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Guantanamera

939 8th Ave, New York City, NY 10019 (Manhattan)
212 262-5354
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Ranked #455 of 11,618 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Cuban
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: Between 55th and 56th Streets
Transit: A,C,B,D,1 at 59th St/Columbus Circle, N,R,Q,W at 57th St
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English first
Columbia Falls, Montana, United States
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
448 helpful votes 448 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We met cousins here for lunch. At lunchtime, the restaurant was quiet for our visit and all the dishes were very tasty. Will go again if we are ever in NYC.

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New York City, New York
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162 reviews 162 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Excellent Cuban food especially big steak with garlic and onions. Also the maduros rice and beans and seafood is excellent. A lot of items on the menu but the wait was fine while supping monitors natural. They have numerous beers available. The big draw was for soccer fans with a 180 inch screen and numerous other tv,s around. Heavy hearts... More

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Dallas, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This is the best and most authentic Cuban restaurant in New York City that I have found. I am originally from Miami—a city with a large Cuban population. So, I have very high standards when it comes to finding good Cuban food. The food at Guantanamera is both authentic, excellently prepared and is reasonably priced particularly for New York City... More

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Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

On a recent visit to NYC, my husband and I had a chance to dine with some family members, and after asking for Cuban food, they selected this place. We had reservations for 7PM on a Friday night, but we arrived early and were promptly seated (although there was a nice-sized bar that would have been fine to wait). I... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I was generally unimpressed by the food and the service. The food rations are small and not properly seasoned, and the service is slow an unattentive. The drinks are good, but that is all this place really has going for it and the reason the bar is always full. It tends to be busy, but most of the clientele seems... More

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Akron, Ohio
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

My girl and I spent some time in NYC, and a friend had been telling me about this quaint spot that has great Cuban food, great live music and an awesome atmosphere to match.....He was very right!! I started with a mojito while my girl delighted herself with a red sangria, they both where flavorful and delicious. We then moved... More

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wynnewood
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33 reviews 33 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Start with the mango mojito (they make the best mojitos in Manhattan), sit back, enjoy the food and the fun. Food is Cuban, right down to the bowl of black beans they bring to the table. I spoon them onto the rice that comes with the chicken al jibe, a flattened breast of chicken with some salad featuring avocado sharing... More

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Came here with parents visiting from out of town. Food was great, drinks were good. Live music was fun. Staff was attentive and friendly and was dancing through service. It was a great meal that I would highly recommend

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Our surprise-find during our last trip to Manhattan. Authentic Cuban food in a quaint and lively setting. The live music was another plus. Very reasonably-priced menu for Manhattan. And excellent mojitos. We'll be back!

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Concord, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The food was delicious, especially the ropa vieja. The fried fish and veal shank were wonderful. Even better was the Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 that warmed us before going outside again. The host, Mario, was warm and welcoming. Will come back when in NYC again.

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