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Posted by M. Davis on 08/05/2004
Wednesday August 4th, 2004 my Daughter and I took wife to the Cabana on Third Ave and 60th in Manhattan. I had been told by a friend that the food was great and I wanted to celebrate my wife?s birthday by taking them both to dinner. My friend was right the food was delicious, at that point the evening was very lovely, the waiters and waitresses sang happy birthday to my wife, and it was nice. However, after I had paid the check, I was told by the waitress that my tip was below standard and she told me that I had to pay her a $16 tip. Where I am from you don't cause a scene, so I paid her twenty dollars tip. Which totally ruined a perfect evening for me. Sincerely, M. Davis
Posted by Elena on 08/01/2004
You will not be seated at this place unless your whole party arrives, and if there isnt any room at the bar (which has about 4 stools) you'll be waiting outside!!! The place does have some great food though to make up for their rude waitresses.
Posted by Manny on 07/18/2004
Cabana offers a lively atmosphere decorated with a tropical motif. I've been there several times and have enjoyed the food, which is very nicely presented, particularly the appetizers. The prices are very reasonable as well. NYC needs more places like Cabana.
Posted by A Real Foodie on 07/15/2004
If you go, you must try the jerk chicken wings (my boyfriend and I are always tempted to lick the plate), the coconut shrimp (there's enough to have it as an entree if you're not that hungry), the arroz con pollo, the steak with chimmichurri sauce, and the ropa vieja. But really I've never had anything bad there (except maybe the flan, but I'm not a big flan fan to begin with).
Posted by Jen on 07/14/2004
Darling, it was great. I went on a date and we enjoyed ourselves. Good date place. The surroundings were very comfortable but a bit upscale compared to the local friday night spots.
Posted by Pinky on 06/23/2004
This place is great, the atmosphere is great and so is the food and service. Very island like feeling with great food. Serving are of decent size and for New York they arent over priced like some nicer restaurants. there is almost always a wait no matter when you go, BUT it is well worth it. Oh and the Drink Jamaican me crazy is amazing.
Posted by Bill on 05/17/2004
Cabana is one of those few restaurants that specializes in latino eats and does it well. As you walk up the ramp into this place, a hostess will greet and seat you right away if you're lucky. On crowded nights, expect a wait of roughly 30 mins for a table for two. The dining area space is tight so don't expect to fit all your shopping bags from Bloomies (which is down the block) underneath your table. Try to get your shopping done some other time. The atmosphere is a tropic island feel with brightly painted walls and latino music playing. The menu offerings are plentiful as well as interesting. As an appetizer, I enjoyed the mixed sampler platter (bocadillos) which contained various deep friend fritters and my favorite jerk chicken wings. For an entree, I highly recommend the Paella Marinera which is seafood (ie shrimp, clams, mussels, scallops etc) cooked onto of a bed of flavored rice in a small caldron. It's enough to feed two or three depending on your appetite. For meat lovers then I also recommend the mixed grilled platter (Parrillada) which consists of grilled chicken breast, steak, and various tasty sausages. Don't forget to save room for dessert because my wife raves about the banana fritters which are pieces of deep fried bananas with ice cream on the side. This dessert alone is well worth the trip to Cabanas because my wife still craves this dessert whenever we go grocery shopping for bananas.