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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 (128)
Good for a Date (118)
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Special Occasion (105)
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Good for Birthdays (75)
Live Music (62)
Good for Groups (59)
Romantic (58)
Fit for Foodies (57)
Neighborhood Gem (52)
Casual (51)
Handcrafted Cocktails (46)
Cozy (45)
Worth the Drive (38)
Bar Seating (35)
Business Meals (34)
Comfort Food (34)
Hot Spot (34)
Tapas (33)
Vibrant Bar Scene (33)
Great for Lunch (29)
Sunday Lunch (24)
Happy Hour (23)
Great for Brunch (19)
Late-night Find (19)
Spicy (17)
Tasting Menu (17)
People Watching (15)
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Seasonal (12)
Local Ingredients (8)
Kid-friendly (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Healthy (5)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 13 hours ago

Exceeded our expectations

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Service, food and ambiance were excellent! We arrived early for our reservation post-matinee and were seated immediately in the back 'garden' room which was lovely. Our dinner was relaxed and everything we ordered was delicious from the champagne sangria to the chocolate dessert. Hadn't been there in years and wanted something different (Cuban cuisine) while celebrating a special birthday.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food and services was great

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We celebrated my best friend’s birthday on Saturday. Our party had never dined at Victor’s and were blown away by the food, service and ambience. My husband and I frequent Victor’s on a regular basis and were confident our friends would love it as much as we do. Thank you to all for making it a memorable evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

It’s been a few years since I ate at Victor’s. The food is as delicious as I remember. The ceviche was light and refreshing, the Europa vieja was seasoned to perfection, and the tres leches topped off the meal with just the right amount of sweetness. Loved the lively ambiance. Definitely good vibes, especially coming from the band!! Great Caribbean feel. The only thing missing was the sand between my toes.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was good. Got sat right on schedule. Great atmosphere. Loved music.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour
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·Dined 4 days ago

Because I wanted the visit to NYC to explore different things, including food, I chose Voctors. the food was excellent. there was a lot of food served. Probably two people could eat from one order.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

Beautiful restaurant with amazing Cuban tropical vibe. The red snapper seviche is a must have. Great service with friendly servers. Will def be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 5 days ago

One of my favorite spots in NYC... almost always visit when I'm in town

Great food, drinks, service and atmosphere

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful night second time at Victors and it does not disappoint

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

great food and superb attentive service. live music in the bar area would love to come back and enjoy that another time. Dessert and cubano to finish off a delicious meal

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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·Dined 5 days ago

We arrived early and sat at the Cuba Lounge while we waited for dinner service to start. Once at our table service was a little slow even though the dinner rush on a Friday night had not start yet.
Food was excellent , we ordered the 1492 appetizer and stuffed avocado for the four of us it was delicious and enough for all of us.
For the entree we ordered the shrimp creole, Ropa Vieja and the daily special grilled Branzino filet and of course the black beans and white rice all excellent. For desert we had the delicious flan.
Prices are reasonable for the area.
Definitely recommend.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 6 days ago

Wife Birthday! Food was phenomenal!!! Service was awesome

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·Dined 6 days ago

We had a pre-theater dinner at Victor's on a Thursday and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious Cuban food (I had Ropa Vieja). Our reservation was for 5:15, and we were seated just a little bit early. The restaurant quickly filled around us, but table service remained as thorough and quick and cordial as when we were the only ones in the restaurant. They even noted that we were going to theater and worked to keep us on time for curtain. We live in the Philadelphia area and come to New York frequently for Broadway. Victor's will most definitely be on our "A" list for dining whenever we are in town.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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 (Charleston)·Dined 7 days ago

The best food in our 4 day visit to the City, but the service was poor, especially towards the end. Waiter came to our table four times after dessert. Once to see if we were finished (we were), once to bring the check, once to pick up the check, and once to return the receipt. Never cleared the dirty dessert dishes. Seemed as if he was waiting on the bus staff to pick up ("not my job" perhaps?).I finally pushed them to the side myself and placed signed receipt on top. Maybe that will send the necessary message.

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·Dined 7 days ago

I've been a customer for 30 plus years. Sweet plantins did't taste freshly cooked. Cheap on the cheese on the bartolitos. Not as good as I remember. I like the main dining room not the front area.

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·Dined on January 16, 2018

Everything was outstanding!!!!...can’t wait to return to NYC and will make sure Victor’s be apart of my itinerary.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Always delighted to dine at Victor's Cafe such a delightful place and the food is wonderful

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We visited Victor’s Cafe after seeing a broadway show. The food is delicious and the staff is excellent. We went as a family, my husband and I and our two children who are 16 and 21. We all enjoyed it!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (München)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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 on January 14, 2018

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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

Anniversary

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Everything was amazing!

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Our food was fabulous - we had a selection of the tapas and the vegetable paella, all of which were delicious. Unfortunately, the service was pretty seriously lacking. I'm not sure we saw our waiter more than once. We liked the restaurant though and will be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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 on January 11, 2018

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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 on January 11, 2018

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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