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Guantanamera

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$$ - $$$
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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 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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Vancouver, Canada
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196 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

They had a live band playing Cuban classics and they are good. It's hard to have a conversation in the small room with the music. Service was attentive, personable and professional. Everything we ordered was true Cuban and very tasty. The ropa vieja was excellent. It came in a bowl made of fried plantains with a large serving of rice... More 

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NJ
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1,452 reviews
541 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,546 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I returned yet again to this reasonably priced Cuban restaurant where I ordered cazuela (sp?), a fish stew that is absolutely delicious as prepared here. The servers are friendly and attentive. This is really my idea of a "go-to" local neighborhood favorite. We will continue to return here, no doubt about it!

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Thank LWL3333
NYCRestaurant1, Guest Relations Manager at Guantanamera, responded to this review

We are glad you and your wife had such a great dining experience that you decided to join us again! We look forward to serving you both again soon! More 

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we stopped in on a rainy night before theater and were wonderfully surprised. only had delicious mojitos and a sampling of tapas but they were fresh , delicious and generous in portion . atmosphere was friendly , welcoming and service was very attentive and informative. going back one night for the live music

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

Thanks for joining us Robyn. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed dining with us and hope you'll drop by again soon! Cheers, Guantanamera Management More 

Miami Beach, Florida
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and i decided to celebrate our 7 year anniversary at Guantanamera since we live a few blocks from the place but never step foot in the place before. The place was packed but there were still a few available tables so we didn't have to wait at all to be seated. The workers are very attentive and made... More 

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Thank burketpro11
NYCRestaurant1, Guest Relations Manager at Guantanamera, responded to this review

We're so happy that you decided to celebrate your anniversary with us! We're honored to have been apart of your celebration and hope you'll be joining us again soon. Cheers, Guantanamera Management More 

New York City, New York
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On Saturday November 19 four of us went to dinner before going to see a show. We order four different entrées but the one thing that we all had was the rice and black beans. The problem was the rice none of us ate it. It had a funny taste, we didn't inform the waiter, because We just thought each... More 

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Thank jmd2161
NYCRestaurant1, Guest Relations Manager at Guantanamera, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us as well. We are sorry to hear that your dining experience was mediocre. We would have been more than happy to address the issue with the rice had your server known. We do apologize and assure you that this is not the norm. We hope the positive outweighs... More 

London, United Kingdom
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222 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wanted Cuban food while in NYC. Tried this place and found it very nice, everything was cooked well and portion sizes were pretty decent. The cocktails were not great - poorly made and tooo boozey. Live music added to the atmosphere and made the dining experience that bit better. Worth checking out.

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

Thanks for joining us! We are so thrilled to hear that you had a great time while dining with us. We are sorry about your drink orders and will share your comments with our bar staff. We hope you'll join us again during your next visit to NYC. Cheers, Guantanamera Management More 

Johnson City, Tennessee
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This small Cuban/Latin restaurant is a great find near the theatre district. Made a reservation for 6:15 on a Tuesday evening. It was pretty quiet until about 7- then it really got festive and loud. Our party ordered the calamari, Rojas verde, paella and another shredded beef dish. Plantain basket - lovely! All were beautifully presented and real tasty. Easy... More 

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Thank TNTravelGal2015
NYCRestaurant1, Guest Relations Manager at Guantanamera, responded to this review

Thanks for joining us! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your evening while dining with us and hope you'll be back to visit us again soon. Cheers, Guantanamera Management More 

Niskayuna
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52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stumbled upon this restaurant last Saturday night ad waited just under an hour for a table.the mojitos were fantastic and the food was delicious. the staff was super friendly and attentive. When we left at 9 pm a band was setting up to play. Would have been fun to hear them.

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

Thank you for your kind words. We happy that you had a great time and look forward to having you join us again during your next trip to NYC! Cheers, Guantanamera Management More 

Oslo, Norway
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69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food at this Cuban restaurant is good and sufficient. The atmosphere where Cuban and the music made you long for the real thing. But so did your feet.

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are glad to hear that you had a great time dining with us and hope you'll join us again soon! Cheers, Guantanamera Management More 

New York City, New York
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Took a client for what I thought would be good Cuban food and was very disappointed. Loved the live music and the mojitos but the food was bland. We started with the fried yuca as an appetizer and thinking think they or the sauce were any good. We both ordered the Lechon Asado and were very disappointed! The pork was... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your dining experience. Your comments have been taken into consideration and will be shared with our kitchen staff. We assure you that this is in no way the Guantanamera standard and hope you'll be willing to give us another chance to deliver a true Guantanamera... 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
US$30 - US$40
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Spanish, Cuban, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 00:00
Monday
11:30 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 00:00
Thursday
11:30 - 00:00
Friday
11:30 - 01:00
Saturday
11:30 - 01:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-262-5354

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Staying in Midtown

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Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
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