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Lenox Hill
Waiting for a table at this crowded, no-reservations place is no day at the beach, but your mood will brighten once the food arrives—it’s generously portioned and surprisingly fresh and reliable for a chainlet (three in New York, one in West Palm Beach). Appetizers like the ceviche mixto, a tangy assortment of shrimp, scallops, octopus and calamari in a nicely restrained marinade, are followed by entrées such as the Coco Cabana Pollo, a heap of chicken breast and vegetables tossed in a spicy coconut curry. Fake palms, sunny yellow walls and constantly whirring blenders put everyone on island time, and the busy staff effortlessly copes with the crowd.
Venue name: Cabana
Address: 1022 Third Ave
New York
Cross street: between 60th and 61st Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–11:30pm; Fri, Sat 11am–1am
Transport: Subway: N, R to Lexington Ave–59th St; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St
Price: Average main course: $18. AmEx, MC, V
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