Amor Cubano

Restaurants, Cuban East Harlem
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Amor Cubano
Venue says Cuba in East Harlem, authentic cuban experience!

The week Fidel Castro died seemed an ideal time to venture uptown to the El Barrio section of East Harlem for dinner at Amor Cubano, an authentic Latin eatery. Locals flock to this spacious, charming restaurant for the tasty eats, the wide range of mojitos, and the three-piece band that plays Cuban favorites on the weekends. Belly up to the well-appointed bar to sample one of their eight different kinds of rum mojitos, including cucumber, coconut, mango and even champagne ($11-12). The decor will soon put you in the island mood, from the straw-fringed canopy over the bar to the big painting of a classic pink Chevy flanking the entryway.

A complimentary dish of fried plantains will get you primed for one of Amor Cubano’s tasty appetizers, or chucherias. Try the ceviche mixto ($13), a generous serving of shrimp, petite bay scallops and tender rounds of squid with slivers of onion and a brunoise of red and green peppers in a tangy lime dressing. If you’re in the mood for a classic, tuck in to the El Cubano ($13), the classic pressed sandwich featuring roasted pork, sliced ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and tangy mustard. It’s big enough to share—or not, your choice. If the fortification of a big meal is what you need, feed your body and your soul with one of their entrees, or platos fuertes, like the churrasco ($22), a grilled skirt steak served with an excellent chimichurri sauce, white rice and black beans that are extra savory from being cooked with copious bay leaves. It may be the first time a side dish warrants your full attention.

Risk being too stuffed to dance, but don’t skip dessert; the flan ($7) is sinfully smooth and drips with dulche de leche goodness. The restaurant, which has been at this location for almost 10 years, does a brisk service—especially on weekends, when the live music brings couples out to the makeshift dance floor to salsa cheek-by-jowl with their neighbors. Travel restrictions for Cuba are easing, but heading uptown is still a much quicker way to get your Cuban fix.


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Amor Cubano says
Amor Cubano brings Latin food in an upscale setting to the El Barrio section of East Harlem, where charging $12 for a Cuban sandwich seems like a recipe for failure. But the locals still flock here, perhaps because that Cuban sandwich can easily feed two and is chock full of juicy roasted pork, ham and melted Swiss cheese. The menu adheres to Cuban favorites like vaca frita—shredded bits of steak fried with onions and copious amounts of garlic—and lechon asado, or roast pork, dripping with sour orange mojo sauce. Order a mojito—there are six different kinds, including mango, ginger, champagne and coconut variations—at the sleek bar in the front of the restaurant, where a three-piece band plays Cuban standards on the weekends. Diners preferring quiet conversation can head to the back room, where the music is faintly audible and the décor evokes a backyard patio, complete with outdoor furniture and faux-laundry hanging on clotheslines to dry. Sunday brunch boasts unlimited sangria—pineapple or red wine versions—and bottomless mimosas.
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Venue name: Amor Cubano
Address: 2018 Third Ave
New York
Cross street: at 111th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu noon–11pm; Fri noon-midnight; Sat 11am-midnight; Sun 10am–11pm.
Transport: Subway: 6 to 110th St
Price: Average main course: $15. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Rosalva F
3 of 3 found helpful

Un ambiente muy cubano es como estar en La Habana! El servicio es lo mejor de todo, meseras se saben el menu completo te explican plato por plato y la comida exquisita!!!!

Matilda g
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If you are looking or the perfect family restaurant that has to be amor cubano!!!!!!! Anytime i have family visiting i have to bring them to amor cubano, 

Isabel H
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If you are looking for good authentic cuban food this is the place to go to! Amazing live music and service.

Liliet R
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I had the most amazing night..
Drinks were a delicious combinations of tropical flavors , and the food even better .,
If you are in Harlem you should pass by Amor Cubano.

Taste Harlem Food & Cultural Tours O

Amor Cubano has class! Thank you for providing a high level of service and professionalism. It is always a pleasure coming to this establishment. I brought a group of 37 and let me tell you, the food, service and atmosphere is so very special and perfect. They were ready when we arrived and they made me look very good. Gracias, gracias, gracias! Everyone really enjoyed it.

Carmen O

Best place as a Cuban Restaurant. Love the food, service and the band that play the Cuban music!!

China H

Amor Cubano is my favorite restaurant in the city due to its exquisite food and drinks (specially "Mojito") the professionalism of its staff, and its romantic and friendly ambient. I also love the live bands that play during the weekend. I always recommend this restaurant to my friends or any person who wants to experience the flavor of the Cuban culture.

Amor Cubano es mi restaurante favorito en la ciudad debido a su exquisita comida y bebidas (especialmente "Mojito") el profesionalismo de su personal, y su ambiente romántico y agradable. También me encanta las bandas de música en vivo durante el fin de semana. Siempre recomiendo este restaurante a mis amigos o cualquier persona que quiera experimentar el sabor de la cultura cubana.

Cindy H

tropical environment, recommended to go with family, friends and why not on a date, the food and the desserts are delicious, and the service is excellent!!!

Sebastian N

The best restaurant in manhattan, the churrasco was soooo delicious and the personal así excellent. The best mojitos in Manhattan an one or the best around the world, Live music is incredible, I recommend this place.

Patricia A

Best mojitos ever !! Food is amazing !! The music , their service and the vibe makes you not want to leave ever ! Is the one place i will never stop going to .

Antonio c

El mejor restaurante en Harlem, nosotros somos de Veracruz Mexico y Veracruz es conocido por el mejor pescado frito pero cuando fui la primera vez a Amor cubano tome un riesgo en probar el pescado frito la verdad fue el mejor riesgo que he tomado en la vida es el mejor pescado frito que he probado en la cuidad de nueva york. Ya que estoy lejos de Veracruz un pescadito frito cubano me hace sentir como en casa!

Alicia R

Whenever i have a chance to stop by Harlem i must go to Amor cubano, ive never had cuban food that reminds me so much of my moms cooking. The ropa vieja and the lechon are so authentic. But the best part are the mojitos, people often say that the best mojitos are in Miami but that is because the havent tried the ones at Amor cubano! The service is amazing as well the servers, make me feel like i'm in my old neighborhood in cuba, always so friendly!

Laura M

This is for sure the best place in East Harlem, excellent food and service and perfect atmosphere for a great night

Montse A

Lovely place ,the music was excellent along with the service.
Highly recommend for you to go with friends to have a good time.