70 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
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Hours: Mon-Fri 7am-2pm, 6pm-2am, Sat 9am-3pm, 6pm-4am; Sun 9am-3pm
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Remember the days when you could hop on a Cuban Airlines jet from Miami to Havana, pal around with Hemingway and Brando at the Tropicana, and be Stateside for breakfast? Neither do we. But Christina Bouza and partner Paul Tamburro are bringing a taste of mid-century Cuban arts and nightlife to New York via a refurbished industrial space in Williamsburg. “If you took an old cigar factory and turned it into a social club, that’s what it looks like,” says Bouza. Which means high ceilings, brick columns and an1840s general-store counter given new life as a bar. Cubana Social’s menu is “traditional Cuban with a modern twist,” Bouza explains, highlighted by the signature house Cubano Sandwich (roast pork, prosciutto cotto, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard) plus other affordable snacks like empanadas and platanos. Cocktails (Cuba Libre, Celia Cruz) pay homage to another Hemingway haunt, Sloppy Joe’s in Havana, while live music rounds out the entertainment.
NY Mag says:
TAGS: Bedford, Breakfast, Brunch (Weekends), Cuban, Fancy Cocktails, Good for Groups, Live Music, Moderately Priced, Open Late, Restaurants, ★★★★ Great
Public Assembly manager Christina Bouza has tapped into her Cuban heritage and turned an old building-supply shop next to the performance space into a slice of fifties Havana. Bouza says the concept is “Havana meets Brooklyn”; she and her partner, Paul Tamburro,aim to feed hungry concertgoers (Music Hall of Williamsburg is also next door) with Cuban nibbles running from $3 to $9 (Jose Soto of Baba had a hand in the menu below). The cocktails (including a Cuba libre, Hemingway daiquiri, and the restaurant’s special mojito) will be priced between $8 and $10, while Daniel Kim, formerly of Café Grumpy, runs a coffee bar serving Intelligentsia.