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505 West St. (Jane St.) Send to Phone
Classic Cuban cuisine, 1940s Havana atmosphere and a tight velvet rope make this West Village spot a hot place to be.

Dinner nightly
Open late
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

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: Scenesters don’t necessarily come to this West Village hot-spot for the traditional Cuban cuisine. In fact, dishes like the crispy duck leg empanadas, herb-laced leg of lamb, and snack-like bocadillos (lightly fried sandwiches) take a back seat to the hip and the restless. That’s what happens when Armin Amiri, once a doorman at Bungalow 8, throws his velvet-clad hat into the ring and wrangles a small handful of celebrity investors. But this restaurant and night spot, which evokes 1940s Cuba, is as worthy a dining destination as a see-and-be-scene (that is, if you can get in). The butter leaf lettuce with candied fennel seeds; saffron-accented prawns; and chili-glazed roasted black cod will make you fawn over the food just as much as the gawkers fawn over that celebrity at the corner table.
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