Havana Alma De Cuba

West Village

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Cuban, Latin, and Spanish dishes, such as fresh ceviche and suckling pig with yucca and garlic mojo, with live music and hand-rolled cigars

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Promotional value expires Nov 15, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required; subject to availability. Dine-in only. Not valid for happy hour, lunch, or brunch. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose Between Two Options

  • $20 for $40 worth of Cuban food Sunday–Thursday
  • $20 for $40 worth of Cuban food Friday–Saturday

The menu includes empanadas with shredded pork or beef picadillo ($8), ropa vieja—shredded skirt steak braised in tomato––($19), and paella marinera with valencia rice, shrimp, scallops, calamari, and manila clams ($23).

Havana Alma de Cuba

The sound of mojitos and caipirinhas clinking fades into the rhythm of salsa and merengue tunes at Havana Alma de Cuba every night. At the heart of the restaurant, the kitchen prepares a rich spread of Cuban, Latin, and Spanish dishes rated very good to excellent by Zagat and recommended by New York Magazine. Chef Gerardo Tlapa marinates fresh fish in citrus juices to create daily ceviche specials and prepares traditional entrees by braising shredded skirt steak in tomato and covering pork chops with a rich chorizo-tomatillo sauce. Flickering votive candles and a wall-size mural of Cuban streets and musicians playing conga drums create a lively atmosphere in the dining room. Beyond the bustle inside sits an outdoor patio with seating for private events including wedding rehearsals and staring contests.

Live music from Son, Mambo and Rumba serenades guests Thursday–Saturday nights. Tuesday and Wednesday nights bring a different sort of show. Special guest Jose Martinez crafts complimentary cigars for each diner, expertly rolling each one before their eyes. Martinez draws on 30 years of experience that began with his training in the Dominican Republic and continues in his current position as a cigar maker at La Rosa Cubana, which Ciagar Aficionado calls "the old grand dame of New York's mini cigar factories."

Customer Reviews

I have been to the restaurant many times and have always enjoyed my experience. The staff are always welcoming, the food is fabulous and service is outstanding! Thank you!
Mary P. · November 14, 2012
Very nice staff, cosy atmosphere and great food. Definitely going back!
Mara · November 14, 2012
The Ropa Vieja is veryyy good!
Roberta R. · November 14, 2012

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