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Best

Agozar Cuban Bistro infuses the Bowery with the liveliest Cuban food NYC has to offer. Our Cuban restaurant...

Worst

Maybe they're just getting their sea legs. I don't know. But here's what I thought. The margaritas were too tart. The space cramped. The service disorganized(though very nice...

Early (Birthday) Bird Gets A Deal!!!! 9/6/2005

I had a small birthday celebration here tonight with three of my friends and it was amazing!!!! We arrived right on time to take advantage of their "earlybird" 3 course prefix menu ($20) and two for one priced happy hour drinks. My prefix dinner was composed of garlic shrimp appetizer followed by a yummy skirt steak complete with handcut fries. For dessert there was flan and flourless chocolate cake. I went to college in Miami and never thought I could find Cuban food this good in New York but I now have a new favorite place on The Bowery. Have a few Mojitos and you will be singing your own birthday song. Did I mention the Drinks were two for one?? Pros: Excellent Food, Good Value, Amazing Drinks more

Early (Birthday) Bird Gets A Deal!!!! 9/6/2005

I had a small birthday celebration here tonight with three of my friends and it was amazing!!!! We arrived right on time to take advantage of their ""earlybird"" 3 course prefix menu ($20) and two for one priced happy hour drinks. My prefix dinner was composed of garlic shrimp appetizer followed by a yummy skirt steak complete with handcut fries. For dessert there was flan and flourless chocolate cake. I went to college in Miami and never thought I could find Cuban food this good in New York but I now have a new favorite place on The Bowery. Have a few Mojitos and you will be singing your own birthday song. Did I mention the Drinks were two for one?? Pros: Excellent Food, Good Value, Amazing Drinks more

Not what I expected 8/16/2005

Party of 4 (two couples) went to Agozar for dinner on a Tuesday night. There were approximately 3 other couples in the entire restaurant. Hence, it was slow and the service should've been phenomenal. Negative. Service was awful. The waiter never came by to check on us after the bus boy brought us our food. We saw him again when he delivered the check. Food and alcoholic drinks were simply ok. Absolutely, nothing to brag about. No sodas were available as the machine was ""out of service"". They offered us Cranberry juice that tasted sour and tart. Pros: Ambience Cons: Service, Drinks more

Not what I expected 8/16/2005

Party of 4 (two couples) went to Agozar for dinner on a Tuesday night. There were approximately 3 other couples in the entire restaurant. Hence, it was slow and the service should've been phenomenal. Negative. Service was awful. The waiter never came by to check on us after the bus boy brought us our food. We saw him again when he delivered the check. Food and alcoholic drinks were simply ok. Absolutely, nothing to brag about. No sodas were available as the machine was "out of service". They offered us Cranberry juice that tasted sour and tart. Pros: Ambience Cons: Service, Drinks more

It's A Must! 7/29/2005

A bunch of us got together for a bachelorette dinner and boy was it great. Agozar brings you alive the minute you walk in the door. The service is great and the music was upbeat the entire time and not overwhelmingly loud either (I hate that). The mojitos were FAB and they even sold them in pitchers which was great for our big group. We ordered almost every flavor and shared them all. As for the food, we allowed the waitress to handle a lot of the ordering since we were such a big group, and she did great. The empanadas and shrimp in garlic sauce appies were great. And the entrees were even better, I had the steak and it was to dye for. I highly recommend agozar to all! Pros: drinks were great, Fairly priced more

It's A Must! 7/29/2005

A bunch of us got together for a bachelorette dinner and boy was it great. Agozar brings you alive the minute you walk in the door. The service is great and the music was upbeat the entire time and not overwhelmingly loud either (I hate that). The mojitos were FAB and they even sold them in pitchers which was great for our big group. We ordered almost every flavor and shared them all. As for the food, we allowed the waitress to handle a lot of the ordering since we were such a big group, and she did great. The empanadas and shrimp in garlic sauce appies were great. And the entrees were even better, I had the steak and it was to dye for. I highly recommend agozar to all! Pros: drinks were great, Fairly priced more

