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Posted by erika18 on 07/12/2008
I went to this place with my friends and I had a great time. The food was excellent for me. The decoration was adorable the service was great the staff seemed that they loved their job. The staff was also dancing around the tables they also had great live music. Their mojitos were great. Even the bartender came to ask us how we were doing. I had fun that night and I recommend this place and we are coming back to celebrate my friend's birthday
Posted by Ana on 07/04/2008
Many restaurants in New York are very mediocre when it comes to Cuban food. However, Amor Cubano surpassed my expectations. I KNOW how Cuban food is supposed taste like and believe me, the food was magnificent. From the friendly staff to the excellent quality of the food, this was by far the best Cuban restaurant I’ve been in New York. I have to agree with some of the other reviews. The wait for the food was a rather a bit long- that is because they ARE COOKING !! It takes a while. If you wanted fast service, then go to a fast joint. Also, the prices are a bit high, given that it is in Harlem. But if you are looking to enjoy a nice quality Cuban meal, then it‘s work every penny. I actually like to go on weekends. They have a brunch special with unlimited Sangria or Mimosas for about $20.00.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/29/2008
I've live a few blocks from this restaurant for awhile, but didn't hear about it until I saw a feature on one of those cab TV screens. I'm SO glad I tried it! The food was amazing! I had the salmon dish and ordered a side of sweet plantain and it all literally melted in my mouth. My friends got a shrimp and a chicken dish and I can't remember the exact names but they were equally amazing (we kept taking bites of each others dishes because it was all so good!). Some reviewers have had problems with the portions but I thought it was right on especially with bean and rice extras. Just don't expect to take home left overs. Also I agree that its a little pricey (entrees are $15+) especially in comparison to other places in the area but if it was further downtown it would definitely have the same pricing and I doubt there's be complaints PLUS the food quality is definitely worth it (its a restaurant! Not a carryout or cheap eat on the run type place)! Had the mango mojito which was good though a little sweet thanks in part to a slice of raw sugar cane (though that was a nice touch). The entire staff was extremely friendly and welcoming and our waitress was very attentive although I should add we went on a Sunday afternoon so it wasn't crowded. The band was setting up to as we were leaving so we didn't get a chance to hear them play. I can't wait to go back for that! All in all, good restaurants in Harlem are not easy to come by but this is one gem I will definitely be going back too especially when I want to hang around home and eat well. Would make a great date spot or place to meet up with friends. Its dangerous that they deliver because I'll be tempted to order every time its time to reach in my menu drawer!
Posted by Emme on 06/12/2008
As a picky eater, I have to say I loved this place. The decor is adorable and I can't get enough of their Ropa Vieja, I could eat it every day. the yucca frita with cilantro sauce is also delicious. It's a little pricey, but I just go during lunch time when I want to save a little cash. Overall, I recommend Amor Cubano
Posted by Anonymous on 06/11/2008
The wait was not long, but the waitresses were not friendly. They gave warm welcomes and very attentive to "friends". We waited for the bread forever, the order was wrong with no apologies. It seemed as though you have to know someone in order to get service. The waitress almost sat on my brothers lap passing by more than one.The tables were very very tiny. In the middle of East Harlem, spanish food is difficult especially when the food is so, so and very expensive. Portions quite small, maduros under cooked, UGH. Not CUBAN at all, very sloppy
Posted by Javier on 06/07/2008
This place is really cute. The menu is well designed with carefully selected pictures of Cuba. The bar has a pretty palm fringe and everything is attractive. The food tastes good and the mojitos are great - very tasty - although they're a little small. The main problem is that, for the location, the prices are high. Side dishes and apps are $5-$8 and entrees range from $16 to $21. My friend had a cuban sandwich that was so so and the my paella was a little tough. We agreed "this rice tastes really good", but I don't eat Paella for the rice. The thing that really killed this place for me was the service. The waitresses were competent, but completely unfriendly, with sour looks on their faces. Anything from walking across the restaurant to taking a customer's order seemed like the most tedious task. No welcome, no smiles, no conversation - they were completely uninterested in everything.
Posted by Tito on 06/04/2008
A great place to visit and unwind. The atmosphere and music is great. I grew up and moved back to the area but often eat outside El Barrio (All Manhattan, Bronx, Orange/Rockland/Yonkers, Atlantic City & Puerto Rico mostly) but the neighborhood is fast becoming a place to stay and eat. It's larger than many other quality places in EB but still a small place for its popularity. The wait on days when there is live music can be long but that is the reason it gets crowded - people like the festive environment. Could be better organized but there are many catch-22 scenarios. Crowded=popular place=many go and come back, great music=people dine longer=longer wait to be seated, great drinks (mojito,sangria)=crowded bar, more seating=back room which is nice=separated from band area. The food is very good and you get about the right value. The people are very friendly and there is a diverse crowd of dinners that is becoming reflective of El Barrio. If you live in the area Amor Cubano is a must at least to form your own opinion. I've recommended the place to friends and family and most are repeat visitors to the place.