With its ever-changing coordinates and conspicuous absence from the Beach Boys' "Kokomo," Cuba is one of the more difficult to locate of the Caribbean nations. Dig into this enigma with fork, knife, and today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of flavor-filled Caribbean cuisine and drinks at Madera Cuban Grill and Steakhouse in Long Island City.
Madera keeps things authentically Cuban, from the menu to the vases of fresh flowers to the classic American cars that the waiters drive from table to table. Open diplomatic relations with an appetizer of grilled sugarcane-skewered shrimp with rum glaze ($11) before moving on to a straight-outta-Havana sandwich Cubano (roasted pork, smoked ham, swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard, $10). Heavier appetites can savor the steakhouse offerings with a Madera-style steak, char-grilled to perfection in the Madera manner ($27), or the Argentinean style beef spare ribs ($18) paired with a side of yucca fries with garlic mojo ($5). Vegetarians can take their own skinny-dip in the Caribbean with a Creole salad—avocado, tomatoes, and red onions seasoned with light spice ($9).
Madera keeps the atmosphere festive with a Cuban-style color scheme and a tropical décor of vintage posters that hark back to the big band days when Havana was the place to be seen in a white seersucker suit. Bring some amigos and experience a shared foray into the vibrant Caribbean culture, or invite your hapless brother and inform him that he broke your heart with today's Groupon to Madera Cuban Grill and Steakhouse.
- Madera Cuban Grill and Steakhouse lives up to its name with top quality steaks, chops and seafood, all purchased daily. – Queens Gazette
- The food is definitely prepared with care and the steaks are the stars on the menu. Long Island City was screaming for some culinary diversity and this place hits the mark. – Ami P., Yelp, 9/21/10