Cuba is one of the most elusive Caribbean nations, as evidenced by its ever-changing coordinates and haunting absence from the Beach Boys' "Kokomo." Bite into mystery with this Groupon.
$25 for $50 Worth of Cuban Cuisine and Drinks
The menu celebrates the rich heritage of Cuba with meals such as ground-beef picadillo served on yucca with avocado ($15), the rice-and-manchego-stuffed pimiento relleno ($16), slow-roasted pork ($15.95), and kettles of chicken, chorizo, and shellfish paella ($27).
In 2002, entrepreneur Jeremy Merrin teamed with fellow restaurant mogul Arlene Spiegel and head chef Stanley Licairac to establish Havana Central, a family-friendly enterprise based on lively Latin music and the rich flavors of Cuban cuisine. The food of Cuba draws from disparate influences across the globe⎯Spanish, French, African, Chinese, and indigenous cultures⎯manifesting into tender skirt-steak ropa vieja, empanadas stuffed with savory meats and goat cheese, and salmon, chicken, and shrimp marinated in tangy citrus juices.
Though the restaurant's leafy palms and tropical cocktails hint at the freewheeling good times of 1950s Havana, the staff pairs their joie de vivre with social responsibility, specifically by donating to local charities and taking on numerous green initiatives. As guests sip mojitos and sangria and sup upon slow-roasted meats and chicken sofrito, a lineup of live entertainment keeps feet moving in rhythm. Interactive events include salsa-dance lessons, charanga bands, and reenactments of the charge up San Juan Hill.