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.
Zafra refers to the term harvesting sugarcane, which is one of the main ingredients in rum. And Zafra Cuban Restaurant knows rum, stocking its shelves with more than 300 different types
of the liquor. Guests can drink rum mixed into mojitos and martinis, or sip the libation straight. While the rum selection is impressive, Zafra is also known for its cuisine, nabbing top honors from the OpenTable Diners? Choice award for Cuban food. Chefs tuck mango chicken into housemade empanadas and serve ceviche inside a coconut shell. Cuban entrees include guava-glazed salmon and grilled flank steak slathered in a chimichurri sauce. Another Cuban tradition occurs every Sunday night, when high-energy beats fill the restaurant and guests can spin and dip their way through salsa routines and games of tag.
Fill up on authentic Cuban cuisine — like pork dishes, savory black beans and sweet plantains — at Soul De Cuba.
Score low-fat, vegan and gluten-free fare at Soul De Cuba.
Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from Soul De Cuba's full bar.
Don't get stuck waiting for a table — the restaurant accepts reservations.
Wear what you like when you dine at Soul De Cuba — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
It's time to gather up the party people. Serve them great food from Soul De Cuba.
It's been too long since you've had a great meal at home. Order takeout or delivery from Soul De Cuba and enjoy!
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Delicious food is never hard to find, but it is hard to find at the right price. Soul De Cuba is making it happen.
Bite into a traditional Cuban sandwich from Havana Central Ridge Hill for international flavor right at home.
Put the diet on pause when you visit Havana Central Ridge Hill — there are no low-fat menu items.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — Havana Central Ridge Hill has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented menu and ambience at Havana Central Ridge Hill.
Take your meal to the next level on the patio at Havana Central Ridge Hill.
Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Havana Central Ridge Hill in jeans and a hoodie.
If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go.
The menu at Havana Central Ridge Hill is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
As lively Latin music plays, guests?including celebrities such as P. Diddy?sidle up to white-clothed tables to eat large portions of Sofrito Puerto Rican Cuisine?s authentic oxtail soup, fried green plantains, and skirt steak with chimichurri sauce. They can also visit the bar area, where bartenders make specialty cocktails out of fresh fruit in front of a blue-backlit bar. DJ sets and live music keep guests entertained every night of the week, and a strict dress code?no sneakers or hats?ensures that diners do not impersonate professional baseball players.