Sconces cast a soft glow on dinner tables draped in white linen. Green glass tiles glint in the light of fluted hanging lamps. Tea candles flicker next to plush, low lounge seating. The lighting inside Cubanu creates a romantic atmosphere before dates even dig into its menu of American-influenced Cuban dishes, such as empanadas stuffed with goat cheese and spinach. Patrons can also clink glasses of signature house-made sangria, or cap off long nights of filing joint tax returns by munching on late-night tapas dishes served on Friday and Saturday.
Today’s Groupon is muddled with tropical taste, splashed with foreign flavors, and garnished with Latin locomotion. For $20, you get $40 worth of scrumptious Cuban cuisine at Mojito, a fine-dining restaurant tucked inside the Hotel Midtown. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
The chefs at Mojito Grill immerse the intimate dining area with the savory scents of classic Cuban fare. Employing a decades-old cooking method, they use traditional la caja china roasting boxes to prepare hearty cuts of pork, steak, poultry, and fish. These special ovens heat to extreme temperatures, but keep the flames from ever touching the succulent slabs. This seals in flavor and juices while creating a crispy exterior. Marinated churrasco skirt steak, grilled wild salmon in a guava glaze, and roasted pork highlight the menu alongside traditional Cuban sandwiches. Delectable flavors can be relished with a Cuban coffee and bookended by a Cuban flan.
Chefs at Habana Tapas liberally heap the Cuban-inspired menu's noshes onto shared plates. Guests can convivially swap dishes like indecisive stock brokers at a potluck, switching out the Fufu de Platano, pork with green-plantain mash, for mini renditions of Cubano sandwiches slathered in mustard-garlic sauce. Forks excavate layers of chicken, shrimp, and chorizo in the paella, and maws mull over savory flavors bursting from a side of yucca fries. Diners can swirl churros in chocolate and caramel sauce or sic taste buds on guava cheesecake.