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Posted by susana on 07/10/2006
Cabana is one of my favorite restaurants. I usually go to the one in Forest Hills, but the food is served just as well here. The service is great, waiters will always answer any questions. Sangrias, are good but not great. But for what you pay for, you do get a lot for the value ($20 range for pitcher). Stick with the mojitos or Mango Coladas if you prefer something sweet,To start off, the beef empanadas and coconut shrimp are awesome. The shrimp are never too oily and are done just right. The empanadas are very flavorful. I love the paella velenciana- they come in a red pot. It's a lot for one person, and there's always an abundant amount of seafood. The churrasco is a bit oily, very flavorful, but it's on the oily side. The mariscanas is always great, never overcooked. I like it with the garlic sauce instead of the tomatoe based sauce. The portions they serve here are really great for the value! Very good food. Dessert- it is not listed but Tres Leches with a scoop of Passion Fruit Sorbet is always a great end to the meal!
Posted by Married to a Cuban on 05/14/2006
Overall absolutely excellent food, in large portions. A group of four, we shared two appetizers, the avocado salad, one order of maduros, and three entrees. Washed it down with a mojito and two pitchers of very good red sangria. Safron rice and black beans came with each entree. There was enough left over to make a meal for my husband who was not able to go with us. The avocado salad was not traditional, but was fabulous, with chunks of avocado and finely diced red & yellow pepper and onion over a bed of mixed greens. The dressing was subtle with just enough lime to know it was there. The ropa vieja was tender and perfectly spiced. The chicharrones de pollo was a bit untraditional also, but delicious in its own right. Our third entree was Spanish rather than Cuban, and was grouper in white wine sauce with garlic; another very excellent dish with plenty of sauce to spoon over the rice. Our water glasses were kept full and a waiter was always there to pour just when anyone was ready for more sangria. We finished with a coffee and two espressos for a total of $180 including a generous tip. This is more than we are accustomed to spending, but the meal and service was worth it, and we will definitely go back for special occasions.
Posted by LoneDiner on 03/16/2006
Was walking around the new neighborhood and choose to stop in as I like to try new places.. Being alone I sat at the bar and after a few minutes the barperson came to check on me. Drinks were good, decent size for the price. I had the Jerk 1/2 chicken, which had a sauce over the top. The sauce was.. Eh.. not spicey.. not bland.. it was... Not Bad.. Overall I'd go back and try something else.. maybe the steak that everyone is raving about
Posted by delicious! on 02/25/2006
Consistenly great food - the mariquitos are amazing with the garlic dip. every time i've been and everything i've eaten at cabana is fantastic. drinks are good and resonably priced too. fabulous mojitos. service is always good and it's just a really nice place.
Posted by Delivery on 02/16/2006
I LOVE Cabana, I go there for lunch alot...love the churasco, the empanadas, ropa vieja, salad, even their house salad is delicious...their dressing to die for. But...why dont they deliver !! I just moved from jobs and now I'm no longer at a walking distance, but deliverable distance. Someone at Cabana, do something, PLEASE!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/01/2006
I had lunch there with a friend recently. We were on the early side (it was pretty empty) so there shouldn't have been a problem with the service but once people started coming in, the waiter kept forgetting about us. It took us 45 minutes to get our lunches. My marinated chicken breasts dish were two tiny pieces of chicken in sauce with more rice than chicken. It was bland and uneventful. The salad was better. My friend's fried chicken was overly fried with a lot of bones and hard to eat. Everybody around was getting the same thing--the sizzling skirt steak. We realized we should have joined the band wagon. There's probably a reason everyone orders the steak.
Posted by Yorkville Tower resident on 01/22/2006
We stopped in here just after shopping at Bloomie's. My wife had ropa vieja and I had paradilla, a mixed grill. We started off with mojitos and an avocado salad. Everything was really good and the service was attentive. People have called attention to the noise level, but we didn't find it objectionable. We definitely would go back.