In 1963, with the help of his wife, Eloina Ruiz de Ugarrio, Victor Del Corral realized his dream of opening a restaurant in NYC, opening the doors of Victor’s Café on Columbus Avenue and 71st Street. In a short period of time, the restaurant became one of the most popular dining spots in the city with a celebrity clientele that included the most iconic stars of the era such as Barbara Streisand, Celia Cruz, Roberto Duran, John Lennon and Yoko Ono. In 1980, the restaurant moved to its spacious current quarters in Midtown, where it has continued to capture the hearts of New Yorkers, theater-goers, and a creative cast of regulars such as Barbara Walters, Pitbull, Rod Stewart and Brett Ratner for over 50 years.
The cuisine at Victor’s Café includes the most delicious, authentic dishes combined with the restaurant’s exclusive creations that represent the Evolution of Cuban Cuisine. Signature dishes include Victor’s famous black bean soup, shredded beef (“Ropa Vieja”), and roast suckling pig (“Lechon”).
The restaurant itself is divided into three spacious dining rooms, accented with warm lighting, colorful Cuban art and lofty sky-lit ceilings. The Cuba Lounge is intimate and warm, featuring a tapas menu and a variety of traditional Cuban cocktails such as Mojitos and Sangria.