Mojitos Cuban Cuisine Woodside Sunnyside

Posted on May 18, 2008. Filed under: Cuban, Woodside/Sunnyside |

Mojitos 52-20 Roosevelt Ave Wooside, NY 11377 718-672-3158

Mojitos is a modest place to get great cuban food, even if it isn’t entirely authentic. This new restaurant is humble in decor, but big in taste. The inexpensive and tasty cuisine is not quite gourmet, but better than street food. Entrees run about $10 and come with a large arugula and olive salad and bread- not so Cuban precursors to a hearty meal. Pernil- a dish offering a tender cut of roasted pork, is crispy on the edges and juicy in the middle, served with rice, beans and yucca. Chuletas is just as satisfying-a dish of pork chops marinated in citrus juices. There are also chicken dishes and skirt steak for a little more in cost. The shrimp marinated in garlic, Camarones al Ajillo, has a pungent sauce that is not easy on the taste buds.  Dessert generally consists of pastel de tres leches– a modified version of the traditional Latin American sweet. Although Mojito’s version is merely a giant slice of bakery birthday cake soaked in sweet milk- authentic it is not- but delicious it is! Friendly service makes-up where the ambiance falls short- but overall the place is festive in its own way, with the voice Gloria Estefan echoing off the barren walls and lights strewn on the windows.  Mojitos offers free delivery, private parties and catering.

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8 Responses to “Mojitos Cuban Cuisine Woodside Sunnyside”

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Thanks for the update Karline- I will definitely check them out again soon.

Definitely try them now. Grrrrrrreat mojitos!!!!

Humble advise. Try them now. I absolutely loved it!!! The live music. The people. The vibe. But especially the food. We had green plantain topped with sauteed shrimp as appetizers. Dinner was well presented, rice not Uncle Ben’s for sure. We got Paella, Churrasco, the combo chicken and shrimp in garlic sauce and the oxtail. All simply delicious. Their mojitos are addictive. They even make them with splenda. Mango mojito is my fave. About the nationality thing. I didn’t notice anything outrageously different than any other restaurant in NYC. Most of the cooks and servers in every other restaurant are Mexican regardless of ownership nationality and type of food. I will definitely come back, as well as my friends. You should give it a try!

que comida tan rica att juan morales

I’m just gonna throw this one out there. I’m addicted to the pressed cuban sandwiches (cubanos) at a place call El Sitio. Its in Jackson Heights on Roosevelt. SOOOOO insanely good. So many places screw up Cuban sandwiches, but this spot (The Spot) has it dialed in just right. Note: Greasy as hell. Not for health-food enthusiasts.

I’m sorry to hear negative feedback on this place. I thought the food was really good. Unfortunately I am not a Cuban food expert, but despite the fact that it’s not entirely authentic, my dining partners and I really like it for taste and service. Hopefully they will improve…

ROBERTO IS DEFINITELY CORRECT ABOUT THIS PLACE.
THEY STILL HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO MAKE RICE.
THE RICE OF THIS RESTAURANT IS UNCLE BEN’S RICE
AND NOT REAL “MOROS” THE PLACE IS OWNED BY
MEXICAN PEOPLE. HOWEVER, THE SERVICE IS GOOD.
I HEARD THAT THE ENTERTAINMENT IS VERY GOOD ON
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS IS WONDERFUL.

The food at Mojitos is not authentic Cuban food; it’s not even close.

It’s imitation Cuban food prepared for people who don’t know the difference, i.e. non-Cubans.

The bread is not Cuban bread.

The rice is not Cuban rice. It tasted like Uncle Ben’s or something akin.

The beans are not Cuban beans. They were quite bland, and may have been from a can.

The mojo is a monstrous concoction (which, sadly, has become the norm in NYC) of pureed garlic with some kind of watered-down citrus juice. It has very little taste, and most certainly is not mojo.

(Real mojo is olive oil mixed with sour orange and minced garlic. It is very pungent and the garlic is piled up at the bottom of the dish.)

The oil is not olive oil, but some kind of vegetable oil — sunflower oil is my guess.

The mariquitas and tostones were quite good, but the poor-excuse-for-mojo did them no justice.

The picadillo, while a bit bland, was not bad, though the capers in it were a bit of a mystery.

But, the worst was yet to come….

There was only one dessert available, despite the several listed on the menu.

The only available dessert was banana frita — fried banana with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and graham crackers — and it was horrible. The ice cream was mostly ice and required a knife and the assistance of my fellow diner to cut.

In a word, I would describe Mojitos as a travesty of Cuban cuisine.

This locale should have remained an Irish pub.


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