Upon visiting, I knew Victor Del Corral being famous for putting my favorite cocktail on the map.  He is responsible for this mojito craving we see today. Victor de Corral is the one to thank for this Cuban gem in New York City that still stands in the Theatre District, managed by his granddaughter Monica Zaldivar.  If you have not gone out for NYC Restaurant Week, this week is your final chance at an incredible 3 course meal.

The house specialty, what Victor de Corral mastered in his day is among a selection on the Restaurant Week menu.  The Ropa Vieja, a slow braised pulled skirt steak is served with Victor's famous rice and beans.  I know what your thinking, and to clarify yes the rice and beans are THAT GOOD.

If you want authentic, you can't go wrong with the Lechon Asado.  This dish screams comfort, "Yum! This tastes like Thanksgiving, Cuban style!"  The pork was equally tender as it was delicious.  Yuca are another name for potatoes, and those I enjoyed more than imaginable.

Lechon Asado - Photo by Megan Peterson  

Lechon Asado - Photo by Megan Peterson  

Before you dive into one of these authentic entrees,  be sure to start off with the Croquettas Corral, or the Shrimp Ceviche.  Ceviche is hit or miss. Victor's is right on the money!  

Perfect for two, however not part of the Restaurant Week is Victor's sampler of appetizers, a delicious welcome to Cuban cuisine.  Cuban Quesadilla, Chicken Empanadas, Bartolito, Croquettas Corral and yuquita fries to name a few delicious bites! This was too good leave unmentioned.  "I love the way Cubans make their quesadillas!"

Sampler of appetizers   Photo by Megan Peterson

Sampler of appetizers   Photo by Megan Peterson

Article by Megan Peterson, Foodie Out Loud Founder

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