New York, NY 10009
Village Voice's Description
To get a table, simply pop in Cienfuegos's sister establishment, Carteles, a sunny, blue-and-yellow-tiled Cuban sandwich shop and bar, and ask for a spot upstairs in Cienfuegos. Then it's up the steps and into another world--Alice in Wonderland meets Hemingway-era Cuba, all turquoise walls, wrought iron--work, glass tchotchkes, brass candlesticks, giant white-leather banquettes, and worn shutters over the windows. The female servers wear colorful aprons and A-line skirts, '50s-housewife-style, like Betty Draper in a better mood. The wonderful rum cocktails are the main draw, served by the single, double, or punch bowl. Some of the Cuban food offered is perfectly adequate. Among the better options are glazed pork ribs and drunken shrimp--fat crustaceans in a cilantro-flecked sauce that's tart and zippy with rum, sliced jalapeÃ±os, and a huge amount of garlic.
Tips from foursquare
Over-indulge in their epic rum selection while feasting on delicious bites like banana leaf-wrapped braised pork tamales and garlic & rum mojo'd shrimp.
Don't miss the Honey Badger Punch: Flor de Cana 4 yr extra dry, bonded applejack, lime, passionfruit, honey, jalapeño.
Get the jalapeño drink. It makes life better
Split a punch bowl with friends. Good times will be had.
get the lime frozen daiquiri downstairs, upstairs try Bocaditos De Sandwiches, if you want something new try Toña Beer (Nicaragua) and Carib Lager. Cevice de Pulpo was good and Pork ribs w guava glaze
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