On a Bronx street lined with Italian restaurants, one fa?ade stands out?the one with a streetside bar under a shady awning, and a dense gathering of exotic plants and excited diners. This fa?ade belongs to Havana Cafe, which the 2013 and 2014 Michelin Guide honored with a Bib Gourmand award recognizing the inspectors? favorites for good value. PIX-11 confirmed the restaurant's status as a neighborhood staple during a 2011 Bronx Restaurant Week profile, noting that it?s ?become famous fast for serving great food in a welcoming atmosphere.?
Smells of Cuban and Latin-American cooking spill out from an intimate dining room, and, in the kitchen, a custom brick oven burns through shovelfuls of bricks under the direction of Chef Alex Garcia. Chef Alex designs modern interpretations of classic dishes, resulting in cultural collisions such as brick-oven pizza topped with beef picadillo and piquillo peppers. Straightforward renditions of Latin flavors abound as well, in the form of adobo-rubbed shrimp, churrasco-style grilled steaks, and sides and sauces made with tropical produce such as plantains, mango, and yuca.
When cool weather forces the french doors closed, groups snuggle up with their mojitos in leather-cushioned chairs beneath brick pillars and exposed rafters. Behind plush red banquettes, murals commemorate a hazy Cuban past lined with shiny classic cars and balconies leaning convivially over narrow city streets.
Fresh vegetables, meats, and Latin spices help capture the home-cooked flavors of authentic Latin cuisine at Caridad Restaurant. A bilingual staff pairs traditional entrees such as roasted chicken and oxtail stew with Latin ingredients such as ripe avocados and flan freshly sapped from a tropical custard tree.
In 2002, entrepreneur Jeremy Merrin teamed with fellow restaurant mogul Arlene Spiegel and head chef Stanley Licairac to establish Havana Central, a family-friendly enterprise based on lively Latin music and the rich flavors of Cuban cuisine. The food of Cuba draws from disparate influences across the globe⎯Spanish, French, African, Chinese, and indigenous cultures⎯manifesting into tender skirt-steak ropa vieja, empanadas stuffed with savory meats and goat cheese, and salmon, chicken, and shrimp marinated in tangy citrus juices.
Though the restaurant's leafy palms and tropical cocktails hint at the freewheeling good times of 1950s Havana, the staff pairs their joie de vivre with social responsibility, specifically by donating to local charities and taking on numerous green initiatives. As guests sip mojitos and sangria and sup upon slow-roasted meats and chicken sofrito, a lineup of live entertainment keeps feet moving in rhythm. Interactive events include salsa-dance lessons, charanga bands, and reenactments of the charge up San Juan Hill.
For authentic Cuban cuisine, get lost in El Caney's soups and stews.
The menu at El Caney does not include any low-fat options, so come ready to indulge.
El Caney tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience.
If dining out is not on the agenda, El Caney offers delivery and pickup, too.
If you need to feed a big crowd, El Caney also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
Drivers should plan to park on the street when dining at El Caney's W Church St residence.
Frugal foodies will especially love the prices at El Caney, with a meal typically hovering under the $15 mark.
Rebecca's menu renders grumbling bellies speechless with steak- and seafood-based entrees served in softly lit rooms that "whisper romance" according to Susan Leigh Sherrill of Dining 201. The eatery's unique take on Cuban and Caribbean fare shines through in a grilled double-cut pork chop slathered like a love note to a scarecrow with roasted corn salsa. The espresso crème brûlée, a delicacy crafted from the chef's personal recipe, embellishes white linens indoors or tables strewn about the garden. Patrons swish their own libations while a cherubim fountain gurgles rock ballads to the surrounding flora-laced stone face.
354 Steakhouse in Cliffside Park offers a wide selection of prime steak choices, including sirloin and filet mignon.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at 354 Steakhouse.
354 Steakhouse has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
No need to put on airs for a trip to 354 Steakhouse — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from 354 Steakhouse as well.
If dining out is not on the agenda, 354 Steakhouse offers delivery and pickup, too.
354 Steakhouse's diners can score a street parking spot just a short walk away.
If you don't want a night that will cost you an arm and a leg but you do want a delicious meal, come to 354 Steakhouse.
354 Steakhouse happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.