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939 8th Ave, New York City, NY 10019 (Manhattan)
212 262-5354
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Ranked #452 of 11,650 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Cuban
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Restaurant details
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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163 reviews from our community

86% Recommend
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English first
Bologna, Italy
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I had dinner at Guantanamera, were I had the best mojito of my life. Food is good: I had chicken and a special kind of roasted patatoes. Service is fast and they are very polit ( they like to speak with you, comment togheter the food and you have a warm, latin hospitality). Music is outstanding with very good players.... More

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Toronto, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Having recently been to Cuba, I can say, the food was definitely authentic and very delicious!! We were looking for a restaurant for our final night in NYC and hoped we made the right choice. We did!!!! Nice spacing between the tables, the service was friendly...and the band was incredible! It was perfect for us! Left feeling very upbeat...and it... More

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Seattle, Washington, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Honestly one of the best time we had in New York. My husband and I happen to catch it during the World Cup and even though you could tell that all the staff cared about was the game, it didn't change their services or the amazing quality of their food. I would go back there again in a heart beat.... More

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Bayside, New York
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133 reviews 133 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The croquetas, tamal, ropa vieja and the Mojitos are absolutely authentic. For an evening of real Cuban food and sounds this is the place to go. The staff from the greeters to the waiters all did their job professionally.

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Columbia Falls, Montana, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
500 helpful votes 500 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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303 reviews 303 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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1 review
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
25 helpful votes 25 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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