Being that I lived in Miami for three years, where GREAT Cuban restaurants are a dime a dozen, I finally thought that I found a place that would stand up to such classics as Versailles, Casa Larios (Flagler, not SoBe), and La Caretta. Well, I went to Azucar near Newport Center and was more than disappointed!
I got to Azucar and even though the place was half empty, they refused to seat me and my date AWAY from the kitchen, until we began to walk out. Once we sat down, we waited 20 minutes until they took our drink orders. When our food finally came (NO BREAD, btw), the portions were so small they were almost macrobiotic. The rice was overcooked, the beans seemed like they came out of a Shop Rite Can, and my date's bistec palomilla could have been cooked by the lunch lady at Valley Stream Central High.
For a pitcher of sangria ($29 alone) and two small portions of shrimp and bistec palomilla, we were charged a total of $77, sans tip. When I presented my validated Light Rail ticket for the advertised 10% discount, I was told that they would not accept it, as it had to be accompanied by a computer printout of the offer!
In short, I have yet to find good Cuban food in Hudson County. Looks like I need to book a flight to Miami soon (where all of the Cubans who settled in Union City and West New York are living now anyway, their nabes now belonging to Dominicans and Mexicans).