Pilar Cuban Eatery

Pilar Cuban Eatery

Cuban Restaurant
397 Greene Ave (at Bedford Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11216, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 5:00 PM–Midnight
  • Sat
    • 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–Midnight
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–4:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
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    Serious Eats
    "soft fried plantains added sweetness and heft."(3 Tips)
    "cheddar and Gruyère cheese"(2 Tips)
    Kimmie O.
    "The Cuban mocha latté & the café con leche are great on cold days"(2 Tips)
    tricia w.
    "Paella on Friday is amazing!!!!"(2 Tips)
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  • Cuban food
  • fried plantains
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • cheddar and gruyere
  • paella on friday
  • key lime pie
  • cafe con leche
  • croquettes
  • family-friendly
  • coffee
  • daily specials
  • great value
  • good for a quick meal
  • empanadas
  • good for groups
  • seafood risotto
  • avocado salad
  • pork
  • tamales
  • grilled shrimp
  • Julia S.

    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.

    Julia Standefer · May 11
  • Andrea

    The food is cheap and good. What's not cheap...sparkling water.

    Andrea · March 30
  • Jennifer P.

    The food is delicious but their wine serving is only a sip.

  • Sarah S.

    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.

    Sarah Spagnolo · March 2
  • Pilar Cuban Eatery

    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!!

    Pilar Cuban Eatery · February 25
  • Terri R.

    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.

    Terri R · January 23
  • Kimmie O.

    Get the passion fruit flan

    Kimmie Ohh · December 25, 2014
  • Kimmie O.

    The Cuban mocha latté & the café con leche are great on cold days

    Kimmie Ohh · December 25, 2014
  • Kimmie O.

    Picadillo empanadas are great. Remind me of filipino-style empanadas

    Kimmie Ohh · December 25, 2014
  • Kimmie O.

    Caldo Gallego

    Kimmie Ohh · December 25, 2014
  • Francesca C.

    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

    Francesca Castelli · October 21, 2014
  • Benjamin B.

    Don't you dare not get the croquettes.

    Benjamin Bojko · September 21, 2014
  • Michael

    The Picadillo is my favorite. I am sitting dreaming about it right now.

    Michael · August 30, 2014
  • Elie B.

    Sweet plantains ftw

    Elie Bleier · August 14, 2014
  • Paul M.

    Amazing corn stew on the weekends

    Paul Mattingly · August 7, 2014
  • Molly T.

    The crack grilled cheese is one of the best in Brooklyn. Fried plantains, cheddar & gruyere. I dream about this GC.

    Molly T · November 26, 2013
  • marcy s.

    Get the potage de garbanzo...smoky and hearty enough for a light meal.

    marcy stone · September 19, 2013
  • marcy s.

    . 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

    marcy stone · August 9, 2013
  • Von F.

    Best black beans and rice I've had in NYC. Will def be coming back often...

    Von Fedoroff · July 20, 2013
  • Charlie K.

    You're not going to do better than this. Stop looking. On a hot day the iced cafe con leche will have you hallucinating.

    Charlie Kaplan · June 23, 2013
  • David S.

    Vaca Frita on Wednesdays, Boliche on Saturdays, key lime pie always.

    David Snyder · May 25, 2013
  • marcy s.

    Everything is delicious. Some faves are the Perino, avocado salad, fantastic tortilla. Easy going atmosphere and kid friendly to boot.

    marcy stone · March 13, 2013
  • NY Waterway

    Love pulled pork? Definitely try the one served here! It’s so good!

    NY Waterway · August 23, 2012
  • 7th.List

    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

    7th.List · January 14, 2012
  • Serious Eats

    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

    Serious Eats · November 3, 2011
  • Debra F.

    Best CUBAN FOOD NYC! The soups are awesome!

    Debra Frey · October 23, 2011
  • amNewYork

    “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.

    amNewYork · October 5, 2011
  • Bryan V.

    A truly kick ass Cuban sandwich. Also the paella on Fridays is unreal.

    Bryan Vargas · August 26, 2011
  • Rebeccs F.

    Try the pernil- it is crazy good.

    Rebeccs Ferris · April 23, 2011
  • Vallen

    The Caldo Gallego is the best soup I've ever had.

    Vallen · April 22, 2011
  • The Corcoran Group

    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.

    The Corcoran Group · April 11, 2011
  • tricia w.

    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!!!!

    tricia wang · February 10, 2011
  • Baratunde

    Try the Tamal En Cazuela

    Baratunde · November 22, 2010
  • Baratunde

    Try the Breakfast Sandwich

    Baratunde · November 22, 2010
  • kenyatta c.

    If you oust me as mayor of Pilar I will treat you to your next dinner there.

    kenyatta cheese · August 17, 2010
  • Roger .

    Can't beat the quarter chicken, rice, beans, mojo sauce, plantains combo for $6... so much flavor!

    Roger 💾 · July 10, 2010
  • Woody H.

    Daily specials and they deliver

    Woody Hambrecht · June 8, 2010
  • Collin C.

    Wow. This is really good coffee!!

    Collin Cherry · March 30, 2010
  • Nico C.

    BEST CUBAN FOOD IN BROOKLYN! Open Tues-Sun. Check it out! Get the new Key Lime Pie Read more

    Nico Cassanetti · March 12, 2010
  • kenyatta c.

    For something hearty, order the Tortilla Espanola with chorizo.

    kenyatta cheese · February 25, 2010

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