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28 W. Main St. (Garfield Ave.) Send to Phone
Stylish Cuban restaurant with food to match.

Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Cuban Bistro Restaurant Review

: Opened by an alum of Versailles, this stylish spot forsakes the coffee shop décor that characterizes most Cuban restaurants in L.A. The restaurant's contemporary good looks include a blue and yellow palette, worn brick walls with faux antique sconces, and table linens. Accent drapes are emblazoned with the Cuban flag, and an entire wall is covered with a mural-map of the island accompanied by flattering quotes from Christopher Columbus. Starters include ham croquetas, plantains stuffed with shrimp, a solid black bean soup, and crunchy yuca fries. Among recommended entrées are the hearty ropa vieja, garlicky chicken, oxtails and a very satisfying pargo frito (whole fried red snapper in garlic sauce). More sophisticated Nuevo Cubano dishes are offered as specials, such as a horizontally-sliced filet mignon layered with a purée of plantains and onions with a port wine reduction. House-made desserts, such as flan and rice pudding, are first-rate. Next door is the restaurant's affiliated CB After Dark, a small club serving a more eclectic array of bar food (e.g. stuffed hot wings, naan pizza, bacon-wrapped bratwurst) to go along with flavored mojitos and margaritas on karaoke nights.
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