What You'll Get
The first thing Castro did after becoming the CEO of Cuba was replace restaurants with vending machines, since Cuba's rich cuisine caused everyone to change into fine evening wear during their lunch breaks. Today's Groupon celebrates Cuba's fine flavors. For $20, you get $40 worth of dining and drinks at D. Rodriguez Cuba.
The son of Cuban immigrants, James Beard Award–winning Chef Douglas Rodriguez crafted a menu that blurs the line between Latin American comfort food and American fine dining. Diversely delicious tapas selections, such as as ham croquetas ($8), pulpo a la gallega (seared octopus, $13), and plantain-encrusted mahi mahi ($12), can fill even the most discerning appetite bucket to the brim. Sup on the savory crispy-skin Cuban pork ($26) or the Fire and Ice ceviche ($15), which combines salmon, lemon juice, chives, jalapenos, and dill over yogurt and cucumber granita to create a mind-bending flavor duality capable of melting the taster into a puddle of biodegradable paper-mâché. The duck and foie gras cassabe flatbread ($17) is like your favorite Italian pizza married a beautiful duck and moved to Cuba.
Considered the Godfather of Nuevo Latino cuisine, Chef Rodriguez just dropped his first cookbook, so make sure to enjoy the real thing in the restaurant's upscale dining room before tasting your co-workers' botched attempt at rabo encendido en lata (braised oxtail over cauliflower puree, $28) at a poorly planned potluck. D. Rodriguez Cuba is a snazzy joint with an outdoor patio crafted with the cigar lover in mind (the restaurant offers an extensive cigar menu). For those looking for penetrating flavor beyond taste buds, D. Rodriguez Cuba features salsa music Thursday–Sunday evenings.
This Groupon is not valid for prix fixe meals during Miami Spice or with Sangria Sundays.
Owner and head chef Douglas Rodriguez is known as the "Godfather of Nuevo Latino cuisine." Rodriguez is a James Beard Award winner and six-time nominee, and was named by Newsweek as one of the "100 People to Watch As America Prepares To Pass Through The Gate To The Next Millennium" in 1997.
- The food was great. We started off with tapas - all of which were excellent - we shared the short ribs which was probably the highlight but the ham croquettas and the mini tacos were also excellent (we are still talking about how good the short ribs were). – OpenTable user who dined on 4/30/10
- The dessert we all agreed was the best we'd had in recent memory. I didn't know whether to eat it or smear it all over myself because it was so decadent. – gritslad, Urbanspoon
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Nov 17, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per table, 2 for tables of 5 or more. Dining room only. Reservation required on Fri & Sat. Not valid for Prix Fixe, Miami Spice, or on Sangria Sundays. Tax & gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.