Cuban. Brick walls, wooden fans, colorful paintings and a straw- covered bar set the scene for flavorful dishes, such as ropa vieja (shredded skirt steak braised in garlic sauce and served in a plantain chip bowl), homemade chicken noodle soup and marinated whole fried red snapper. L
(M-Sa), D (nightly), Brunch (Su). $$ 2018 Third Ave., at E. 111th St., 212.996.1220.
Soul Food. In an Uptown town house, the flavors of Creole and Southern regions are prepared with classic French technique (Cajun rib eye, seven- cheese macaroni topped with apple-smoked bacon, fried turkey meat loaf). B (Sa), L ( Tu- F), D ( Tu-Sa), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$ 239 Lenox Ave., at W. 122nd St., 212.678.6200.
Italian/American. NYC’s newest Olive Garden location offers its unlimited soup, salad and bread sticks to start the meal and appetizers such as crispy chicken ravioli supremo and classic stuffed mushrooms. Unlimited pasta dishes, such as lasagna or spaghetti with meat sauce, start at $11.99. L& D (daily). $$ 100 W. 125th St., at Malcolm X Blvd., 917.534.7937; 2 Times Sq., btw W. 47th & W. 48th sts., 212.333.3254; 92-10 59th Ave., at 92nd St., Elmhurst, Queens, 718.458.0549; 505 Gateway Dr., Brooklyn, 718.348.1071.
Soul Food. Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson cooks up soul food (red velvet waffles with chicken and bourbon maple syrup) in an open space accented with vibrant art by Cey Adams, Anthony Vasquez and others. L (M- F), D (nightly), Brunch (Sa & Su). $$ 2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd., btw W. 115th & W. 116th sts., 212.206.2557.