #FAIL Victor’s.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent service and delicious food. What a great find!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, People Watching, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Outstanding Christmas dining spot !!! Always looking forward to return and try the variety of entrees and desserts, not to mention the out of this world tasting Sangria!The service and attention to the costumers
Is excellent! I highly recommend
It if you want a great dinner within a great atmosphere and enjoy your dinning experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 25, 2017

A great Christmas dinner! We had frequented Victor’s in my west side neighborhood when we were dating over 35 years ago. We’ve long since moved and so has the restaurant which is now in the theatre district. Visiting NYC from 350 miles away for the holiday, we took a chance on an old favorite—and it was even better than we remembered! The room is lovely, the staff amiable, the mojitos excellent, the great selection of Latin background music at just the right volume. The 1492 appetizer brought a sampler of each of the appetizer selections and was delicious. Hard to choose which was the best, but the shrimp quesadillas may have taken the prize. Our main dish was Ropa Vieja, a house specialty. It is shredded beef and was wonderfully flavorful and tender. The black beans and rice were a perfect accompaniment and the side order of fried plantains were the best ever. Flan was a great way to finish. Our waiter, Joel, was outstanding, friendly and helpful without being obtrusive. The entire experience was first rate.

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The food was terrible. The shredded beef was oily and came out burnt. The pork with yucca and moro was served to me with white rice not the Moro and I was not even notified. They gave me what they wanted to give me. The portions were really tiny and way over priced. The service was horrible. Our waiter was dry, never checked on us and not helpful when asked questions. Not worth going at all.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our party made reservations for Christmas Eve 2017. Upon arriving, we were greeted warmly and seated promptly. An attended cloak-room is available for customer use. Our table was located in the back of the seating area, just off to the right, in a separated smaller room. While the room's ceiling, consisting of skylights, is beautifully decorated with hanging lights, vines, and hanging plants, décor in this room is of somewhat lesser quality than the wonderful Cuban inspired ambiance decorating the remainder of the restaurant. In fairness, our party made reservations only two (02) days prior (during a holiday weekend). Perhaps, had we booked earlier, we would have received more favorable seating. Wait-staff service at Victor's Café is outstanding/professional; guests are served with genuineness, no hints of artifice; food and drink orders are promptly taken and delivered accurately; plates and utensils are cleared immediately, and drinks refilled efficiently (such action achieved despite restaurant being at/near capacity). For our table, we ordered fried plantains (served with richly flavored salsa) along with the "1492 Apertivo Cubano" which was delicious, the stuffed plantains being my personal favorite amongst the assortment. For entrees: my wife ordered "Pollo Manigua" (chicken); my cousin ordered "Filete de Pargo a la Parilla" (red snapper); and my daughter and I each ordered "Churrasco con Chimichurri" (steak)--all outstanding (my daughter stating, and I agree, the steak was well-seasoned, tasting as rich-browned butter). Also ordered were: yuca, white rice, and black beans (all delicious). For dessert, I ordered the chocolate "bomba" (excellent), while the remainder of our table shared churros. With these last lie our only complaints about otherwise outstanding meals, my wife and daughter stating the fry-oil was in slight need of refreshing. Restrooms are clean and well maintained. Overall, very good experience. Recommended.

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Quick Bite, Cozy, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic
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