As you already know, Cuba Libre is one of our favorite restaurants in the city. The decor, lively atmosphere, friendly service, fantastic food, it has it all. We recently went back to sample their happy hour and it was superb yet again.
Cuba Libre has two bars, one when you first walk and the other is on their second floor. The downstairs bar was full so we headed upstairs. It was our first time sitting up here and we loved the views and decor. Their happy hour is amazing. They have five dollar tapas or you can sample seven tapas for thirty one dollars. It’s a great deal. We opted for the seven tapas sampler.
We ordered the churrasco slider, shrimp coctel, chicken croquetas, cuban tamal, pineapple guacamole cubano and the de la case and picadillo empanadas. Everything was delicious! The churrasco slider was a hand-chopped all natural Black Angus skirt steak burger, pickle frita sauce, chipotle-onion marmalade, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato on a toasted brioche roll. It was juicy and cooked to a perfect medium temperature. The shrimp coctel was a Cuban style shrimp cocktail with a Latino cóctel sauce and avocado. The sauce was a perfect compliment with the shrimp. The chicken croquettes was a grandmother’s recipe of creamy roasted chicken and roasted Cachucha peppers allioli. I see why they still use this recipe. It was delicious. The chicken was cooked perfectly and the pepper aioli was a wonderful accompaniment. The cuban tamale was a fresh corn masa filled with chicken, bell peppers and Cachucha chiles and served with a roasted corn sauce. It had a wonderful smoky taste and a little kick to it. And to wrap things up, the empanadas were fantastic. The de la case empanada was stuffed with chicken, corn and jack cheese and the picadillo was filled with cienfuegos-style beef, potatoes, manzanilla olives and raisins.
Cuba Libre’s happy hour drinks menu is equally impressive. They offer five dollar cocktails and four dollar beer and wine specials. We ordered their red sangria, made with Macchu Pisco, Liquor 43 and blood orange and the house cuba libre, made with Don Q Anejo rum, coke and lime. You can never go wrong with their classics!
Cuba Libre is such a fun place to go to. The food and drinks are delicious and the staff incredibly friendly. Whether you go for brunch, lunch, dinner or happy hour, you’ll never be disappointed.