Go Somewhere Else 7/26/2005

Who is that man by the door with that grimace on his face? I think he's the co-owner! Our dinner at Agozar was a terrible experience. The hostess told me she could accomodate my group without a reservation but we ended up waiting nearly an hour and were seated in the smallest cramped area. But then, the whole restaurant is a small, cramped area. The menu is pricey and the food was not tasty - except for the tostones with garlic and oil. They were good. I don't know why they boast the best mojitos in NYC because they were terrible. The staff was rude. The portions were ridiculously small. Do not get the steak dish. The shrimp appetizer was tasty but the quesadilla was a joke. There was only half of a quesadilla on the plate! You can definitely eat better elsewhere and for much less! Pros: Good tostones, Happy Hour until 8pm Cons: Too small & expensive, Food is not very good, Bad Service more

Go Somewhere Else 7/26/2005

Who is that man by the door with that grimace on his face? I think he's the co-owner! Our dinner at Agozar was a terrible experience. The hostess told me she could accomodate my group without a reservation but we ended up waiting nearly an hour and were seated in the smallest cramped area. But then, the whole restaurant is a small, cramped area. The menu is pricey and the food was not tasty - except for the tostones with garlic and oil. They were good. I don't know why they boast the best mojitos in NYC because they were terrible. The staff was rude. The portions were ridiculously small. Do not get the steak dish. The shrimp appetizer was tasty but the quesadilla was a joke. There was only half of a quesadilla on the plate! You can definitely eat better elsewhere and for much less! Pros: Good tostones, Happy Hour until 8pm Cons: Too small & expensive, Food is not very good, Bad Service more

So overrated! 7/10/2005

The tasty but wimpy $30 pitcher of mojitos fed the four of us one tiny low-ball glass each. It was more of a half-pitcher; what a rip-off. Service was slow and inattentive, our salad was missing ingredients, and the pork-chop was more dry and tasteless than their pathetic decor. It looked like a high-school cafeteria! Cons: Overpriced drinks, Boring food more

So overrated! 7/10/2005

The tasty but wimpy $30 pitcher of mojitos fed the four of us one tiny low-ball glass each. It was more of a half-pitcher; what a rip-off. Service was slow and inattentive, our salad was missing ingredients, and the pork-chop was more dry and tasteless than their pathetic decor. It looked like a high-school cafeteria! Cons: Overpriced drinks, Boring food more

Mouth-watering tapas and mojitos 6/5/2005

I had a large dinner people & Agozar was accomodating (but it did take awhile for us to be seated). The food was excellent. Wasnt too impressed with my main dish but that didn't matter since I had filled up on tapas. The tapas were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Everything from tostones & the highly addictive maduros to the shrimp ceviche & empanadas (order the platter of all 3 so you can get a bit of each flavor) were mouth-wateringly good. Their mojitos are absolutely awesome as well. My personal favorite was the coconut mojito. Order the pitcher & save yourself a few bucks in the process. The only bad thing is that the place is kind of small but all the other great things about this place more than makeup for that one little drawback. Its certainly not a cheap eats place but its averagely-priced for a NYC restaurant. Pros: tapas & desserts, mojitos, friendly staff Cons: not cheap, small dining area more

Mouth-watering tapas and mojitos 6/5/2005

I had a large dinner people & Agozar was accomodating (but it did take awhile for us to be seated). The food was excellent. Wasnt too impressed with my main dish but that didn't matter since I had filled up on tapas. The tapas were ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Everything from tostones & the highly addictive maduros to the shrimp ceviche & empanadas (order the platter of all 3 so you can get a bit of each flavor) were mouth-wateringly good. Their mojitos are absolutely awesome as well. My personal favorite was the coconut mojito. Order the pitcher & save yourself a few bucks in the process. The only bad thing is that the place is kind of small but all the other great things about this place more than makeup for that one little drawback. Its certainly not a cheap eats place but its averagely-priced for a NYC restaurant. Pros: tapas & desserts, mojitos, friendly staff Cons: not cheap, small dining area more

