A marriage between two cuisines is preferable to a marriage between two clones of Popeye, a process that eventually results in a baby reared on pipes and canned spinach. Savor a simpler fusion with today’s Groupon to Cocina Latina Bar & Grill in Kew Gardens. Choose between the following options:
- For $24, you get a dinner for two (up to a $56 value) that includes the following:
- One shared appetizer (up to a $12 value)
Two entrees (up to a $22 value each)<p>
- For $39, you get a dinner for four (up to a $112 value) that includes the following:
- Two shared appetizers (up to a $12 value each)
- Four entrees (up to a $22 value each)<p>
With a menu prepared specifically for Groupon customers, the estimable epicureans at Cocina Latina Bar & Grill regale diners with savory dishes culled from Latin nations across the globe. Famished couples and foursomes can begin an evening of bubbly chit-chat and synchronized swallowing with eminently shareable Spanish-style tapas, including mussels swimming in a white wine sauté, fresh salmon ceviche, and stuffed avocado kissed with an assortment of shrimp.
As patrons complete first courses, stomach-rousing aromas waft into the dining room, foretelling Cocina Latina’s spread of digestively dynamic entrees and tempting noses to end their longtime romance with potpourri. End olfactory foreplay and please tongue buds with the pollo en vino blanco, a majestic slice of white-wine-sauce-slathered chicken breast flanked by a kingsguard of yellow rice and beans, or salmon cocooned in a banana leaf and varnished in spicy chipotle sauce. To prep for a late-night meeting with dumbbells, tuck teeth into a main course of hanger steak, a tender tract of bovine diaphragm commingled with a hearty helping of mashed potatoes.
Cocina Latina draws diners into its low-lit culinary convent with handsomely dark tables lining sandstone-colored walls, high ceilings, and ornate chandeliers. The eatery’s earth-tone ambience helps relax overstimulated senses, and its elegant French fleur-de-lises further blend the lines of intercultural influence while offering a revisionist retelling of the meritorious reign of Louis XIV.
At Cocina Latina, executive chef and owner Chris Dreams brings together culinary specialties from the world's Latin countries. He pays homage to traditional Spanish cooking with arroz con pollo, a dish that gains its flavor from a secret sofrito sauce known only by the chef and his spoon. To showcase the popular dishes of Central and South America, Dreams prepares fresh salmon ceviche, meat-stuffed empanadas, and Cuban-style mini burgers. Dreams' primarily old-world menu complements the dining room's rustic ambiance. Darkly stained wooden tables line up along sandstone-colored walls that reach to high ceilings with dimly lit chandeliers.