If you visit Guantanamera in the daytime, you’ll think it’s just a Cuban restaurant with tiki ceiling fans and an empty stage set-up. That’s because, like owls and animated cowboy dolls, this kitschy 9th Avenue spot comes alive at night. The live band, crowded bar, and kind man selling hand-rolled cigars are the real reasons why you should come here. So the next time you want to hear some live music while simultaneously eating a cubano and learning how to mambo, try this place.
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Clyde Frazier's Wine and Dine
In truth, without a basketball court and Walt Clyde Frazier's involvement, we wouldn’t be talking about the Wine and Dine. The space is massive, the layout is clunky, but the food is pretty good. If you're a hoops fan, it's a must visit.
Ardesia is first and foremost a wine bar, and a good one at that. The food is decent, but it’s secondary to what they do best, which is selecting excellent “mineral-driven” wines from all over the world.
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Boozy brunch has ruined Café Cortadito in the East Village, which was previously one of our favorite Cuban restaurants in NYC.
My Cuban Spot
My Cuban Spot is a takeout window in Gowanus that serves really good rice bowls and some of the best sandwiches in Brooklyn.
Pilar Cuban Eatery
Pilar Cuban Eatery is a casual sit-down place in Bed-Stuy where you can get some solid Cuban food.
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Reasons to visit Coppelia? It's cheap, it's open 24 hours, and for a diner, it's pretty good. Good enough.
Café Habana is and always will be one of the coolest (and best) places to eat Cuban food in New York City.
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