For marinated meat that's hard to beat, try Calle Luna Restaurant's Cuban cuisine.
Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Calle Luna Restaurant — casually-dressed diners are the norm here.
Calle Luna Restaurant will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Calle Luna Restaurant is located near endless parking options, allowing diners to find quick and easy parking.
Come try all the best flavors of Cuban cuisine at Calle Luna Restaurant.
Fill up on authentic Cuban cuisine — like pork dishes, savory black beans and sweet plantains — at La Isla Restaurant.
Tots and tykes will be right at home at this restaurant with its kid-approved food and ambience.
La Isla Restaurant is the perfect spot to enjoy a great meal outside (weather permitting).
Arrive a little on the early side for your pick of the prime tables — no reservations are accepted at La Isla Restaurant.
La Isla Restaurant wants guests to dine in comfort, so save that stuffy suit for another date.
Catering services are also available.
Don't want to go out tonight but still want great food? Order takeout or delivery from this restaurant.
Parallel-parking experts can find room on the street, though patrons also have access to the restaurant's adjoining lot.
Cyclists are in luck. La Isla Restaurant provides bike parking.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, La Isla Restaurant s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at La Isla Restaurant.
So amp up your lunch hour with some delicious and flavorful Cuban eats from La Isla Restaurant.
The story of Sophie's Cuban Cuisine is not the story of a family of Cuban restaurateurs passing down recipes between generations. The road to the first Sophie's location and the ones that followed was longer and more unpredictable than that. Its founders—the Luna family—arrived in New York from Lima, Peru, and started out scratching together capital by selling Peruvian food from carts at New York City soccer fields. At the time, however, their native cuisine might have seemed a little too out of the ordinary for the city's palate, so the Lunas began to do some research: what kind of menu could form the ideal home for their love of hearty portions and fresh ingredients?
With the help of Havana-trained chef Eduardo Morgado, they found the answer. The Cuban recipes at the spot they opened up were wildly popular. Their reputation grew with each roast-pork-and-ham sandwich served, and by 2001 they were operating four different Sophie's locations. But then came September 11, which demolished two outposts near the World Trade Center. A third was gobbled up by a landlord who bought them out. In the face of these setbacks, the Lunas did what they'd always done: roll up their sleeves and keep working. Today, they've planted the seeds for a franchise they expect to populate the entire East Coast with the aroma of sizzling plantains.
Their Cuban sandwich is still a customer favorite, as are pernil sandwiches with roast pork, sweet plantains, and Sophie's signature green sauce (also available bottled, although the exact recipe is kept secret, hidden at the bottom of an enormous vat of oxtail stew). In a 2008 New York Times review, Pete Wells accordingly called Sophie's a destination for "authentic sandwich bliss," and for piquant roast turkey "worth eating far, far more often than once a year." Empanadas stuffed with beef, chicken, or guavas often precede entrees of chicken fricassee or oxtail stew. The batidos (milkshakes) conclude meals on a relatively healthy note, blended from tropical fruits such as mango, papaya, and passion fruit.
From crisp croquetas de jamon to beef-filled empanaditas, the Cuban-style tapas at Agozar Restaurant and Lounge come flavored with the same rich, Caribbean spices that fill the childhood memories of its co-owners, siblings Gerardo Perez and Diana Mastrodimos.
“We’re from a Cuban family, [with] a Cuban grandma," Perez said. "We lived in Miami for some time, so we had traditional Cuban food almost every day. Our dad also worked in Cuban restaurants in NYC, like Victor’s Cafe, so we had that upbringing."
But in recent years, the brother-and-sister team has expanded their menu beyond the classics they remember from childhood. Today, they also serve "Nuevo-Cubano" dishes that draw on influences from Spain, Mexico, and even China, reflecting the full cultural diversity of modern Cuban cuisine.
Dishes to Discover
Those familiar with Cuban cuisine will easily recognize classic dishes at Agozar, including pressed cubaniche sandwiches, shredded ropa vieja, and citrus-marinated lechon. But there are dishes here that may surprise even the most seasoned palate. A few highlights:
Crisp calamari sweetened by Dominican honey
Vegetarian wild-mushroom croquettes with piquillo pepper sauce
Ginger-glazed "Chino-Cubano" salmon with vegetable fried rice
Chorizo with caramelized onions in a sangria glaze
In the Press
New York Magazine recommends the tapas-like small plates, which are "vibrant with spices and emboldened by fresh ingredients."
The New York Times notes the spot's "lengthy list of flavored mojitos," which draw in muddled-drink enthusiasts and also people who love to read lengthy lists.
The flavors of old Havana are alive and well at Coppelia.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this restaurant has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this restaurant with its kid-friendly fare.
For some fresh air during the non-winter months, dine outside on Coppelia's patio.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Coppelia, you can surf the web and get some work done.
Coppelia is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties.
Can't find your khakis? No problem! Throw on a pair of your most comfortable jeans and you'll blend right in at Coppelia.
Enjoy this restaurant's cooking from your own home with their carryout and delivery options.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Coppelia to your next party or event.
For quick and easy parking near Coppelia, park on the street.
Public transportation is a prime transportation option, with stops at 14 St. (1, 2, 3), 8 Ave. (L), and 14 St. (A, C, E).
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Coppelia.
Fancy-schmancy price tags don t always bring the best results, and Coppelia s super yummy, mid-range menu is taste-test approved.
Save the cash for another day and pay by major credit card at Coppelia.
The menu at Coppelia includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.
No need to sweat your schedule — the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
For delicious fare with a Cuban twist, make your way over to Coppelia.
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."