Pilar Cuban Eatery

Pilar Cuban Eatery

Cuban Restaurant and Bakery$$$$
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
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    Serious Eats
    "soft fried plantains added sweetness and heft."(4 Tips)
    tricia w.
    "grilled cheese sandwich and the potato leek croquettes"(6 Tips)
    The Corcoran Group
    "Cuban Sandwiches and Pernil"(5 Tips)
    Molly T.
    "The crack grilled cheese is one of the best in Brooklyn."(12 Tips)
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  • Cuban food
  • fried plantains
  • pilar grilled
  • good for dates
  • breakfast food
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  • Matt L.heart icon on user image
    Matt LeMayJanuary 10, 2016
    The breakfast sandwich is a unique gem in a city full of excellent breakfast sandwiches. Churros and beef empanadas are top notch. Hard to go wrong here, really.
  • Lily
    LilyMarch 26, 2019
    NYT Hungry City (3/2019): "Cubano, Porkinator, and Media Noche sandwiches; picadillo empanada; ham croquette; guava cheese pie; pastelitos; mango batido; café con leche especial."
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsNovember 3, 2011
    Grilled Cheese and Plantain: A heaping mound of shredded cheddar and Gruyère melted into an oozy pool kept in check by butter-soaked grain bread, and the soft fried plantains added sweetness and heft. Read more
  • Valerie S.heart icon on user image
    Valerie SSeptember 16, 2019
    Lovely interior feels like you’re in the Caribbean. Food (including brunch and dinner) never disappoints. Always fresh, flavorful, and colorful.
  • Christina X.heart icon on user image
    Christina XuJanuary 9, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The chorizo served here is housemade by the owner, Ricardo, based on the version he used to bring back from his family in Spain.
  • marcy s.heart icon on user image
    marcy stoneAugust 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    . Cant go wrong with the pork, tortilla but they truly have the BEST grilled cheese on the planet!!. The bread is nutty, cheese delicious and plantains inside a melding of texture and flavor
  • Stephanie P.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie PereiraMay 28, 2016
    Veggie plate is vegan / vegetarian and includes black beans, rice, sweet plantains, fried yuca, tomato, and avocado. It's heaven. The air conditioning is pretty stellar as well.
  • Samara S.heart icon on user image
    Samara S.August 4, 2015
    Try the grilled cheese and steak sandwich! Both are delicious. The coffee is really good too.
  • Adam K.heart icon on user image
    Adam KirschenbaumDecember 4, 2020
    Been here 5+ times
    If I'm not eating the Cubano sandwich, I'm dreaming about it. Always get some croquettes too. Can't go wrong here.
  • Pilar Cuban Eatery
    Pilar Cuban EateryFebruary 25, 2015
    We have recently moved to a much larger location nearby, with more seats and a larger kitchen... which means much more delicious Cuban Comfort Food. Visit our mini-Havana!!
  • Ayse D.
    Ayse DibekMarch 4, 2016
    The grilled cheese sandwich was AMAZING, super yum!
  • ᴡ Y.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ YoungSeptember 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Th hippest place in bed-stuy. Chill and cozy, nice drinks (white sangria) and great food! Never get tired of hanging here try different drinks and food.
  • Francesca C.heart icon on user image
    Francesca CastelliOctober 21, 2014
    Get the roast pork with rice beans and to stones, and then a nice Cuban coffee to seal the meal. My fiancé is Cuban and loves this place to get his fix of Cuban food
  • Juliana A.heart icon on user image
    Juliana ArdilaNovember 4, 2015
    Yummy! And a beautiful place too. They could work their design of the menu by that's just me!
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SpagnoloMarch 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Seafood risotto was delicious but too small to share. We happily ordered a carafe of the Malbec. A typical bottle is 4.5 glasses, but the carafe is closer to 5.5. Shrimp entree is super garlic-y.
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListJanuary 14, 2012
    Try: Pilar Grilled Cheese - Fried plantains, cheddar and Gruyère cheese, with an espresso-mustard on multi-grain bread, Spicy Chicken - Mango Wrap Rotisserie chicken, field greens, in a Sriracha–mayo Read more
  • Christina X.heart icon on user image
    Christina XuJanuary 9, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    Pilar now has "Cuban nachos" at dinner and they are sublime in either pork or vegetarian form
  • Leemor Y.heart icon on user image
    Leemor YuravlivkerDecember 14, 2019
    Good food, yucca fries and grilled cheese sandwich. Disappointed with the mojito though
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonApril 4, 2016
    Super cute neighborhood spot for Cuban food. The vibe is very Miami and the cubano is great, especially if you're hungover.
  • Sonja B.heart icon on user image
    Sonja BojkoJuly 7, 2018
    What a great place to be. The food is delicious and the staff friendly.
