"Guantanamera is an instant escape from Midtown Manhattan to chic Old Havana.
Guantanamera is a friendly, fun, vibrant Cuban restaurant featuring traditional Cuban fare, magnificent mojitos, complimentary hand-rolled cigars, & Live Cuban music. As indelibly Cuban as the classic love song that bestowed its name, Guantanamera, captures the essence of Old Havana with its exotic décor featuring exposed brick, candle-lit tables, rattan-covered ceiling fans, and hand-painted folkloric murals.
Open since July 4, 2005, Guantanamera is located at 939 Eighth Avenue, steps away from the Theatre District. Diners are invited to feast on homemade Cuban specialties using the freshest ingredients, complimented with superb service in a warm and inviting atmosphere. In addition to the unique dining experience, we offer an exquisite bar and lounge area with a distinctive assortment of fine wines, rums, liquors, specialty cocktails, and exceptional appetizers. For those who enjoy dining to the beat of Live salsa, rumba, and cha-cha, Guantanamera pumps up the volume with Live music and dancing Tuesday to Sunday from 9pm to 1am. So come and join us, and let the rhythm transport you to a place where rum libations flow, the music moves you, and the food feeds your soul."
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I ordered the yuca frita, croqueta de pollo and arroz con pollo (and we asked chef to make us Cuban hot sauce on the side). It was absolutely amazing. The yuca frita came with amazing cilantro sauce and were in small cute pieces but so filling. The arroz con pollo was very well seasoned and unlike any I ever had before with its texture. Croqueta de pollo. Amazing. Will definitely be returning here
The first floor seating is pretty packed. If sitting along the walls, you may have difficulties getting in and out from your table and because of this tight space, I feel like it was easy for the waiter to forget about us. But with that being said, even with the long breaks between ordering our drinks to appetizers to main course, the food came out speedy AND DELICIOUS. The fried calamari is in the top 5 I’ve eaten and the pork was amazing. The description in my opinion was misleading because it wasn’t crispy but it was definitely delicious and moist. The meal came with congri (rice and black beans) and fried plantain chips (unsweetened). I’m not a fan of rice and beans but this may have me converted. The Cuban sandwich was also pretty good. Would definitely go back again and make reservations through Seated! It got packed extremely fast.
My family and I absolutely loved our dinner at Guantanamera! We were seated right away, the staff was very friendly and attentive. They had a great menu selection and the food aaa delicious. The restaurant was clean and well maintained. The atmosphere was very warm and inviting for the occasion we were celebrating. Our party of 9 included children who are picky eaters but they all found something on the menu they loved! We look forward to dining at Guantanamera again! Special Thanks to our fantastic server Florencio.