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Posted by Anonymous on 12/18/2005
Three of us came here for dinner last Friday night. We were seated immediately, and our waitress was so friendly and cute. My only complaint about our table was the draft from the open door. They have a curtain set up to try and block it, but the manager kept standing there holding it open. Next time I would ask not to be seated so close to the door. I gave the atmosphere a 4 (instead of a 5) because of this, but the restaurant is actually very attractive and romantic. The food was quite good, and SO inexpensive. We split the Cuban sampler appetizer. I had the Cuban sandwich, and my friends each ordered the shrimp salad. All of the food plus drinks (sangria and Cuban punch) was $85! I will DEFINITELY be coming back here again.
Posted by anon on 11/03/2005
As a Cuban, I can say that this is the most authetic Cuban food I've had outside of Miami. Ok, so it's not my grandmother's Palomilla, but it's damn close. The "sobrecito" is a delightful appetizer...a little bit of everything fried, with creative nouveau-Cuban dipping sauces. The Cuban sandwich is well balanced with pork, ham, swiss, mustard and pickles (almost as good as Versailles' in Miami). The Bistec Empanizado isn't one bit oily, the Ropa Vieja is tangy perfection, and even the rice and beans are good. The maduros and tostones are typical. The mojitos are delicious and super strong, and the cafe con leche is creamy and strong. Skip the dessert, have another mojito. Saturday nights are kind of crowded, but it's worth the wait in the cramped bar
Posted by VFern on 09/30/2005
Was there last night for a girls get together and in honor of two of our birthdays. The bartender mixed the freshest, and crispest mojito I have ever had and added a splash of pomegranate juice for color and taste. Yum. Then we moved on to dinner. We had the Cuban sampler-awesome croquetas, the relleno de papa was very good and fritas (mini hamburgers) were to die for! For dinner, a few of shared entrees because the portions are fairly generous and every entree comes with rice, choice of beans and choice of plantains. The Shrimp al Ajillo was presented wonderfully and had me wishing I had had that. As it was I had the Vaca Frita and was not disappointed. Also good were the Ropa Vieja and the Churrasco. The Yuca fries were excellent as was the mojo they served with them. Have told everyone to visit and recommend to MenuPages readers.
Posted by Best Burger on 08/22/2005
A terrific hidden spot. the Mini burgers were the best burgers I have ever had. My wife had the Steak sandwich. It came with potato sticks on them. The food was Sick! The wait staff was very good. they kept the pitchers of Sangria coming all night.
Posted by momo on 08/09/2005
It's definitely popular. The place was jam-packed when we went for dinner. I had the chunks of pork marinated in mojo......what mojo? It was dry fried pork pieces, no hint of any kind of mojo or any other seasoning.......my boyfriend had chicken which was seasoned basic enough to be yummy, I don't think any Seville orange sauce came with it though. Tight space. Oh well.
Posted by YummyTummy on 05/30/2005
The best cuban sandwich PERIOD! The garlic sauce that comes with the tostones is to die for. Try it you'll like it.
Posted by cubanisimo on 05/12/2005
I have been here twice. The first time I had a cuban sandwich and a jupina. This was unlike the cubans that litter every menu in N.Y.C. This was by far the best sandwich I have ever had the pleasure to eat. The second visit I brought my girlfriend by for what I thought would be a quick bite before a movie. Three of the freshest mojitos we have ever tasted later we decided to catch the later movie. The food was great. The service was friendly and the price was certainly right.