NEW FOOD: CUBAN CROCODILE (Un Beso, Marivi!)

I am really excited for some Cuban food in Long Beach. When I lived in Forest Hills there was a Cuban place right off Austin Street that had the most amazing food ever – especially skirt steak and sangrias. The menu below from Cuban Crocodile (26 East Park Ave) looks similar, so I have my fingers crossed. Has anybody been there yet?

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31 thoughts on “NEW FOOD: CUBAN CROCODILE (Un Beso, Marivi!)”

  1. I also loved the Cuban place in Forest Hills. It was called CABANA ON 70th Rd and they had a branch on Third Avenue. I have never had a bad meal or a bad experience there.   I hope this place is good, because we could use a good place here in Long Beach, we have lots of places but most of them have slipped and are not as good as they once were.
    We could also use a good steakhouse on the west end.

  2. Been at the Croc twice already…Great atmosphere, decor and music! Finally we have something different and exciting in long beach for the older but not so old (LOL)crowd. You get a lot of food for the money…everything that I have ordered has been excellent. The desserts (especially the cheesecake) and specialty drinks (you have to try a mojito or coconut martini) are incredible…

  3. Good Luck with that.. I was there on Weds this week and was so disappointed. I’ve been to the heart of Miami many times for business trips and have been to the finest authentic Cuba restaurants. Cuban Crocodile was the “americanized” version of Cuban food I ordered the chicken and it was a somewhat dry, my friend ordered the Cuban sandwich and it had a lot of fat on it, and my other friend ordered the cuban steak- a very thin cut of beef and tough to boot. To make matters worse, and something I have never witnessed before, the watiress left our finished dinner plates on the table and proceeded to ask us about coffee and dessert. The Cuban coffee which we all ordered, was lukewarm, watered down espresso. Unbelieveable. This place is going to be eaten up alive once the next few months pass on and the novelty wears off if they don’t step it up..

  4. Good Luck with that.. I was there on Weds this week and was so disappointed. I’ve been to the heart of Miami many times for business trips and have been to the finest authentic Cuba restaurants. Cuban Crocodile was the “americanized” version of Cuban food I ordered the chicken and it was a somewhat dry, my friend ordered the Cuban sandwich and it had a lot of fat on it, and my other friend ordered the cuban steak- a very thin cut of beef and tough to boot. To make matters worse, and something I have never witnessed before, the watiress left our finished dinner plates on the table and proceeded to ask us about coffee and dessert. The Cuban coffee which we all ordered, was lukewarm, watered down espresso. Unbelieveable. This place is going to be eaten up alive by the town diners if they don’t step it up and make some seriously needed changes

  5. Terrible food. Don’t know how they did it but they made arroz con pollo tasteless. Steak was worse, but it had taste, a taste of cardboard. Inedible. Asked for a drink with ice, came without ice, waitress said it must have melted on way over from bar which was less than 25 ft away. Not going back.

  6. Mellisa,
    It really saddens me that you had a bad experience at the Crocodile. I take all reviews good and bad very seriously since they not only effect me but they also effect the 22 people that I employ.

    My recipe’s at the Crocodile are all derived from the original cookbook that came from Spain with the first Spanish Immigrants. There are no Americanization nor fusions on the menu.

    I make it a point to try to go to every table and always ask my guest how they are enjoying their experience. I did not receive any complaints on Wednesday.

    I appreciate you coming out to the Crocodile and giving us a try. I invite you to email me at Marivi@thecubancrocodile.com or call me at 516 442 2444, so I can better understand your experience and make the proper corrections.
    Sincerely,
    Marivi Wolfe
    Owner
    The Cuban Crocodile

  7. Giovanny,

    Thank you for your kind review and for coming out the Cuban Crocodile on Wednesday.

    The cheesecake is making a big splash, I actually have orders for the whole cake coming in.

    I take great pride in what I built and the experience I am trying to create. It humbles me when people are enjoying my dream.
    Thank you
    Marivi Wolfe
    Owner
    Cuban Crocodile
    Marivi@thecubancrocodile.com

  8. Katherine,

    As I said in my private email response to you when you posted the same review on several sites on Sunday.

    Please feel free to contact me at Marivi@thecubancrocodile.com or call me at 516-442-2444

    I want to understand what went wrong, again I go to every table to check in with the guest and their experience, no complaints were voiced to me. If a complaint would have been voiced I assure you the correction would have been immediate and you would have left happy.

    I have gained enormous insights and have implemented many of my guest suggestion because of these table visits which is why they are my priority on every night

  9. I was there Sunday evening and everything was wonderful, the food, the wine , the service. Will be back again, I have already recommended the restaurant to friends and family.

    Well done!

  10. I have been to the cuban crocodile multiple times since it opened. I have one great meal after another! I love the mojitos- my favorite is the guava. The VACA FRITA is DECLICIOUS get it with the dipping sauce from the Mariquitas- YUMMY!!!The staff went out of thier way to make sure my group was taken care of. We loved the after dinner cordial that is delivered when the check was dropped!Icannot wait for summer and Cuban crocidel picnics beachside! If you haven’t gone….go tonight…..It’s a must try!

  11. I have been to the Cuban Crocodile about four to five times and have loved it every time! The apps and tapas are a fantastic coupling to the wonderful bar. The Mojitos are authentic, try them with the Cocnut flavored rums. The Sangria is a standout with plenty of fruit with produces a delicious intense flavor! I will be going back until I’m done with the menu and then going to start again! Something for everyone!

