Best Caribbean/Cuban Restaurants in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Get a taste of island flavor at these top-rated Caribbean spots in NYC.

Ali's Roti Shop
Wakefield · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

“Mouthwatering” rotis made with “fresh dough” and meaty fillings ( “ask for them spicy” ) bring the “Trini flavor” to NYC at these low-cost Trinidadians; despite “no-frills” setups and sparse seating, expect a “line of loyal customers” at prime times.
Ali's Trinidad Roti Shop
Bedford-Stuyvesant
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

“Mouthwatering” rotis made with “fresh dough” and meaty fillings ( “ask for them spicy” ) bring the “Trini flavor” to NYC at these low-cost Trinidadians; despite “no-frills” setups and sparse seating, expect a “line of loyal customers” at prime times.
Ali's Roti Shop
Crown Heights · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

“Mouthwatering” rotis made with “fresh dough” and meaty fillings ( “ask for them spicy” ) bring the “Trini flavor” to NYC at these low-cost Trinidadians; despite “no-frills” setups and sparse seating, expect a “line of loyal customers” at prime times.
Asia de Cuba
Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.1

“Still sexy after Sex and the City” , this Greenwich Village revival of the former Morgans Hotel hot spot serves “fantastic” Asian-Cuban fusion fare and “excellent” cocktails in “cool” digs; it’s a “little pricey” , but the “fun” vibe is “perfect” for a group.
Victor's Cafe
Brunch · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

In business since 1963, this Theater District Cuban “doesn't rest on its laurels” , supplying “terrific” food and “fantastic” mojitos in “energetic” environs exuding classic “Havana style” ; “old-world” service and live music boost the “vacation” -like vibe, but be prepared for “noise” and “tourists.”
Cuba
Cuban · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

Everyone's “Havana great time” at this “high-energy” Village supplier of “authentic” Cuban standards and “heavenly” mojitos “charmingly” served in “funky” Latin digs; live bands, “relatively affordable” tabs and a “cigar-rolling man” lend the proceedings a “vacation” vibe.
Miss Lily's
Caribbean · Greenwich Village · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.9

Serge Becker's “sexy” Jamaican joints are set in “fun” rooms pulsing with “hip” island tunes and overseen by “beautiful” staffers; the well-priced Caribbean eats are “tasty” , while “fresh” , green juices from Melvin's Juice Box ice the cake.
Café Habana
Cuban · NoLita · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.5

“Must-have” grilled corn, “addicting” Cuban sandwiches and “strong” margaritas are highlights on the “tasty, affordable” menu at these “buzzy” Cuban-Mexican kitchens with sister to-go outlets; the “tiny” “dinerlike” NoLita original is “usually packed” with a “young” crowd, while “it’s all about the garden” at the seasonal, solar-powered Fort Greene outpost.
Habana Outpost
Fort Greene · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.5

“Must-have” grilled corn, “addicting” Cuban sandwiches and “strong” margaritas are highlights on the “tasty, affordable” menu at these “buzzy” Cuban-Mexican kitchens with sister to-go outlets; the “tiny” “dinerlike” NoLita original is “usually packed” with a “young” crowd, while “it’s all about the garden” at the seasonal, solar-powered Fort Greene outpost.