So disappointed. Was so excited to hear they were re-opening, after closing other NYC location. No comparison to original, ambiance, not there, food was really lousy. If you are looking for the old famous Calamari salad, don't order it, small soggy overly sweet. Don't understand how they can consider the potions FAMILY Style. Save your money! Stay AWAY!
Nice Experience. Overall my friends and I had a very nice experience. The service was great as well was the food. The waiter was very helpful when it came to explaining the items on the menu and made some great suggestions which I find to be rare from waiters. The food was absolutely great and I will most definitely be returning soon.
Super good service.. It was a great night. I could not have picked a better place for it! We had 8 people in our party, we had a nice table, the service was excellent and indeed great! We had waiter on hand all night long I had a small conversation with our Moroccan waiter he was so amazing kid who knows very well about the menu he gave me a clear idea of all the appetizers , dinner and sushi , he greet us with a nice smile asked all guest for allergies , he kept checking on our drink no complain at all , All our guests loved the ambiance , the food and the music was wow wow. we spent almost a $700 but left happy we did not experience anything that these other negative reviewers have written
packed like sardines. Don't go there unless you are literally prepared to rub shoulders with people from next table. And... don't expect the people from next table to be nice. The place is filled with angry attitudes, and people who can't afford to eat there anyway.
Great calamari salad. We visited during the Winter Restaurant week. For parties of 3-4 people, you were limited to a choice of 2 appetizers, 2 entrees and 2 desserts. This kind of defeats the purpose of trying out an expensive restaurant on the cheap. While billed as proportioned accordingly, it's not the case depending what you ordered. That said, the calamari salad was by far the best appetizer. The lemongrass skewered chicken I can take it or leave it. For our mains, we opted for the wild salmon and pot roast of pork. While the pork was very tender, both it and the salmon were too sweet for my taste and oddly tasted like the same sauce was used. For dessert, we chose the Cuban opera chocolate cake and the coconut invasion cake. The surprise was the scoop of coffee ice cream that came with the chocolate cake, which by the way, is the better dessert dish. The coconut cake was too hard and chewy. This isn't food related but I feel something has to be said. For what is meant to be a classy place, the ladies bathroom is sorely lacking. With only two stalls and the attendant siting outside, the tiny sink/mirror area faces one of the two stalls. You can't get out of that stall if someone was washing their hands at the sink.
Excellent Asian-Fusion Cuisine. This is another pricey joint where I do not visit regularly. However, I did come here twice during Restaurant Week and it was a pretty good deal. The decor is impressive and quite romantic. They have this really good Beef roll, Chilean Sea Bass, and Shanghainese fried rice. Each portion is huge so you could share with your date. Hmm yummy!!!!
Horrible Service. Although we went on a Monday at midafternoon, the place was dead. Even so, we decided to enjoy a reportedly good meal at Asia De Cuba. Since it was not even 4pm, we were not starving. The waitress was an uncomfortable awkward throughout the meal, uncomfortably pushing drinks and extra sides on me and my boyfriend, who for the record I have not seen in weeks and we just wanted to talk and enjoy each others company. We did not want to drink heavily at 4pm, nor have dessert. Upon hearing that we will not be having coffee or dessert, she was very taken aback, repeatingly asking, "what? really? Um ok..." After about 3 transactions of us just saying, no the check is sufficient, I finally asked, "Is that ok?" To which she responded, "it's just very unusual." After her snotty look and attitude, we were left with a bitter taste in our mouths. Even so, we left an extremely generous tip, just so that she knew that just because we didnt get dessert, we are generous people. With that, hopefully she will feel bad about her horrible service.
Must go back!. I took my a family members from out of town here. They were amazed with the decor and more amazed with the food. The short ribs were SO GOOD!! And the dessert was really good too. When you look at the menu, the prices seem a bit much, but since you are sharing, its pretty average. Can't wait to go back..
Delicious Food. The pork dish was phenomenal as was the calamari salad. The fried wontons were ok but not a favorite. My friend and I went during restaurant week to make it affordable. The dishes are all shared which stems from the large portions of food. We sat upstairs and overlooked the people eating at the tables downstairs and could see what they were eating and if they enjoyed it or not. From what I could see everyone there was satisfied. I'll definitely go back.
Perennially popular eatery fuses Asian and Latino flavors.. With its billowing white curtains, two-story Philippe Starck design and sashaying samba music, Asia de Cuba still draws sexy crowds nightly, and the food hasn't changed much over the years either. There are still immense portions of big, gratifying proteins ranging from crispy calamari salad with chayote and hearts of palm to miso-cured Alaskan black cod, to Cuban black bean and edamame salad. The food is solid and dramatically presented, but more importantly it's always exactly the same--in a good way, like the restaurant experience as a whole. The youngish crowd, which tends to congregate in large parties, generally comes for the good times as much as the food.
