Opening Date: December 2007
Location: 2018 Third Avenue (At 111th St.)
New York, NY 10029
Owner: Mario Zarate
General Manager: Julio Quevedo
Chef: Vivian Baquero and Maricela Calcines Naranjo (Las Mamas Cubanas)
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 12pm-12am
Sunday 11am (Brunch)-12am
Amor Cubano: A Cuban Delight
By Nancy Walman
Escape to a world of Cuban delicacies at Amor Cubano. In an authentic 1950’s Havana setting combines the classic golden age of Cuba with a young, hip and sexy atmosphere. The air is filled with dancing, singing and performance art while you dine on delicious Cuban cuisine at this truly unique restaurant. You don’t have to go to downtown to enjoy authentic home cooked Cuban delicacies and a slice of Havana anymore.
Now you can sample authentic home style Cuban cuisine against a A tropical Cuban setting like Havana that brings together both the classic golden age of Cuba with a younger, hip and sexy atmosphere full of music, dancing, singing and performance art. Even the help get into the act and you will too.
The food is terrific. Specialties include Ropa Vieja – Shredded skirt steak braised in a garlic sauce of fresh tomatoes sliced onions and peppers. Picadillo a la Habanera – Ground beef, green olives, raisins, onions and peppers. Fricase de Pollo – Chicken slowly cooked in a light tomato sauce with potatoes, vegetables. and some of the best appetizers in town (take a group and sample them all . . the menu follows). Specialty Cocktails include Traditional Mojitos, Ginger Mojitos, and the fabulous Amor Mojito – Made with the 23 year old Zacapa Rum.
Other libations offer El Manicero – Frangelico, chambord and butterscotch schnapps. Cojito-Coconut rum, muddle limes, macerated mint leaves topped with champagne. Mulata – Malta with Baileys.
Vampisol – Vodka, black raspberry liquor and cranberry juice.
There is a Live Band for Dinner and Brunch. The staff dances and sings for the guests throughout their dining experience. About every 45 minutes servers and bartenders break away from their tables to perform for the guests, bringing to life shows that are reminiscent of the Tropical and famous Cuban legends such as La Lupe, Rita Montaner, Desi Arnes and Beny More.
Amor Cubano is more fun than a barrel of monkeys and eminently affordable. Don’t miss the Tres Leches sponge cake soaked in three tantalizing milks for dessert.
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