Remember gum... 5/8/2005

The restaurant is cozy and inviting, and the live music on certain nights adds more vibrance. For a party of 20, the staff was friendly but had a little bit of difficulty keeping the orders straight. The menu has some flavorful alternatives, but those dining with vegetarians beware - there's not much to offer. The El Tropical salad is a light and different start, and the empanadas have some great combinations as well. The camarones y arroz amarillo got a thumbs up, as did the salmon varadero, but don't forget to add some maduros (sweet plantains) to any meal. No matter what you have, be prepared with something minty for your breath, as garlic is a staple in most dishes! Pros: Atmosphere Cons: Garlic overload more

Remember gum... 5/8/2005

The restaurant is cozy and inviting, and the live music on certain nights adds more vibrance. For a party of 20, the staff was friendly but had a little bit of difficulty keeping the orders straight. The menu has some flavorful alternatives, but those dining with vegetarians beware - there's not much to offer. The El Tropical salad is a light and different start, and the empanadas have some great combinations as well. The camarones y arroz amarillo got a thumbs up, as did the salmon varadero, but don't forget to add some maduros (sweet plantains) to any meal. No matter what you have, be prepared with something minty for your breath, as garlic is a staple in most dishes! Pros: Atmosphere Cons: Garlic overload more

User review by dor0326 5/3/2005

Great food, comfortable atmosphere. Have been here a few times w/ friends, they did a total redesign and now offer more seating and it great for afterwork for Tapa's and cocktails! Highly recommened! Enjoyed great food and service. more

User review by dor0326 5/3/2005

Great food, comfortable atmosphere. Have been here a few times w/ friends, they did a total redesign and now offer more seating and it great for afterwork for Tapa's and cocktails! Highly recommened! Enjoyed great food and service. more

GOOD FOOD ... GOOD DRINKS 5/2/2005

the tapas are great....the drinks are on the money....try the mojitos....great atmosphere....took my fiance for Valentines Day....very romantic...the bar's cool. I LOVE THIS PLACE! more

Thanks for another great experience 5/2/2005

Have been to Agozar several times now and have been meaning to write a review. The place has really hit its stride with excellent food, accomodating servers and very gracious owners. My personal favorites are the empanadas, ceviche and ropa vieja - oh and I can't forget the specialty drinks - especially the caparinhis. It was also nice to see that they have opened up even more space for dining by reconfiguring the bar area. I'm looking foward to going back soon for another great meal. Pros: excellent food, great service, very accomodating more

GOOD FOOD ... GOOD DRINKS 5/2/2005

the tapas are great....the drinks are on the money....try the mojitos....great atmosphere....took my fiance for Valentines Day....very romantic...the bar's cool. I LOVE THIS PLACE! more

Thanks for another great experience 5/2/2005

Have been to Agozar several times now and have been meaning to write a review. The place has really hit its stride with excellent food, accomodating servers and very gracious owners. My personal favorites are the empanadas, ceviche and ropa vieja - oh and I can't forget the specialty drinks - especially the caparinhis. It was also nice to see that they have opened up even more space for dining by reconfiguring the bar area. I'm looking foward to going back soon for another great meal. Pros: excellent food, great service, very accomodating more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    The bar's upbeat Latin music, colorful stools and cocktail napkins, and a fruity drink menu are the first confirmations that Agozar lives up to its translation: "A good time." Add gracious staff, 25 tasting-sized tapas and lively noise from the dining room and you'll be planning your second visit before you've been seated. Mingle at the angled bar or hit the narrow back room where the city's pretties are celebrating birthdays like it's their full-time job.

    The Food
    Cuban-raised siblings Diana and Gerardo Perez now offer their household favorites for sharing. (Servers suggest two per person for passing.) Groups will appreciate larger plates such as the harmonious Cuban sandwich with plantain chips, or mussels steamed in a banana leaf. But smaller dishes, including skewered marinated pork, breaded steak (Grandma's recipe) and four empanadas with four sauces, are where the chef shines, making each bite a small Cuban feast.

  • 5/9/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Thu 5pm-12am Fri 5pm-2am Sat 5pm-3am Sunday - closed, but open for private parties
  • Payments:

    American Express, Visa, Discover, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, East Village, Bowery
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