Walk by Lidia’s Cuban Kitchen on a Friday or Saturday night and and the energy inside is sure to draw you in. Since opening in 2013 the restaurant has been enthusiastically embraced by local residents and people from throughout the area. Owner Lidia Galvaz learned how to cook authentic Cuban cuisine from her mother and ex-mother-in-law. She had been waiting for the chance to open her own restaurant, and after her brother’s restaurant in Highlands closed following Hurricane Sandy, Lidia decided the time was right. She had always loved the community feel of Cranford and appreciated the support businesses receive from residents.
Lidia considers the signature dish at her restaurant to be La Cubana which offers tastes of roasted pork, oxtail, and twice fried beef. It gives customers a great sample of Cuban cooking. Lidia also singles out her Skirt Steak as another dish that customers love, as well as the Tres Leches cake and Flan desserts, both of which are made in-house. All of the dishes come from authentic Cuban recipes and all of the food is made fresh. As Lidia puts it, the food is not fast food and it’s worth the wait.