The Havana Room in Northern Liberties opens tonight. The restaurant replaces last year’s Chenango as the former Arrow Swim Club is being reborn as North Shore Beach Club.
The new restaurant will bring Cuban fare to the indoor/outdoor space along Germantown Avenue behind the Piazza at Schmidts. Look for ceviches, empanadas and chicharones to start. For a main course try the braised oxtail, plantain crusted snapper or suckling pig. A full bar will offer a special mojito menu with ten varieties to choose from.
Check out the Havana Room’s Facebook page for a glimpse of what will be on Chef Angel Diaz Rivera’s menu.
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Chef Guillermo Pernot of Cuba Libre will be hosting Chef Alain Rivera Santana of Doctor Café in Havana for a second Pop-Up Paladar from Tuesday, June 19 through Thursday, June 21. Each night there will be two seatings at 6pm and 8:30pm at $45 a person. The first Pop-Up Paladar in January sold out very quickly, so make reservations soon to guarantee a spot at the sequel.
With this second Pop-Up Paladar, named after the Spanish word for a private and intimate restaurant, Chef Pernot hopes to bring new Cuban cuisine and culture to his guests. This will be Chef Santana’s first time ever cooking in the U.S.
Cuba Libre [Official Site]
Center City’s Alma de Cuba is now offering a traditional Cuban style Cochinillo Asado dinner of ceviche, whole suckling pig (serves two) and dessert. The special $85 per person dinner requires a three day in advance reservation.
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In conjunction with National Empanada Day on Sunday, April 8 (take a back seat Easter), Chef-Partner Guillermo Pernot of Cuba Libre is opening Empanada Alley, a late-night spot located at the back of the Old City restaurant on Strawberry Street. Every Friday and Saturday throughout April, from midnight until 3 a.m., the restaurant will serve up $3 empanadas in the converted kitchen space, reminiscent of a bodega.
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Chef Wheeler del Torro, who has made a name for himself with vegan ice cream and pop-up restaurants in Boston (and elsewhere), is bringing Barrio, his Afro-Cuban pop-up restaurant to Philadelphia for one night.
On Saturday, March 31st, del Toro will open in an undisclosed venue and serve food that combines the spices and flavors of Havana street food with global influence. Del Torro says, “‘Barrio is all about encouraging people to explore different parts of their culinary repertoire.”
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Chef Guillermo Pernot of Cuba Libre will be hosting Chef Lucio of El Gijonés Restaurant in Havana, Cuba in a pop-up palador. Palador is a Spanish term used in Cuba to refer to a small family-run or privately-owned restaurant. The pop-up runs from January 11th to 13th at Cuba Libre and the dinners will cost $39 per person.
Lucio will be the first visiting Cuban chef to cook in the U.S. since the embargo on Cuba began in the 1960s.
Cuba Libre [Official Site]
Every Monday Cub Libre offers all-you-can-eat Piqueos (small plates) for just $29. 27 plates to choose one. Only available in the dining room and everyone has to take advantage of the deal.
All-You-Can-Eat Piqueos [Facebook]
Trey Popp revisits ten-year old Cuba Libre and finds that the kitchen has been reinvigorated as chef Guillermo Pernot has unleashed 25 new menu items.
The surprises began early with a plate of baby octopus unlike any I’ve ever encountered. Center City has no shortage of kitchens offering baby octopuses—Philly excels in the eight-armed-animal department in general—but the specimens passed off as babies everywhere else are great honking sea monsters next to the ones sprinkled like popcorn atop a smoky, spicy, sesame-tinged mound of mashed eggplant that hit the Asian-Caribbean fusion bull’s-eye. These char-edged baby octos could have swum through a child bride’s wedding ring. They could have been served on nickels without blocking the view of Thomas Jefferson’s ponytail. But they could not have been any more addictively delicious.
The Revisit: Cuba Libre [Philadelphia Magazine]
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Cuba Libre is previewing its new 10th anniversary menu for 50% off through Thursday. Now through Thursday you can get the entire lunch and dinner menus for half-off. And from Friday to Tuesday, May 31st, the Brunch without Borders menu as well as the lunch, happy hour and dinner menus will be 25% off.
Cuba Libre New Menu Preview Days [Official Site]
BY VICTOR FIORILLO
Whatever you’ve got scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th, from 5 to 7 p.m., cancel it, because you and your friends need to come get silly with me, our lovely food editrix Ashley Primis, and a host of other characters at the first-ever Weekender Happy Hour. Where, you ask? The brand-new Square 1682 at the Hotel Palomar. There will be the $7 Bell Pepper Smash (the bar’s signature cocktail), $5 wines by the glass, the $3 Tropical Whiskey Punch, and a selection of complimentary bites from the kitchen. Plus, the first 25 of you who mention The Weekender that night get a glass of bubbly on us. Put it on your calendar. Now.
Square 1682 at the Hotel Palomar, 17th and Sansom streets; 215-563-5008.