THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES Asia de Cuba
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THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES Asia de Cuba Restaurant Review: THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES TO CIELO. The setting may be stark---white on white on white décor---but the Cuban-Asian-crossed cuisine is both colorful and cutting edge. Restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow's offbeat style is abundantly present, with dishes like fried calamari tossed with chicory and radicchio, sesame-orange dressing, cashews, chayote, banana and hearts of palm. Thumping salsa music and preening patrons are reminders that this is more “hot spot” than haute cuisine, though certain dishes are remarkably sophisticated, most notably the whole Hunan-style fried striped bass stuffed with a spicy, gingery mix of red pepper, onion and crab meat. The fish, served with an open mouth and flared fins, doubles as edible art. Prices can seem high until the plates arrive, most of them large enough to share family-style. It's a good place for a trendy cocktail, too.