Cuban food has gained a lot of steam in America lately. Once upon a time, you’d only find it in Florida, particularly in Miami and Tampa thanks to the huge Cuban population residing there. But as Cubans spread out through the country, they brought their exceptional cuisine with them to share with the other states to show them what they were missing. Now, New Jersey can boast about having some of the best Cuban restaurants. Here are the top 5 Cuban restaurants in New Jersey.
1. Rumba Cubana
A full liquor bar and a stacked menu mean that at Rumba Cubana, you’ll have quite the fiesta for your senses. Try the Ceviche de Camarones, shrimp marinated with lime juice, for a refreshing start to your meal. Go for a mofongo, mashed green plantains mixed with bits of crispy fried pork skin. Or even try out a tamale to start. Then fill up on robust entrees like Vaca Frita or Pollo Asado. Whatever you try here is a sure winner!
2. Havana Tropical Café
Late nights and big parties can all find a home here. But for any meal, this place definitely won’t let you down. The menu is smaller, but rest assured that everything on it is done to absolute perfection. Lechon Asado, Cuban roasted pork, is sublime here. The chorizo and the Papa Rellenas, beef-stuffed potato balls served with red chimichurri sauce, won’t disappoint either. Grab a bite here tonight!
3. Martino’s Cuban Restaurant
For Cuban specialties cooked with flair, you’ve got to get to Martino’s Cuban Restaurant. If you can’t decide from the monstrous menu selection, start off with the Combo Cubano for a little taste of everything awesome. Move on to mains and get ropa vieja prepared expertly, or take in the Churrasco a lo Martino, their perfectly-cooked skirt steak with chimichurri sauce. For dessert, flan or tres leches will make for a beautiful finish.
4. Cuban U
It’s the best of old Cuba with a twist. Majestic mojitos are a must here to go with any of the amazing menu choices. Start things off right with Tostones Rellenos, green plantain cups filled with ropa vieja, or go for the Cha Cha Cha Sampler if you can’t choose from all the other mouth-watering items. For your main dish, try the mofongo or the famous Lechon Asado. Everything is served hot and fresh by a friendly and knowledgeable staff that will make your experience incredible.
5. Cuban Pete’s
This place has a sangria bar. We repeat sangria bar. That alone should send you running in there for the next table. But the food is also spectacular too. They have Cuban classics like ropa vieja and Nuevo Cubano cuisine, like island shrimp conga that will dazzle your senses. Delicious desserts and a Cuban coffee menu make for the perfect ending.