Cha Cha Cha Cuban Cafe

The Secret of Cha Cha Cha Cuban Cafe

A family’s search for an authentic Cuban sandwich led to the establishment of Cha Cha Cha Cuban Cafe. The Kenilworth, New Jersey-based Santana family struggled to get authentic Cuban food similar to their favorite family recipes. Owner Ralph Santana built his restaurant three minutes from their home to give the neighborhood authentic Cuban food. They have had five fantastic years in their location at 292 S, and they adore Kenilworth for its sense of safety and family-friendliness. Customers travel from all over the NY/NYC region to try Cha Cha Cha NJ’s Cuban Sandwich, which is the most authentic Cuban American food you will get anywhere! Check out the reviews; they speak for themselves.” said Ralph, who related a tale of Miami tourists who went out of their way to praise the Sandwich.

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My assistant and her husband tried practically everything on the menu after drooling over Cha Cha Cha NJ’s Instagram page! They could speak openly with owner Ralph Santana while seated at one of the famous drum stools. They were impressed by his friendly demeanor, enthusiasm to introduce people to his beloved Cuban food, and sincere passion for the cuisine. The charming Dariany Santana, who is a co-owner of Cha Cha Cha NJ and has her claim to fame as a “Cuban-American restaurateur, actor, and on-air personality originally from New Jersey, now based in LA,” was another person I got in touch with. She hosts “Struggle Gourmet,” the newest program on Fuse, where she and a celebrity guest prepare elegant, expensive versions of the meals they consumed before becoming famous. It’s an actual family business, and Ralph and Dariany contributed to creating this fantastic interview! The Cha Cha Cha Cuban Café is open from Monday through Saturday at 11:00 am, so be sure to stop by.

The Distinctive Features of Cha Cha Cha NJ

Since we are Cuban, locating authentic Cuban food in the neighborhood has always been difficult. Whenever he was disappointed, my father wanted to start his own business. The food and culture of Cuba are dear to my parents. Opening a restaurant made sense for the Santanas since we were always the house where people went to eat. There are no store-bought items on the menu. The recipes I ate growing up are primarily my mother’s.
On the other hand, I always thank my aunt “Tia Fifi” for sharing her Congr recipe with us. The closest thing to dining with a Cuban family is at Cha Cha Cha. We take great satisfaction in our food being prepared with passion and an emphasis on authenticity. We aimed to highlight the dishes we grew up eating rather than try to reinvent the wheel.

We’re happy to expand our business soon to a new location. Stay Tuned! Visit our main page for updates.

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