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Cuba Meets Miami in Clinton Hill at Pilar Cuban Eatery

October 24, 2011

Pilar Cuban Eatery

One of the most amazing advantages of living in Clinton Hill is being a short walk from just about any type of exotic or unusual cuisine the mind (and stomach) can imagine. Not long ago we explored the wonderful taste adventure available at Pierre Diam’s Le Grand Dakar, where the special tastes of Senegal come to life in Brooklyn.

Not surprisingly the unique cuisine of Cuba is also available at Pilar Cuban Eatery found at 393 Classon Avenue between Greene and Clifton, on the Clinton Hill, Bedford Stuyvesant border. Pilar was the name of Ernest Hemingway’s boat, which he fished from when he lived in Havana. Interestingly the original Pilar was built in Brooklyn in 1936.

Expect an intimate and informal eating experience in what owner Ricardo Barreras prefers to call an eatery rather than a restaurant, as there is seating for only 10 inside and an additional 8 outside. Barrera runs the place alongside his wife Lizbeth Moreno. Barreras grew up in Miami and is a former research psychologist. His parents hail from Camaguey in Cuba. Barreras’ first intention was to just serve soup at his eatery. Us Clinton Hillites, and others, are glad the menu is more expansive. Come try out this very special taste of Cuba.

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