The muses of the vegetable world, beans have inspired songs, fairy tales, and pantomime acts. Enjoy them in the way nature intended with today's Groupon: $15 for $30 worth of bean-enhanced bites at Café Cortadito in the East Village.
Meat-heavy appetizers get the meal started off right. Pipe-fitters who like chicken will want to try the chicharrones de pollo, marinated chicken nuggets, or the croquetas de pollo with smoked chicken and salsa camaguey ($7.95 each). Dinner entrees include creole-sauced shrimp ($20.95), grilled chicken breast ($15.95), and Cuban-style thin steak ($17.95). Vegetarians can try the sliced-avocado salad nested atop watercress ($9.95) or the plato vegetariano Cortadito-style with black beans, white rice, sweet plantains, and guaguanco salad ($16.95). Pair dishes with standout sides such as the black beans or sweet fried plantains ($4 each).
New York magazine says Café Cortadito has the "unpretentious, hospitable aura of a home kitchen, with the chef toiling away behind the counter and his wife greeting guests and taking orders." Cozy up in the bright dining room Tuesday through Sunday for lunch or dinner. Visit Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and enjoy a complimentary dessert or glass of champagne for the table. Café Cortadito is closed on Mondays.
- You will find red meat, and lots of it. The various beefy dishes are tangily marinated and nicely grilled, served on wavy white platters with a neat mound of white rice and a cup of soupy black beans. The flavorful skirt steak “churrasco,” with its potent, garlic-packed chimichurri sauce, is an Argentine incursion, but Cuba is well represented with the evocatively named, tomato-and- pepper-sauced ropa vieja (old clothes) and that irresistible vaca frita (fried cow), shredded strips of skirt steak marinated in a citrusy, garlicky mojo and then panfried with onions until crisp. – Robin Raisfeld & Rob Patronite, New York
- The hostess is very friendly and very accomodating [sic]. There is not one item on the menu that is not pleasing to the palate. – roneofty, Citysearch
- ...what this tiny place lacks in space, it more than makes up for in taste. Amazing Cuban food, delicious Ceviche and Empanadas, fresh, spicy Chimichurri, great Sangria. The world's best Tres Leches, Flan, Bread Pudding... It's a home run! – goeschei, Urbanspoon
With its simple blend of well-made Cuban cuisine and candlelit ambiance, Cafe Cortadito captures the Hemingway-esque romance of pre-revolution Havana. Clad in guayabera shirts, waitstaff bustle among the wooden bar, open kitchen counter, and candlelit tables. They load tables with classic dishes, such as braised oxtail in a red wine and tomato stew, or the picadillo cua cua—ground sirloin steak in a sweet stir fry of veggies, raisins, and olives, crowned with a golden fried egg. Tying everything together is a musical score that fits the mood. Tunes from the Buena Vista Social Club, and occasionally members of the popular group, burst out of the speakers. New York magazine says Café Cortadito has the "unpretentious, hospitable aura of a home kitchen, with the chef toiling away behind the counter and his wife greeting guests and taking orders."