Just wanted to give props where they're due. Had a birthday dinner for myself and 14 others on Saturday night there, in their back garden, and it couldn't have been nicer (well, 10 degrees warmer would've been good, but I digress).
The entrees, including a tangy chicken dish with avocado and tomatoes, juicy roast pork, and red snapper in a green plantain crust, were great. Apps, such as yuca fries, meat empanadas and grilled corn with cotijo cheese and chili, were fantastic. But the service was the real standout. Luis, the manager-cum-waiter who helped me planned the thing, and then also served us from start to finish, could not have been nicer or more professional. Everything was reasonably priced.
My only complaint was the music. They usually play upbeat Latin CD's, but for some reason, on this night, this was interspersed with a "live" (and I use that term loosely) folk singer type, with an acoustic guitar and a microphone, about as lively as Joan Baez on barbiturates. It was dull, and totally inappropriate for a fun, funky Cuban restaurant. I shared this with Luis, and he was sympathetic, but did not seem to have much power over this situation.
All in all, it was a delightful evening.
94 Christopher Street (near Bleecker)