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Guantanamera

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$$ - $$$
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Midtown
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939 8th Ave, Between West 55th and West 56th Streets, New York City, NY 10019-4264 (Between 55th and 56th Streets)
+1 212-262-5354
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11:30 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Plantation, Florida
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71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Pleasantly surprised surprise to find an authentic Cuban restaurant in Midtown Manhattan. Food was very good, tasty and large portions. Service was quick and efficient. Our server, Olivia, was a sweetheart, she made sure that our celebration was special. The entrees are served with rice and black beans. Everything else is a la carte! Soft drinks and ice tea get... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Came across this place on a Sunday evening. Wasn't crowded when we arrived but got very crowded fairly quickly. Mojitos are good - menu is a good cuban/latin blend of dishes. The Ropa Viejais cooked very well and served in a plantain bowl. Would have preferred a bit more of the sauce but the flavors were excellent. We also had... More 

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Forest Hills, New York
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163 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looking for a place on a busy weekend in Manhattan, we came across Guantanamera. We were seated quickly. There was live music. The waitstaff was attentive and the food was excellent, from appetizer to dessert.

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Thank Gingerbreadjoe
NYCRestaurant1, Guest Relations Manager at Guantanamera, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience at Guantanamera! We hope you will join us again soon. Best, Guantanamera Management More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First I want to say that our waiter was phenomenal, very personable and friendly. I have a lot of family in Tampa and Miami, FL. So I've had a fair share of Cubanos, this place ranked up there with them. Only downside was the bread was burned ever so slightly to make it a bit bitter and it needed a... More 

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Thank Nick T
NYCRestaurant1, Guest Relations Manager at Guantanamera, responded to this review

Nick, Thank you for taking the time to review us! We really appreciate the feedback you provided us. We want to let you know that the kitchen staff will be reading this! We hope you will join us again for a night of dancing to our live music. Best, Guantanamera Management More 

Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
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296 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Despite going fairly early, this place was pretty crowded. It's certainly lively! Ambiance is typical Caribbean, including live music. Service was very nice. The mojitos are the real thing, best I've ever had! Ceviche was good. The Cuban pork with cumin was tasty, though a little dry. Dessert was the Cuban Torrejas which are much like French toast. The best... More 

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Thank Mavmed
NYCRestaurant1, Guest Relations Manager at Guantanamera, responded to this review

Thank you so much for these kind words! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed dining with us! You are definitely correct in saying there are no shortage of Cuban restaurants, but we want to stand out as the best!! We look forward to your next visit! Best, Guantanamera Management More 

Marlboro, New Jersey
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339 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ate here at 6:00 during xmas week. It's a somewhat small restaurant with a bar in the front and about 20 tables. It is very noisy so try and get the back tables. The food was very good. The empanadas were large and hot and came two to an order. The sea bass over beans came with 3 clams and... More 

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NYCRestaurant1, Public Relations Manager at Guantanamera, responded to this review

Joanne, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Guantanamera! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us. We do get a little loud due to the live music! We hope you will join us again soon for another fun night! Best, Guantanamera Management More 

Oakville, Canada
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70 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice place Clean Great live music Food was delicious There is dome waiting you have to tolerate Enjoy Rum or Tequila Would go again if I'm in NY

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Thank lumamahdi
NYCRestaurant1, Public Relations Manager at Guantanamera, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed. We look forward to your next visit!! Best, Guantanamera Management More 

Princeton, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A favorite. Diverse menu w fish, pork, veggies, chicken dishes; yummy appetizers and great desserts. Also live music after 8.

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NYCRestaurant1, Guest Relations Manager at Guantanamera, responded to this review

Caroline, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We are thrilled to hear you love us and our menu!! We hope you will be joining us again soon! Best, Guantanamera Management More 

Brooklyn, New York
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73 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We made reservations for this restaurant because I love live music..at his restaurant you can have dinner and also see the band play while you eat. That's if you're sitting upstairs. When we got there it was pretty packed and we told them we had a reservation and the manager said there's a wait even if you have reservation which... More 

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NYCRestaurant1, Guest Relations Manager at Guantanamera, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback. We are so sorry to hear about your experience with us! Christmas Eve was very packed but that is no excuse for what you experienced. I really do hope you join us again, I would love for you to experience a 5 star night with us. Best, Guantanamera... More 

Townsville, Australia
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32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After a massive day sightseeing and shopping we wanted to eat close to the hotel as we were all exhausted. Thanks to trip advisor we stumbled by chance across this restaurant. It has an amazing atmosphere with a live band and the staff are ultra efficient. The meals however were outstanding and if we lived here would revisit and would... More 

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NYCRestaurant1, Guest Relations Manager at Guantanamera, responded to this review

We happy you happened upon our lively restaurant and would love to have you join us again during your next visit to NYC! Happy Holidays, Guantanamera Management More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $40
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 939 8th Ave, Between West 55th and West 56th Streets, New York City, NY 10019-4264
    (Between 55th and 56th Streets)
  • Public Transportation: A,C,B,D,1 at 59th St/Columbus Circle, N,R,Q,W at 57th St
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-262-5354

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