  • Terri R.heart icon on user image
    Terri RJanuary 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    They're moving to a new location on 1/25/15 I think. I walked by and the sign said Greene and Bedford. I love the cortaditos and the ropa vieja.
  • tricia w.
    tricia wangFebruary 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Must try: crack grilled cheese sandwich and the potato leek croquettes are the best! Ricardo's soups are the besssssst! Paella on Friday is amazing!!!!
  • M G.heart icon on user image
    M GonzalezJanuary 13, 2019
    Café con leche is the perfect drink for a cold winter winter day
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 11, 2011
    Informal and small eatery serving up the best Pressed Cuban Sandwiches and Pernil - also try the Elena Ruth and finish it off with a slice of Key Lime Pie.
  • Alicia M.heart icon on user image
    Alicia MejiaSeptember 16, 2018
    These tostones were okay. For entree I had some good ropa vieja. My tinto de verano sangria wasn’t the best. They can definitely improve in service. Having just two girls for many tables isn’t good.
  • Princess F.heart icon on user image
    Princess FilmzMarch 27, 2016
    Empanadas, cuban burger, veggie plate, monitor and music
  • marcy s.heart icon on user image
    marcy stoneMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is delicious. Some faves are the Perino, avocado salad, fantastic tortilla. Easy going atmosphere and kid friendly to boot.
  • Gary C.heart icon on user image
    Gary ChouJanuary 9, 2016
    Breakfast sandwich is great!!
  • Molly T.heart icon on user image
    Molly TNovember 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The crack grilled cheese is one of the best in Brooklyn. Fried plantains, cheddar & gruyere. I dream about this GC.
  • Stephanie P.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie PereiraAugust 20, 2017
    Vegan friends rejoice, plenty of options here for you along traditional meaty classics.
  • Jack H.
    Jack HoflandDecember 7, 2018
    Fantastic food and atmosphere. Loved it. Flan is amazing
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkOctober 5, 2011
    “Pilar” was the name of the boat Hemingway owned while in Havana – and it just so happens the boat was built in Brooklyn (c. 1936). Check out the daily specials.
  • J S.heart icon on user image
    J StandeferMay 11, 2015
    NOT CHEAP, I repeat, not cheap. But if you can swing it: grilled shrimp and grilled cheese sandwiches are where it's at. Sangria did not have alcohol in it.
  • René
    RenéNovember 2, 2019
    Highly recommend the breakfast and cream cheese pastries! I’ll be back for flan.
  • Guillaume F.heart icon on user image
    Guillaume FlandreJanuary 15, 2016
    Great Cuban place, get the kalimotxo and the arroz con pollo
  • nikkiheart icon on user image
    nikkiNovember 24, 2016
    guava anything and key lime pie are killer. never forget the maduros!
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhNovember 17, 2019
    The Cuban mocha latte & the café con leche are good for colder days.
  • Von F.heart icon on user image
    Von FedoroffJuly 20, 2013
    Best black beans and rice I've had in NYC. Will def be coming back often...
  • Bryan V.
    Bryan VargasAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    A truly kick ass Cuban sandwich. Also the paella on Fridays is unreal.
  • Jana H.heart icon on user image
    Jana HarrisonJuly 5, 2017
    The food is interesting, and they have a great cider list.
  • Marcella F.heart icon on user image
    Marcella FrancoMarch 7, 2016
    For brunch: Boliche / For dinner: Picadillo + Croquetas. Hot servers 👌🏼
  • Nick M.heart icon on user image
    Nick MoloneyJanuary 4, 2020
    The ropa vieja was a must try. The sauce was heavenly
  • Charlie K.
    Charlie KaplanJune 23, 2013
    You're not going to do better than this. Stop looking. On a hot day the iced cafe con leche will have you hallucinating.
  • Stewart C.heart icon on user image
    Stewart CampbellAugust 24, 2018
    Thought this was one of the better restaurants in the neighborhood, good Cuban staples
  • Michaelheart icon on user image
    MichaelAugust 30, 2014
    The Picadillo is my favorite. I am sitting dreaming about it right now.
  • Nick M.heart icon on user image
    Nick MoloneySeptember 30, 2018
    The nachos are amazing. Love their hot sauce too
  • Martin B.heart icon on user image
    Martin BringmannApril 24, 2018
    Had a great Cuban sandwich. Suuuuper yummy. And those plantane chips are 💣
  • Caron S.heart icon on user image
    Caron ShJune 15, 2022
    Plantain Grilled Cheese 👌
  • Jason L.heart icon on user image
    Jason LiJanuary 26, 2016
  • Yoni Z.heart icon on user image
    Yoni ZloczewskiMarch 19, 2019
    Pricey for what it is but a good option in the area with some unique spins on familiar fan fare
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