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The 10 Best Spots to Sip Mojitos in New York City

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|by Mikey Miller |


Celebrate National Mojito Day in style

This Thursday, July 11th, don’t forget to celebrate National Mojito Day! A staple of Cuban culture, the cocktail is traditionally made of white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water and mint, and is often topped with mint leaves. In celebration of this perfect summery drink that hails from the tropical Caribbean, we’ve come up with a list of some of the best spots to sip mojitos in the Big Apple this summer (and it’s no surprise that most of these are at some of New York City’s finest Cuban and Latin restaurants).

July 17th is National Mojito Day, and here’s where to celebrate in New York City (Photo: iStock)

July 17th is National Mojito Day, and here’s where to celebrate in New York City (Photo: iStock)

Cuba Restaurant & Rum Bar
Experience the mojito in an establishment reminiscent of its nation of origin! Located on Thompson Street in the heart of Greenwich Village, the restaurant’s location in Manhattan even evokes the vibe of Old Havana. Cuba Restaurant & Rum Bar serves dishes from all around the Latin world, featuring Cuban, Latin and Spanish specialties like empanadas, churrasco, tostones, paella and flan. It also prides itself on having some of “the best mojitos” in the city. What’s more, Cuba also has live music Friday and Saturday nights, and hand-rolled cigars on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Guantanamera
Located in Midtown Manhattan only a few blocks south of Columbus Circle, Guantanamera has a rum selection like you’ve never seen before, with seventeen different types of rum on its menu and thus a seemingly endless amount of mojitos on which you can sip. From Tuesday to Sunday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Guantanamera boasts live music and dancing, and for your inexpensive mojito fix, you can enjoy $6 mojitos all Wednesday night long.

Ten Degrees Bar
Housed in the East Village, it’s almost always happy hour at the Ten Degrees Bar. Every day of the week from noon to 8 p.m., the bar runs a special – two drinks for the price of one – and you can experience an additional late-night happy hour from Sunday to Thursday from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Ten Degrees Bar features an extensive food and drink menu, dedicating the better part of a page of it to charcuterie boards and cheese alone, and you can grab a classic mojito to drink as well. For just $1 more, you can add berries to your drink.

Yuca Bar
This unique East Village spot “offer(s) a fusion of Latin cuisine from over a dozen countries,” paying homage to both traditional and contemporary dishes. Featuring open window seating (allowing for some excellent downtown people-watching), Yuca sells classic mojitos, as well as its very own Yucajito, which substitutes pineapple juice for the traditional lime. And during Yuca’s happy hour, from 1-8 p.m. every day, you can sip your delectable mojito for just $8.

Victor’s Café
Branding itself as “what an upscale Cuban restaurant would be in Cuba if politics had not interfered with its growth,” Victor’s Café sits in the heart of the Theater District. A family-owned and run restaurant for over five decades, it is currently helmed by the eponymous Victor’s daughter, Sonia Zaldivar. You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to Cuba with elaborate murals on the walls and fake palm trees all around. Additionally, Victor’s features the Cuba Lounge, its bar area that pays homage to “the vintage spirit of Cuba.” You can find four different types of mojitos here: the bomb mojito, the coconaty mojito, the seasonal mojito and, of course, the mojito clásico (the classic mojito).

Corner Social
Harlem’s Corner Social is relatively new to the New York restaurant scene, having opened its doors just seven years ago in 2012. Wanting to connect to its location, Corner Social offers a menu of Harlem-inspired contemporary American cuisine, and with dishes on its menu such as Caesar salad, fried calamari, filet mignon, shrimp and grits and pan-seared fresh salmon, there’s something for everyone. Corner Social hides its mojito on the menu, calling it the Valentine in the Summer; it’s a cocktail comprised of Bacardi 4 Anejo, coconut cream, lime juice, a splash of soda, and mint that is definitely ready to receive your love.

TAO
With two locations in Manhattan (TAO Uptown is in Midtown East, and TAO Downtown sits right in Chelsea), TAO provides customers with an upscale Asian dining experience and decor that evokes the vibes of a traditional Asian “temple,” featuring large statues and dim lighting, for exceptional ambiance. TAO puts its own spin on the classic mojito, branding it as the TAO-hito, a drink made of Bacardi limón rum, TAO sour, fresh mind and Fever Tree lemon soda. You can’t go wrong with dim sum and mojitos.

Bogota Latin Bistro
The Bogota Latin Bistro brings guests to the South American country of Colombia, providing a menu full of Colombian and other Latin cuisine. This Park Slope eatery has been deemed “Brooklyn’s hottest Latin restaurant” by many, and its ultimate mission to develop and nurture people’s appreciate for Latin food in the United States. Bogota has an entire mojito section on its menu, selling classic mojitos, tropical fruit mojitos, diet mojitos (with Stevia sweetener instead of sugar), Colombian mojitos (with aguardiente instead of rum), Zacapa mojitos (with Zacapa rum), and Hendrick’s mojitos (with Hendrick’s gin) by both the glass and the pitcher. And during happy hour (all day from Monday to Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday), you can sip a classic mojito for only $7 and a tropical fruit one for just $8.

Havana Central
Havana Central has four locations scattered throughout New York and New Jersey, but the one you’ll be able to find in the city is right on 46th Street in Times Square. This restaurant boasts a classic Cuban menu (and one that it is actually not too pricey for its location), with dishes including handmade empanadas, classic Cuban sandwiches (sandwich cubano clásico), picadillo (a savory Cuban-style beef hash), arroz con pollo (chicken and rice), and mofongos (a delicacy made with pork and garlic-infused mashed plantains). Havana Central has four different mojitos on its menu for you to try out: the classic mojito, the pomegranate mojito, the tropical-flavored mojito and the ultimate mojito (made with Matusalem rum).

Amor Cubano
With a name that translates to “Cuban love,” there’s no doubt that you will absolutely love the mojitos and authentic Cuban food at this East Harlem establishment. Priding itself on attracting “the Spanish Harlem community, as well as Cuban cuisine and culture lovers from all over New York City,” Amor Cubano has a mojito menu featuring ten different takes on the classic drink, some of which star flavors such as mango, peach and guava. And on Thursdays from 4 to 11 p.m., Amor Cubano becomes “loco por mojito,” crazy for mojitos, and sells them for only $6.

For more of the best of NYC this summer, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in July 2019

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