(Now Closed)
Cuban Restaurant and Café$$$$
Alphabet City, New York
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  • Gothamist
    GothamistFebruary 4, 2016
    Avenue C's Cafecito is closing to the despair of loyal regulars. Sunday will be the last day of service and we highly recommend you check out this joint for some delicious meals before the bitter end. Read more
  • Jorge O.
    Jorge OrtizFebruary 11, 2012
    Named after the three milks it's soaked in (evaporated milk, condensed milk, cream), the "tres leches" sponge cake here is better than any I've had in NYC and as good as most I've had in Latin America
  • Liz P.heart icon on user image
    Liz PSeptember 28, 2013
    At cafecito...from miami with cuban spots everywhere, cafecito mmm. Im back home in nyc. Fried jumbo shrimp and garlic yuca, better than my moms. Tres leches to die for. New go to spot!
  • Gothamist
    GothamistMarch 18, 2015
    Pro tip: order the quartered Cuban as your appetizer to split with the table so you can save room for one of their equally delicious entrees. Read more
  • Talia F.
    Talia FisherNovember 18, 2012
    The veggie empanadas were probably some of the best empanadas I've ever had. Cheesy and delicious! Worth going just to try them. Plantain chips with garlic sauce were good too.
  • Dee Phunk
    Dee PhunkAugust 31, 2011
    If you're willing to take the stroll deep into Alphabet City, Cafecito is definitely worth the footwork. Very cozy & casual. The adobo pork is a solid bet. Extremely satisfying & filling.
  • Zak S.
    Zak SchwarzmanApril 6, 2013
    Order off the menu and get the braised lamb shank if they have it. Feeds 2, ridiculously cheap and the best thing on or off the menu.
  • Angel R.heart icon on user image
    Angel RamirezSeptember 28, 2013
    Awesome spot to chill and have yourself not only an amazing authentic Latino meal but a kick ass Cafecito con leche. Two thumbs up! 😋👍
  • Alex K.heart icon on user image
    Alex KeslingAugust 16, 2014
    The plantain chips with garlic dipping sauce are amazing as well as the Cuban sandwich and tres leches cake.
  • angel c.
    angel cruzeMarch 3, 2013
    Have been waiting for half hour, finally a seat opens up . Had our name down ahead .But some of mofo makes himself at home and takes OUR seats even when he came AFTER us.
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    DoubleDeuceApril 15, 2015
    Cozier than you'd think in the restaurant section but the sandwich side is nice and airy, especially when the weather is nice.
  • harryh
    harryhApril 16, 2013
    Spot #1 on Harry's very well planned first date with Alice. Unpretentious Cuban fare in the East Village. #HPlusA
  • Ashley R.heart icon on user image
    Ashley RoseFebruary 27, 2014
    The ropa veja was delicious but very salty! Pairs well with a mango margarita (and a gallon of water)
  • Karin R.
    Karin RendelmanMay 13, 2011
    Free drink w/ each entree ordered when u check in on Yelp!! Mango margarita is def my recommendation :) (Why is it that when I'm in Alphabet City I wanna sing in the street like I'm Rosario Dawson :p)
  • Pat D.
    Pat DAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Sangria is great and the plantains and guac is amazing!
  • Cafecito
    CafecitoJuly 3, 2013
    Show your server your social media love for @CafecitoNYC on Foursquare & get your 2nd Sangria free OR ... Show this print out or digital display to get 10% off your entire bill!
  • Rent the Runway
    Rent the RunwayApril 27, 2011
    Order the bistec de pollo and substitute the yellow rice and pink beans for white rice and black beans. It's enough to feed two!
  • Kenny S.
    Kenny ShawNovember 24, 2012
    Get the biztec empanizado with white rice and black beans, wash it down with a mojito, and thank me later. You're welcome.
  • Alex C.heart icon on user image
    Alex CasariegoNovember 16, 2014
    Love the bottomless brunch here! Glad to have a good Cuban place blocks from my apartment
  • L E.
    L ErskineFebruary 22, 2011
    Food? Delicious! Service? Our waitress was delightful. The drinks were watery, but maybe that's Friday night. The only problem was the petty meanness of the jerk acting as maitre'd.
