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Pilar Cuban Eatery

397 Greene Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216 40.687971 -73.955001
at Bedford Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-623-2822 Send to Phone

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

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Mon-Thu, 11:30am-11pm; Fri, 11:30am-midnight; Sat, 11am-midnight; Sun, 11am-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

G at Bedford-Nostrand Aves.; G at Classon Ave.



Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out
  • Reservations Not Required
  • Catering


  • Beer and Wine Only


Accepted/Not Necessary


After four years in cramped quarters on Classon Avenue, Pilar relocated to an airier, more streamlined, and, most notably, larger dining area with a bar and space for waiter service. That’s good news for the restaurant’s seeming legion of adoring fans who made the move possible. Since opening in 2010, the Cuban-comfort-food spot near the Clinton Hill–Bed-Stuy border has become something of a neighborhood institution. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you the can’t-miss is the classic pressed Cuban sandwich, made with juicy roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, crunchy pickles, and mustard on buttery, crisp Cuban bread. But there are also more polished dishes, like the staff-favorite vaca frita, tender marinated skirt steak piled high and served with black beans, rice, and maduros (sweet fried plantains). And don’t forget brunch: Options are limited, but the yuca-chorizo hash is a real winner; the sausage (which you can order as a side any time) is made in house, and Pilar’s version is subtly sweet and well-seasoned, with just a touch of heat. Whenever you visit, though, prepare to leave full—portions are large, which means you can skip the (hit-or-miss) appetizers.

Recommended Dishes

Pressed Cuban sandwich, $12; vaca frita, $18; yuca-chorizo hash, $16