"Seriously, sooooo delicious!"
"You have to try this."
"Busy, loud, hearty, tasty, friendly."
These are just a few of the many positive Yelp reviews of Cuba that lured the 4x4 team to select it from the plethora of dining options in Greenwich Village.
Cuba Restaurant is nestled among countless small restaurants and shops on historic Thompson Street in Greenwich Village. At Cuba, live music, fantastic latin food, and welcoming waiters and waitresses are the norm. The restaurant prides itself on its dedication to creating an authentic Cuban atmosphere and serving quality food. As we walked the streets of the village and admired Washington Square Arch, the 4x4 team was eagerly counting down the minutes until our 7:30 PM reservation, somewhat impatiently waiting to dine at Cuba.
When we arrived, we were immediately enamored by Cuba's large windows and outdoor seating. Inside, the restaurant was adorned with countless plants and beautiful shades of red and yellow. The lights were dimmed low, creating an intimate atmosphere and Spanish music and a delicious aroma filled the air. Upon sitting down at our table, the 4x4 team felt completely immersed in the culture and light ambiance of a traditional Cuban restaurant.
While dancing to Latin music, the four of us enjoyed our first course: traditional empanadas. The appetizer consisted of three empanadas: savory beef, chicken, and spinach. Personally, I enjoyed each filling so much that I could not pick a favorite. We all agreed that the light, flaky dough was delicious.
For our main courses, we ordered two traditional chicken dishes: Arroz con Pollo Criollo (grilled chicken served on top of rice with avocado and plantains) and Pollo Manguia (chicken breast served with watercress, avocado, scallions, and a tomato salad). The chicken dishes were cooked to perfection and seasoned plentifully. We also sampled two steak entrees: the classic Bistec de Palomilla (sirloin steak and sautéed onions with rice and beans) and Vaca Frita (skirt steak with garlic potatoes, onions, parsley, and lime). Similarly, the steak entrées did not disappoint.
By dessert-time, the four of us were stuffed from our delicious meal and couldn’t even bear to glance at Cuba’s enticing dessert menu.
The satisfaction we received from the Latin vibe and cuisine at Cuba was only amplified by their wonderful, fun staff. Cuba is a restaurant that I would recommend to anyone craving a delicious meal, an inviting atmosphere, and high spirits. We plan to return soon!