|Venue name:||Victor’s Café|
236 W 52nd St
|Cross street:||between Broadway and Eighth Ave|
|Opening hours:||Daily noon–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E, 1 to 50th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $21. AmEx, DC, MC, V|
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If the Broadway show you just saw was less than stellar, head to Victor’s Café for an everyone-turns-up-eventually crowd and a meal worthy of applause. The kitschy space is like a set—straw fans, celeb photos and tropical foliage. Sample the authentic Cuban crackers and dense bread on your table, then dig in to the bartolito, a sweet plantain stuffed with pork hash and served in a black-bean sauce. Entrées are huge and tasty: The spicy seafood casserole is packed with shrimp, scallops, snapper and clams; the vaca frita is panfried tender shredded beef. If you’ve still got your wits about you (the mojitos are potent), have the piña y helado, vanilla ice cream topped with pineapple chunks broiled in dark rum.