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Margon Restaurant

Opening Hours
Today: 7am–4:30pm
Thurs:
7am–4:30pm
Fri:
7am–4:30pm
Sat:
7am–4:30pm
Sun:
Closed
Mon:
7am–4:30pm
Tues:
7am–4:30pm
Location
136 West 46th Street
Margon Restaurant 1 Breakfast Cuban Midtown West Theater District

"We are the oldest restaurant on our block. We try to keep a low profile while doing the best we can, and every day we appreciate that we are living in this country,” said Guadalupe, who has been married to Rafael Rivas — affectionately known as Papa Bear — for over forty years.

The restaurant was founded by three Cuban cousins, who took Rafael under their wing when he came to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic in his twenties. With their encouragement, he started out as a dishwasher, then a lineman, and eventually ran the show up front. When the cousins decided to retire in the mid-1980s but could not find a buyer, Rafael stepped up to the plate and asked if he could take over Margon.

With years of hard work and small payments, Rafael has upheld the cousins' tradition of serving Cuban favorites, such as roasted pork, oxtail, fried sweet plantains, and rice and beans to the line of customers that stretches out the door on any given day. Little by little, each member of Rafael's family was brought from the DR to join the fold. Guadalupe — who met her husband while they were both on a tour of the Statue of Liberty — along with Rafael's brother, sister, sister-in-law, and many of their children — are all part of this warm and loving family affair.

Papa Bear's smile lights up Margon — and his entire family smiles with him. They work like a well-oiled machine, serving a constant flow of customers ranging from construction workers on break, to ladies meeting for a leisurely lunch, to a gentleman in his eighties who never misses a day to sit down and enjoy his usual. According to Guadalupe, “We have the best customers. They come from all over the world. We have every accent. They visit once and then they tell their friends.

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