Cafe Nunez – Spanish and Caribbean Bar, Restaurant Club Garment District NY
240 W 35th St
(between 7th Ave & 8th Ave)
Manhattan, NY 10001
Just started a new job recently down in the garment district. I’m missing the access to Ma Peche and the famous halal cart on 53rd (and all my friends at msft of course), but so far lots of great places to check out down here and mostly at a fraction of the prices of Midtown. Last week, one of my coworkers who happens to be Puerto Rican took us out to Cafe Nunez on 35th St. Once you walk in, you’ll understand it’s definitely legit.
It’s got a long buffet bar with steaming platters of all your Spanish favorites like: Sopa de Pescados y Mariscos al Brandy/Sea Food Soup: Basa, clam, mussels, shrimp, Calamari in a Saffron Broth with vegetables and a splash of brandy ($7), Ceviche Peruano, guarnicionado de perlas caribeña y leche tigre ($7), Chicharrón de pollo marinado con chimichurri Crispy Boneless chicken chunks marinated with Seville oranges ($6), Cuban Sandwiches ($7) and others. On certain nights, this Cafe Nunez becomes a club with a DJ and live salsa dancing!
The all you can eat buffet is just $11.95 during lunch or you can pick from list of dishes below for the lunch take out for just $8.
Rotisserie Chicken Jumbo Meatballs
Dominican Stew Chicken Dominican Stew Codfish
Boneless Fried Chicken Chunks Fried Pork Chops
Baked BBQ Ribs (Pernil) Roasted Pork
Dominican Stew Pork Stewed Oxtail
Stewed Goat Sautéed steak
Oven roasted Dominican Egg plant w/ seasoned vegetables
All orders come w/ sweet plantains, potato salad, and a choice
of either white rice and red beans, rice and peas, tostones or
For $9 they have a 4-min special where they basically take the food off the buffet table and bring it to your table. We did this option but I think it depends on your waiter – ours definitely took longer than 4 minutes to order!
I wanted the Pernil but they ran out so I tried a beef stew over rice and beans. It was awesome and so filling that I should have picked up a cup of Starbucks at the end of the block. Enjoy!
p.s. If you get a dish with the tostones (non sweet plantains), ask for the mojito garlic sauce. It’s amazing!