Where New York - - Food -


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.

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