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Rumba Cubana in Jersey City: A Taste of Cuba in Hamilton Park

by Caitlin
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Rumba Cubana, a popular Jersey Cuban restaurant and bar has set up shop in Jersey City at 235 Pavonia Avenue. Tucked inside the quiet, picturesque courtyard of Pavonia Street on the edge of Hamilton Park, Rubana Cubana is the fourth restaurant for owners Alan & Nairelys Lopez whose Cuban eatery boasts other locations in North Bergen, Clifton, and Guttenberg, New Jersey. Here’s more about the new downtown Jersey City Cuban spot: 

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According to Rumba Cubana’s website, the Lopez family came to America from Cuba in 2000 with a dream of bringing the flavor & family recipes of home to us, and the restaurant definitely succeeds in creating an authentic experience for diners. And truthfully, you can come here for two reasons: for the fun atmosphere and/or the authentic menu — Rumba Cubana has both.

Cuban music and pineapple-shaped lanterns over a sidewalk café greet you right when you arrive, so one can’t help but feel like you’re on vacation. The sultry, dark bar anchored by banana leaves and black woven lanterns just scream a fun time – perfect for girls’ night out or a date.


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The menu, while approachable, still felt extremely authentic. The ingredients are simple and straightforward, producing plates that not only make you feel like you are enjoying a home-cooked meal but also just downright delicious.

Rumba offers a wide variety of Tostones Rellenos, a typical Latin American and Caribbean dish of stuffed plantain chips. The sautéed shrimp tostones come with a flavorful Cuban creole sauce, while the Lechon Asado comes with impeccably seasoned roasted pork {and a lot of it!}. Rumba does not skimp on portions  — so come hungry.

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The El Rumberito, aka the sampler platter, is the best way to get a taste of the extensive appetizer options in one dish. The platters come with bites of crunchy pork belly skin, homemade corn fritters, Cuban ham croquettes, beef empanadas, stuffed potato, and a hand-rolled traditional Cuban tamale – which is TDF and possibly one of the best things on the menu. If you are with a group of people for casual bites, a few appetizers would be plenty for the table and you can finish your meal there.

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If you haven’t rolled over yet and you’re ready for more, Rumba has a substantial list of classic Cuban dishes from all over the country. The Un Poquito de Todo is “a little bit of everything” – roasted pork, shredded beef, fried sweet plantains, moro rice and boiled cassava {otherwise known as yucca}.

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But not to forget about brunch, Rumba Cubana opens at 11:00AM and is ready to kick off a Sunday Funday. Some of the drinks come with a courtesy small, Cuban flag that couldn’t be more festive.

See More: Where to Get Caribbean Food in Jersey City + Hoboken


As for the particulars, Rumba Cubana’s service is attentive and helpful, and with the most expensive item on the menu being at $26.95, it’s very affordable considering the portions. The restaurant is a great choice for diners in the area, and hopefully here to stay.

The Verdict

If you can’t tell already, we had a wonderful experience at Rumba Cubana — and left FULL. It’s a fun spot to grab a casual but authentic bite to eat {and drink}. Seriously though, if you live in Hudson County you’ve either eaten at one of Rumba Cubana’s spots or have heard your friends rave about it — it’s a must-try for some hearty, rich Cuban food.


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