Dissappointing Meal from a Resident NYC Staple. First of all, no salad should have bananas. Second, my co-worker and I ordered an entree dish of Cuban bbq chicken that came with an order of coconut sticky rice. I am not usually a critic, but when I go to NYCs fancier restaurants, I expect more than chicken slathered in bbq sauce with some extra spanish seasonings; I can do that at home. We ordered some fried plantains on the side which were cut really thick and were not cooked properly. We subsituted that for some plantain rice which was way too salty. The service was not spectacular. I had Asia De Cuba on my list of places to eat here in the City, but must say that I was very very disappointed. It is very rare that that happens when I dine at the better places.
Holy Cr@p thats a lot of food!. We were there on a Saturday, I guess the waiter had too many tables, cause he was rushing the whole time. He did a good job, but I just felt like he wanted to go home. The place itself is very nice- and the entrees feed six!! I would try it again another time.
Great food and ambiance. Loved this place years ago and it's still just as good. Like the fusion aspect of their menu... very creative. Flavors are well-balanced and sexyy. Calamari salad is wonderful and there are really no bad choices. Great drinks too!
great wine list. I'm an attorney who (even with this economy) still dines out with clients or associates several times a week. I went on the advice of a colleague who likes to go here for drinks. I wanted a second opinion (sorry, Emma), so I looked the place up on Citysearch. After reading some of the reviews I was naturally wary, but decided why not? I could always exercise my right as a consumer and not return. I got to the restaurant not expecting much, but was definitely not disappointed. In fact, the food was very good. Not great, but still very good. The calamari salad stands out, and the bass. I wasn't too fond of the chocolate dessert, but then I prefer my dessert in a snifter. What really made the dinner memorable, though, was our waiter. Take it from someone who busted his backside waiting tables through college and law school at far less upscale places in Austin, this guy was good and he knew his wines. I don't remember his name, just that he was very friendly and had glasses. He guided my client through the wine list, made knowledgeable recommendations that more than succeeded, and followed up (but not intrusively) to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. Maybe it was the fact that it was four men in suits who might be apt to spend a little more, instead of some of the more casually dressed customers we saw. I don't know, but I do know that we received attentive, personalized service that made our night.
highway robbery. I recently went to asia de cuba for the first time with a group of friends and was simply astounded at what an all around horrible experience it was. Our waiter was rude and scoffingly asked my friend where she was from when she hadn't heard of one of the flavors of sorbet. He also made inappropriate sexual jokes while serving us our $80 dinners. The food was all right but nothing to brag about. I would say it was on par with Havana Central if you are into cuban food. If you do go there the calamari salad was the only dish I really enjoyed. All of their dinners are served family style and things come out when they are ready so you are pretty much forced into sharing everything or stare at your dinner get cold while you wait for everyone else's. I worked at a much less classy restaurant when I was younger and always managed to get everyone's dished out together. I understand that family style ethnic food might be trendy but serving people's entrees separately will never be trendy in my opinion. The bathroom made me feel like I was on an airplane. The light up picture of a water fall made me feel like I was at an all you can eat chinese buffet. Actually I kind of wished that I was because I left dinner starving.
NEVER AGAIN. First off, the waiter was extremely rude to our table and we were forced to pay 20% gratuity which I find to be a bit over the top. The food wasn't that great and did not come with sides. I was still hungry after we left the restaurant. The cakes were dry and were probably sitting there for days before being served to us. We were told to split 2 appetizers and 3 entrees between 9 people and it was not enough food. I wouldn't recommend this place.
NOT WORTH IT. Went there for restaurant week with 5 friends...not only were the portions extremely small..we had to share 3 main dishes....we also had to order sides with our meals a la carte. How did a $35 pperson special turn into $150 per person and we needed a pizza after dinner to curb our hunger. I think if we had order of the regular menu it would have been cheaper in the end. I'll never recommend this place for food and drinks. It's way overpriced. If you want to get ripped off, I suggest you go then.
First time there, definitely not the last. Had an absolute blast. Food was great, but the service was better. Chris our waiter was helpful and knowledgable, made our dinner a special occasion that we'll remember for a long time.
the WORST service in NYC ever!!!. i had the WORST experience ever. i went to Asia de Cuba tonight with 3 of my girlfriends and the waiter was awful. he forgot to bring my drink after serving my 3 friends. i waited 20 minutes and when he didnt return, i went to bar to get a drink myself...! so annoying! the only good thing that night was the service from the bar tender himself. then the waiter didnt bring us water to the table, after we asked twice. an hour later, we had to ask him to take our order, and 50 minutes later our dinner was finally served- BUT one of my friends entrees didn't even come out. we had to ask twice what was taking so long. 35 minutes later, her main course arrived! so basically we waited- our dinner got cold- we finally ate without her and then she had to eat alone, after we were done! then we had to ask for water two more times AGAIN because our glasses were empty. at the end, our waiter was no where to be found- so we had to ask a busboy for our check. our evening was ruined. it was the worst service ever. i dont care if im paying $20 or $500 for dinner- the least anyone can expect is decent service- especially in this economy. i mean dont these people realise that that the economy is down? i guess they just dont care! i will never go there again!!
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