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Bars, Lounges East Village
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

Ravi DeRossi (Mayahuel) introduces a rum-punch bar and Cuban small-plates restaurant in a pastel-colored space upstairs from Carteles, his Cuban sandwich shop. The punches—like A Moveable Feast (Mount Gay Eclipse silver rum, Dolin Blanc vermouth, lime, dry French cider, bitters and nutmeg)—are all created by Charlotte Voisey (the Eldridge). Chef Luis Gonzalez, meanwhile, has created a Cuban-inspired menu that includes dishes like pork ribs in habanero-and-guava sauce.


Venue name: Cienfuegos
Address: 95 Avenue A
New York
Cross street: between First Ave and Ave A
Opening hours: Daily 5pm–2am
Transport: Subway: 6 to Astor Pl; F, V to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average drink: $13. AmEx, MC, V
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Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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I was waiting to go here for some time because I heard the cocktails were amazing and the intro to awesomeness punch did not disappoint.  I truly felt like I was in a scene out of Alice in Wonderland with all the teacup vibes the place gave me. I was sad to see the menu recently changed to vegan but fell in love with the rice and beans and the guacamole. My group was in a cozy corner perfect for us to have our own conversations without any outside chatter. 

This place is great for cocktails, and is perfect for getting together with friends or for a date. They have two levels of seating, and if you can snag a table for you and your friends, I would do it. 

Cozy and different. Cienfuegos makes for a fun happy hour spot with 1/2 off punch bowls until 8 pm. Recommend for small groups of 2-4.


Super cool decor, very cozy location, great drinks but a very limited menu. Not a great place for vegetarians as the options for semi limited and the plates are very small. Maybe I also shouldn't have gone when I was hungry. Nice place for a party if you can manage to snag one of the sofa areas in the back. If you're looking for a place to do a quick catch up with friends it's perfect but I don't think I'll be coming back.

On Sundays they have 1/2 price punch bowls. I used to do the Sunday funday more often here but stopped going to venture out & see other spots.

I came back the other night with a friend. To my surprise, they only have select punch bowls for 1/2 off, not on all of the punch bowls like they used to.
That made me sad because the featured punches for 1/2 were not the good ones.

Ambiance still the same. The amazingly crazy painkiller cocktail is still on the menu too. 
The apps here are so good. You actually feel healthy eating them. 
Service is a bit sluggish, but nonetheless, this place remains a staple for me.


Cienfeugos is one of those places that transports you out of New York. It is a small cozy den a floor off of the main street which gives the entire place a very intimate vibe. The drinks are phenomenal and the Cuban small plates are delicious; 2-3 per person should suffice. The staff is very knowledgable and attentive. There is live music during the week at supper time.