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|
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The atmosphere at Cuba is super vibrant. There's live music, fresh cigars are available, and the food is absolutely divine. It's authentic and flavorful and the drinks are strong. It was easy to get a reservation, but they placed our party in the basement in a room that was way too tight (there were two other enormous, loud parties) and we had to move. It's a packed house for sure, but the food makes it worth it.