1919 In the News
VIDEO – In Post-Hurricane Puerto Rico, Resilience Leads To Sustainability For Juan José Cuevas "In the aftermath of disaster, finding hope and strength to rebuild and grow. More recently, as a way to help out staff affected by pandemic closures, Cuevas and 1919 created a number of dinner and travel package auctions to benefit their employee relief fund.." – Zagat Stories Read More.
Ranked #6 USA Today 10Best – Readers' Choice 2020
1919 Restaurant ranked #6 in the 2020 Readers' Choice 10 Best list: "Michelin Star-winning chef Juan José Cuevas helms the kitchen at 1919 Restaurant, inside the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in Puerto Rico, where the menu focuses on locally sourced ingredients prepared and presented with modern flare." – USA Today 10Best Read More.
Chef Juan José Cuevas, 1919 Restaurant – Upscale Living Mag
"At 1919 Restaurant, Chef Cuevas utilizes his natural talent, friendly personality and knowledge to make the dining experience exciting and appealing for everyone." "Chef Cuevas, Sommelier Luis Simone, and the rest of the staff were pleasant and knowledgeable. Visit the fantastic island of Puerto Rico. Enjoy the ocean view while dining at 1919 Restaurant, where you will discover delectable food and wine delivered in an opulent setting at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel." – Tracy Beard – Upscale Living Read More.
Go to San Juan if you want a Perfect Beach Vacation – Cosmopolitan
"This was—and I can't stress this enough—one of the best meals I've had in my entire life. From the food (insanely delicious) to the wine (perfectly paired) to the service (impeccable), it was a 10 out 10 dining experience. 1919 is located inside the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, and it's headed by Michelin Star-rated executive chef Juan Jose Cuevas. He gives you a Puerto Rican twist on a farm-to-table meal (meaning everything is sourced from locally grown food)." – Ama Kwarteng – Cosmopolitan Read More.
Instagram and oxen: How a Puerto Rico restaurant gets its ingredients – USA Today 10 Best
"Frutos is just one of the places Juan José Cuevas, Executive Chef of 1919 Restaurant inside San Juan’s Condado Vanderbilt hotel, sources his ingredients. The celebrated chef returned to his home island in 2012, after spending years working in kitchens from San Sebastian, Spain to San Francisco and New York City, including chef Dan Barber’s Blue Hill." – Regan Stephens – USA Today Read More.
Away – Destination: San Juan… where restaurants aren't just rebuilding, they're thriving – Bon Appétit Magazine
"The sun-kissed and impeccably dressed flock to 1919 inside the ritzy Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, where chef Juan José Cuevas preaches the gospel of local produce from a fine-dining pulpit. Cuevas, who earned a Michelin star helming Blue Hill, has spent years cultivating relationships with family farms like Frutos del Guacabo in Manatí and Josco Bravo in the Toa Alta mountains…. it's a full-throated salute to regional ingredients, as breathtaking as the restaurant's ocean views." – Aliza Abarbanel – Bon Appétit Read More.
21 Best Restaurants in Puerto Rico – Conde Nast Traveler
"The sun-kissed and impeccably dressed flock to 1919 inside the ritzy Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, where chef Juan José Cuevas preaches the gospel of local produce from a fine-dining pulpit. Cuevas, who earned a Michelin star helming Blue Hill, has spent years cultivating relationships with family farms like Frutos del Guacabo in Manatí and Josco Bravo in the Toa Alta mountains…. it's a full-throated salute to regional ingredients, as breathtaking as the restaurant's ocean views." –
"From sourcing the best organic ingredients directly from local farmers to the flawless execution of every single dish, 1919 is a serious culinary experience that stays with you long after you've left the island. The menu changes around five times a year, but you can expect fresh, vibrant modern Puerto Rican dishes that show off the island's diverse natural bounty. The wine list that accompanies that menu is just as powerful: 300+ bottles that hit highlights from France and Italy as well as lesser-known, but equally delicious wines from California, Spain and central Europe. Simply: This is the most elegant fine dining restaurant in Puerto Rico." – Kris Fordham, Conde Nast Traveler Read More.
Your Next Getaway: Tulum Is Out, This Island Is in – Fortune Magazine
"If you’d like your next getaway to be a little more stress-free, head to San Juan, Puerto Rico. It has all of the vibrant culture and laid-back appeal of Tulum, but with far fewer crowds. Plus, there’s no passport required. Where to stay: "… the Condado Vanderbilt celebrates its centennial this year. The historic, oceanfront property maintains its air of old-school sophistication and service while also offering modern amenities…" What to eat: "… approximately 75% of the ingredients on the plates at 1919 Restaurant come from the island. Chef Juan José Cuevas returned to his homeland after working at restaurants like the Michelin-starred Blue Hill in New York City, bringing his expert technique and passion for working with local farmers to dishes like chayote salad with goat cheese, and handmade pasta with arugula-pistachio pesto and pickled ají dulce." – Regan Stephens, Fortune Read More.
