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185 Ave. C, New York, NY 10009 40.72719 -73.97711
nr. 11th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-253-9966 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Cafes, Caribbean, Latin American
  • Price Range: $$

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    6 out of 10


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Sun-Thu, 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

L at First Ave.



Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Romantic
  • Singles Scene
  • Take-Out
  • Catering


  • Full Bar


Not Accepted

Delivery Area

Houston St. to 18th St., Ave. D to Third Ave.


Neighborhood families and easygoing downtowners converge at this small Loisaida restaurant for the festive surroundings as much as for the Cuban food. Soon after the place opened in 2003, it became a neighborhood fixture. The success can be attributed to the fact that the establishment serves drinkers and diners with equal zeal. Comprised of what was once two tiny, separate storefronts, Cafecito put a bar area on one side and a dining room on the other. The windows and doors open to the street, helping to prevent claustrophobia among the densely packed tables. While appetizers such as the saborcito ("little taste") seems to argue persuasively that Cuban means fried, the restaurant also has a way with the Cubano, that classic sandwich of pork, Swiss cheese, mayo, and dill pickle. Choripan con Queso—a smashing together of thick slices of tangy chorizo sausage, sautéed onion, and mild white cheese—is even more piquant. If you're on a liquid diet, minty mojitos are well executed here.


Cafecito only accepts reservations for parties of six or more.

Recommended Dishes

Saborcito de Cuba, $11; choripan con queso, $10; camarones al ajillo, $15

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