As part of my mini summer staycation the first stop was a fabulous lunch at the new Asia de Cuba.
Located in the old Butter space downtown the long sleek dining room was airy and bright during lunchtime with a crowd of mostly women sipping cocktails and chatting. I honestly wanted to order everything on the menu...Crispy Calamari with bananas and cashews, Casabe Cakes with guava bbq pork but in the end it was the Snapper Ceviche that won.
This was fabulous- lots of bold citrus flavors and just a touch of heat from the Thai red chilies and a flurry of crisp plantain chips on top.
The Seven Spice Chicken was also fabulous. I had worried it might be too spicy but it wasn't hot just really balanced with herbs and spices of cumin, cinnamon and mustard seed on top of this incredible creamy congri sauce. This dish reminded me why I like dining alone so much. When something is this delicious talking would just get in the way.
For dessert a fudgy Tres Leches de Chocolate with Dulce de Leche ice cream. This dish is supposed to come with a szechuan peppercorn ice cream but I asked for this instead and they were more than happy to make the trade. It was a delicious decision- I take my desserts very seriously.
To accompany all of this wonderful food one of their signature cocktails Lady of the Dynasty; an extra frothy pink version of a Lychee Martini. Just about the prefect way to start off a summer staycation.
Asia de Cuba
415 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003