1919 Fortalece Alianzas con Productores Locales – IN Puerto Rico Magazine
“No hay experiencia culinaria más auténtica que un menú de alta cocina elaborado a partir de la oferta local”. Así resume Ben Tutt, gerente general del Condado Vanderbilt, la motivación tras los ofrecimientos del menú de temporada de 1919, restaurante insignia de la lujosa hospedería de Condado. Con esto en mente, el equipo gastronómico de 1919, encabezado por el chef ejecutivo Juan José Cuevas y la sous chef Carol Reyes, apuesta a la utilización de productos cosechados y adquiridos en Puerto Rico para el realce de su nuevo menú." Read More. (in Spanish)
The 6 Best Hotels in Puerto Rico – Forbes Magazine
"The hotel also has one of the hottest restaurants in the city, 1919, where Michelin-starred chef Juan Jose Cuevas does farm-to-table cuisine with a Puerto Rican twist." Read More.
In Conversation with Chef Juan José Cuevas – Downtown Magazine NYC
"We change the menu four to five times a year. My approach is simple: let the ingredient speak for themselves. We are always in continuous conversation with our local farmers to develop our menus. As for the tasting menu, we always begin light and simple and slowly gear up to more complex combinations: from barely touched to substantially enhanced in flavor. Condado Vanderbilt brings prestige, elegance, and finesse to 1919. The Condado area is busy, lively and close to everything. It is the best location to stay if you are in San Juan, PR."- Nicole Haddad, Downtown Magazine NYC. Read more.
Puerto Rico Dining – #FlyWashington
"1919: Housed in the elegant Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, 1919 is helmed by Chef Juan Jose Cuevas, a Michelin-star chef and native Puerto Rican, who supports the island’s small farmers by buying their exquisite produce. Cuevas’ contemporary menu leans toward fresh local fsh and island specialties. Chef Cuevas helped feed thousands of hurricane survivors in the weeks after Hurricane Maria."- Michael Shapiro, #FlyWashington Magazine. Read more.
A Farming Renaissance in Puerto Rico – Inspirato Magazine
Michael Shapiro, Inspirato Magazine. Read more.
"After Hurricane Maria, the island’s farmers have made growing diverse produce—and sharing it with local chefs—their mission. At 1919, amid amber tones and elegant décor, Cuevas presents a contemporary menu that features mostly local fish and vegetables. One of his star dishes is wahoo with purslane, the succulent grown on Rodríguez Besosa’s farm."-
Restaurant Spotlight: 1919 Restaurant. Waterfront Fine Dining in Puerto Rico – Wine Spectator
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"1919 restaurant brings a classic fine-dining feel to a waterfront space on the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Set in the luxurious Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, the dining room offers stunning sights of the ocean, but guests can also take in the view of a floor-to-ceiling cellar. Chef José Juan Cuevas serves eclectic American plates, from small dishes like organic local beet salad and a trio of crudos to grilled meats with deletable add-ons like potato churros."-
Story of a Dish: Slow Cooked Salmon with Light Fricassee of Vegetables and Crushed Basil – Edible Jersey
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“When I worked in New Jersey, I used to work with local farmers,” Cuevas says. “When I moved to Puerto Rico, my first job was to get in touch with the people who are working the land and who were willing to help me develop this restaurant.” His Slow-Cooked Salmon with Light Fricassee of Vegetables and Crushed Basil reflects his use of local ingredients in nontraditional dishes—an approach that has made his restaurant a popular destination for both locals and tourists.-
1919 Launches its Fall/Winter Menu – PR Eats
Myriam Ocasio, PR Eats. Read more.
The Impeccable Trajectory of Chef Juan José Cuevas – Placeres PR
"Those who know the best chefs in Puerto Rico, know about the carats of Chef Juan José Cuevas, who since 2012 has been Executive Chef of the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel. When I do this affirmation, I am not limiting to his culinary talents, which have deserved him Michelin stars when he worked in other cities, but also because Chef Cuevas is an extraordinary human being, who with his professionalism impacts locals and visitors."- Ivelisse Agostini, Placeres PR.
"I have said it before and I will way it again. 1919 is the closest you will come to having an experience up to par with a Michelin starred restaurant. It offers diners the complete package. the food, the wines, and the service are as close to perfect as can be. Chef Cuevas is undoubtedly one of the best chefs in Puerto Rico and pastry chef Fondeur is the queen of desserts. This is not your typical Puerto Rican restaurant, but they support our local product 100%. There is no better treat during this holiday season than to enjoy a proper meal at 1919."-"Those who know the best chefs in Puerto Rico, know about the carats of Chef Juan José Cuevas, who since 2012 has been Executive Chef of the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel. When I do this affirmation, I am not limiting to his culinary talents, which have deserved him Michelin stars when he worked in other cities, but also because Chef Cuevas is an extraordinary human being, who with his professionalism impacts locals and visitors."- Read more (in Spanish).