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Posted by Cubana on 05/29/2006
I have been going to this restaurant for 10 years and I am satisfied every time. I am Cuban and eat Cuban food all the time, and it is the closest thing to home cooking. If you are hesitant about this restaurant please give it a shot because there is nothing to worry about. The "ropa vieja" is an awesome meal I suggest.
Posted by Jorge on 03/19/2006
I love this restaurant. My wife and I went there for dinner and we enjoyed every single minute. We were seated right away. The food and the service both get an A+. The music was great, and the lights were dim. Everything was perfect. The only thing they need is a dance floor.
Posted by Jack on 03/19/2006
We had 6pm reservations on a Saturday. We were finally seated at 7. When we checked repeatedly, at one point, we were told that we were the next 2 top to be seated. Front desk staff was friendly but clearly not effective. In my restaurant days, we would have offered a drink on the house at the least. The wait staff was great, asking if we had theater tickets, and being friendly and extremely efficient. We enjoyed the food but not the jog to 55th and 7th.
Posted by Jessica on 02/07/2006
I love this restaurant! I have been many times as a child and now take visiting friends. The ambiance and the friendly staff make for a wonderful experience. Only on one or two occassions has the food not been up to my standards, as I regularly cook these traditional dishes at home. The food reflects the cook, which is why the food differs each time I go. That said, I have never not enjoyed myself at Victor's!
Posted by Lyolka on 01/27/2006
I would agree with one of the previous reviews that the food is just mediocre. I had the potato puffs as an appetizer, which were good but the Ropa Vieja (skirt steak) was salty, not tender enough and not juicy enough. I have never had Cuban before but from what I know of Latin cuisine, this was below par. I also don't think the puree it came with complemented the steak well. My friend's beef dish was also salty and overall tasted a lot like mine--same bland mix of spices. Don't get me wrong, the dinner wasn't terrible but, all in all, I expected a much richer experience. Even the Egg Custard was off, much like the ones you can buy in any food store.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/24/2006
Perhaps this was an off night, in an off season, but our party's dishes were all bland, pedestrian, and overcooked and had us pining for the stuff we get at home in S.F. The incredibly attentive waitstaff lit up when I requested a slice of lime to perk up the gristly suckling pork, which had been roasted to cardboard dryness. The ham cutlets could be cheese fries, and the chicken corn soup was like store-bought with cornstarch (the avocado is genius, but cried out for cilantro, and for $31 I expect a hint of wine in my sangria). The pouring service is excellent, however, and the staff do their best to enliven the sterile, too-modern, ex-dental-office-esque venue. If you're here on vacation, and not spoiled by real Cuban food at home, Victor's is worth a shot; it's absolutely safe for average meat-and-potatoes tastes.
Posted by blaine a mero on 01/23/2006
I have sent 20 or more people to eat at Victors since I first discovered this gem a few years back. Since I live in Alaska, I don't get a lot of cuban food, so it is always my food stop when I come to NYC every year. This year I am bringing a small group of 4 to eat when we come in May. My taste buds are already warming themselves up. The service is always the best too and don't forget to have a Mojito in the bar before or after the meal; they are awesome. In three words: THE ABSOLUTE BEST.