Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Cafe El Cubanito
50 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120140.698949 -73.992406
Neighborhoods: Brooklyn Heights
Warning: Food Addiction – It was a while ago, but when I say the food here was incredible. I mean INCREDIBLE. Like there should be a warning label against addiction. Like there is a strong possibility you might lick the plate. And I'm a vegetarian - think of everything else I didnt have. The decor is a little lacking, unless you fall for the light/bright colors and designs they try to pass off for tropical. But who cares - the food is so **speechless**. And add to that the price they charge, you still come out WAY ahead.
friends and i split orders of stuffed eggplant [good], spinach salad with mango sauce [very good] and tart pork ribs [amazing!]. everything was delicious, including the sangria [available in pitchers]. the decor is bright and festive - from beautiful, colored paper lamps and ecclectic salt and pepper shakers, to the awning over the bar that makes the indoor dining space feel more like an outdoor cafe. slightly difficult to get waitstaff's attention when it came time to pay the bill, but we weren't in a hurry and they were accommodating about our sharing.
Where's the Cuban in this place? – We were so excited when we saw this place open. We were so disappointed at the food. As "tropical" as this place looks, its a huge poser for a Cuban restaurant. The food leaves much to be desired. Based on the choices (there's mac and cheese on the menu?!?) There isn't a decent side of rice and beans to save your life here. The drinks are the only saving grace. I gave it two chances. When they change the menu and the chef, maybe I'll return. I still have to travel outside of Brooklyn Heights to get excellent Cuban food. THIS IS NOT THE PLACE TO EAT CUBAN FOOD!.
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