With its ever-changing coordinates and conspicuous absence from the Beach Boys' "Kokomo," Cuba is one of the more difficult to locate Caribbean nations. Dig into this enigma with a fork, knife, and today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Cuban fare and drinks at Amor Cubano, located in Harlem.
Recently profiled by Zagat, Gayot, and New York magazine, Amor Cubano’s festive chefs dishes out homestyle Cuban fare in a lively, colorful setting. Start digestive fiestas by sinking inexperienced teeth into Tia Teresa’s tostones rellenos, green plantains stuffed with a choice of beef, chicken, or shrimp ($8), or the Amor Cubano salad, a flavorful mélange of watercress, blue cheese, pineapple, and walnuts drowning in tropical mango vinaigrette ($8.50). The ropa vieja shreds skirt steak, braises it in garlic sauce and fresh tomatoes, and parks it haphazardly in head garages ($16), and the enchilados de camarones plop juicy braised shrimp into a creole sauce made with garlic, onions, thyme, and white wine ($17). Sink loose lips into co-dependent relationships with Amor Cubano’s heartbreakingly delicious mojitos in mango ($10), champagne ($10) or traditional ($9) varietals while shaking tails to live bands playing most Tuesdays through Sundays.
Amor Cubano has gained much attention in the press. Zagat, Gayot, and New York magazine profiled the restaurant. Menupages users and 40 Yelpers give it a four-star average. Citysearchers give it a 4.5-star average and 84% of Urbanspooners like the restaurant.
- The usual suspects are here, including a garlicky ropa vieja and sides of fried yucca and plantains, but there are some uncommon selections too. – Gayot
- "Bringing “nights in Havana” to East Harlem, this “festive” Cuban transports diners to “the tropics” with “tasty, authentic” chow, “right-on” mojitos and a “live band” banging out “Latin classics”; given the “smiling” service and “reasonable” tabs, fans can’t wait to “come back for more.” – Zagat
Amor Cubano captures the delicious essence of Cuban cuisine with sumptuous brunches, lunches and dinners of juicy steaks, tender stewed meats, and tasty cocktails. Plates of grilled chorizo, flavorful ropa vieja, and mouthwatering plantains invite taste buds to a sizzling culinary salsa dance, and fresh mussels, shrimp, and fish serenade palates with Spanish-language sea shanties. Throughout the restaurant, brick accents and artwork sate optic appetites, and regular live Latin music and dancing keep toes tapping to exotic rhythms.