I'll be coming up to Newark, NJ for the holidays. I've already received excellent leads from the Chowhound board (many thanks) on solicitations for good Italian and Irish (Pub) suggestions in Manhattan. Actually, those will be hard choices now, but that's a good problem. One final favor remains to complete my triad of culinary favorites - Cuban.
I have scanned the historical postings and found good references for Sophie's (several), Little Havana Café (Cornelia St), Café National (1st Ave) and Havana Chelsea Luncheonette (8th Ave). Does anyone have anything recent to add on the above, or others which I may have overlooked, before I decide? Criteria is a casual place for late lunch/early dinner with good sangria, plantains, ropa vieja, or maybe puerco/pollo asado. Any ambiance is better than none, but the quality of food is the paramount factor (naturally).
Incidentally, for those who may find themselves in the Washington DC area and who enjoy Cuban, Cantinita Havana Café on 3100 Clarendon Blvd in Arlington, VA is one of our favorites. It's a nice-casual, tropical setting with both indoor and outdoor seating. My wife and I enjoy both the puerco and pollo asado dishes, which are excellent. The service has always been very reliable and the prices are reasonable. Also, although I have not eaten at the Havana Breeze Restaurant on 1401 K St, I have sampled their food during our Annual Taste of DC Festival in Oct. The ropa vieja was especially tasty.
Thanks in advance and have a great holiday.