  • Mikey B.
    Mikey BonifacioApril 13, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Best Cuban Sandwiches in NYC!! Also get the calamari, it comes with chorizo: Delish!
  • Nick A.heart icon on user image
    Nick AndlingerApril 27, 2015
    Best Cuban sandwich is the hood. Can't wait to go back.
  • Adam A.heart icon on user image
    Adam AtiqullahAugust 3, 2015
    Empanadas were pretty decent, nothing special. I got bamboozled by the server on the supposed "dinner specials" which was not very good and was pricy $$$. I don't get why this place is an 8.8 really..
  • Jenny P.
    Jenny ParkNovember 9, 2010
    The churrasco is ridiculously good, especially with all the accompaniments. Their picadillo is very flavorful and fresh tasting. Skip the appetizers please!! Grouper ceviche, garlic shrimp is ok.
  • Willem V.heart icon on user image
    Willem Van LanckerJuly 16, 2015
    Best Cuban sandwiches in New York. Incredibly garlicky.
  • Christina A.
    Christina AhnJanuary 30, 2011
    Awesome food, amazing drinks, excellent service. Small place but well worth the wait!! We waited an hour and a half
  • Keysaur
    KeysaurDecember 26, 2010
    Try the vegetarian empanada as appetizer. Crispy dough on the outside - warm, smooth, rich vegetable inners - mmm.
  • Guillo ..
    Guillo ...August 17, 2010
    I know Cuban food. This place has it. Ropa vieja has a deep tangy sweet flavor unlike most ropa viejas in town. Beans on point.
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    Dan TorresMarch 28, 2015
    Great pan con bistec and empanadas. Almost felt like Miami.
  • Cesar
    CesarNovember 17, 2012
    by far, the best empanadas in the city. great place, great people.
  • Rod L.
    Rod LeeJuly 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Make sure you Tip Bartender Orlando! He is real cool guy!
  • Doug B.heart icon on user image
    Doug BenedictoApril 6, 2014
    The sweet cubano coffee is amazing.
  • Cafecito A.heart icon on user image
    Cafecito Avennue C #185August 16, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Not to mention... or I guess TO MENTION, the cutest waitstaff in town!
  • Daynaheart icon on user image
    DaynaApril 2, 2013
    Amazing sangria! Have a cool shot of Patron for dessert!
  • Ariel V.
    Ariel VieraOctober 17, 2014
    The Ropa Vieja is delicious.
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    ARISTOPETS Pet CareDecember 3, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Veggie bocadillo! Veggie empanadas! I love you both like family!
  • Spencer F.
    Spencer FryJune 14, 2012
    Authentic Cuban food. It's all good.
  • David D.heart icon on user image
    David D.February 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The best Cuban Sandwich in New York City.
  • Hillary H.heart icon on user image
    Hillary HeathMarch 15, 2015
    Rum soaked French toast is 🔥🔥
  • Sebastien K.
    Sebastien KuoJanuary 23, 2010
    The yuca fries are beter than the plain yuca. Ask for a side of chimichurri sauce to go with.
  • Maureen C.
    Maureen CollinsJune 5, 2013
    Make Orlando take his shirt off. Lol. And eat the food. It's good.
  • A B.
    A BJanuary 21, 2011
    Great Cuban spot. The tres leches cake is a must!
  • Cesar R.
    Cesar RazuriJuly 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The masitas de puerco was surprisingly filling. Must try!
  • Simon L.
    Simon LyOctober 11, 2014
    Pork shank 👌👌👌👌👌
  • Cafecito A.heart icon on user image
    Cafecito Avennue C #185February 6, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Pork Shank
  • Stu H.
    Stu HamstraApril 13, 2010
    Great Cuban style food. Cubanas are delicious and hearty.
  • Sara L.
    Sara LevyFebruary 8, 2011
    Must try the Churrasco! Delicious!
  • Armine K.heart icon on user image
    Armine KalanJanuary 25, 2015
    Yummy mini empanadas
  • Georgia R.
    Georgia RJanuary 7, 2012
    Little pricey for Cuban but fantastic food.
  • Jason F.
    Jason FeirmanMarch 28, 2012
    Cool (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
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