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.
Catch a taste of the Caribbean at Cabana.
Put the diet on pause when you visit Cabana — there are no low-fat menu items.
The bar at Cabana is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at Cabana with its kid-approved food and ambience.
With plenty of room to go around, Cabana also offers a private area perfect for large groups.
Enjoy the cool summer breezes on Cabana's seasonally available outdoor seating.
Those with sensitive ears may want to stay away from this restaurant, though, as it can get quite loud.
Whether it's just you and a date or you're bringing the whole gang, it's best to call ahead and make a reservation.
If time is of the essence, Cabana's take-out option may be a better fit.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Cabana also offers catering.
Parking is plentiful — the restaurant provides valet in the nearby lot, where regular parking is also available. Drivers can take advantage of alternate street parking when the lot is packed.
The menu at Cabana is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but the dinner menu is the real standout.
One of the most-frequented bakeries in South Richmond Hill, Los Girasoles has a delightful menu. The great quality, set in a laid-back atmosphere, will make you a regular.
There's not really a recommended attire, so feel free to dress comfortably. Also, though the overall price can be a bit on the low side, you won't be sacrificing any quality. In fact, you should be able to enjoy a good meal for $11 or $12, and can probably get in and out for $8 if you try.
If you don't feel like driving over to Liberty, placing a delivery order is an option.
A good option in Ozone Park, making a trip to Los Girasoles is never a bad call. The restaurant is easily reachable via public transit, and visitors who drive can park nearby on the street.
For marinated meat that's hard to beat, try Punta Cana's Cuban cuisine.
Wifi is on the house at Punta Cana, so bring along your tablet or laptop.
Just let Punta Cana know how you want it. You can have the food delivered or carried out yourself.
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Madera Cuban Grill in Long Island City is a well-known Cuban restaurant, offering a classy vibe with delicious steak. It's a culinary destination for customers seeking delicious food.
No specific attire is required, so feel free to dress casually and comfortably.
When you arrive, you should check out the tres leches cake or the skirt steak, as either one is sure to make an impression. For those who are interested, the menu does feature gluten-free items. WiFi's available if you're trying to get some work done, and in addition to its quick service (take-out is available), the restaurant also offers delivery, and can even cater an event for you. Or, if you just want to stop by for a beverage, the restaurant has a good selection at its bar.
A good option for dinner, Madera Cuban Grill is a tasty choice when you're in the mood for Latin cuisine, and want to break away from the standard Mexican fare. Visitors to the restaurant have access to a private lot nearby or can park on the street. Would you rather pedal your way there? Bike parking is also offered.
Try Nuevo Jardin De China Restaurant's Cuban tamale or some black bean soup for authentic Latin-American fare.
G-free and low-fat are just a couple of examples, come here for a quick bite that will leave you feeling healthy.
Complement your meal with a beer or wine from Nuevo Jardin De China Restaurant's delightful drink menu.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to Nuevo Jardin De China Restaurant — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
Tables at Nuevo Jardin De China Restaurant are available first-come, first-served, so be sure to show up a bit earlier on busy weekends.
Homebodies can take advantage of Nuevo Jardin De China Restaurant's delivery and take-out options.
Pull up curbside and find simple street parking near Nuevo Jardin De China Restaurant.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Nuevo Jardin De China Restaurant — prices are generally less than $30 per person.