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Posted by Anonymous on 09/22/2006
I was there this week had the breaded steak with tostones rice and beans just like mom use to make.I've been to a lot of so-called Cuban places in the city this is the real deal.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/17/2006
The food here is absolutely delicious and reasonable in price. As an avid Cuban food eater, I have been to many Cuban restaurants in the city ranging in all different prices. Cafecito is not only inexpensive but probably the best. The appetizers, entrees and especially the sangria- yum! I have been quite a few times and it never disappoints.
Posted by les on 03/10/2006
After reading all the great reviews, my boyfriend and i went here for dinner on a thursday night. we ordered the assorted appetizer which was ok (everything was fried so ended up tasting the same). i had the masitas de pureco - the pork was so dry and flavorless i had a hard time chewing it! my boyfriend ordered the pollo empanziado which was basically a huge, flattened chicken finger. needless to say, the chicken was pretty bland. i doubt neither of us will ever go back.
Posted by MsNaftaG on 03/01/2006
The food is excellent, the service is unremarkable. Born and raised in Miami, I have a discerning palate when it comes to Cuban food. The food was good, not Miami Cuban good, but I was pleased with it. The d?cor and crowd was on the Bohemian side, which veers from the conventional Guayabera wearing crowd at traditional Cuban restaurants, but may be a result of the trendy East Village neighborhood. The place itself is tiny; you are crammed into a table so small that your meal hardly fits on it and you have to maneuver a way to cut the meat without elbowing the person next to you. If you are unlucky enough to get the seat in the walkway, be assured that your meal and conversation will be interrupted every two minutes by people bumping into your chair. You will have to wait thirty minutes before the server acknowledges you and another forty-five minutes before you get your meal. The bill won?t come unless you specifically ask for it. Cafecito is the kind of place where you need to be on the server's back just to ensure you have mediocre service, but the food is tasty enough that it may be worth it for some.
Posted by Fuego on 02/19/2006
Being a Latina; I know whats hot and whats not, and a native to the Lower East Side, this cafe definitely has got the latin beat, La Cubanita has got all the right moves and for dessert don't forget to try a Tres Leche or a flan. The flavors will be like latin drums beating on your tongue. It's definitely a cozy spot.
Posted by Lower East Side Native on 01/30/2006
The food here is delicious! I recommend the cuban sandwich, it is by far the best I have ever had. The atmophere is great, small and quaint with great background latin music. The mojitos were disappointing, I recommend the Cuban Punch, which is very tasty. The wait staff was great, very attentive and you cannot beat the price. I will definitely be returning to satisfy my tastebuds.
Posted by synthetic_tom on 12/21/2005
Every time I come here, I'm amazed by the good food, and by the cheapness. My girlfriend (she's Cuban) says it's the most authentic Cuban cuisine she's found outside of Miami. I recommend the Vaca Frita, or the Fritas (slider-style chorizo-beef burgers with yuca fries.) The mojitos are tasty and strong. The only aspect that doesn't amaze me is the dessert, but you'll be so stuffed by that time you won't want it anyway. Just go. Eat it. Love it.