I had put my name down on the list at Cafe Habana and decided to kill some time at Bar Bossa across the street on Elizabeth. After examining the menu we thought we'd give it a try. Turned out to be an excellent choice...
We started off with a hot bacalau appertizer served in a tiny cast iron skillet with a few crostini on the side. It was piping hot, barely crusted on top, perfect saltiness, and it had a nice coarse consistency. Delicious...
We also tried the roasted pork "sanduiche prensado" with roasted peppers, gruyere and pickled jalapeno. The pork was tender and lean and each of the peppers and pickled 'penos gave it a nice tangy flavor. The avocado, queso fresco, pico de gallo and chipotle mayo sandwich was equally wonderful and simple. With the recent glut of panini and pressed sandwich places in this city it was refreshing to taste something a little different and much better than the rest. The waitstaff was also extremely friendly and personable, which always helps. Of course much of the credit must be given to Sullivan St. bakery, which supplies their bread. Without these delicate, crusty loaves, the sandwiches may not have made the impression they did. Obviously I haven't tried many items off the menu, but I'm definitely going back for some more samples.
Next time you're waiting for a table at Cafe Habana, consider skipping the slightly ridiculous scene and just-above-average food in favor of this quaint hole-in-the-wall across Elizabeth.
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