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Posted by Ronnie on 03/24/2005
I am amazed that after 40 years Victor's Cafe remains the Cuban restaurant par excellence in NYC. It's elegant yet casual bistro atmosphere takes you to a Havana that no longer exists. While my wife had the traditional Cuban daiquiri I preferred a Mojito, as theirs has no match. What a delight to enjoy a succulent "Ropa Vieja", second to none and so artistically presented. My wife had "Camarones enchilados" as main entree. Super! Indeed we could have ordered more food but the large portions would not allow us much room left. But we had to have their quintessential black beans, Victor's seal. And we could not get up without a Flan for dessert, either classical, guava or coconut. Kudos!
Posted by Loved it! on 03/18/2005
My sisters were in town visiting me and while they were at the airport they met a nice lady that was an NYC local and she told them about Victor's! I was skeptical because I know how restaurants in the Time Square area can be, but it was great! I would go back. Get the Steak and Onions!
Posted by TopfUziel on 03/13/2005
I ate here 9 months ago and was very pleased. Last night was a as good. We had a 6 pm reservation for 6 people, prior to going to the theater. We arrived promptly at 6 and were told it would be a few more minutes. Approximately every 5 minutes we checked back in and were alternately told, either it would be about 5 minutes more or the table's almost ready. At 6:30 they finally admitted that the people sitting at our table had been there since 4 pm and had paid their bill quite some time ago. There was no sign of them leaving. The woman who said she was the manager said we still had plenty of time, not to worry, and that this problem wasn't her fault! At 6:40, as we put our coats on to leave and find another restaurant, the people at "our" table finally left. The wait staff told us we still had plenty of time and then proceeded to practically throw our food at us. The food was not very good, including the desserts. This is definitely off my list!
Posted by Disappointed on 02/27/2005
The place is nice, and the music good, but the staff is not very kind. It is way to pricey, considering that with your meat you simply get a scoop of boiled yucca and some rice and refried beans. My boyfriend and I only had one drink and an entree each and paid 100 $. It is not worth it.
Posted by Nel on 02/12/2005
My gf and I hadn't been to this restaurant for almost 9 months. We always regarded it as the only and best gourmet Cuban restaurant in NY. Last night 5 of us (all Cuban) went there for a Valentines dinner. I must say, one of the biggest disappointments I've had in a while. The quality AND quantity of the food went from a 5 to a 1. The presentation, which was one of the things I used to love at this place declined from 5 to 0. They didn't even try. It used to be presented in an artistic style with sculptural forms etc. It used to be large artistic plates. Now they are using cafeteria-style cheap beige plates. Two of us ordered the Bistec Empanizado. The steaks are smaller, and whomever cooked them, didn't know who to make Cuban-style breaded stake! I order the Oxtail and struggled for an hour to try to dislodge the meat from the bones. My other friend ordered the Churrasco (skirt steak) and I've had baby churrasco's bigger than this one which was meant to be normal size. Again, no presentation either there. The side dish of Moros rice wasn't loose enough and the portion size was for a midget. (Overall, spent about $260 and could've gotten a more authentic, delicious meal at some "not-so-fancy" Cuban restaurant. Glad it was a last for ALL of us.
Posted by Bryan on 02/08/2005
The absolute best meal I've had in Manhattan!
Posted by Karl Monteiro on 02/07/2005
This is a must restaurant for any NYC food lover. Everything is great! It`s a boxing fans delight with artifacts of Roberto Duran everywhere in the restaurant.