Authentic Cuban Cuisine!

Craving Cuban Food? Sometimes you just do, and when that happens, you must have authentic Cuban food that’s a great price and unbelievable quality. Where? Victor’s Café!

IMG_4115This hot spot is over 50 years old in NYC and is absolutely going to be here another 50 or longer. The ambiance is warm and inviting with beautiful ceiling fans, murals, and white linen tables. This restaurant has the fine dining look but with a casual atmosphere… it is simple yet stunning!

The cocktail list is fun and inventive. I recommend one of the Mojito’s to start with the Plantains. These thinly sliced bananas come warm and crispy and are the perfect treat to start your meal. Black Beans and Rice must be ordered for the table, as they are absolutely delicious. The appetizer selection is creative and mouthwatering. You will want to try the Ceviche de Pargo, which goes beautifully with a glass of Rosé. The Aguacate Relleno, a large avocado stuffed with bacon, tomato, and cheese is one of those dishes that will have you saying, “where have you been all my life”! If you want something similar to a quesadilla but made from soft Yucca, then go for the Rollitos de Yucca y Camarones as they are filled with shrimp and cheese and are delicious. Now if you like to share and want to try a bunch of items, then I highly recommend the 1492 Aperitivo Cubano.

Certainly don’t fill up on apps however, because you will want to save room for some entrée’s and dessert! As for the entrees, one of their cocktails or glasses of wine would be perfect to pair. The Ropa Vieja is a house specialty and a recipe that hasn’t changed since the place opened. This dish is pulled skirt steak with unbelievable seasonings. The Strawberry Daiquiri went well with this dish and added a touch of sweetness to the slow braised meat. The Lechón Asado, a roasted suckling pig was also a highlight to the menu and went beautifully with the rosé. If you a slab of meat, go for the Churrasco con Chimichurri and a nice Malbec! This steak is cooked perfectly, seasoned well, and delectably delicious. For you seafood lovers, a must order would be Camarones Enchilados, which are pink shrimp in a creole sauce and over white sweet potatoes. When I first read white sweet potatoes on the menu I was like, “say what”? I have heard of them but never tried them… I am now so thankful I did.

As for desserts go, try and save some room because you will want to try one of these three… or all three (I recommend all of them). The Flan de Huevo, Arroz con Leche, Guayabitas De Maria, and Guava Cobbler are sweet and satisfying and so worth doggy bagging a few items to dive into these delectable treats!

Is your mouth watering? Mine sure is just reminiscing about all of this! Head over to Victor’s Cuban Café in NYC and enjoy authentic Cuban fare.

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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