When I heard the Copacabana was re-opening just 10 blocks from my house I just knew I’d have to go check it out. I thought what better time for a visit than my husband’s birthday last Thursday. He is Cuban, so I thought it would be extra fun for us because their menu boasts food from several hispanic countries, including Cuba. We are from Miami, where there is obviously tons of Cuban food, but finding good Cuban food isn’t easy in NYC. So I set my hopes high for the Copacabana Supper Club and made sure my stomach was empty!
When I set up the reservation one of the owners told me he was also a vegetarian. So right away I had high hopes for their meat-free options!
First up for my appetizer I ordered the “Guarache Floral”. It’s described as a homemade tortilla with zucchini flowers and huitlacoche salsa. The menu actually lists it as being guatemalan. I absolutely loved this. The tortilla was one of the best I’ve ever had and the toppings were hearty. I could have had even more of this delicious dish!
There was one other vegetarian appetizer option that I didn’t try, but it also sounds great. It’s got hearts of palm, beats and passion fruit dressing.
This dish is described as a sweet plantain dumpling, black beans, arroz bomba (short grain rice which expands in width rather than length as it absorbs liquids), spinach, mushrooms and charred tomatoes. When they sat the plate in front of me it instantly had the “wow” factor. It was a gorgeous presentation and huge! I dug in and was pleasantly surprised by how all the flavors blended together so well. I am a sucker for sweet plantains, but never would of thought about encasing anything in them quite like this. Kudos to the Chef for coming up with this dish. Vegetarian dishes at restaurants can be boring. Usually at Cuban restaurants I settle for the old standby: black beans and rice with a side of plantains. This was far from an old standby. It was so filling too. For those who think meat-free food can’t be filling try this dish. You’ll be an instant convert!
Lastly it was time for dessert. Since it was my husband’s birthday they brought us several tradition Spanish desserts and all were fabulous. All were presented great too. The Tres Leches is shown below.
The funniest part of the night came when my friend cut into a chocolate empanada and the chocolate squirted onto my shirt. She said she was trying to cut me a bite because it tasted so good. The funny thing is as I cleaned up the chocolate she ate the rest, so I never even got to try it. An absolutely hilarious chain of events!
We also tried some yummy rum and listened to the band play for awhile. We would have loved to stay for dancing, but that didn’t start until after 11 and we had to get home to let our babysitter go. Boo hoo 😦
All in all I was thrilled with everything at the Copacabana. I’d be back in an instant and next time would love to stay for dancing! I’m still thinking about how good that tortilla was. Muy bueno for sure.
The Copacabana is at 268 West 47th Street (near 8th Avenue).