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Café La Trova

Restaurants, Cafés East Little Havana
La Trova
Photograph: Courtesy Café La Trova
Paella croquetas
Photograph: Courtesy Café La Trova
Café La Trova
Photograph: Adam DelGiudice
Café La Trova
Photograph: Courtesy Café La Trova

Time Out says

Café La Trova is the delicious byproduct of a most fruitful partnership: James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein, her chef/restaurateur husband David Martinez, and nationally acclaimed cantinero Julio Cabrera. The old-Cuba style fits right in with Little Havana’s nostalgia-tinged nightlife scene. Cabrera’s cocktail menu takes you back in time from pre-Revolutionary Cuba to present-day Miami: channel the island’s most famous midcentury expat with a Hemingway Special (rum, maraschino, grapefruit and lime), drink to Havana’s famed Hotel Nacional (rum, apricot liquor, pineapple and lime) or sip on a Yin & Tony, an updated gin & tonic with an amusing phonetic moniker. Bernstein puts her own spin on the Cuban classics, serving a Spanish-inspired Cubano with Serrano jam, empandas filled with hand-cut steak and an unbelievable paella croqueta.


Address: 971 SW 8th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5–11pm; Fri, Sat 4pm–2am; Sun 4–10pm
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