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Known as a vibrant Puerto Rican neighborhood, El Barrio doesn't boast many cuisines foreign to la isla de encanto. Amor Cubano is one of a few exceptions. Located on a bright and colorful block, Amor Cubano stands out with its tropical inner decor and impressive stage. Whether you're looking for tradtional Cuban dishes or somewhere to salsa the night away, this bar and restaurant has you covered.
Like any good Cuban restaurant, Amor Cubano offers plenty of mojitos. The Cojito, a blend of coconut rum, sugar, muddle limes, macerated mint leaves and a splash of coconut water, puts a slight twist on the traditional recipe ($12). Another must-try is the Amor, a classic mojito made with aged Barcelo Imperial rum ($14). Both drinks have quite a boozy kick, so don’t be surprised if you end up dancing the night away. Pair your cocktails with some light ham and cheese croquetas ($9). Though these appetizers might seem small, they pack a strong punch of flavor.
If you’re still craving food after those two drinks (and we know you will be), try the Cuban staple ropa vieja ($21). Skirt steak is braised in garlic sauce with fresh tomatoes, sliced onions and peppers until it's melt-in-your-mouth tender. The name of this classic dish translates to old clothes, a reflection of the meat's apperance, but don't let that dissaude you: Many consider this dish life-changing. You might also want to try the lechon asado, or pork marinated with spices and a secret bitter orange mojo sauce. You now have a reason to visit East Harlem on a weekly basis. You’re welcome.
BY TIME OUT COMMUNITY REVIEWER EMY RODRIGUEZ
2018 Third Ave
|Cross street:||at 111th St|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 110th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $15|
|Opening hours:||Sun: 11am-11pm; Mon-Thurs: 12pm-11pm; Fri: 12pm-12am; Sat: 11am-12pm|
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