- Spanish Harlem
Owner Jorge Davis owes his delicious array of time-honored recipes to his mom, Vivian, who came all the way from Cuba to train Amor Cubano's chef and develop their menuAt any dinner table in New York City, what makes a time-honored recipe so highly revered is the fine line from good to mouthwatering. Dishes that stand the test of time get passed on from one generation to the next, each one adding their own unique touch while keeping a tasty tradition alive. Yessir, the Ropa Vieja at Amor Cubano simmered in owner Jorge Davis’ family kitchen for many years before making it to the mouths of eager diners at his Spanish Harlem restaurant. It’s some of the best we’ve had in the city, and that’s just one course of the long, satisfying meals to be had here. Jorge owes his delicious array of recipes to his mom, Vivian, who came all the way up from Cuba to train Amor Cubano's chef and develop their menu of authentic, home-style recipes — the very same batch Jorge had been fed his whole life.
Stop in on Tuesday through Sunday nights at 7:30 p.m. for Vivian’s traditional plates with a side of live Cuban music, or swing by any night of the week for one of the best mojitos stateside. Get ‘em in a variety of flavors (we’re partial to mango) muddled righteously with real mint and sugarcane. It’s the ideal table-mate for an order of Jorgito's Garbanzos Fritos, sautéed chickpeas with smoked ham, bacon, onions, fresh tomato and garlic. Save room to follow ‘em both up with that Davis family Ropa Vieja, a shredded skirt steak braised in a peppery tomato garlic sauce and served in a bowl of crispy plantains. Polish it off, and don’t hesitate to order that second mojito. We’ll raise a glass to Vivian’s discerning palate.
Jorgito's Garbanzos Fritos, $7
Picadillo a la Habanera, $15
Ropa Vieja, $16
Fara Maria’s Flan de Carmelo, $5
Traditional Mojito, $9
Monday - Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.