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Review: A taste of Cuban cuisine at Son Cubano in New Jersey

Son Cubano is a modern Cuban restaurant, situated on the Hudson, in New Jersey.

Son Cubano in New Jersey
Son Cubano in New Jersey. Photo Courtesy of Son Cubano.
Son Cubano in New Jersey. Photo Courtesy of Son Cubano.

Son Cubano is a modern Cuban restaurant, situated on the Hudson, in New Jersey.

On March 29, this journalist had the opportunity to dine at Son Cubano for brunch at this eatery that is located in the town of West New York, New Jersey.

Son Cubano itself has a retro ’50s vibe to it coupled with a pleasant ambiance. Brian Morales serves as its executive chef.

Appetizers

For hors d’oeuvres, one ought to try their “Skirt Steak skewers,” which were accompanied with Herb Ocopa, green olive Sofrito, and Queso Fresco.

Skirt Steak Skewers and Lobster and Shrimp Tacos at Son Cubano
Skirt Steak Skewers and Lobster and Shrimp Tacos at Son Cubano. Photo Credit: Markos Papadatos

Their “Lobster and Shrimp Tacos” consisted of Pico De Gallo, Sambal mayo (aioli), and radishes. While the portions were slightly small, their taste (and the artistic presentation of the meals) made up for it.

Sweet Potato Wedges with Tamarind Glaze
Sweet Potato Wedges with Tamarind Glaze. Photo Credit: Markos Papadatos

Side dishes

Their standout sides include their “Sweet Potato Wedges” with Tamarind Glaze, which were indeed sweet and savory, and their “Garlic and Truffle Manchego Fries,” which were salty yet crispy.

Garlic and Truffle Manchego Fries
Garlic and Truffle Manchego Fries. Photo Credit: Markos Papadatos.

Entrée

As an entrée (and for patrons that enjoy meat), their “Churrasco” Prime Skirt Steak was quite noteworthy consisting of Arroz Moro (Cuban rice with black beans), Maduros, radishes, scallions and chimichurri sauce.

Churrasco Prime Skirt Steak at Son Cubano
Churrasco Prime Skirt Steak at Son Cubano. Photo Credit: Markos Papadatos.

Desserts

Several of their distinct and scrumptious desserts include their “Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sliders,” which are comprised of Vanilla Gelato, candied almonds, raspberries, toasted marshmallows with a side of hot fudge.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sliders at Son Cubano
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sliders at Son Cubano. Photo Credit: Markos Papadatos

They also offer “Maduro Sunday,” which can easily be shared with two people. This includes Vanilla Gelato, dried banana clips, pineapple chutney, candied black pepper cashews, passion fruit caramel, and chocolate sauce.

Maduro Sunday at Son Cubano
Maduro Sunday at Son Cubano. Photo Credit: Markos Papadatos

An unforgettable view of the Manhattan skyline

Son Cubano has visually-striking views of the New York City skyline (from the opposite side of the Hudson), which serves as a neat and picturesque backdrop that helps elevate the dining experience.

“I was immediately struck by the vibrant atmosphere and warm hospitality that enveloped the restaurant. From the first bite to the last, I found himself immersed in a culinary journey that surpassed his expectations,” social influencer Rudy Bundini said.

“The dishes, expertly crafted and bursting with authentic Cuban flavors, left a lasting impression. From the beautifully presented entrees to the impeccable service, Son Cubano’s commitment to excellence shone through in every aspect of the culinary and dining experience,” Bundini elaborated.

Conclusion

Overall, Son Cubano is able to fuse the Cuban and American cuisines quite well. The presentation of their meals is creative and elegant.

The wait staff is decent, the management is caring and attentive, and at each visit, there is something new to try due to its extensive menu of offerings.

It is recommended and worth checking out, especially for patrons that want to experience the diverse tastes of Cuba. Son Cubano on the Hudson garners four out of five stars.

To learn more about Son Cubano in New Jersey, check out its official website, and follow the restaurant on Instagram.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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