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Featured Restaurant-Pilar Cuban Eatery, Brooklyn Small Business


Living in Brooklyn is great, and one of the most wonderful things about the neighborhood are the small businesses that have opened. They are part of the fabric of the neighborhood that makes it interesting, friendly and in the case of restaurants and food shops, delicious. One of the restaurants is Pilar, a Cuban restaurant at 393 Classon Ave in Clinton Hill. The Chef/owner is Ricardo Barreras and his wife Lizbeth Moreno, he moved here from Miami and opened this wonderful little bistro. I am a big fan of Cuban food and a real sucker for a good Cuban sandwich and I was not disappointed, it’s really everything a Cuban sandwich should be, thin Cuban bread encasing tender perfectly spiced pork, ham, swiss cheese and pickles pressed and grilled to perfection.While waiting for my food I watched the parade of great dishes going past me and I wanted to order everything. Rice, black beans, plantains and egg (YUM), hand made empandadas, stewed vegetables and rice. Everything cooked to order, homemade and utterly delicious.

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i hope to feature local small business from time to time here, in my opinion it’s a great opportunity to spread the word and hopefully send business their way. I have great respect for these entrepreneurs. Ricardo and his wife take great pride in their work, they love what they do and thats evident from the moment you walk into their restaurant. I ordered a Cuban sandwich and 2 Empanadas, spinach and picadillo (ground meat, sofrito, cheese,potato) Ricardo told me he makes his own chorizo and gave me a sample (Delicious!!) I found a great NYT review of Pilar

NYT photo of Cuban Sandwich

Empanadas Spinach and Picadillo

If you live in Brooklyn or are just visiting drop by Pilar and enjoy some truly delicious and authentic Cuban food. You will love it as much as I did, and they deliver!!

16 Comments Post a comment
  1. Karen Rush #

    What a great idea to promote worthy interesting businesses in the area. I have no experience of Cuban food. Your description has me salivating. Simply yummy.

    June 9, 2012
    • Thanks Karen, Cuban food is wonderful. Not spicy hot for the most part, but very flavorful. Love it! Pilar is a great little restaurant and in our neighborhood we are being taken over by fast food chains that are putting the little guys out of business it’s very sad and I desperately want to see the little guys succeed.

      June 9, 2012
  2. vivilinh #

    the cuban sandwich loooks so good!

    June 9, 2012
    • It really is delicious, bread is crispy, inside tender and so tasty. Wonderful!! Thanks so much.

      June 9, 2012
  3. That sandwich has my heart pounding and mouth dry – love? 😉

    Choc Chip Uru

    June 9, 2012
  4. I know doesn’t it, makes me want another one. It was delicious!!

    June 9, 2012
  5. Mmm…love cuban food too. What a great idea promoting local businesses. I mainly have fast food or pizza joints around me, sadly nothing to write about.

    June 11, 2012
  6. Thanks Suzie, I am very fortunate to have some great local small businesses in my neighborhood and we desperately want to see them succeed

    June 11, 2012
  7. m&m #

    Yum! Next time I’m out in Clinton Hill I’ll have to give it a try!

    June 12, 2012
    • The food is great, so happy there are so many great new restaurants coming here!

      June 12, 2012

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