Pilar Cuban Eatery

Pilar Cuban Eatery

Cuban Restaurant · Bedford-Stuyvesant
397 Greene Ave (at Bedford Ave), Brooklyn, NY 11216, United States
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Fri
    • 10:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Outdoor Seating:
Wheelchair Accessible:

We recently moved a few blocks away! Check out our new & improved, larger location!


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    Serious Eats
    "soft fried plantains added sweetness and heft."(3 Tips)
    "cheddar and Gruyère cheese"(2 Tips)
    tricia w.
    "Paella on Friday is amazing!!!!"(2 Tips)
    Molly T.
    "The crack grilled cheese is one of the best in Brooklyn."(7 Tips)
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  • Cuban food
  • grilled cheese sandwiches
  • fried plantains
  • cheddar and gruyere
  • paella on friday
  • coffee
  • key lime pie
  • croquettes
  • family-friendly
  • daily specials
  • authentic
  • lively
  • good for dates
  • great value
  • good for groups
  • empanadas
  • cozy
  • seafood risotto
  • avocado salad
  • tamales
  • Juliana A.

    Yummy! And a beautiful place too. They could work their design of the menu by that's just me!

    Juliana Ardila · November 4
  • Alexandra W.

    Whatever you do, get the maduras. The best sweet plantains in Brooklyn.

    Alexandra White · September 10
  • Samara S.

    Try the grilled cheese and steak sandwich! Both are delicious. The coffee is really good too.

    Samara S. · August 4
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kimmie O.

    Caldo Gallego

    Kimmie Ohh · December 25, 2014

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