A bit of scrolled ironwork greets diners, followed by a swank bar pulsating with Cuban music that lets everyone know this is a happening place. Find a seat here because you may wait a while, even with a reservation. The service is a bit chaotic, but the mojitos are refreshing and you won't be easily bored. The decor is evocative of pre-Castro Havana, with dim lighting, mod seating, and larger-than-life images of tobacco fields projected onto the walls. The menu contains
a few genuine dishes, such as lechon asado (crispy roasted pork) and a wide selection of ceviche, all prepared by star chef Douglas Rodriguez. Although oysters are not generally considered Cuban, they're a knockout here, served fried over fufu (mashed sweet plantains studded with bacon).