  12. These negative reviews are crazy!!! I went to the Cuban Crocodile several times over the past few weeks. The FOOD was amazing – the SERVICE was amazing – the drinks were AMAZING as well! The ropa viejo was authentic – and the mojitos were fresh and nice and strong too! Best of luck to the Cuban Crocodile! Don’t listen to any of these negative reviews!!!

  13. The Cuban Crocodile is a MUST for a terrific evening with great friends. From the friendly service, to the yummy margaritas, and the delicious dishes, this is truly a unique experience! I ate at the bar and the bartenders were so helpful! The steak had just the right flavor with the perfect seasoning! I’ll be back!!!!

  14. I ate at the Croc on opening night and that the food was fantastic. The tostones were just the right size and not greasy. The mojo sauce was amazing. I wanted to slather it onto everything 🙂 The menu was authentic Cuban and spot on. I had the ropa vieja which was delicious, the meat was nice and tender.

    Great atmosphere, love the subtle decor paying homage to Cuba and the music provides a festive background without being overbearing.

    Can’t wait to go back and try out some other dishes.

  15. I ate at the Croc last Friday with my wife and another couple. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the atmosphere and decor made for a very satisfying experience. The ropa vieja was spot on and the tostones perfectly fried. I will be coming back, and soon.

  16. I was on Long Island for a girl’s weekend in New York and the 10 of us had a GREAT dining experience at the Cuban Crocodile. I am a whimp when it comes to trying ethnic food but I am sold on Cuban food now. The Boliche Asado was incredible as were the fried plantains. I never thought I would eat a plantain. The salad with the peaches and the ceviche (I know – not Cuban, but…) were also outstanding. Marivi’s Mojitos were just right. And the icing on the cake that night was the cheesecake drizzled with the Dulce. And when I say drizzled I mean covered. The table started out sharing one but it was such a hit we ordered a second. I would order a whole one and have it shipped to Maryland if I could.

    The service was impecable and the owners came by to make sure everything was as expected (It was). The atmosphere is fun and relaxing. Decor is very unique. I am now planning another trip so my family can enjoy the same experience I did. Looking forward to visiting again.

  17. The West End of Long Beach needs a Steak House badly.
    It’s the one thing that we lack here.
    A good Steak House with reasonable prices and service.

    PS no chains please.

  18. Re Cuban Crocodile
    We ate there on 3/9 after learning about it on Seabythecity. Although the service was excellent and the owner and waitress were very friendly, the bread was underbaked and cold, the food tasted OK but was at best warm (and after being sent back for reheating was still not hot), and the Corona Light was a ridiculously high $8.00.

  19. You have the same canned response for everyone, and think that the “email me and I’ll help you” line makes you appear understanding. You were extremely rude to me and your menu is faux-Cuban. If you’d spend more time on finding what real Cuban is as you do souring the reviews (why is that hmmmm), you’d do better.

  20. We also ate there last week, we liked the place but found the food to be much too bland. It doesn’t have to be spicy, but not bland either.

    Hey where’s the flavor?

  21. I’ve been there twice. The first time, two months ago, I was impressed with the decor and music but not very impressed overall, we had extremely slow service, so- so salads and dry tasteless vaca frita, the black beans and rice had non of the tang and flavor I’d hoped for and had elsewere, although the Sangria was delicious. We gave it a second try and liked it much more. My pargo was delicious, the ropa viejo was devoured by my friend and the pollo ala brasa got a very good review too. The service was much better too. The mojitos were well made and tasty. The Croc’s decor is organic and real, several steps up from most places in Long Beach which seem to have been made out of some restaurant catalogue, and the ever present Cuban music adds a lively upbeat touch (is there any such thing as a slow Cuban ballad?).

    No, I’ve never been to Cuba or spent lots of time in South Beach, but Cuban food, regardless of how authentic is an a cuisine not often seen and quite welcome. I’m glad it’s here.

  22. My mom is 74 and born and raised in Cuba and has lived In LB for 40 years. Marivi, She said the food was terrible and very expensive. In Miami / FT Lauderdale a Palomilla steak goes for $11.95 and yours is $18.95. I have lived in Miami for over 20 years now and have owned several restaurants and am a licensed restaurant food manager. My good friends the Vilarinos own 13 Cuban restaurants ( Las vegas cuban cuisine ) in the Miami / FT Lauderdale Area and have some of the best cuban food around, except for my moms :). I will be visiting at the end of the month and will give a true review of your restaurant.

  23. Since you have so much expertise in the food industry, you easily understand market and prices. I stand by the Ciban Crocodile food, I make it a point to speak to all guest, all the times. I can so tell you that I have had many Cuban grandmom’s come in and one in particular cried because the music food and decor Reminded her of the days of dating her husband.
    Ask for me when you come in I would live to meet you !

  24. Manolo..”…. here is an UNCANNED response for you…. If you feel that someone who cares about her business and takes the time to reach out to people to better my business and fix mistakes is somehow contrived, that is sad. If you feel that my menu is “fake” Cuban, you really have no idea what you are talking about . I am generally not a Rude person, I do not recall having any conversations of late that I felt went usunder, I usually do loose patience when people are iggnorant or abohorrent, perhaps we did meet.

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