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Mon-Thurs: 5 pm - 10 pm
Fri-Sat: 5 pm - 11 pm
Sun Brunch: 11am -  3 pm
Sun: 3 pm -  9 pm

Special Pre-Fixe Menu

Mon-Fri:  5 pm - 6 pm


233 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone#: (201) 420-1700


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Opening a second restaurant a block apart from their first pan-Latin restaurant Zafra, was not a priority for either Maricel E. Presilla or her business partner Clara Chaumont. They were perfectly happy with their small, rambunctious Zafra, a casual pan-Latin cafe. But when a neighboring deli blessed with a much coveted liquor license came up for sale, the partners did not think about it twice and took the plunge. After a year of painstaking renovation, the restaurant opened to the public in April 2004.

The partners named it Cucharamama (CU-CHAH-RAH-MAM-AH), a whimsical name that means, literally, “mother spoon.” For Maricel, who had done research in Cuenca, in the highlands of southern Ecuador, the name was full of meaning. The longest spoon in a highland kitchen, the one women use to stir the ever-present soup, is called “Cucharamama.” This is a multipurpose tool that women use not only for cooking, but to scold misbehaving husbands and unruly children, and to round up cuyes, the small guinea pigs that are a delicacy in the Andes. For Maricel, Cucharamama became a symbol of the women who reign over their kitchens with their spoons and their good cooking, a most fitting icon for a restaurant ruled by women.

Maricel E. Presilla

Our Chef

Maricel E. Presilla is an award-winning author, chef, and restaurateur who is widely recognized as the nation’s pre-eminent expert on Latin and Caribbean cuisine. In 2013, her magnum opus, Gran Cocina Latina: The Food of Latin America, was honored as Cookbook of the Year by the James Beard Foundation and Best General Cookbook by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She was named the Beard Foundation’s Best Chef-Mid Atlantic region in 2012 for her work at Cucharamama, and  was inducted into the prestigious Beard Foundation cadre of outstanding US food professionals  Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America in 2015. 


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Private Events & Catering

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Cucharamama, its sister restaurant Zafra, and Ultramarinos offer full-service catering for any event, casual or upscale. We can prepare menus from our current menus or work with you to tailor special menus that fit your needs. Cucharamama, with its vibrant Latin art and mood, is the perfect venue for private parties with a full cocktail and wine bar." Please contact us at info@cucharamama.com for more information.

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