Zafra is a busy little place. It offers take-out food and does catering for small or large parties. For such a small place, Zafra has attracted remarkable attention. It was rated Excellent by the New York Times, which is equivalent to a three-star rating in neighboring Manhattan, and has obtained high marks from all New Jersey publications and the Zagat survey. In 2005, the late R.W. Apple wrote a two-page feature article about Zafra and its sister restaurant Cucharamama in the New York Times. It was the greatest compliment Maricel and Clara could had hoped to obtain for their tiny Zafra. In his honor, they have dubbed a sampling-portion combination of fresh Cuban tamal, Cuban beef hash, and rice with black beans, "The Full Apple."