Cuba lives up to its namesake with exuberant salsa, charming waiters and a guy rolling cigars in the window on weekends. David Martinez, former chef at Havana’s celebrated Hotel Nacional, has created a menu that’s full-on tropical: snapper en guayabera de platano (“a Cuban shirt of crusty plantains”) and halibut al estilo Hemingway. On a warm summer evening, with people and music spilling out through the sidewalk greenery, the place is transporting.
222 Thompson St
|Cross street:||between Bleecker and W 4th St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 11am–midnight; Fri, Sat 11am–1am; Sun 11am–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, V to W 4th St|
|Price:||Average main course $15. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|