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Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre Review

The mascot of Philadelphia import Guillermo Pernot's rollicking new supper club is a winking Rita Hayworth lookalike in a ruffled gypsy dress, a perfect symbol of the Technicolor bravado that marks his bold "Nuevo Cubano" cuisine. The fish is served with cheeky accompaniments such as candied peanut salsa on seviche, while even old-school standards such as empanadas and guacamole are tweaked for the postmodern era. But playing with tradition pays off—the creamy five-seafood paella is pure magic, and the grilled pineapple mojito puts the old-fashioned style to shame. The vivacious bar scene, even on weeknights, makes this a less-advisable trip for families or those seeking a quieter night; only those 21 and older are admitted on weekends after 9 pm. Kids will love the options in the $26 all-you-can-eat brunch on weekends, however.

    Restaurant Details

  • Brunch weekends only.
Updated: 06-05-2013

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