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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At Mojito Cuban Cuisine, chefs parade platters of Caribbean classics and tropical cocktails through a rustic, airy lounge. At the rough-hewn wooden bar, bartenders shake up the eatery’s namesake cocktail, a mojito crafted from a recipe indigenous to Havana’s famed La Bodeguita del Medio. Brick walls, exposed ceiling beams and faded blue hues lend Mojito a vibe that New York magazine describes as “scenester-friendly and warmly inviting.”
Walk into Cubana Cafe with an appetite, and fill up on hearty Cuban cooking.
Dieters beware — Cubana Cafe does not offer low-fat cuisine.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from Cubana Cafe's extensive drink list.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at Cubana Cafe with its kid-friendly fare.
The patio seating at Cubana Cafe is perfect for those warm summer days.
Need room for one more? Add another to your party — Cubana Cafe is great for large groups.
You can't book your table ahead of time at Cubana Cafe, so show up early for your pick of tables.
Cubana Cafe offers an informal dining experience for those who are allergic to jackets and ties.
Drivers should plan to park on the street when dining at Cubana Cafe's Smith St residence.
Prices at Cubana Cafe typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
Don't leave the dollar bills at home — you'll need cash at Cubana Cafe.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.