Pilar Cuban Eatery

Pilar Cuban Eatery

Cuban Restaurant$$$$
Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
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  • Has a stamp of approval from Serious Eats and The Corcoran Group
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  • Serious Eats
    "soft fried plantains added sweetness and heft."(3 Tips)
    7th.List
    "cheddar and Gruyère cheese"(2 Tips)
    tricia w.
    "grilled cheese sandwich and the potato leek croquettes"(4 Tips)
    Molly T.
    "The crack grilled cheese is one of the best in Brooklyn."(10 Tips)
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  • Stephanie P.
    Vegan friends rejoice, plenty of options here for you along traditional meaty classics.
  • Liam K.
    Liam K.July 29
    Get the tinto
  • Jana H.
    The food is interesting, and they have a great cider list.
  • Wonderwoman A.
    Tasty and looks like packaged fast food
  • Ariel H.
    Ariel HermanMarch 31
    Pretty good Cuban food for NYC. Good atmosphere.
  • Gideon O.
    Gideon OlshanskyFebruary 26
    All plantains on this menu are delicious
  • Christina X.
    Christina XuJanuary 9
    Been here 25+ times
    Pilar now has "Cuban nachos" at dinner and they are sublime in either pork or vegetarian form
  • Berto K.
    cuban and steak sandwiches 😋
  • Ayaka I.
    Ayaka ItoJanuary 6
    The BEST Cuban sandwich, pernil, flan, the croquettes are to die for and the breakfast empanadas (with chorizo) is my all time favorite!!!
  • Briszeida B.
    Briszeida BullockDecember 26, 2016
    Took an hour to get an appetizer and an entree. The restaurant was not packed. The worse is having to wait that long and the server didn't not even check in with us. The guava cheesecake was not good
  • Nikki
    NikkiNovember 24, 2016
    guava anything and key lime pie are killer. never forget the maduros!
  • Chelesse M.
    Chelesse MartinNovember 15, 2016
    The empanadas are awesome!
  • Felicia M.
    Felicia MoralesOctober 8, 2016
    The portion size for food isn't worth the price.
  • Cici Y.
    Cici YoungSeptember 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Th hippest place in bed-stuy. Chill and cozy, nice drinks (white sangria) and great food! Never get tired of hanging here try different drinks and food.
  • jason c.
    jason chinAugust 11, 2016
    Great spot in bedstuy
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PereiraMay 28, 2016
    Veggie plate is vegan / vegetarian and includes black beans, rice, sweet plantains, fried yuca, tomato, and avocado. It's heaven. The air conditioning is pretty stellar as well.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonApril 4, 2016
    Super cute neighborhood spot for Cuban food. The vibe is very Miami and the cubano is great, especially if you're hungover.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MixaMarch 30, 2016
    Guava Cream Cheese dessert is amazing
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanMarch 29, 2016
    Grilled cheese is definitely the move here, douse it in hot sauuce
  • Princess F.
    Princess FilmzMarch 27, 2016
    Empanadas, cuban burger, veggie plate, monitor and music
  • Marcella F.
    Marcella FrancoMarch 7, 2016
    For brunch: Boliche / For dinner: Picadillo + Croquetas. Hot servers 👌🏼
  • Ayse D.
    Ayse DibekMarch 4, 2016
    The grilled cheese sandwich was AMAZING, super yum!
  • Jason L.
    Jason LiJanuary 26, 2016
    🍴❤️🍴 DARK CHOCOLATE CHURROS 🍴❤️🍴
  • Guillaume F.
    Guillaume FlandreJanuary 15, 2016
    Great Cuban place, get the kalimotxo and the arroz con pollo
  • Sam O.
    Sam OriachJanuary 11, 2016
    Amazing! Try the nachos and camarones enchilados.
  • Matt L.
    Matt LeMayJanuary 10, 2016
    The breakfast sandwich is a unique gem in a city full of excellent breakfast sandwiches. Churros and beef empanadas are top notch. Hard to go wrong here, really.
  • Gary C.
    Gary ChouJanuary 9, 2016
    Breakfast sandwich is great!!
  • Christina X.
    Christina XuJanuary 9, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    The chorizo served here is housemade by the owner, Ricardo, based on the version he used to bring back from his family in Spain.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GayomaliDecember 13, 2015
    The white bean soup and the grilled cheese were killer
  • Juliana A.
    Juliana ArdilaNovember 4, 2015
    Yummy! And a beautiful place too. They could work their design of the menu by that's just me!
  • Alexandra W.
    Alexandra WhiteSeptember 10, 2015
    Whatever you do, get the maduras. The best sweet plantains in Brooklyn.
  • Samara S.
    Samara S.August 4, 2015
    Try the grilled cheese and steak sandwich! Both are delicious. The coffee is really good too.
  • J S.
    J StandeferMay 11, 2015
    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.
  • Andrea
    AndreaMarch 30, 2015
    The food is cheap and good. What's not cheap...sparkling water.
  • Jennifer P.
    The food is delicious but their wine serving is only a sip.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SpagnoloMarch 2, 2015
    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.
  • Pilar Cuban Eatery
    Pilar Cuban EateryFebruary 25, 2015
    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!!
  • Terri R.
    Terri RJanuary 23, 2015
    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.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhDecember 25, 2014
    Get the passion fruit flan
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhDecember 25, 2014
    The Cuban mocha latté & the café con leche are great on cold days
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhDecember 25, 2014
    Picadillo empanadas are great. Remind me of filipino-style empanadas
  • Francesca C.
    Francesca CastelliOctober 21, 2014
    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
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BojkoSeptember 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't you dare not get the croquettes.
  • Michael
    MichaelAugust 30, 2014
    The Picadillo is my favorite. I am sitting dreaming about it right now.
  • Elie B.
    Elie BleierAugust 14, 2014
    Sweet plantains ftw
  • Molly T.
    Molly TNovember 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The crack grilled cheese is one of the best in Brooklyn. Fried plantains, cheddar & gruyere. I dream about this GC.
  • marcy s.
    marcy stoneSeptember 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the potage de garbanzo...smoky and hearty enough for a light meal.
  • marcy s.
    marcy stoneAugust 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    . 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
  • Von F.
    Von FedoroffJuly 20, 2013
    Best black beans and rice I've had in NYC. Will def be coming back often...
  • Charlie K.
    Charlie KaplanJune 23, 2013
    You're not going to do better than this. Stop looking. On a hot day the iced cafe con leche will have you hallucinating.
  • David S.
    David SnyderMay 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Vaca Frita on Wednesdays, Boliche on Saturdays, key lime pie always.
  • marcy s.
    marcy stoneMarch 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is delicious. Some faves are the Perino, avocado salad, fantastic tortilla. Easy going atmosphere and kid friendly to boot.
  • NY Waterway
    NY WaterwayAugust 23, 2012
    Love pulled pork? Definitely try the one served here! It’s so good!
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListJanuary 14, 2012
    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
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsNovember 3, 2011
    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
  • Debra F.
    Debra FreyOctober 23, 2011
    Best CUBAN FOOD NYC! The soups are awesome!
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkOctober 5, 2011
    “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.
  • Bryan V.
    Bryan VargasAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    A truly kick ass Cuban sandwich. Also the paella on Fridays is unreal.
  • Rebeccs F.
    Rebeccs FerrisApril 23, 2011
    Try the pernil- it is crazy good.
  • Vallen
    VallenApril 22, 2011
    The Caldo Gallego is the best soup I've ever had.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 11, 2011
    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.
  • tricia w.
    tricia wangFebruary 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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!!!!
  • Baratunde
    BaratundeNovember 22, 2010
    Try the Tamal En Cazuela
  • Baratunde
    BaratundeNovember 22, 2010
    Try the Breakfast Sandwich
  • kenyatta c.
    kenyatta cheeseAugust 17, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    If you oust me as mayor of Pilar I will treat you to your next dinner there.
  • Roger .
    Roger 💾July 10, 2010
    Can't beat the quarter chicken, rice, beans, mojo sauce, plantains combo for $6... so much flavor!
  • Woody H.
    Woody HambrechtJune 8, 2010
    Daily specials and they deliver
  • Collin C.
    Collin CherryMarch 30, 2010
    Wow. This is really good coffee!!
  • kenyatta c.
    kenyatta cheeseFebruary 25, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    For something hearty, order the Tortilla Espanola with chorizo.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhDecember 25, 2014
    Caldo Gallego
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